Established for the 2014 Festival as Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy, The Shared Earth Foundation Award for Advocacy recognizes a film that best inspires advocacy in response to a compelling environmental challenge. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.


2021 Winner


Documenting orca hunting rays in the waters off of the North Island in New Zealand. (Brian Skerry)


The upcoming Disney+ original series from National Geographic, and executive produced by James Cameron, plunges viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale species. Featuring the expansive knowledge and skill of acclaimed National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry, and narrated by Sigourney Weaver, this is an epic, revealing, and emotional story that very few were lucky enough to witness…until now.



(USA, 2021, 49 min.)



Past Winners


2020. Okavango: River of Dreams (Botswana, 2020, 94 min.), Directed by Dereck and Beverly Joubert

2019. Sharkwater Extinction (Canada, 2018, 87 min.), Directed by Rob Stewart.

2018Game Changers (USA, 2018, 88 min.), Directed by Louie Psihoyos.

2017Before the Flood, (USA, 2016, 96 min.), Directed by Fisher Stevens.

2016How to Let Go of the World, (USA, 2016, 125 min), Directed by Josh Fox.

2015Racing Extinction, (USA, 2015, 90 min.), Directed by Louie Psihoyos.

2014Damnation, (USA, 2014, 94 min.), Directed by Travis Rummel and Ben Knight.