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Call for Nominations for the Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award


Jairo Mora was a young conservationist highly committed to protecting sea turtles in Costa Rica. In 2013, at the age of 26, he was brutally murdered by local poachers.

The Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award honors his commitment to marine conservation and it is given for bravery associated with an outstanding contribution to the field of marine conservation, with particular emphasis on responsible and educated scientific endeavor, public engagement and conservation activism. The award is intended to honor conservationists doing respectful, lawful work in the face of possible or realized threats of any kind, anywhere in the world.

The award may be given for a single conservation action or for an entire body of work (i.e., a series of linked contributions). 

The Marine Section seeks nominations for the Jairo Award for 2018 (see criteria below). To send us your nomination, please complete this Jairo Mora Sandoval Bravery Award Nomination form. Send your completed nomination form, and any supporting material if deemed necessary (see nomination form), to Mel Cosentino, chair of the Jairo Award Committee, by 22 December 2017.

Please note that self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations demonstrating a simple disregard for proper health and safety procedures will not be eligible. 

The recipient will be decided upon by majority vote of the Jairo Award Committee. It will be judged on the basis of a proposal using the form provided. The Committee reserves the right not to present the award if no satisfactory nominations are received.

The winner will be announced during the closing ceremony at the next International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC5) that will be held in in Kuching, Sarawak June 24-29, 2018.

Criteria for Nominations


Individuals dedicated to marine conservation can be nominated.
Individuals may be nominated posthumously.
The award may be given for a single conservation action or for an entire body of work (i.e., a series of linked contributions).
SCB Marine Section may require more information than that provided in the nomination form if deemed necessary.
SCB Marine Section reserves all rights to disqualify the nomination if the application or other sources suggest the nominee displays reckless behavior.


The conservation work must take place in areas where conservationists face a real threat to their lives due to their work (e.g., protecting marine wildlife from poachers).
The nominee has made an outstanding contribution to the field of marine conservation through responsible and educated scientific endeavor, public engagement, and/or conservation activism.
The nominee’s conservation work must be conducted within the law. Nominees engaged in illegal activities (e.g., entering private property without permit) will not be not be considered.
Incomplete nominations will not be considered.
Self-nominations will not be considered.

Judging and Notification

The awardee will be selected by the Jairo Award Committee, which consists of three members of the Policy Committee of the Marine Section of SCB, The winner (or contact) and the nominator will be notified by email, who must provide a postal address and account information for the award to be delivered.
If the winner, contact, or nominator does not respond to SCB Marine Section within 30 days of being notified, the award will be forfeited and the Marine Section of Marine will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of the International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC), and the name will be published on the SCB website and through a press release.
The Marine Section of SCB reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the award where it becomes necessary to do so.

Disclaimer: The Marine Section of SCB strongly discourages careless behavior that would put conservationists lives at risk, and takes no responsibility for nominees suffering any harm as a result of being nominated for the Bravery Award.