awards

people's choice award

The People’s Choice Award is given to the individual, group or organization that IMATA conference attendees feel has made the greatest contribution to the conference.  Votes are cast on the last day of the conference when IMATA attendees fill out individually issued People’s Choice Award ballots.

FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS EACH RECEIVE AN IMATA TROPHY

the editor's choice award

The Editor’s Choice Award, sponsored by Doug and Cheryl Messinger of Dolphin Connection, is designed to encourage and recognize excellence in writing skills and will be presented to the abstract that requires the least amount of editing and most effectively and accurately reflects the formatting guidelines for IMATA Proceedings. All abstracts submitted for the 2015 annual conference are automatically eligible for this award.

RECIPIENT RECEIVES A $350 CASH PRIZE

outernet technology award

The Outernet Technology Award, sponsored by Outernet Technologies International, is given to the author of a formal paper or poster presentation which demonstrates an outstanding use of technology. All formal and poster presentations are automatically eligible for this award.

FIRST PLACE RECEIVES A CERTIFICATE AND $200 CASH PRIZE

SECOND PLACE RECEIVES A CERTIFICATE AND $100 CASH PRIZE

sonny allen professional achievement award

Honors an individual who has demonstrated a dedication to the field of marine mammal science, training, and service to IMATA.

Past recipients include:

1997 - Randy Brill, U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program

1998 - Ken Ramirez, John G. Shedd Aquarium

1999 - Cheryl Messinger, The Dolphin Connection

2000 - Jeff Haun, U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program

2001 - William Brisby, Exotic Animal Training and Management Program

2003 - John Kirtland, Center for Elephant Conservation

2005 - Jay Sweeney, Dolphin Quest

2010 - Jayne and Mandy Rodriguez, Dolphin Research Center

2011 - Julie Scardina, SeaWorld

2014 - Pedro Lavia, ZooMarine

john kirkland award of dedication

The John Kirtland Award of Dedication is given to acknowledge persons or organizations (member or non-members) that have made major contributions to IMATA.

Past recipients include:

2005 - John G. Shedd Aquarium

2010 - Patrick Berry

2011 - Nedra Hecker

poster presentation award

The Poster Presentation winners are selected by judges who consider the information presented, the presenter’s ability to discuss the content with attendees, and visual layout and design.

FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS EACH RECEIVE AN IMATA TROPHY

first time presenter award

Getting up in front of an audience and giving a formal presentation can be a very intimidating thing to do, especially to a crowd of your peers. The first time presenter award is given to the speaker that judges believe did the best job delivering their first formal presentation at an IMATA conference.  The award hopes to encourage and inspire all members to communicate formally with their IMATA peers.

WINNER RECEIVES AN IMATA TROPHY

education and conservation award

Education and Conservation are key elements in the IMATA mission statement and are vital to the survival of all marine animals. These awards are given to the presentations that best represented achievements in education and/or conservation.

FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS EACH RECEIVE AN IMATA TROPHY

research advancement award

Research is a critical part of the work done by IMATA members in facilities all over the world. Properly conducted research projects can be laborious and time consuming, but results can and have made a difference in the lives of marine animals in our care or their wild counterparts or cousins. These  awards are given to the presentations that best represent research advancements in our field.

FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS EACH RECEIVE AN IMATA TROPHY

husbandry training award

Providing care for our animals is paramount, and animal training is a key factor that contributes to animal husbandry.  Samples collected and procedures performed using trained behavior allows for a positive experience for the animals while providing us with information and insight that helps maintain animal health. These awards are given to the presentations that best demonstrate effective husbandry training.

FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS EACH RECEIVE AN IMATA TROPHY

behavioral training award

Training animal behavior allows us to demonstrate adaptations and capabilities to visitors and provides an opportunity to mentally engage animals as well. This award category was IMATA’s original, and is still among the most cherished. Training behavior is the soul of IMATA and these awards are given to the presentations that best demonstrate exceptional animal training.

FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS EACH RECEIVE AN IMATA TROPHY