Biosphere Expeditions has won the following awards (our definition of "award" is a process that requires an entry via an application form and where a winner is chosen on a competitive basis by a judging panel).


  • World Travel and Tourism Council

    World Travel and Tourism Council Tourism For Tomorrow Awards: Finalist in the "Environment" category (international award scheme)


  • First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards

    First Choice Responsible Tourism Awards: Winner of the "Best Volunteering Organisation" award (international award scheme based in the UK)


  • Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards

    Skål International Sustainable Tourism Awards: Winner of the category "Countryside and wildlife" (international award scheme)


    UIAA Mountain Protection Award

    UIAA Mountain Protection Award: Winner of the category "Best Initiative" (international award scheme)


  • Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards

    Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards: Highly commended in the categories "Best for Protection of Endangered Species" and "Best Volunteering Organisation" (international award scheme based in the UK)


    Finalist in the category "environmental protection and social responsibility in tourism" (international award scheme based in Germany)


  • Reef Check

    Reef Check Awards: Our executive director is made a "Hero of the Reef" for services to coral reef conservation worldwide (international award scheme based in the USA)


  • Tripbase

    Best Volunteering Holidays Award: Award by (international award scheme based in the USA)


  • Future50

    Future 50 Award: Our Executive Director, Dr. Matthias Hammer, is named in the Future 50 class of "ones to watch" (UK award scheme based in Norfolk)


  • Greenstop

    Best Practice and Environmental Excellence Award: From Greenstop.Net, who assess eco-friendly practices and responsible tourism (international award scheme based in the UK)


  • SealSkinz Extreme Award

    SealSkinz X-treme Award: Winner (UK award scheme)


  • Britannica

    Website Award from the publishers of the Encyclopedia Britannica


  • National Geographic

    National Geographic Traveler Tours of a Lifetime Award: Several awards for our projects on snow leopards, wolf, lynx and other species across the world (international award scheme based in the USA)


  • Green Apple

    Environmental Best Practice Award: Silver award by the Green Organisation (international award scheme based in the UK)


  • Travel + Leisure

    Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award (for Responsible Tourism): Winner of the "Conservation Award" (international award scheme run by magazine based in the USA)


  • Umwelt online

    Umwelt-Online-Award (Environment-Online-Award): German government prize awarded to businesses and organisations with an online presence who have displayed excellence and best practice for the environment (international award scheme based in Germany)


  • Yves Rocher fondation

    "Trophée de femmes": Our Namibia scientist was made a laureate of this environmental prize by the Fondation Yves Rocher


  • Islands

    Blue List Award: Best in Sustainable Travel for Azores whales & dolphins expedition (international award scheme run by magazine based in the USA)


  • EDP Awards

    EDP Environment Award: Winner (UK award scheme)

Biosphere Expeditions has won the following accolades (our definition of "accolade" is a listing, usually through an editorial process, which does not require an application).


  • National Geographic

    National Geographic mentions Biosphere Expeditions as one of "12 ways to travel sustainably". Other mentions are a "100 places that will change your life" accolade for the Costa Rica sea turtle expedition, a National Geographic Adventurer "Best New Trip" accolade for the Slovakia large carnivore expedition and an "Incredible Rewilding Projects" accolade for the Germany wolf expedition.


  • BBC Wildlife

    "Top Wildlife Conservation Holiday" for Sumatra tiger expedition; "Top Ten Conservation Holiday" for Altai snow leopard expedition.


    Conde Nast Gold List

    Our Tien Shan snow leopard expedition is honoured on Condé Nast Traveller's "Gold List" of "the world's most extraordinary travel experiences"


    Condé Nast

    Our Armenia large carnivore expedition is honoured on Condé Nast Traveller's list of "Ten of the world's most admirable voluntourism trips that will actually make a difference"


  • Travel + Leisure

    "Best Adventure Outfitter" and "Best Save-the-Earth Trip" listings


  • Wall Street Journal

    "Best Volunteer Travel" for Namibia cheetah expedition


  • Merian

    "Unforgettable Travel Adventure (Unvergessliches Reiseabenteuer)" for taster days and Honduras coral reef expedition



    "Top Responsible Holiday" for Amazonia biodiversity expedition


  • Travel with a mate

    "Best Volunteer Dive Organisation" (international online magazine)


  • Outside

    Biosphere Expeditions makes it on "The Go List" for "novel vacations"; "Trip of the Year" for Maldives coral reef & whale shark expedition


  • Endless Vacation

    "Best Trip that Offers a Way Back" for Malaysia coral reef expedition


  • Skyscanner

    "Great Humanitarian Travel Option" for Amazonia biodiversity expedition



    "Top 25 Wildlife Conservation Blogs" for our blog


  • Get Lost!

