Following a video conference call, the Board of Directors of the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) decided the fate of the 2020 NOGI awards after a lengthy discussion.
In the wake of the discussion — which took into account the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 winners will receive their NOGI Awards at the 2021 gala at the DEMA Show. As a result, there will be no NOGI winners in 2021, and the next winners will be in 2022.
According to AUAS President Dan Orr:
“The NOGI Award is the oldest and most prestigious award in the recreational diving world, recognizing individuals who have made significant career contributions to the sport, the industry and the world in the Arts, Sciences, Environment, Sports/Education and through Distinguished Service.”
The winners of the 2020 awards include:
- Laurence Madin – Science.
- Paul Nicklen – Arts.
- Wolcott Henry – Environment.
- Don Barthelmess – Sports/Education.
- Carol Rose – Distinguished Service.