|Company||Northern Pictures (Blue Ant Media)|
Australian Geographic is a media business that produces the Australian Geographic magazine, DMag magazine, specialist book titles, travel guides, diaries and calendars and online media. It published editions of the Australian Encyclopaedia. It previously operated the Australian Geographical retail chain stores and Australian Geographic Travel and Australian Geographic Adventures.
Australian Geographic magazine, originally titled Dick Smith's Australian Geographic, is a bi-monthly geographical journal created by Dick Smith in 1986. The magazine 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. They include posters or sheet maps in each edition, as well as photographs and detailed technical illustrations.
Australian Geographic also has a website that includes the entire magazine digital archive.
Each year, a portion of the profits is provided to the Australian Geographic Society, which Australian Geographic claims is the non-profit arm of Australian Geographic. Members of the public were invited to become members and make financial contributions to the Society. In a circular relationship, the magazine was represented to be the "official journal of the Australian Geographic Society". Through its Society, Australian Geographic 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.
The Australian Geographic magazine, originally titled Dick Smith's Australian Geographic, was initially published by Australian Geographic Pty Ltd, a private company controlled by Dick Smith. Smith, the founder of Dick Smith Electronics and Dick Smith Foods, included his name on the magazine cover at its establishment. After two years he removed his name from the magazine cover. Australian Geographic Pty Ltd also operated the Australian Geographic chain of retail stores. The publication's offices were originally based in Terrey Hills north of Sydney. Smith wanted the publication to focus on accuracy by exclusively including articles that were peer-reviewed. Australian Geographic acquired rights to the Australian Encyclopaedia and published editions in 1988 and 1996. In 1995, when subscriptions totalled more than 200,000, Smith sold the business to Fairfax Media for A$41 million.
In December 1998, the business was bought out by its management.
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 November 2006, PBL Media's ACP Magazines (now Bauer Media Group) purchased the Australian Geographic publishing division. The Australian Geographic magazine was then based at Park Street, Sydney. The editor-in-chief of Australian Geographic was Chrissie Goldrick, while the editor was John Pickrell.
In September 2007, Australian Geographic Retail, which operates an online store and retail stores selling products including Australiana, weather stations, telescopes, books and toys, was sold separate to the publication business. From 2007 to 2016 Australian Geographic Retail was owned by Myer Family Investments but after large operating losses it was sold in August 2016 to The Co-op, a retail supplier to universities.
The Australian Geographic Society Adventure Award has been awarded since 1987 and is Australia's longest-running award for adventure. It is judged on merit and therefore not all of the categories are awarded annually. The award is a celebration of achievement and is not a competition. The award is given in two categories – Adventurer of the Year, and Young Adventurer of the Year.
Adventurer of the Year
|2014||Jason Beachcroft||The first person to kayak around Australia, incorporating Tasmania into the route.|
|2013||Tim Jarvis||Leading the re-enactment expedition of Shackleton's epic 1916 journey.|
|2012||Pat Farmer||Marathon running from the North to the South poles.|
|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. Muir has also summitted Mount Everest in 1988, and has walked to both the south (1999) and north (2002) poles.|
|2001||Tammy van Wisse||First person to swim the entire length of the Murray River in Australia.|
|2000||Dick Smith||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||Denis Bartell||Walked across Australia in 1984, and became the first person to 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).|
Young Adventurer of the Year
|2016||Jade Hameister||Became the youngest person in history to ski to the north pole.|
|2015||Danielle Murdoch||Completed a 4-year motorcycle journey.|
|2014||Belinda Ritchie||Completed a 12-month trek on horseback along the Bicentennial National Trail.|
|2013||Ryan Campbell||Broke the World record for the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe solo in a single engine aircraft.|
|2012||Lachie Carracher||Whitewater kayaked in some of Australia's mightiest rivers, as well as those snaking through Canada, China, Laos, Nepal, Uganda, Switzerland, Sumatra, USA, the UK and Mexico.|
|2010||Jessica Watson||The youngest person ever to sail around the world solo and unassisted.|
|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|
|1989||Richard Wood||Paddled the entirety of the Murray River in a Kayak. Then raised three rigs of kids. What a man.|
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