About the award

The ACF Peter Rawlinson Conservation Award celebrates individuals and groups who have made an outstanding voluntary contribution to protecting the environment in Australia. 

Established in 1992, the annual award is given in memory of former ACF Councillor Peter Rawlinson – a zoologist, lecturer in biological science and tireless campaigner for our living world. 

Submit a nomination

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Individuals or not-for-profit groups (excluding ACF staff and Councillors) can be nominated for their voluntary achievements at a local or national level.


The winner will receive a $3000 prize and a memento. Entries are judged based on the significance of the issues addressed, the outcomes, the degree of difficulty in achieving them, and the level of personal commitment involved.

How to apply

Please fill in and submit a nomination form, including the name and details of referees.

Referees must complete a separate referee form.

Nominations close 5pm, 31 August 2017. The winner will be announced at ACF's annual general meeting on 24 November.

About Peter Rawlinson

Peter Rawlinson was one of Australia's leading biologists and conservationists. He died on the island of Anak Krakatau, Indonesia, on 11 April 1991, while engaged in research fieldwork. He was only 48 years old.

This award was established in recognition of Peter's outstanding contribution as an environmental campaigner, researcher, teacher – as well as his tireless work for many conservation organisations, especially ACF, where he was Vice-President, Treasurer and Councillor.

Past winner: Micklo Corpus

2016 joint award winner

For over two years, Micklo Corpus camped on his own traditional country, 70 kilometres east of Broome in West Australia at the gates of Buru Energy’s Yulleroo fracking site. He continues to share his knowledge of culture and love of country while engaging the community and industry to keep the Kimberley frack free.

Through this award we commend his efforts in highlighting the threats from potential contamination of his land and groundwater.

Read his story.



Past winner: Regina McKenzie

2016 joint award winner

For many years, Regina McKenzie and other Adnyamathanha Traditional Owners have worked to regenerate and protect their homelands around Yappala Station in the Flinders Ranges.

In April 2016, they woke to the news the area was being considered for a nuclear waste dump – without their consultation or consent.

Since that time, Regina has lead the opposition to this proposal among her people and the broad Australian community.

Read her story.


Past winners

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