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Pending Jury

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean Michel Cousteau (born 1938), the son of famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, has followed in his father's footsteps to become a well-known marine biologist himself. He has taken up the fight to preserve and protect the oceans. "For years, we have looked at the ocean as a dumping ground. Because it was out of sight and out of mind, we have treated it like a universal sewer." He has fought to bring to the notice of the public the fact that ocean dumping needs to stop if the marine life, and therefore everything on the planet, is going to survive.

Maggie Q

Maggie Q is an ambassador for WildAid, a non-profit whose slogan is "When the buying stops, the killing can too." A conservation activist for the past 14 of her 33 years, Q cares especially about sharks. Q is also an actress and fashion model born in Hawaii who first made a name for herself acting in Chinese films.

Cathy Church

Cathy Church is one of the world's foremost teachers and authors on underwater photography. Cathy was a photo editor for Skin Diver magazine for 15 years. A versatile photographer, she is well known for many styles of photography from documentary and editorial to the gallery art. For 14 years she produced serious black and white photography. She is always keeping up with developments so that she can teach her students the most up-to-date techniques.

John Thet

Publisher cum Director of Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd (AGM), John has been extensively involved in dive industry since 2001 when Scuba Diver Australia evolved to Scuba Diver AustralAsia under AGM’s leadership. Under his management, Asian Diver became its next dominant dive title in 2009. Since 2010, with ADEX under its wing, AGM has become a force to be reckoned with as the formidable underwater3some.com group (SDAA/SDTTL+AD+ADEX). John is also the Vice President of the Singapore Underwater Federation.

Clement Lee

Borneo Diver’s was the brainchild of Clement Lee, who along with a few diving buddies, accidentally found today’s world-renowned diving spot – Sipadan Island. Lee’s outstanding achievements in the Diving Community as well as Diving Tourism, have won him many awards. He was presented with the Reaching Out Award in 2008 and became the only Asian to receive this special award. He has made Malaysia, in general, and Sabah, in particular, proud.

Dr Alessandro Ponzo

Dr Ponzo began his career as an ethologist with a thesis on odontocete cognition. In 2010, he started the Large Marine Vertebrate (LAMAVE) project in the Philippines and has been working tirelessly to conserve marine vertebrates in the Bohol Sea and throughout the country. His intensive work on whale sharks in Tan-awan, Oslob, Cebu, represents only the first steps towards a better understanding of the behaviour and biology of these giant fish and the effect that human activities have on them.