The NOGI Awards is an award presented annually by the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) to diving luminaries and is "considered the Oscar of the ocean world." Selection of recipients is based on their record of accomplishments and excellence in the diving world. NOGI awards are given out to world-class standouts of the diving community who have distinguished themselves and made a global impact on diving in one or more of four general categories: Science, Arts, Sports/Education, and Environment. A fifth NOGI is given for Distinguished Service.
|The NOGI Awards|
|Awarded for||Recognition as belonging to "a select cadre of divers and undersea luminaries who rank at the top of their fields in one of four categories:|
Arts, Science, Sports/Education, Distinguished service".
|Country||United States of America|
|Presented by||Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (since 1993)|
Underwater Society of America (1960-1992)
The NOGI awards originally came in existence as part of the trophy system offered during the 1950s for the underwater division of the New Orleans Grand Isle Fishing Tournament. NOGI is the acronym for the first four words of the tournament's name. In its current form, the NOGI awards date back to 1960 when Jay Albeanese and Louis Cuccia of New Orleans approached the Underwater Society of America for its sanction of an "award to annually recognize leaders in the field of skin and SCUBA diving in four categories." Since 1993, the NOGI awards scheme has been the responsibility of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. In 2013, a fifth category "Environment" was added to the awards scheme.
Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences
The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) was formed in 1993 for the purpose of administering the NOGI Awards. It has status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to be:
a 501(c)3 non-profit, international, multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to recognizing pioneers and leaders who have had a significant impact on the exploration, enjoyment, safety, and preservation of the underwater world. The AUAS is committed to supporting its members as they pass on the stewardship of the sea to future generations.
Science: Recipients in the Science category include renowned underwater archaeologists such as E. Lee Spence and George Bass, inventors like Edwin Link, undersea explorers like Sylvia Earle and Robert Ballard, doctors involved in hyperbaric medicine such as Joseph MacInnis, as well as marine biologists, and other marine scientists.
Arts: Awardees in the Arts category have included internationally known filmmakers such as James Cameron and Stan Waterman, marine artists like Guy Harvey, and photographers such as National Geographic's Emory Kristof.
Sports/education: The Sports & Education category recognizes distinguished diver athletes like Ron Taylor, educators like John Christopher Fine and even actors like Lloyd Bridges and Zale Parry who were pioneer scuba divers and portrayed divers on TV's Sea Hunt, and thus helped to encourage and grow the public's interest in diving.
Environment: The newest category of NOGI which was added in 2013 is for Environment and its first recipient is Dr. G. Carleton Ray. It is meant to recognize divers who, well beyond their normal employment, have led efforts to protect the world's underwater heritage.
Distinguished service: Distinguished Service recipients have typically included world-renowned divers like Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Astronaut/Aquanaut Scott Carpenter but they have also included lesser known people whose professional, volunteer and/or private work has truly had a major impact on the diving industry and/or the global diving community in general.
The original NOGI statuettes were designed by New Orleans sculptor Vero Puccio, who hand carved them out of mahogany (one report says balsa) and later cast them out of polywood. Since 2005, when the statuette, which shows a pedestal mounted skin diver standing with upraised arms holding a plaque reading "NOGI," was updated by marine wildlife artist Wyland (who is also a NOGI winner), the statuettes have been made of cast lucite.
NOGI Award recipients
|Award Year||Science||Arts||Sports/Education||Distinguished Service||Environment|
|1960||Eugene J.D. Vezzani, Ph.D.||Jim Auxier / Chuck Blakeslee||George Youmans||Carl H. Hauber||x|
|1961||Jim Christiansen / Jack Faver||x||x||C.B. "Ben" Davis||x|
|1962||David M. Owen||James Dugan||Gustav Dalla Valle||John J. McAniff||x|
|1963||Edward Lanphier, M.D.||Luis Marden||Mary Edith "Mel" Lillis||Joseph D. Albanese, Jr.||x|
|1964||Capt. George Bond||Coles Phinizy||William "Bill" High||Albert Tillman||x|
|1965||Edwin Link||Eugenie Clark, M.D.||John Ernst||Pablo Bush Romero||x|
