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The Australian Geographic is a bi-monthly geographical magazine-style journal created by Dick Smith in 1985. It focuses mainly on stories about Australia, or about Australian people in other countries. The six editions published each year are available by subscription and on newsstands.
The journal is known for its poster included in each edition as well as high quality photographs, excellent maps from award-winning mapmakers and detailed technical illustrations. The 10th anniversary edition featured one of the country's most comprehensive maps of exploration ever produced. These maps have been used by explorers crossing Central Australia and Antarctica.
Australian Geographic now also runs a frequently updated online news service with three to four news articles, features, image galleries and blogs online each day.
It was published by Australian Geographic, a privately owned organisation that also managed a chain of retail stores similarly named in Australia. Each year, a portion of the profits is given to the Australian Geographic Society, the non-profit arm of Australian Geographic which supports scientific research as well as environmental and community projects. Funds are also used to highlight and support Australian adventurers and produce related diaries, calendars and books. There are also 70 Australian Geographic retail stores which sell products including Australiana, Weather stations, telescopes, books and toys, these are now owned and run separately to the journal.
The publication's offices were originally based in Terrey Hills north of Sydney. Smith was advised to include his name on the cover to aid the journal's establishment. After two years he removed his name from the cover. Smith wanted the publication to focus on accuracy by exclusively including articles that were peer-reviewed. In 1995, when subscriptions totalled more than 200,000, the publication was sold to Fairfax.
From September 2000 to December 2001, Australian Geographic published a bimonthly science and technology magazine known as Newton Graphic Science. There were, however, only eight issues published before the magazine went permanently out of print. In 2001 the journal's offices were threatened by fires during the Black Christmas bushfires.
ACP Magazines purchased Australian Geographic in 2006; today the journal is owned by Bauer Media Group and is based at Goulburn Street Sydney. Dick Smith no longer has direct editorial control over content found in the journal, but remains as chairman of trustees of the Australian Geographic Society. The current editor-in-chief of Australian Geographic is Chrissie Goldrick and the editor is John Pickrell.
The Australian Geographic Society Adventure Award is Australia's longest running award for adventure. It has been in operation since 1987, and is bestowed upon Australia's most respected adventurers. The award is judged on merit, therefore not all of the categories are awarded annually. The award is given in two categories - Adventurer of the Year, and Young Adventurer of the Year.
Each year the society bestows awards as a celebration of achievement and not a competition as such, not all categories are awarded annually.
Adventurer of the Year 
|2010||Linda Beilharz||First Australian woman to walk to the North and South Poles.|
|2009||Andrew Lock||Mountaineer who successfully climbed all fourteen of the tallest +8000m peaks in the world.|
|2008||Jozef Truban||Trekked 3100 km across the Carpathian Mountains in 2007.|
|2007||Lloyd Godson||Survived in a self-contained underwater habitat "the BioSUB" for 12 days.|
|2006||Tim Cope||Travelled by horse from Mongolia to Hungary on the trail of nomads during 2004-2007.|
|2005||Andrew McAuley||Paddled across the Gulf of Carpentaria in 2004 in a kayak.|
|2004||Jon Johanson||First solo flight over the South Pole in a single-engine home-built aircraft.|
|2003||Sue Fear||First Australian-born woman to climb Mount Everest.|
|2002||Jon Muir||First ever unassisted crossing of Australia in 128 days, from Port Augusta to Burketown.|
|2001||Tammy van Wisse||First person to swim the entire length of the Murray River in Australia.|
|2000||Dick Smith (entrepreneur)||Flew a balloon across the Tasman Sea from New Zealand to Australia.|
|1999||David Mason||Walked solo across Australia from Byron Bay to Steep Point in 1998.|
|1998||David Lewis||Completed the world's first circumnavigation of the planet in multi-hull vessel.|
|1997||Syd Kirkby||First man to venture into the Prince Charles Mountains in Antarctica with sled dogs during 1956–57.|
|1996||Don & Margie McIntyre||Married couple who spent a year living in a tent in Antarctica.|
|1995||Dennis Bartell||Walked across Australia in 1984, and became the first person to walk walk solo across the width of the Simpson Desert.|
|1994||Len Beadell||Completed the Woomera town survey, and supervised the construction of +6500 km of roads in outback Australia.|
|1993||Warwick Deacock||Organised the first Australian climbing expedition of Annapurna III in the Himalayas during 1980.|
|1992||Ron and Valerie Taylor||Became the first people to film Great White Sharks underwater in 1992 without the protection of a cage.|
|1991||Warren Bonython||Walked across the Simpson Desert in 1973, and largely contributed to the formation of the Heysen Trail.|
|1990||Hans Tholstrup||First maritime circumnavigation of Australia in an open boat, and first to cross Australia in a solar powered car.|
|1989||Dot Butler||Conservationalist, mountaineer, explorer, and long distance cyclist.|
|1988||Philip Law||Scientist and Antarctic explorer.|
|1987||Colin Putt||Antarctic explorer and mountaineer. Amongst the first to summit Big Ben on Heard Island (Australia's Tallest Mountain).|
2010 - Linda Beilharz 
In 2004, Linda Beilharz became the first Australian woman to ski from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole. Inspired by the journey, she committed herself to walk across the world's four largest icecaps in the Antarctic, the Arctic, Greenland and Patagonia.
