Can You Guess The Judges?


Professional surfer and scientist Dr Cliff Kapono is one of the 11 judges


The Plastic Free Awards are back for a second year to celebrate environmental champions across the UK. The awards will recognise people from all walks of life including young campaigners, community leaders, small businesses, charities, designers, entrepreneurs, sports clubs and schools, with a shared mission to stop plastic pollution. Do you know someone going above and beyond to reduce our reliance on plastic? Nominate your plastic-free heroes here!

We are excited to announce that the judges for the Plastic Free Awards 2021 are now confirmed. The 11-person judging panel includes BBC Wildlife presenter and biologist Gillian Burke, award-winning TV presenter Liz Bonnin, as well as professional surfer and scientist Dr Cliff Kapono. Bringing knowledge and experience from a wide range of sectors, they all share a passion to protect the environment from plastic pollution.

The judges will be reviewing nominations across 12 award categories which span various areas of plastic-free living and leadership. They will be looking for originality, impact, scalability, social and community benefit, alongside other criteria to shortlist nominations before choosing the overall winners. Shortlisted nominees will be invited to join us and the judges for an incredible awards ceremony in June at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Who are the judges?

Lucy Siegle – Writer and journalist

Richard Walker – Managing Director of Iceland Foods

Hugo Tagholm – CEO of Surfers Against Sewage

Gillian Burke – BBC Wildlife presenter and biologist

Sian Sutherland – Co-founder of campaign group A Plastic Planet

Dr Paula Owen – Environmental campaigner and eco-innovator

Liz Bonnin – Wildlife biologist and presenter

Dr Cliff Kapono – Professional surfer and scientist

Lizzie Daly – Wildlife biologist and presenter

Ella Daish – Award-winning environmental activist

Dan Crockett – Writer and conservationist

If you want to find out more about the judges, head over to

Anyone can be nominated for an award, whether it be a local charity, small business or simply an activist friend or colleague changing the way we view plastic. You can even nominate yourself! Entries are now open and will close on 26th March 2021.

We would like to thank co-founder and sponsor Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and sponsors Knight Frank and Finisterre for their support.