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IOSF Otter Oscar Awards 2019

Nominations are now open for the 2019 IOSF Otter Oscars.


If you know someone who deserves special recognition for their work towards helping otters you can nominate them by using our online form HERE:

There are seven categories available:
•Children (aged 12 years or under as at 1 December 2019)
•Young People (aged 13 –18 years as at 1 December 2019)
•Group/Organisation –For example school, natural history group, Scouts/Guides, etc
•Community Achievement –Any activity carried out in 2019 which involves local communities in otter conservation
•Research –Open to amateur or professional researchers for work carried out during 2019
•Photography –Open to amateur or professional photographers. All photos must have been taken during 2019 (1Mb min please)
•Special Award – Open to anyone who has made a lifelong commitment to otter conservation

Applications/nominations can be made in more than one category, providing the outlined criteria are met. Closing date for all nominations is Friday 22 November 2019. The results will be announced on Monday 2 December 2019.

Any questions should be directed to


The third annual IOSF Otter Oscar Awards in 2018 recognised those working in otter conservation and we were thrilled to announce the following winners:

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The categories and winners are:

• Children's Award - Ruby Bedelph, Australia.
Whenever able, Ruby raises awareness and educates people about otters.

• Young People's Award - Ullapool Sea Savers (USS), Scotland.
For their enthusiasm and commitment to "look after our seas and marine life by reducing rubbish and waste, protecting the animals that live in our seas... and raising awareness of the things that threaten those creatures."

• Group/Organisation Award - OBC Chinchimen, Chile.
For years of hard work in otter conservation and rehabilitation, alongside the biodiversity of the area.

• Community Achievement – Chaminda Jayasekara, Sri Lanka,
has converted an abandoned paddy field into a small mammal conservation area (Vil Uyana) and attracted rare and vulnerable species, including otter Lutra lutra.

• Research – Reckendorf, Anja; Siebert, Prof. Dr. Ursula: University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation / Habbe, Dr. Britta; Krueger, Dr. Hans-Heinrich: Aktion Fischotterschutz e.V. / Oberlercher, Thomas; Fladung, Erik: Institute of Inland Fisheries Potsdam-Sacrow / Goeckemeyer, Steffen; Chamber of Agriculture Lower Saxony / Hahn, Albrecht: Association of Inland Fisheries and Pond Hosts in Schleswig-Holstein.
A project to develop otter-friendly exits from fykes in collaboration with stakeholders. Watch short video here.

• Photography/Artwork – Hans Ring, Sweden (see photo below)
This engaging photograph which shows the otter Lutra lutra in its natural habitat amongst other wildlife.

• Special Award – Dr. Donald Jefferies, UK.
Over many years, Dr Jefferies has worked on the status and conservation of the otter in the UK. Don identified the problem that pollution by organochlorines was having a drastic effect on predators, including the otter. He also worked with the Otter Trust to bring otters back to large parts of England. Don is an unassuming man who has done so much for otters and we are delighted to recognise this with our Special Award.

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