Wasfia Nazreen has once again brought another international accolade home. This time the National Geographic Society is honouring her with the Emerging Explorer award, with prize money of 10,000 USD that can be used for research or exploration of her choice. She is the first female in their long history to hold both the National Geographic Adventurer and Emerging Explorer designations.
While National Geographic made the news live on their website on Friday, May 13th, she will be honoured during the 10th Annual Explorers Symposium in June 2016 which will be held during the “Explorers Week” at their headquarter in Washington D.C. – one of the busiest and most exciting weeks in their calendar year. During the Explorers Week, all National Geographic scientists, conservationists, photographers and storytellers come together to share their latest discoveries and adventures, participate virtually in amazing presentations, and join the important conversation about ways Nat Geo family members are all making a difference in this world.
During the many activities of the week, one of the explorers chosen by public demand will participate in a live Twitter chat with the world. National Geographic online page is taking votes from now till June 6th to help pick who it will be.
The National Geographic Society’s Emerging Explorer Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring scientists, conservationists, storytellers, and innovators—explorers who are already making a difference and changing the world. To help the emerging explorers realize their potential, National Geographic awards each of them $10,000 for research and exploration.
Readers are invited to select your choice in the poll for your favorite at the bottom of this link: natgeo.org/emerging
Wasfia will invest the entire prize money towards sponsoring the first batch of students in her upcoming foundation. Ösel Foundation set to launch later this year is an alternate education centre with the mission to empower adolescent girls through the outdoors. In 2015, Wasfia Nazreen became the first Bangladeshi and the only Bengali in the world to have reached the highest mountains of each of the seven continents in the world. She was selected as a National Geographic Adventurer in 2014/15 in honor of her activism and commitment to empowering women through her work in the field of adventure.
Wasfia’s profile on National Geographic Explorers: http://nationalgeographic.org/projects/explorers-week/wasfia-nazreen/