Indianapolis Prize

Awards to USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Recognize Achievements in the Conservation of Animal Species

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Indianapolis Zoo


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Awards to USA, Canada, and International individuals who have greatly achieved in the area of animal species or group of species conservation. Nominees must show proof of a success or a series of successes that have resulted in a positive impact on an animal species or group of species. The nominees must demonstrate how their work has improved the long-term sustainability of animal species.

​​Consideration will be given to:

- The challenges overcome by the nominee in the pursuit of his or her achievement.
- The significance of the achievement or achievements.
- The measurable outcomes resulting from the nominee's work.
- The quality of any science involved.
- The number of years the nominee has dedicated to the aspect of conservation work under evaluation. Please note that length of career is not the primary criterion.
- The unselfish dedication to conservation work that the nominee has demonstrated throughout his or her career.
- Any cooperation the nominee has demonstrated with zoological and other likeminded conservation organizations, particularly those for which the nominee does not work.

​The winner of the Indianapolis Prize is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000 in addition to the prestigious Lilly Medal​. Each of the finalists are also awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000.​​​​

1 winner, 6 finalists

The winner of the Indianapolis Prize is awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000 in addition to the prestigious Lilly Medal​. Each of the finalists are also awarded an unrestricted cash prize of $10,000.​​​​

- Nominations are open to anyone with knowledge of an individual (not a program or organization) whose work has had a great impact upon a species or group of species that can be measured over time. Their work must demonstrated that the improvement in long-term sustainability was the result of direct and specific actions of the nominee. ​

- Nominees must be individual living persons, not organizations, who if selected as the recipient of the Indianapolis Prize, must agree to participate in activities scheduled to take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, the between September 22nd and October 7th, 2018 (transportation, lodging, and reasonable expenses will be paid by the Indianapolis Zoological Society).

- Nominees must agree that, if selected as the recipient, they will reasonably assist in the obtaining of necessary permissions to use materials reflective of their work in an exhibit honoring that work at the Indianapolis Zoo, and will assist as necessary in the production of media and materials required to present a synopsis of their work at the Indianapolis Prize Gala.

- Nominees may not be employees, Board Members, or volunteer staff of the Indianapolis Zoological Society. Immediate family members or significant others of the Nominating Committee, Jury, Indianapolis Zoological Society employees, Board Members, and volunteer staff are also ineligible. ​

Nominations are now open for the 2018 prize and they will close February 28, 2017. Nominating an individual is simple and includes a 500-word narrative about the individual along with two to four letters of support.

Selecting the finalists and winner for the Indianapolis Prize is an intense two-step judging structure undertaken by the Prize Nominating Committee and Jury, both committed to honoring a hero in the world of wildlife.

Each committee consists of nine different individuals, from across the globe, who are representative of the scientific and conservation sector, the Indianapolis community and the Indianapolis Zoological Society.

At the close of the application period, all nomination applications are reviewed for completeness and qualification requirements by the Nominating Committee. Once the nominee list is final the Nominating Committee begins the first round of discussion.

In closed deliberation, the Nomination Committee members have roughly three months to thoughtfully review the materials and determine the six individuals who will advance to the level of finalist. Once chosen the Jury then analyses the six finalists' work, in a second closed deliberation spanning three months, to select the award recipient.

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For Nomination Questions contact:
Amy Kerrick
Executive Assistant
Indianapolis Zoo
(317) 630-2710

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