Award of Merit – “Return to K’gari” (USA)

Title: Return to K’gari
Runtime: 21 min
Country: USA
Director: Selket Kaufman
Placement: Award of Merit
Competition: March, 2024

Synopsis: Tucked away on the eastern coast of Australia lies a primeval bay where migrating South Pacific humpback whales find refuge. To sustain and grow vital noninvasive whale research, Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) seizes this opportunity to develop a long-term study examining this population of humpback whales—where they migrate and how they use East Australia’s coastline. Today, PWF Australia’s ongoing efforts focus on the revitalization of a paradise threatened by climate change and unsustainable commercial tourism.