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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution takes home four Telly Awards

Telly Awards

June 8, 2023

Telly Award

For excellence in video projects “Hope for Corals in Crisis”, and “Give Reefs a Chance” each win a gold and silver

Woods Hole, Mass. – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has been named a gold and silver award winner at the 44th Annual Telly Awards.  The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, and production companies.
Gold Telly Award Winner
Hope for Corals in Crisis is a Telly Gold Winner under the General -Not for Profit category, and a People’s Telly Silver Winner under the General – Non-Broadcast category.  Give Reefs a Chance won a People’s Telly Gold in the General – Online Commercial category, and a Telly Silver Winner in the General – Online Commercials category.

A collaborative team from WHOI, led by Director and Producer Craig LaPlante, wrote, and produced the videos as part of WHOI’s efforts to shed light on new strategies and solutions for the coral reef crisis.  Working with the Coral Reef Solutions Team, a comprehensive campaign highlighting the work of WHOI scientists and engineers to confront the coral crisis launched last year.

According to Craig LaPlante, WHOI’s Director of Digital Media, “It is wonderful to be recognized for our work alongside peers at Disney, National Geographic Society and PBS. Our team is always striving to find unique and creative ways to share WHOI’s important research.  And, because our audience uses digital platforms to remain educated and informed our use of digital storytelling remains integral to our overall engagement strategy.”

“The caliber of the work this season coming from creators such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution truly has reflected the theme of breaking out and standing out,” said Telly’s Executive Director Sabrina Dridje.

“This season’s awards recognized work that “breaks through the static,” and our winners did just that, rising above almost 13,000 entries from five continents and 50 countries.”

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About Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, dedicated to marine research, engineering, and higher education. Established in 1930, its primary mission is to understand the ocean and its interaction with the Earth as a whole, and to communicate an understanding of the ocean’s role in the changing global environment. WHOI’s pioneering discoveries stem from an ideal combination of science and engineering—one that has made it one of the most trusted and technically advanced leaders in basic and applied ocean research and exploration anywhere. WHOI is known for its multidisciplinary approach, superior ship operations, and unparalleled deep-sea robotics capabilities. We play a leading role in ocean observation and operate the most extensive suite of data-gathering platforms in the world. Top scientists, engineers, and students collaborate on more than 800 concurrent projects worldwide—both above and below the waves—pushing the boundaries of knowledge and possibility. For more information, please visit

About The Telly Awards

The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring video and television across all screens. Established in 1979, The Telly Awards receives over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents. Entrants are judged by The Telly Awards Judging Council—an industry body of over 200 leading experts including advertising agencies, production companies, and major television networks, reflective of the multiscreen industry The Telly Awards celebrates. Partners of The Telly Awards include Green The Bid, SeriesFest, Video Consortium, Ghetto Film School, We Are Parable, Future of Film, NAB, Stash, NYWIFT, Production Hub with support from The Commercial Director’s Diversity Program.