Academy of Underwater Arts & Sciences Presenter of the esteemed NOGI Award
The 2015 NOGI Awardees!
American adventure novelist and marine archaeologist. His thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt, have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller list more than 20 times. Cussler is the founder and chairman of the real-life National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), which has discovered more than sixty shipwreck sites and numerous other notable sunken underwater wreckages. He is the sole author or lead author of more than 50 books..
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE: Rodney Fox
Fox is regarded as a world authority on the great white shark and has a great reputation as an expedition leader and producer of shark documentaries. He has been involved in some way with most great white shark films made in the 20th century. He has hosted expeditions for over 100 major feature and documentary films with film makers and shark researchers from 16 different countries. Disney, Universal, IMAX, Cousteau Society and National Geographic have enlisted his help and have filmed and studied the great white shark from his cages.
Dr. Richard Lutz
American marine biologist and deep-sea oceanographer. He is known for deep-sea research using the Alvin submersible, and is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the ecology of deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
Bob Kirby started his career as a navy diver in 1952.The mask Kirby designed had been inspired by a mask made of stainless steel made by a Henry Hanson. After the first mask appeared to be working good he made ten more of them. These masks now are known as the ‘Kirby #1 mask’. In 1956 his navy contract ended and he became an Abalone diver doing all kind of work in between. In 1956 he converted a Desco small volume helmet with a large square face pate which he used for abalone diving.
Dr. Gregory Stone
Senior Vice President for Marine Conservation and Chief Ocean Scientist at Conservation International explains the current condition of the Earth’s oceans and how the organisation is helping to bring about a more responsible and sustainable relationship between mankind and this vital natural resources.