One of the greatest honors you can receive at the Jackson Wild Media Awards is our Grand Teton Award, which goes to the best film in the entire competition. Over the years, the Grand Teton Award has gone to some absolutely amazing films. Let's take a trip down memory lane and take a look at our past winners over the years:
1991: "Here Be Dragons" (National Geographic)
1993: "Eternal Enemies" (National Geographic)
1995: "Life in the Freezer: The Big Freeze" (BBC)
1997: "Natural World: People of the Sea" (BBC)
1999: "Vision Man" (Swedish Film Institute)
2001: "Mzima: Haunt of the Riverhorse" (National Geographic)
2003: "Cultured Ape" (Scorer Associates)
Primatologist Frans de Waal claims that apes share with us the most precious jewel in our evolutionary crown: culture. This 60-minute film explores the remarkable depth of similarity between ourselves and our nearest relatives – apes.
2005: "Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action" (Katahdin Productions)
2007: "Galapagos: Born of Fire" (BBC)
2009: "Green" (Tawak)
2011: "Broken Tail" (Crossing the Line Films)
2013: "On a River in Ireland" (Crossing the Line Films)
2014 (Science Media Awards): "Particle Fever" (PF Productions, LLC & Anthos Media, LLC, USA)
2015: "Jago: A Life Underwater" (Underdog Films)
2016 (Science Media Awards): "David Attenborough's Light on Earth" (Terra Mater Factual Studios/Ammonite Films, CuriosityStream, with BBC, UKTV, ABC Australia)
2017: "The Ivory Game" (A Netflix Documentary, Terra Mater Film Studios and Vulcan Productions)
2018 (Science Media Awards): "Laws of the Lizard" (Day's Edge Productions for Smithsonian Channel)
In summary, the Grand Teton Award winners have compelling story lines that explore the complex issues that develop between people and the natural world – uncovering the unflattering side of both of these worlds. Big production companies, like BBC and National Geographic, have taken home quite a few of these awards over the years. However, Grand Teton Awards have gone to independent production companies on many occasions as well, which is very impressive especially when they are running up against veteran, power companies like National Geographic. It goes to show that this competition truly celebrates the best of nature storytelling, no matter the source or the budget that goes into the project.
We can't wait to see who will take home the Grand Teton Award in 2019!