In 2007, Beilharz successfully crossed the Greenland Icecap. In 2011, Beilharz walked over 780 km on a 55-day journey from Ward Hunt Island in northern Canada to the North Pole. Beilharz is the first Australian woman to trek to the pole and the first female to reach both poles on foot.
2009 - Andrew Lock 
Andrew Lock became the first Australian to summit all fourteen of the world's highest peaks on 2 October 2009, after ascending Mount Shishapangma in Tibet. It took Lock sixteen years to complete his quest to climb all of the world's +8000m mountains, a feat that only seventeen other people have completed before him.
2008 - Jozef Truban 
Truban began his 3100 km trek across the length of the Carpathian Mountains in July 2007. The Carpathian's rise and stretch in a jagged arc across central and eastern Europe, taking in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the Ukraine, Romania and Poland. The High Tatras are the highest peaks in the Carpathians and the most technically difficult to climb, the eleven peaks above 2500m. In total, Truban rode 2600 km and walked 500 km.
2007 - Lloyd Godson 
Lloyd Godson is a marine biologist who survived in a self-contained underwater habitat "the BioSUB" for twelve days. The habitat was submerged in a dam in Albury, and sustained by a system which generated oxygen powered by a bicycle attached to a generator while he was underwater. In doing so, he became the first person to do so using a plant-based life-support system underwater. The system was developed by some high school students in the United States, who flew to Australia to witness the endeavour.
2006 - Tim Cope 
Tim Cope travelled by horse from Mongolia to Hungary during 2004–2007 on the trail of nomads, a path most famously laid down by Genghis Khan and the Mongols in the 13th century. The journey was approximately 10,000 km long, and took him 18 months to complete on horseback.
2005 - Andrew McAuley 
McAuley paddled across the Gulf of Carpentaria in 2004, an open ocean crossing of 530 km which he completed in 6.5 days. McAuley also crossed the Bass Strait three times, including the first ever direct non-stop crossing in 2003 from Wilsons Promontory to Wynyard in 35 hours (a distance of 220 km). In 2006, McAuley also led a team of Australia's leading sea kayakers on an expedition south from Hope Bay to the Antarctic Peninsula, paddling over 800 km to the Antarctic Circle.
In 2007, McAuley attempted to cross the Tasman Sea from Tasmania to New Zealand. He was lost at sea and presumed dead when on 12 February, the search for his missing body was called off following the recovery of his partly flooded kayak on 10 February near Milford Sound.
2004 - Jon Johanson 
2003 - Sue Fear 
In 2003, Fear climbed Everest (8,848 m) from the more difficult Tibetan side on the North Col. She was the first Australian-born woman and the second Australian woman overall to do so. Fear died on 28 May 2006, when she fell into a crevasse whilst descending from the summit of Manaslu in Nepal.
