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IOSF Otter Oscar Awards 2019

Oscar Award 2019

Each year IOSF “Otter Oscars” are awarded to people who have done something to help otters throughout the year. We launched the award in 2016 to ensure that people who are making a difference, received the recognition they deserved.

So 2019 is our fourth year and we have had winners from all over the world. The winner in each category is as follows:

Children’s Award - Annie, Lula, Clara and Sky, USA
As the 4 girls were finishing up for the term they were learning about loads of different animals when they fell in love with otters. They chose to do something for otter conservation and raise support through selling homemade bookmarks, posters, slime, otter balloons, otter cupcakes and cookies.

Oscar winners 2019-1

Young Person Award – Grace MacLean, Scotland
Grace put her passion towards wildlife and otters by raising awareness and support for otter conservation through selling cakes and hot drinks at the home of Skye Camanachd shinty club.

Research – Suthar Akshit, India
Suthar Akshit has worked on finding more information on the illegal trade in Gujarat, India, specifically concentrating on the Smooth-coated otter. He has gathered information on the trade and helped encourage law enforcement within the area.

Community Development – Heidy Davis, Otter Patschel Team, Brueggen, Germany
Heidy and her team have raised awareness across Germany with otter talks, education stands and press releases. Heidy and her team also spend their time spreading the word of IOSF and help raise support for the work we are doing.

Group or Organisation – NGO Living Green, Montenegro
NGO Living Green and Ninoslav Djurovic have raised the profile of otters in Montenegro and around Lake Skadar, the largest lake in the Balkans, and home of the Eurasian otter. They have also been integral in the creation of 7 Team Otter clubs across the country.

Photography – Chaminda Jayasekara, Sri Lanka
Chaminda monitors Eurasian otter populations across the island country and often gets amazing pictures of his resident otters. See picture below.

Special Award – Hans Kruuk, Scotland, UK
Hans Kruuk is a renowned otter scientist who has written many papers and books on otters and other carnivores. He did a lot of work in Shetland and was probably the first to really study coastal Eurasian otters. He was Paul's supervisor for his PhD and was a great help to him during his studies.

Oscar Winner - Chaminda

Oscar winners 2019-2

Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who made a nomination.