Irish documentary On A River In Ireland (pictured) has won the grand prize at the 12th biennial Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.
The doc, which aired locally under the title The Secret Life of the Shannon, was produced by Crossing the Line in association with RTÉ. In addition to the Grand Teton Award, the film also picked up Best Wildlife Habitat Program and Best Editing honors.
Filmed over two years, the doc aired in May as part of RTÉ’s ‘Goes Wild’ strand and follows host Colin Stafford-Johnson as he explores the Irish river’s inhabitants and flora and fauna in a canoe.
Other winners included Africa: Kalahari, a coproduction between BBC Natural History Unit, Discovery, BBC Worldwide, France TV and CCTV, which picked up the award for Best Animal Behavior Program; National Geographic Television’s Battle for the Elephants, which won Best Conservation Program; BBC Science and Discovery’s Operation Iceberg: Birth of a ‘Berg, which won Best Science and Nature Program, and Kangaroo Dundee, Episode 1, a coproduction between AGB Films for BBC Natural World, BBC Worldwide and Animal Planet which won Best People and Nature Program.
Africa from BBC Natural History Unit, Discovery, BBC Worldwide and France TV won for Best Limited Series; Conservation International’s Field Chronicles: Chingaza – The Water’s Journey picked up Best Educational Program honors; Disneynature’s Disneynature Chimpanzee won Best Theatrical Program and SK Films’ Flight of the Butterflies won Best Immersive 3D/Large Format.
In the craft categories, Disneynature Chimpanzee won Best Sound; Discovery Channel and BBC Natural History Unit’s Frozen Planet: Winter nabbed the Best Cinematography prize; John Downer Productions’ Penguins – Spy in the Huddle: The Journey won Best Original Musical Score and Bill Bailey’s Jungle Hero: Wallace in the Spic Islands, a coproduction between BBC Natural History Unit, Glassbox Productions, BBC Worldwide and Science Channel won the Best Writing prize.