The Wayfinder Award, previously called the Emerging Explorer Award, acknowledges explorers dedicated to protecting the world through technology, research, photography, and compelling storytelling. The award recognizes people leading a new age of exploration through science, education, technology, & more. The winners were selected due to their leadership skills, communication skills, and innovativeness in finding ways to protect the environment.
The National Geographic Society selects three Africans as part of the 14 2022 Wayfinder Award Recipients. They were all presented with monetary prizes to enhance their work and join the Society’s National Geographic Explorers global community. The three Africans are:
- Resson Kantai is a Kenyan conservationist who is the Deputy Director of Ewaso Lions, an organization helping people and lions coexist in northern Kenya.
- Zoleka Filander is a South African marine biologist and deep-sea researcher who provided findings to evaluate South Africa’s biodiversity and ecosystem classification maps. The results also contributed to creating a network of offshore marine protected areas.
- Gibbs Kuguru is a Kenyan scientist studying sharks’ DNA and committed to shark conservation topics. He uses the genetic finding to develop a better understanding of the DNA components of sharks.