The Board of Directors of the Environmental Film Festival recognized and honored Sylvia Earle’s many accomplishments, especially her efforts in raising awareness about the importance of our oceans and advocating for their protection, presenting her with DCEFF’s 2018 Environmental Champion Award. The event took place February 5 at the Embassy of France and was hosted by Ambassador Gerard Araud.

Dr. Sylvia Earle has led more than 100 expeditions worldwide, logging more than 7,000 hours underwater. She served as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration from 1990-92, and has been Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society since 1998. She was awarded the 2009 TED Prize for her proposal to establish a global network of marine protected areas, called “hope spots.” Her organization Mission Blue was founded that year to build public support for these hope spots.


*We gratefully acknowledge True Blue Films, Bob and Sarah Nixon, National Geographic and Netflix for source footage. Writer:  Bradley Hague, Editor: Patrick Foust