|1966||Robert Workman, M.D.||Dimitri Rebikoff||Ron Taylor||Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau||x|
|1967||Hon. Jacques Piccard, Ph.D.||Bill Barada||Ralph Davis||Louis R. Cuccia||x|
|1968||Andreas B. Rechnitzer, Ph.D.||Stanton A. Waterman||Terry Lintz||David R. Stith||x|
|1969||Albert Behnke, M.D.||Paul Tzimoulis||James R. Stewart||Glen H. Egstrom, Ph.D.||x|
|1970||Harold Edgerton, Ph.D.||Richard Anderson||T.F. "Duke" Pawlowicz||Oscar Asturias||x|
|1971||Christian J. Lambertsen, M.D.||Peter Gimbel||Harold Drake||Walter Feinberg||x|
|1972||Joseph MacInnis, M.D.||Al Giddings||Harold Drake||Frank Scalli||x|
|1973||Arthur J. Bachrach, Ph.D.||Ron Church||Bernard "Bernie" Empleton||Zale Parry||x|
|1974||George Bass, Ph.D.||Lamar Boren||Wheeler North, Ph.D.||Nick Icorn||x|
|1975||Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D.||Ernest H. Brooks, II||Ellis E.R. Cross / Charles Nicklin||Melvin Grosvenor, Ph.D.||x|
|1976||Sylvia A. Earle, Ph.D.||Bates Littlehales||Arthur H. Ulrich||Robert F. Marx||x|
|1977||Robert Dill, Ph.D.||Phillippe Pierre Cousteau||Dewey Bergman||Jack McKenny||x|
|1978||Conrad Limbaugh||David N. Doubilet||Mel Fisher||George Benjamin, Ph.D.||x|
|1979||Roger W. Cook||Lee Tepley, Ph.D.||Jim Brown||Charles Wesley Shilling, M.D.||x|
|1980||Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D.||Valerie Taylor||Louis M. Fead||Harry Shanks||x|
|1981||Glen H. Egstrom, Ph.D.||Rick Freshee||Jefferson Davis, M.D. / John Geiszler||Nixon Griffis||x|
|1982||Richard A Cooper, Ph.D.||Genaro Hurtado||Lloyd Bridges||Dick Bonin||x|
|1983||Capt. Otto Van Der Aue, M.D.||Mendel L. Peterson||Helen Turcotte Davis||Elliott Finkle, Ph.D.||x|
|1984||Gene Shinn||Nancy Sefton||J. Morgan Wells, Ph.D.||Ralph Osterhout||x|
|1985||George Ruggieri||Cathy Church/Jim Church||Walt Hendrick, Sr.||John Cronin||x|
|1986||James W. Miller, Ph.D.||Charles Nicklin||x||John H. Perry, Jr.||x|
|1987||Eugenie Clark, Ph.D.||Emory Kristof||Bert Kilbride||Richard M. Sammon||x|
|1988||Richard A. Slater, Ph.D.||Jack McKenny||Jon Hardy||Andre Galerne||x|
|1989||Don Walsh, Ph.D.||Ivan Tors||Jon Gaffney||Andreas B. Rechnitzer, Ph.D.||x|
|1990||Robert I. Wicklund||Bev Morgan||Dennis K. Graver||Ian G. Koblick||x|
|1991||William "Bill" High||Jordan Klein, Sr.||Richard W. Long||E.B. "Teddy" Tucker, M.B.E.||x|
|1992||Christopher Nicholson||Ralph White||Frank Fennell||Ellis E.R. Cross||x|
|1993||Jean-Michel Cousteau||Howard W. Hall||John Christopher Fine||Gov. Lowell P. Weicker, Ph.D.||x|
|1994||Alfred Bove, M.D., Ph.D.||Flip Nicklin||Lee H. Somers, Ph.D.||Mary Edith "Mel" Lillis||x|
|1995||R.W. Bill Hamilton, Ph.D.||Bob Talbet||Bev Morgan||Scott Carpenter||x|
|1996||Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D.||Ricou Browning||Dan Orr||Surgeon Vice Admiral John Rawlins||x|
|1997||Phil Nuytten, Ph.D.||Lt. Col. John D. Craig||Robert Clark||Capt. Phillippe Tailliez||x|
|1998||Hans Hass, Ph.D.||Wyland||Richard Murphy, Ph.D.||Hans Hass, Ph.D.||x|
|1999||Richard W. Grigg, Ph.D.||James Cameron||Andreas B. Rechnitzer, Ph.D.||Albert Falco||x|
|2000||John E. Randall, Ph.D.||Ada Rebikoff||Tom Mount||Frederic Dumas||x|
|2001||Bob Hollis||Geri Murphy||John Cronin||Hillary Viders, Ph.D.||x|
|2002||Anatoly M. Sagalevitch, Ph.D.||John Stoneman||Edward C. Cargile||Émile Gagnan||x|
|2003||Jim Cahill||Chris Newbert / Birgitte Wilms||Leslie Leaney||x|
|2004||Richard Pyle, Ph.D.||Guy C. Harvey, Ph.D.||Armand Zigahn||Henri G. Delauze||x|
|2005||Paul Dayton, Ph.D.||Peter Benchley||Bob Evans||Lee Selisky||x|
|2006||Paul S. Auerbach, M.D.||Bill Curtsinger||Bill Meistrell / Bob Meistrell||William "Bill" High||x|
|2007||Charles Birkeland, Ph.D.||Wes Skiles||Carl Roessler||Dee Scarr||x|
|2008||Hannes Keller||Bonnie Cardone||Walt "Butch" Hendrick||Mike Gower||x|
|2009||Michael Lang||Michele Hall||Paul Humann||Hillary Hauser||x|
|2010||Patrick Colin, Ph.D.||Bernie Campoli||William Hamner / Peggy Hamner||Frank K. Butler Jr., M.D.||x|
|2011||Phillip Lobel, Ph.D.||Nick Caloyianis||Ed Stetson||Mike deGruy||x|
|2012–2013||E. Lee Spence, M.H.D.||Michael Aw||Bret Gilliam||Dave Parker||G. Carleton Ray, Ph.D.|
|2014||Richard D. Vann, Ph.D.||Richard Ellis||Mike Hollis||Lad Handelman||Bill Macdonald|
|2015||Dr Richard A. Lutz||Clive Cussler||Bob Kirby||Rodney Fox||Dr Gregory S. Stone|
|2016||Mike Cochran||Stephen Frink||Bob Croft||Bonnie Toth||Hardy Jones|
|2017||Dr Gerald R Allen||Chuck Davis||Jill Heinerth||Tom Ingram||Dr. Eric Sala|
|2018||Dr Michael Gernhardt||Marty Snyderman||Sally E. Bauer, M.D.||Peter A Hughes||John C. Ogden, Ph.D.|
|2019||Dr Tom Neuman||Brian Skerry||Eric Hanauer||Jerry Greenberg||Dr Wallace Nichols|
|Award Year||Science||Arts||Sports/Education||Distinguished Service||Environment|
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