He’s one of the most recognisable faces in Australia, and possibly the world, but it’s Robert Irwin’s work behind the camera that has him bursting with pride.
The 13-year-old son of conservation champions Steve and Terri Irwin has been named as this year’s recipient of the prestigious ‘Luke Curnow Conservation Award’.
Presented by the ‘Save the Bilby Fund’, the award is inspired by, and named after seven-year-old Luke Curnow who tragically passed away from a brain tumour in 2009.
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The young boy’s love of bilbies prompted Frank Manthey, the co-founder of the Save the Bilby Fund, to create the award in his honour.
“Choosing a winner for this prestigious award has become very difficult,” Mr Manthey explained.
“It’s been Robert’s work with his camera capturing our precious wildlife and landscape that really made him stand out,” he added.
The award ceremony will be held in Australia Zoo’s Mount Franklin Crocoseum on National Bilby Day, September 10th.
Luke’s parents and brother and sister will attend the ceremony, while patron of ‘Save the Bilby Fund’, Australian sporting royalty and eight-time Olympic medallist Dawn Fraser will assist Frank Manthey in presenting the award to Robert.
“I feel so honoured to have been chosen to receive the Luke Curnow Conservation Award and have the ‘Save the Bilby Fund’ visit Australia Zoo,” Robert said.
“We work really hard at Australia Zoo to show everyone how amazing our native Australian wildlife is – Luke definitely knew how great bilbies are and it’s his kind of passion that will help us move in the right direction towards saving our iconic Australian species,” he said.
Robert’s the third recipient of the award with the host of ABC’s radio program ‘Australia All Over’ Ian McNamara and Joanne Johnson from Enviro-Print receiving it previously.