Jimmy Chin to receive Murie Spirit of Conservation Award

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Local mountain sports athlete and photographer Jimmy Chin might want to make more room on his trophy shelf. The recent Academy Award winning filmmaker was just selected 2019 Murie Spirit of Conservation Award recipient for his encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and protect wild places.

Teton Science Schools has scheduled an award dinner to honor Chin on August 13 at The Murie Ranch in Moose, Wyoming.

“Through photos and film for 20 years, Jimmy Chin has shared stories of wild places inspiring greater human connection to nature. Jimmy’s storytelling is inspiring our next generation of conservation leaders”, said Chris Agnew, executive director of Teton Science Schools.

Chin’s 2015 film, “Meru,” won the coveted Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was on the 2016 Oscar shortlist for Best Documentary. Chin’s latest documentary “Free Solo” won an Academy Award for best Documentary Feature in 2019. His stories continually highlight the importance of conservation to some of the biggest audiences across the world including National Geographic, The New York Times, and Hollywood.

The Murie Spirit of Conservation Award event will include dinner, live music and a silent auction starting at 5pm on August 13. Tickets will be available online beginning May 15.

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