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Explore Leader Awards

Explore Leaders are the best in the business - the awards they've won show that! Although external recognition is great, we also like to show our amazing leaders that here at Explore head office we know they're crucial to the success of each individual trip we run and we simply couldn't function without them. The Explore Leader Awards recognise those leaders who have made your adventure extra special.


The 2018 awards have now closed, however you can vote for your 2019 winner here.

The Prize

First prize is £1500 and 3 Runners-up prizes £750 each – with 50% going to a charity of the Tour Leader's own choice – either a registered Charity or a local project in the area they work in. This year we hope to bring all four to the UK and they will visit us here at the office!
Although there are no individual categories, there are four main criteria the judges use when making their decisions:

1. Local knowledge 
2. People skills 
3. Organisational skills 
4. Respect for local people, culture and the environment
If you feel that your Explore Leader displayed these qualities, make sure you nominate them in the 2019 Leader Awards

2018 Explore Leader Awards results

Overall Winner–
Anna Grebozs (UK) - pictured below

Runners up – 
Bibi Mambukushu (Botswana) 
Reinier Bredenkamp (South Africa) 
Wilfred Garbutt (Belize)

How the winners were chosen 
The Panel was made up of Joe Ponte (Managing Director), John Telfer (Deputy Managing Director) Margaret McEwan (Flo) – (Head of Governance and Customer Relations...), Hannah Methven (Worldwide Programme Manager), Helen Woods (Principal Trading Standards Officer and frequent traveller), Terri Butcher (Head of customer Services at RT.com) and Katie McGonagle (Features Editor for Travel Weekly) 

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