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“Jane,” “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places” take Jackson Hole noms

National Geographic Studios and Public Road Productions’ Jane (pictured) and Bigger Bang’s Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places are among the finalists at the 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards. The Jackson Hole Science Media Awards ...
August 2, 2018

National Geographic Studios and Public Road Productions’ Jane (pictured) and Bigger Bang’s Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places are among the finalists at the 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards.

The Jackson Hole Science Media Awards (JHSMA) celebrate the best in science storytelling across 20 categories spanning content, program and craft in the science media field.

This year’s finalists were selected by a panel of more than 100 international judges who screened 1,250 hours of content. The competition saw more than 500 entries competing for 21 special awards.

The award-winners will be announced at a gala celebration on Sept. 27 in Boston as part of the Science Media Awards and Summit in the Hub (SMASH).

The 2018 Jackson Hole Science Media Awards finalists are listed below. A full list of finalists is available here.

CONTENT CATEGORY FINALISTS

Earth & Sky

Death Dive to Saturn
A NOVA Production by Terri Randall Productions, Inc. for WGBH Boston

One Strange Rock: Gasp
Nutopia Ltd, Protozoa Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment for National Geographic

Space’s Deepest Secrets: Cassini’s Grand Finale
BBC Worldwide Limited

The Farthest–Voyager in Space
Crossing the Line Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Irish Film Board for PBS

Science of Life

700 Sharks
Le Cinquieme Reve for National Geographic

Attenborough’s Ant Mountain
A Production of Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by Ammonite Ltd.

Laws of the Lizard
Day’s Edge Productions for Smithsonian Networks

The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World
Smith & Nasht, Real to Reel Productions in association with CuriosityStream, Steve Burns; The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Sue Dando; ZDF/ARTE, Linde Dehner; SVT2 Sweden Anna Schytt; Screen Australia, Telefilm, Creative NSW

Changing Planet

Before the Flood
National Geographic Presents a RatPac Documentary Films Presentation of an Appian Way Production in association with Insurgent Docs and Diamond Docs

Mosquito
Yap Films for Discovery Channel

POV: The Islands and the Whales
A co-production of Intrepid Cinema and Radiator Film in association with American Documentary | POV

The Serengeti Rules
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios & Passion Planet

Health & Medicine

My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond
Luna Productions

The Surgery Ship
Media Stockade, National Geographic, Screen Australia

Unseen Enemy
Sierra/Tango Productions, Vulcan Productions

Vital Bonds
ID Docs, National Film Board of Canada

Technology & Innovation

AlphaGo
Moxie Pictures

Digits: Episode 3
Partisan Pictures for CuriosityStream

The Bit Player
The IEEE Information Theory Society

Being Human

Dian Fossey: Secrets in the Mist – Dark Side of the Mountain
Tigress Productions Limited for National Geographic

Great Human Odyssey
A NOVA Production by Clearwater Documentary Inc. in association with CBC, A NOVA Production by Lawrence Klein Productions, LLC for WGBH Boston

Jane
National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions for National Geographic

Short Form Series (under 20 minutes)

Deep Look
KQED, PBS Digital Studios

I Contain Multitudes: Short Series
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Room 608 Productions

Retro Report/STAT
Retro Report/STAT

Skunk Bear with Adam Cole
NPR

Long Form Series (longer than 20 minutes)

Digits
Partisan Pictures for CuriosityStream

NOVA Wonders
Pangloss Films LLC, Ark Media, Little Bay Pictures, Lawrence Klein Productions LLC, and Lone Wolf Media for WGBH Boston

One Strange Rock
Nutopia Ltd, Protozoa Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment for National Geographic

Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places
Bigger Bang for CuriosityStream

Short Program

Colors of Change
Pongo Media Productions

Cosmic Twin: Why There Could be Many Identical Copies of You
A film made by Melissa Hogenboom and Pierangelo Pirak for BBC Earth

Genes As Medicine
Barrat Media Inc. and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Mapping the Darién Gap
BelugaSmile Productions, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The End of Snow
Day’s Edge Productions

