Kate heads for the Oscars!

Kate O’Callaghan, from Ballincollig, and her husband, Som, are in line for a prestigious award for their work on the Great Barrier Reef as they fight it out with NASA and National Geographic for one of the world’s most prestigious internet awards. Kate has been nominated for the Best Science Website in the 24th Annual Webby Awards for the work she and Som have undertaken to highlight the wonderful biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef through their website reeftracks.org which allows us to track animals like sharks, turtles and manta rays in realtime. The couple work for conservation group ‘Citizens of the Barrier Reef’ and they and their group have been nominated for what is dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Internet’’ for their work which tracks undersea life on the Great Barrier Reef. Reef Tracks was built to bring together data from a range of sources and map it on the Great Barrier Reef in an accessible way for a global audience, while also providing real conservation outcomes through the research data. Reef Tracks launched last year on the BBC’s Blue Planet Live, allowing viewers around the world to track Midori the turtle who was released to the wild following rehabilitation and is all the more incredible as it was built on a limited budget, as it competes against large organisations with huge budgets. Kate said, “I’m delighted for myself and husband that we are nominated. This is a critical time on the reef and this kind of attention that can make a real difference in the water. Our website is not just great fun for tracking turtles, manta rays and sharks in real-time, it’s also key to providing real conservation outcomes for many research projects along the reef.” “Nominees like Reef Tracks are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, executive director of The Webby Awards, “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 13,000 entries we received this year,” she added. You can find out more and vote on https://citizensgbr.org/explore/reef-tracks.

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