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 biennial OZTek Awards is a much-anticipated aspect of OZTek & the concluding Gala Awards Dinner.

For the first time, you can nominate a deserving diver for an award - so don't delay, Nominations are now closed!


This is the perfect opportunity to acknowledge someone who has inspired your diving, enabled you go further or simply inspired you to do more.

Note: Anyone can vote, whether or not they are attending the Gala Dinner.

The Deadline for award nominations was February 6th.

Industry Recognition Award Richard Evans
Richard Evans receives his 2015 Industry Recognition Award from Simon Mitchell (left). Photo: Nicholas Terry

Industry Recognition Award

To acknowledge diving Industry members whose individual efforts have often had a far-reaching impact on the advancement and growth of diving.

Previous Recipients are:

  • Rob Cason
  • Dr Simon Mitchell
  • Richard Nicholls
  • Barry Hallett
  • Tony Davis
  • Barry Andrewartha
  • Terry Cummins
  • Col McKenzie
  • Jayne Jenkins
  • Richard Taylor
  • Warrick McDonald
  • Richard Evans - 2015
Media Excellence Award Richard Vevers
Richard Vevers: 2015 Media Excellence Award. Photo: Nicholas Terry

Media Excellence Award

For ongoing promotion of ocean awareness and the diving industry, technical or otherwise.

Note: This award is only given in outstanding circumstances

Previous Recipients are:

  • Michael Menduno
  • Jill Heinerth
  • Richard Vevers - 2015
Outstanding Achievement Award John Dalla-Zuanna
John Dalla-Zuanna receives his 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award. Photo: Nicholas Terry

Outstanding Achievement Award

To recognise deserving individuals whose achievements embody the spirit of diving adventure, exploration and teamwork.

Previous Recipients are:

  • Kevin Denlay
  • Ron Allum
  • Andrew Wight
  • Chris Brown
  • Dr Mark Spencer
  • Dr Richard Harris
  • Steve Trewavas
  • Mervyn Maher
  • Pete Mesley
  • John Dalla-Zuanna - 2015
 Technical Diver of The Year Award Lance Robb
Lance Robb receiving his 2015 Technical Diver of the Year award. Photo: Nicholas Terry

Technical Diver of The Year Award

For continued outstanding achievements in underwater exploration (includes elements of teamwork, mentoring and inspiration).

Previous Recipients are:

  • David Apperley
  • Paul Hosie
  • Trevor Jackson
  • Samir Alhafith
  • Craig Challen
  • Sandy Varin
  • Liam Allen
  • Lance Robb - 2015

Lifetime Achievement Award

An award which speaks for itself.

Previous Recipients are:

  • Valerie Taylor

Emerging Explorer Award (new)


  • Under 35 years of age
  • Acknowledgement of an up-&-coming diver for their contribution to exploration, research or training in the spirit of team work and community.