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Jackson Hole Wildlife Festival Announces Science Media Award Winners

Tornado Alley, winner of Best Immersive Program
Jackson Hole, WY, USA — The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival has announced the finalists selected for its inaugural Science Media Awards Competition. Internationally renowned as the largest and most prestigious competition of the natural history genre, this latest initiative creates the first comprehensive international forum to celebrate excellence in communicating the wonders of science to public audiences. This year’s entries included 280 films entering more than 450 categories to compete for 18 special awards.  More than 80 international judges screened an aggregated 1500+ hours in order to determine the finalists. Programs were selected from over 400 entries by a prestigious jury including: David Dugan, William Grant, Richard Hutton, Valentine Kass and Alison Leigh and celebrated a gala event hosted at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Winners of the prestigious international competition are:


CONTENT CATEGORIES:

Best Earth & Environmental Program, sponsored by One World One Ocean (Including Geology, Paleontology, Energy, Oceanography, Weather, and Climate)

FLYING MONSTERS 3D

Atlantic Productions & SKY3D with National Geographic Entertainment

Best Life Sciences Program, sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Including Biology, Bio-diversity, Ecology, Genetics, and Genetic Engineering)
PRIMEVAL NEW ZEALAND

NHNZ with NHK, Television New Zealand and New Zealand on Air

Best Medical Science Program, sponsored by Science Channel

NOVA: SEPARATING TWINS

Presented by electricsky.com, A WTFN Production for NOVA

Best Physical Sciences Program, sponsored by The Nature Conservancy (Including Astronomy, Cosmology, Physics, Chemistry, and Nanotechnology)
CURIOSITY: DID GOD CREATE THE UNIVERSE

Darlow Smithson and Discovery Channel

THE FABRIC OF THE COSMOS WITH BRIAN GREENE: WHAT IS SPACE?

A NOVA Production by 32-12 Media, with ARTE France and National Geographic Channel


Best Technological Sciences Program, sponsored by Discovery Channel

CONCORDE: FLYING SUPERSONIC

Darlow Smithson and Smithsonian Channel

Best Human and Social Sciences Program, sponsored by Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education
THE GRAMMAR OF HAPPINESS

Essential Media and Entertainment and Smithsonian Channel

PROGRAM CATEGORIES

Theatrical Program, sponsored by Fujifilm Optical Devices

HIDDEN BEAUTY

Blacklight Films

Best Limited Series, sponsored by Terra Mater Factual Studios

AUSTRALIA: THE TIME TRAVELER’S GUIDE

Essential Media and Entertainment

Best Short, sponsored by the Wyoming Film Office

THE MAKING OF THE FITTEST: NATURAL SELECTION IN HUMANS

Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Holt Productions

Best Immersive Program, sponsored by National Geographic Television

TORNADO ALLEY
Graphic Films and Giant Screen Films

Best Institutional Media Installation, sponsored by Denver Museum of Nature & Science

THE CHANGING CLIMATE SHOW

Science North

Best Immersive–Fulldome Program, sponsored by Global Immersion

Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond our Sun
Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science, Boston

Best Interactive & New Media, sponsored by Scientific American

Bear 71
National Film Board of Canada

Best Nonprofessional Program, sponsored by Animal Planet

GROWING UP WITH GADGETS

Casey Kanode

Best Host or Presenter, sponsored by QUBE

Australia: The Time Traveller’s Guide, Episode 2
Essential Media and Entertainment
Host/Presenter: Dr. Richard Smith

CRAFT CATEGORIES:

Best Visualization, sponsored by Panasonic Solutions

PLANET YOU 3D

Terra Mater Factual Studios

Cinematography: Johannes Poetscher and Christoph Groppenberger

Science Visualization Team: Reinhold Fragner, Rudi Erlach and Alfred Vendl

Best Editing, sponsored by Sony Electronics

THE BONES OF TURKANA

National Geographic Television
Edited by: Maggie Noble


Best Writing, sponsored by American Association for the Advancement of Science

FABRIC OF THE COSMOS WITH BRIAN GREENE: QUANTUM LEAP

A NOVA Production by Spine Films, with ARTE France and National Geographic Channel Written by: Josh Rosen, Julia Cort and Joseph McMaster.
Based on the book, The Fabric of the Cosmos, by Brian Greene


In addition, Special Jury Award, sponsored by Sony Electronics was awarded to:
IMMORTAL
December Films & Pemberton Films



For more on the Science Media Awards, visit www.jhfestival.org


About JHWFF: Recognized as the event premier of its genre, the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is an unparalleled industry gathering. Hosted biennially in Grand Teton National Park, over 650 international delegates participate in an exceptional slate of leading-edge equipment presentations, seminars and state-of-the-art screenings. Also presented biennially, the Jackson Hole Symposium brings together 350 public and institutional media professionals to celebrate the finest science media programming.

The Festival’s international board members include: Animal Planet, Arete Media, BBC Natural History Unit, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Disneynature, Discovery Channel, FUJIFILM Optical Devices, Inc., Giant Screen Films/D3D Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MacGillivray Freeman Films/One World One Ocean, National Geographic Television & Film, The Nature Conservancy, Nature for WNET New York Public Media, NHK Japanese Broadcasting, NHNZ, Ltd., nWAVE Productions Distribution, Off the Fence Productions, Panasonic Solutions, Principal Large Format, Sony Electronics, TERRA MATER Factual Studios, and UNIVERSUM/ORF Natural History Unit.

Joe Kleimanhttp://www.themedreality.com
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe has been News Editor and contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, and MiceChat. His blog, ThemedReality.com takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @themedreality Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his fiancé, two dogs, and a ghost.

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