The Perfect World Award

The Perfect World Foundation’s honorary award ”The Perfect World Award”, is every year presented to a significant person, who has contributed to the conservation of our natural world. This person has also, maybe most importantly, contributed to increase global awareness about the importance of protecting our planet and its wildlife, to ensure a sustainable future for all its inhabitants.

The crystal rhino award statuette bears the name ‘The fragile Rhino’. The rhino is a symbol of the rapid extinction of wild animals, and the crystal is a symbol of how fragile our planet’s wildlife and nature are, especially for human impact. Each statuette is unique, designed and hand made by Swedish Orrefors, Kosta Boda, one of the world’s most famous and ancient glass design and glassblowing company, dating back to 1742.

Award recipients

Prince Albert II av Monaco

GLOBALLY COMMITTED TO OCEAN CONSERVATION, CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

“How could we allow this planet, which is above all that of our children, to deteriorate further?”
– Prince Albert II av Monaco

Miss Greta Thunberg

ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE ACTIVIST

“Many people say that Sweden is just a small country and it doesn’t matter what we do, but I’ve learnt that you are never to small to make a difference.”
– Greta Thunberg

Sir David Attenborough

ZOOLOGIST, NATURAL HISTORIAN AND NATURE PROGRAM BROADCASTER

“The truth is: the natural world is changing. And we are totally dependent on that world. It provides our food, water and air. It is the most precious thing we have and we need to defend it.” – David Attenborough

Dr Sylvia Earle

MARINE BIOLOGIST, OCEANOGRAPHER AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

“Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea.” – Sylvia Earle

Dr Richard Leakey

ANTHROPOLOGIST, WILDLIFE AND NATURE CONSERVATIONIST

“We will burn ivory and we hope every country in the globe will support Kenya and say never again should we trade ivory.” – Richard Leakey

Dr Jane Goodall

PRIMATOLOGIST, ETHOLOGIST AND THE WORLD’S LEADING CHIMPANZEE EXPERT

“We are part of the animal kingdom, not separated from it, we could have a blood transfusion from a chimp if it matched the blood group, we really could, and the other way around too.” – Jane Goodall

Mr Mark Shand

TRAVEL WRITER, WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST AND FOUNDER OF ELEPHANT FAMILY

“I always say that basically elephants are a lot more intelligent than human beings… they are quiet, they are superior, they are wise. Without them we are pretty well lose, we lose them, we lose the forest, we lose everything.”
– Mark Shand

To all our grief, Mark Shand died in an unexpected accident before the 2014 awards ceremony, and the award was presented in honor of Mr Shand to his sister Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and his brother-in-law Prince Charles.