Mongabay wins the Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication

This week we learned that Mongabay won the BBVA Foundation’s 5th Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication.

Mongabay was selected “for its outstanding track record in communicating on nature and biodiversity conservation, especially in the countries of the Global South, thanks to the contributions of over 800 journalists, scientists and other correspondents in more than 80 countries and six languages,” according to the award committee.

Previous winners of the Biophilia Award include the BBC’s environment correspondent, journalist Matt McGrath; The Guardian newspaper; Marlowe Hood, environment correspondent at Agence France-Presse (AFP); and The New Yorker journalist Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction.

The Biophilia Award “recognizes the work of professionals and/or organizations in any country that have contributed exceptionally to improving public understanding and awareness of ecological issues, bringing to bear the best available evidence and knowledge.”

This honor is a testament to the hard work of everyone at Mongabay, from our staff to the contributors who report from Nature’s frontline. Thank you to the BBVA Foundation for the recognition!

A few articles about the award:

Mongabay recibe el premio Biophilia por crear una plataforma mundial de periodismo ambiental (La Vanguardia)

Rhett Butler, fundador de la web ambiental Mongabay: “La gente prefiere creer lo que encaja con su visión del mundo” (El Mundo)

Mongabay, Premio Biophilia de Comunicación Medioambiental de la Fundación BBVA (La Verdad)

Mongabay, Premio Biophilia de Comunicación Medioambiental de la Fundación BBVA (Servimedia)

Mongabay wins prestigious 2023 Biophilia Award for Environmental Communication (

Header image: Abhaya Raj Joshi birding in Kathmandu and visiting tea gardens in eastern Nepal and neighboring India. Photos by Ashmita Paudel

By Rhett Ayers Butler

Rhett Ayers Butler is the Founder and CEO of Mongabay, a non-profit conservation and environmental science news platform. He started Mongabay in 1999 with the mission of raising interest in and appreciation of wild lands and wildlife.