Prize announcements at the Australian Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney

Congratulations to the 2023 Valerie Taylor Prize recipients:

Orrca Cetacean Rescue and Rehabilitation Equipment Upgrade Project 

Bioluminescence Project An arts and engagement project at Tathra Wharf       

Hunter Community Environment Centre  An Offshore Wind Community Reference group funding

Dr Joseph DiBattista, Australian Museum – Southern Sydney Harbour Research and Engagement

So ShireMarine Biodiversity of Southern Sydney Project

Friends of Bongin Bongin Bay – A ‘no-take’ aquatic reserve campaign

Nature Coast Marine Group – Nature Coast Marine Monthly Tidie Cleanups and other projects

Prof David Booth, UTS How many weedy seadragons are there in Sydney? A citizen science seadragon census.

Duncan Heuer Grey Nurse Shark Harmonisation Census website and comms project.

Eric Lobbeke

Work in Progress; a creative visual documentation for the Ocean Lovers’ Festival

Friends of Parsley Bay Funds for an Aboriginal heritage report for both land and sea country at Parsley Bay.

Dr Sarah Jane Moore- Sydney Rock Oyster Performances, with Michael Galeazzi

The winning projects were announced at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Wednesday 16 August 2023. Blue World is thrilled to support these projects with a prize pool of $30,000.

Emma Pask and Merran Hughes announce prize recipients

The aims of the Valerie Taylor Ocean Prizes

  • To make a direct impact on ocean protection and restoration.
  • To create wonder, inform and activate our communities to protect and care for our oceans and particularly NSW marine eco-systems.
The ocean community gather for festivities


Many thanks to Emily Jateff for joining the Blue World Board to assist in the judging process

Emily Jateff

Senior Curator of Maritime Trade and Industry and inaugural Curator of Ocean Science and Technology at the Australian National Maritime Museum where she develops programs and collaborates with science, industry and community to create content for the museum’s public-facing activities in ocean sciences, technologies, climate change and sustainability. She also leads the museum’s ten-year program in support of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Emily is also the Chair of Inspiring NSW.

Emily Jateff in conversation with Valerie Taylor AM

Valerie Taylor
Valerie Taylor. Photograph by Ron Taylor

Download the 2023 Prize Guidelines

Download the 2023 Application Form

The Blue World board reserves the right

The Blue World Board reserves the right to re-allocate prize money at its discretion. The decision of the judging panel is final in respect of the winners.