The Academy of Underwater Arts and Science’s NOGI Awards Gala will be held at Harrah’s Las Vegas, November 15, 2012.
The prestigious NOGI (New Orleans Grand Isle) award has been given to only four people a year since 1960 to honor pioneers and those who have dedicated their lives to their art, sport, science and service.
Arts: Nick Caloyianus, Underwater film photographer. His wonderful work has been seen on National Geographic, Discovery Channel and more. No one thought it could be done, but Nick was first ever to encounter, film and photograph Greenland sharks under Arctic waters.
Distinguished Service: Mike deGruy, (posthumously). He was on a film assignment in Australia when he perished in a helicopter crash. Mike was much more than an amazing, and effervescent photographer. When he presented to young people, you could hear the sparks crackle in the crowd as he stirred them up with fascination, love and excitement for the oceans and the life within.
Science: Phillip Lobel, PhD, He dives the world under the ocean and through bee-infested jungles to inland lakes. Dr. Lobel will go anywhere to learn about the reproductive behavior of fish.
Sports/Education: Ed Stetson. Ed is generous and caring. He takes everything he loves about teaching diving and running tours and turns it into a way to help others. Fortunately, he has two jobs, so he still gets to eat.
These amazing four men have deeply affected the realm of the underwater world and made us more aware and more in love with the ocean. Learn more about them at http://www.auas-nogi.org/ and come to meet them at the NOGI Awards Gala 2012. For more information including reservation and payment information, go to http://www.auas-nogi.org/gala.html.
Email questions to Cathy Church, President AUAS at firstname.lastname@example.org.