Mike Rutzen to receive prestigious 2012 TOURFILM LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The International Film Festival on Tourism Films will award world renowned South African Shark Specialist Michael Rutzen their highest honour on the occasion of the 45th Jubilee year of the Festival in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic on 04 October 2012

Gansbaai, South Africa, 15 August 2012:

Last year more than seven hundred films were entered into the Festival from 135 coutries around the world. TOURFILM attracts professionals from the global tourism industry, politicians, international media and the general public. The people of Czech Republic have a passionate interest in expeditionary travel, a hallmark of this small and highly educated nation.

In October of this year, Michael Rutzen will join a long line of luminaries in accepting the 2012 Tourfilm Life Achievement Award for his “contribution to extending human boundaries with respect to the world’s oceans, in particular for his pioneering work with sharks and reducing man’s innate fear of the marine environment”.

Former Tourfilm Life Achievement Award winners include Reinhold Messner, Dr. Jane Goodall, Renowned author Eric von Daniken, Mark Inglis (New Zealand’s double amputee who climbed Mt. Everest in 2007), Michael Palin, South African Mike Horn, Travel Channel Presenter Ian Wright, BBC presenter Charlotte Uhlenbreuk and – last year, Bertrand Piccard.

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