Think Like a Scientist: Renewal
Plumb Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Micro Movie (under 5 minutes)

A New View of the Moon
Wylie Overstreet, Alex Gorosh

L’orchestre D’hibernation Animaux (or: How Animals Hibernate)
Popular Science

Meet the Real Wolf
Grizzly Creek Films, Rocky Mountain Wolf Project

Stunning Close-ups: Meet These Frogs Before They Go Extinct
National Geographic

The Snow Guardian
Day’s Edge Productions

Interactive

Augmented Reality Keeps Rivers Free-Flowing
World Wildlife Fund, One Big Robot

Fisheries Collapse
Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Cortina Productions

Human Anatomy Atlas 2018
Visible Body

What Happens in a Bomb Blast?
Outrider Foundation, Alex Wellerstein, Bluecadet

Virtual Reality/360° Storytelling

Greenland Melting
FRONTLINE, Emblematic Group, NOVA, xRez Studio, Realtra

My Africa
A Passion Planet Production is association with Vision 3 for Conservation International

The Protectors
Annapurna Pictures, Here Be Dragons and National Geographic

This Is Climate Change: Fire
Participant Media, Condition One

Science Journalism

POV: The Islands and the Whales
A co-production of Intrepid Cinema and Radiator Film in association with American Documentary | POV

The Farthest–Voyager in Space
Crossing the Line Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Irish Film Board for PBS

The Serengeti Rules
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios & Passion Planet

VITAMANIA – the sense and nonsense of vitamins
A Genepool Productions feature documentary for SBS Australia, CuriosityStream, and ARTE France. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria

Science Ambassador

Attenborough’s Ant Mountain
Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, A Production of Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by Ammonite Ltd.

My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond
Luna Productions

Myth or Science: The Power of Poo
Infield Fly Productions in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, OMDC, CAVCO and Rogers Telefund

VITAMANIA – the sense and nonsense of vitamins
A Genepool Productions feature documentary for SBS Australia, CuriosityStream, and ARTE France. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria

Engaging Young Scientists

Amazon Adventure
SK Films, Picture Projects, Aventuras Produções

Backyard Wilderness
Arise Media / Archipelago Films

Dream Big: Engineering Our World
MacGillivray Freeman Films

Myth or Science: The Power of Poo
Infield Fly Productions in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Produced with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, OMDC, CAVCO and Rogers Telefund

Student & Emerging Science Filmmaker

A Million Dollar Nose?
Sarah Hight with support from The Centre for Science Communication at Otago University

Illuminating Disease
Alain Douchinsky

Life of Pine
Chris O’Flaherty, Todd Amacker, Shireen Rahimi, Olivia Schmidt, and Tim Treuer

Outnumbered in Africa
Clare Fieseler, Gabby Salazar

CRAFT CATEGORY FINALISTS

Writing

Attenborough’s Ant Mountain
Terra Mater Factual Studios GmbH, A Production of Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with BBC and ABC Australia produced by Ammonite Ltd.

Jane
National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions for National Geographic

Second Genesis
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios and Market Road Films for PBS

VITAMANIA – the sense and nonsense of vitamins
A Genepool Productions feature documentary for SBS Australia, CuriosityStream, and ARTE France. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria

Editing

Jane
National Geographic Studios in association with Public Road Productions for National Geographic

The Farthest–Voyager in Space
Crossing the Line Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Irish Film Board for PBS

The Serengeti Rules
HHMI Tangled Bank Studios & Passion Planet

Visualization

700 Sharks
Le Cinquieme Reve for National Geographic

One Strange Rock: Home
Nutopia Ltd, Protozoa Pictures, Overbrook Entertainment for National Geographic

The Farthest–Voyager in Space
Crossing the Line Productions, HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, and Irish Film Board for PBS

The Kingdom – How Fungi Made Our World
Smith & Nasht, Real to Reel Productions in association with CuriosityStream, Steve Burns; The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Sue Dando; ZDF/ARTE, Linde Dehner; SVT2 Sweden Anna Schytt; Screen Australia, Telefilm, Creative NSW

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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