Photograph by Eliza Scidmore
If complex ideas and information aren't made relevant and accessible, important scientific facts and findings can get lost in the din of the day-to-day. National Geographic’s strength lies in the unique combination of science and storytelling. The newly established Eliza Scidmore Award recognizes a special individual whose work combines scientific rigor and immersive storytelling to advance our understanding of the environmental and conservation issues we face—with the ultimate goal of empowering societies to make the best decisions for a healthier planet. The award is named for writer and photographer Eliza Scidmore who, in 1892, was the first woman elected to the National Geographic board.