Oscars, Schmoscars.

The *real* awards everyone should be talking about (at least if you’re a scuba diving enthusiast) are the NOGIs.

The Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences (AUAS) recently announced the five 2017 NOGI Award winners.

While we profiled Sports and Education category winner Jill Heinerth here, we’d be remiss for not mentioning the winners in four other separate categories:

DEMA Executive Director Tom Ingram won the Distinguished Service category, marine biologist/ecologist Dr. Gerald Allen won the Science category, underwater cinematographer Chuck Davis won the Arts category, and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala won the Environment category.

Hollywood director (and 1999 Arts Award recipient) James Cameron says of the NOGIs:

“Being a recipient of the NOGI is the underwater equivalent of winning an Oscar except a lot harder!”

To learn more about this year’s awardees, check out their biographies here.

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