Tony Whitten (1953–2017) was an inspirational conservationist who championed biodiversity across Asia and beyond, working as Senior Biodiversity Specialist at the World Bank and more recently as Director of Fauna and Flora International’s Asia-Pacific programme. Alongside helping run conservation projects across Asia Tony did world-class work on the discovery and conservation of limestone cave invertebrates – saving many species from obliteration by the region’s rapidly expanding cement industry, establishing the IUCN Cave Invertebrate Specialist Group, and having at least 33 new species named in his honour.

The Tony Whitten Conservation Award was a three-year programme established in 2019 to celebrate early career researchers from East and South-east Asia working on any area of conservation or field biology.

The awards, worth GBP 2,000 each, provided assistance to the ongoing work of successful applicants. The selection panel, chosen by Tony’s family, were particularly interested in hearing about work on the overlooked species and habitats that Tony was most passionate about – such as caves and karst ecosystems, and little-studied invertebrates and fishes. Five awards were made annually between 2019-2021.

Learn more about the 2021 winners here: 2021 Winners

Learn more about the 2020 winners here: 2020 Winners

Learn more about the 2019 winners here: 2019 Winners

Please note the Award programme has now finished.