The OZTek Awards recognise five main areas of achievement and are:
For ongoing promotion of ocean awareness and the diving industry, technical or otherwise.
Michael Menduno / Jill Heinerth / Richard Vevers
To acknowledge diving Industry members whose individual efforts have often had a far-reaching impact on the advancement and growth of diving.
Rob Cason / Simon Mitchell (NZ) / Richard Nicholls / Barry Hallett / Tony Davis / Barry Andrewartha / Terry Cummins / Col McKenzie / Jayne Jenkins / Richard Taylor (NZ) / Warrick McDonald / Richard Evans / Jane Bowman / David Strike
To recognise deserving individuals whose achievements embody the spirit of diving advancement, adventure, exploration and teamwork.
Kevin Denlay / Ron Allum / Andrew Wight / Chris Brown / Dr Mark Spencer / Dr Richard Harris / Steve Trewavas / Mervyn Maher / Pete Mesley (NZ) / John Dalla-Zuanna / Scott Willan
For continued outstanding achievements in underwater exploration (includes elements of teamwork, mentoring and inspiration).
David Apperley / Paul Hosie / Trevor Jackson / Samir Alhafith / Craig Challen / Sandy Varin / Liam Allen / Lance Robb / Richard Harris / Ryan Kaczkowski
Under 35 years of age
Acknowledgement of an up-and-coming diver for their contribution to exploration, research or training in the spirit of team work and community. Considerations: Level of diving skill displayed. Role in diving activity (i.e. safety diver, actual explorer etc.), nature of divers’ community attitude (e.g. those who volunteer for everything in order to dive).
Tom Crisp / Stephen Fordyce
Celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of Australia's leading Divers and Dive Industry personnel - people who have helped push back the boundaries of knowledge and exploration, and whose efforts lead to the development and use of new diving technologies.
The presentation of the OZTek Awards is a much-anticipated aspect of OZTek and the concluding Decompression Party.
If you know someone deserving of an OZTek award – it's important you nominate them - please see the award criteria above and Click here to Nominate.
NOTE: If nominees are not felt to have fulfilled the Award criteria, the OZTek Awards Panel reserves the right to withhold the award.