    "10 adventures that are good for you and the world" for Azores whale & dolphin expedition; "30 Great Escapes / Best Adventure Trips on the Planet" for Slovakia large carnivore expedition; "Top Trips: Great small group adventure across the globe" for Arabia desert species expedition.


  • The Independent

    "Best Holiday for Green-Minded Travellers" for experience days; "Top Ten Outdoor Pursuits" for Altai snow leopard & Azores whales and dolphins expeditions; "Best Desert Adventure Holiday" for Arabia desert species expedition; "Best Activity and Adventure Break" for Musandam coral reef expedition; "Best Volunteer Career Break" for Brazil jaguar expedition; "Best for the Wild at Heart" for Slovakia large carnivore expedition.


  • The Guardian

    "Ten Best Wildlife Volunteering Holidays" for Oman Arabian leopard expedition; "Ten Best Wildlife Holidays in Europe" for Azores whales & dolphins expedition.


  • sundaytimes

    "Most satisfying trip of the year" for Altai snow leopard expedition


    "Life-changing volunteering trip" for Tien Shan snow leopard expedition



    ""Wildlife tourism experience where travelers can make a genuine difference"" for Thailand elephant expedition


    The Australian

    Our Thailand expedition is mentioned in "The Australian" as one of "15 wildlife trips that tick all the boxes for sustainability and authenticity"



  • P.M.

    "Top Holiday For Nature" listing in the category "Where can I do something for nature during my holidays?" (Wo kann man im Urlaub etwas für die Natur tun?)


  • Telegraph

    "The 50 greatest wildlife holidays on Earth" for South Africa leopard expedition; "Twenty of the world's greatest adventures" for Brazil jaguar expedition; "50 amazing wildlife adventures" for Musandam coral reef expedition; "Top 10 rare wildlife encounters" for Azores whales & dolphins expedition, "20 wildlife holidays that will really make a difference" for Thailand elephant expedition.


  • Business Insider

    "Best Volunteer Vacation" for Namibia cheetah expedition


  • World Travel Guide

    "Ethical experience" for Sumatra expedition, "10 of the best conservation holidays" for Slovakia large carnivore and Malaysia coral reef expeditions


  • de Volkskrant

    "Top Ten Ethical Operators" listing for Biosphere Expeditions


  • The National

     "World's most interesting (and conservation-focused) wildlife trips" listing for Arabia desert species expedition


  • GreatNonprofits

    "Top Rated Noprofit" listing for Biosphere Expeditions by

Biosphere Expeditions is an officially accredited member of the following bodies


IUCN  UN Environment   Reef Check   ECSA  Marine Conservation SocietyCCF

Is Biosphere Expeditions the most decorated volunteer organisation on the planet?
1 January 2021

Biosphere Expeditions becomes Ireland's first IUCN member, enjoys its Brexit
16 July 2018

Biosphere Expeditions at the Tourism for Tomorrow awards
28 April 2017

Two big accolades for Biosphere Expeditions
31 October 2016

Another ethical travel accolade for Biosphere Expeditions
17 March 2015

Biosphere Expeditions singled out as ethical organisation in an increasingly unethical voluntourism world
2 February 2015

National Geographic Traveller lambasts voluntourism, praises Biosphere Expeditions
27 April 2014

Biosphere Expeditions von National Geographic ausgezeichnet
12. April 2013

Awards hat trick for Biosphere Expeditions - includes Travel+Leisure Global Vision Award for Conservation
27 November 2012

Biosphere Expeditions wins Travel + Leisure Global Vision Award
21 September 2012

Awards hat trick for Biosphere Expeditions - includes Travel+Leisure Global Vision Award for Conservation
27 November 2012

Biosphere Expeditions joins ranks of world's top conservation organisations
26 September 2012

Biosphere Expeditions named as one of Travel + Leisure’s Top 40 Adventure Outfitters
30 July 2012

Kristina Killian, Feldbiologin von Biosphere Expeditions in Namibia gewinnt Umweltpreis „Trophée de femmes“
14. Februar 2012

Biosphere Expeditions Highly Commended in Responsible Travel Awards 2010
18 November 2010

Biosphere Expeditions recognized with “Tour of a Lifetime” award by National Geographic Traveler Magazine
23 April 2010