2002 - Jon Muir 
Jon Muir completed the first ever unassisted crossing of Australia in 2001, having walked a distance of 2500 km from Port Augusta to Burketown in 128 days. Muir has also summitted Mount Everest in 1988, and has walked to both the south (1999) and north (2002) poles.
He is also the recipient of the Order of Australia medal in 1989, and the Centenary Medal in 2003.
2001 - Tammy van Wisse 
On 18 February 2001, van Wisse became the first person to swim the entire length of the Murray River from the alps to the ocean. Starting from Corryong in Victoria's high country, it took van Wisse 106 days to reach the Murray Mouth in South Australia, a distance of 2438 kilometres.
2000 - Dick Smith 
In 2000, Dick Smith made a trans-tasman balloon trip from New Zealand to Australia.
1999 - David Mason 
In 1998, David Mason walked from Byron Bay to Dalby, where he picked up three camels that would carry his supplies. From there, he walked through the Simpson Desert to Uluru, then across the Gibson Desert to Steep Point. He completed the walk in 236 days, whilst raising money for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
1998 - David Lewis 
David Lewis was named the Australian Geographic's Explorer of the Year in 1998 in recognition of a lifetime of adventurous pursuit. He was the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a multi-hull vessel, sailed to Antarctica, and made multiple attempts to circumnavigate Antarctica.
In recognition of his achievements, he was bestowed with the title of Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
1997 - Syd Kirkby 
Kirkby was awarded the title of 1997 Adventurer of the Year for a lifetime of exploration in the Antarctic Territory. Kirkby's many accomplishments in Antarctica include establishment of the easternmost, westernmost, and southermost astrofixes in Australian Antarctic Territory; and becoming the first man to venture into the Prince Charles Mountains with sled dogs during 1956–57. Between 1961 and 1965, he surveyed more Antarctic territory than any other explorer.
Many geographical features in Antarctica have been named after Kirkby, and he was awarded the Polar Medal in 1957. He was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1965, and nominated in 1999 by The Australian newspaper as one of the ten greatest Australian adventurers of the 20th century.
1996 - Don & Margie McIntyre 
Don and Margie McIntyre spent a year living together during 1995 at the windiest place on earth - Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica. They are active supporters of the right-to-die concept, to prevent governments from restricting adventurers from risking their lives due to the costs associated with mounting rescues in remote regions such as Antarctica.
1995 - Dennis Bartell 
Denis Bartell became the first person to walk across the Simpson Desert unassisted in 1984, whilst walking across Australia from the Gulf of Carpentaria to Gulf St Vincent. He followed the 'French Line' - a route taken by the CGG surveyor Roy Elkins 21 years prior who also completed the walk but with the assistance of a support crew.
1994 - Len Beadell 
Len Beadell was, as a surveyor in the Australian Army, responsible for the initial Woomera town survey and identification of rocket launch sites in the Australian outback. He led a group of road-makers to create over 6,500 kilometres of access roads for scientific observations of various weapons tests, the most infamous of these roads being the Gunbarrel Highway which runs from the Stuart Highway west to Carnegie Station - a distance of 1500 kilometres.
1993 - Warwick Deacock 
Warwick Deacock organised the first Australian climbing expedition of Annapurna III in the Himalayas in 1980. It was the third expedition to ever be mounted to summit the mountain - the first by the Italians in 1977 which was successful, and the second in 1979 by the Germans which was unsuccessful.
1992 - Ron & Valerie Taylor 
Ron and Valerie Taylor are multi-award winning film-makers from Australia who specialize in producing underwater films to promote conservation. In 1992 they became the first people to film Great White Sharks underwater without the protection of a cage, whilst testing an electronic shark repelling barrier in South Africa.
1991 - Warren Bonython 
Warren Bonython is an Australian conservationist, explorer, author and chemical engineer. He is perhaps best known for his role working towards the promotion, planning and eventual creation of the Heysen Trail; and conservation efforts of the arid landscapes of South Australia.
On 26 January 1980, he was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of service to conservation.
1990 - Hans Tholstrup 
Tholstrup was the first person to circumnavigate the Australian continent in a 4.9 meter (16 ft) open boat. He also devised the concept of the World Solar Challenge, and became the first person to make a transcontinental journey across Australia in a solar powered car.
