Comprehensive List

Distinguished Community of Previous Benchley Winners Include:

Excellence in National Stewardship

Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica (2011)
Anote Tong, President of Kiribati (2012)
Macky Sall, President of Senegal (2013)
Maria Damanaki, EU Commissioner (2014)
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco (2015)

Tommy Remengesau, Jr, President of Palau (2016)

Susi Pudjiastuti, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries for Indonesia (2017)

Excellence in Science

Dr. Ransom Myers (2004)
Dr. Jeremy Jackson & Dr. Nancy Knowlton (2009)
Jesse H. Ausubel (2010)
Dr. Stephen Palumbi (2011)
Dr. Nancy Rabalais (2012)
Dr. Boris Worm & Dr. Heike Lotze (2013)
Dr. Steve Gaines (2014)
Dr. Daniel Pauly (2015)

Dr. Barbara Block (2016)

Dr. Ben Halpern (2017) , Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila (2017)

Excellence in Policy

U.S. Senator Ernest Hollings (2004)
U.S. Representative Sam Farr (2009)
Dr. Jane Lubchenco (2010)
Admiral Thad Allen, USCG Retired (2011)
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (2012)
U.S. Senator Ed Markey (2013)
Secretary Leon Panetta (2014)
Secretary of State John F. Kerry (2015)

Dr. David Wilmot & Ocean Champions (2016)

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz  (2017)

Excellence in Media

Naples Daily News (2004)
Mark Shelly (2009)
Louie Psihoyos (2010)
Juliet Eilperin (2011)
Brian Skerry (2012)
Nancy Baron & COMPASS (2013)
Gabriela Cowperthwaite (2014)
The Economist (2015)

Ian Urbina (2016)

One World One Ocean (2017)

Excellence in Solutions

Dr. Greg Stone (2011)
Dr. Geraldine Knatz (2012)

Dr. Chris Costello (2016)

Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Planning Team & The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regional Planning Bodies (2017)

Excellence in Marine Exploration

Don Walsh (2010)
Ocean in Google Earth (2012)
Prince Khaled bin Sultan & Living Oceans Foundation (2014)
Nainoa Thompson (2015)

Tara Expeditions Foundation (2016)

Ocean Spirit Foundation Award

Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation (2010)

Christopher Benchley Youth Award

Zander Srodes (2009)
Kyle Thiermann (2010)
Rudy Sanchez (2011)
Ta’Kaiya Blaney (2012)
Sean Russell (2013)
Casey Sokolovic (2014)
Madison "Pip" Stewart (2015)

Daniela Fernandez (2016)

Carter and Olivia Ries (2017)

Hero of the Seas Awards

Dery Bennett (2004)
Richard Charter (2009)
Cynthia M. Sarthou (2010)
Kathy Fletcher (2011)
Peter Douglas (2012)
Karen Garrison & Kaitilin Gaffney (2013)
Captain Charles Moore (2014)
Dana Beach & Todd Miller (2015)

Mayor, Serge Dedina (2016)

Robin Alden, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (2017)

 

 

 

 

Honored for Sustained Ocean Achievement

Joshua S. Reichert and the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Ocean Group (2017)