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The Prince & the Ocean!

Monaco's Prince Albert was honored at the Benchley Ocean Awards at the Carnegie Institution for his work in marine scientific expeditions on the ocean’s pressing challenges.

 The Prince & the Ocean!

Prince Albert is the only Head of State ever to travel to both poles. He's with Wendy Benchley, an ocean conservation and policy advocate, who co-founded the awards with Blue Frontier author David Helvarg in honor of her husband, Jaws author and oceans activist Peter Benchley; they've become the Academy Awards for the ocean.

 The Prince & the Ocean!

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Sylvia Earle presented the Youth Award to Madison Pip Stewart, an ocean activist since the age of 8, when she started protecting sharks near her Australian home through a petition to get rid of shark killer nets. She's the subject of the Smithsonian documentary Shark Girl. After a reception and awards ceremony, guests enjoyed a sold-out gala dinner.