1989 - Dot Butler 
Dorothy (Dot) Butler was a conservationist known as the 'barefoot bushwalker', and often walked long distances at speed in the largely untracked and unmapped Blue Mountains. She was among the first to climb Crater Bluff - the highest peak in the Warrumbungles in 1936; cycled from Sydney to Melbourne during the 1940s; climbed several peaks in New Zealand; led the first Australian climbing expedition to the Andes in 1969; and cycled throughout Europe and Cambodia.
1988 - Phillip Law 
Law was an Australian scientist and explorer who served as director of Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions from 1949 to 1966 where he established bases in Mawson Station, Davis Station and Casey Station; and led expeditions that explored more than 5,000 kilometres (3,100 mi) of coastline and some 1,000,000 square kilometres (390,000 sq mi) of territory in Antarctica.
Law was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1961, was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1975, a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1995, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001.
1987 - Colin Putt 
Putt is an explorer and mountaineer who participated in several expeditions to Antarctica, led an expedition to the Carstensz Pyramid of New Guinea, and was amongst the first to summit Big Ben on Heard Island (Australia's highest mountain). He was also one of the founding members of the Oceanic Research Foundation.
Young Adventurer of the Year 
|2009||Angus Paradice||Paradice completed two challenging horse races in Mongolia at the age of 13.|
|2008i||James Castrission||Completed the world's first Trans-Tasman kayak expedition from Australia to New Zealand with Justin Jones.|
|2008ii||Justin Jones||Completed the world's first Trans-Tasman kayak expedition from Australia to New Zealand with James Castrission.|
|2007||Rex Pemberton||Third youngest person in the world to climb the seven summits.|
|2006i||Stephen Fordyce||Completed a mid-winter traverse of the Western Arthurs range in Southwest Tasmania with Roger Chao.|
|2006ii||Roger Chao||Completed a mid-winter traverse of the Western Arthurs range in Southwest Tasmania with Stephen Fordyce.|
|2005||Rex Pemberton||Youngest Australian to ever climb Mount Everest at the age of 21.|
|2004i||Chris Bray||Walked from Port Davey to Strahan around 300 km of coastline with Jasper Timm.|
|2004ii||Jasper Timm||Walked from Port Davey to Strahan around 300 km of coastline with Chris Bray.|
|2003||Christopher Harris||Youngest person to attempt Mount Everest.|
|2002||Tim Cope||Cycled across Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, and China in 1999; and paddled the length of the Yenisey River in 2001.|
|2000||Krista Bernard||Cycled solo from Indonesia to England in 2000.|
|1999||not conferred||not conferred|
|1998||Chris Hatherly||Hatherly rode a bike around Australia in 11.5 months during 1996.|
|1994i||Damon Howes||Spent a year near the Wanderer River on the South West coast of Tasmania with Deanne Howes.|
|1994ii||Deanne Howes||Spent a year near the Wanderer River on the South West coast of Tasmania with Damon Howes.|
|1993||not conferred||not conferred|
2009 - Angus Paradice 
2008 - James Castrission & Justin Jones 
Castrission and Jones completed the world's first Trans-Tasman kayak expedition from Australia to New Zealand on 13 January 2008. They departed from Forster in New South Wales, and arrived in New Plymouth on New Zealand's North Island 62 days later.
2007 - Rex Pemberton 
Pemberton climbed the Seven Summits within two years, and is the youngest person to summit Mount Everest at the age of 21. He was inspired by Jesse Martin, who did a solo sail around the world.
This is the second time Pemberton was awarded the Young Adventurer of the Year award, having been recognised for his successful summit of Mount Everest in 2005.
2006 - Stephen Fordyce and Roger Chao 
2005 - Rex Pemberton 
1990 - Tim Macartney-Snape 
On 11 May 1990, Macartney-Snape made the first to climb from sea to summit. On the summit he unfurled the flag of the Australian Geographic Society, his sponsor, and that of the Foundation for Humanity’s Adulthood (now named the World Transformation Movement).
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- Australian Geographic Shop
- Australian Geographic Society
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