IMRF Awards 2022

The prestigious IMRF Awards are back for a seventh year to recognise volunteer and professional search-and-rescue (SAR) personnel from around the world.

The IMRF is looking for you to nominate someone or a team that has shown excellence in their field, developed innovative technology and equipment, or acted as a role model to inspire others.

This year’s awards will also shine a light on back-office staff, those colleagues who offer tireless support, training, and planning to enable SAR crews to do what they do, safe in the knowledge that they are all part of the same team.

“The last two years have been particularly challenging as the world has struggled to manage the global pandemic, but regardless of lockdowns, rising levels of infections and social distancing – SAR responders – volunteer and professional – have continued to answer the call of those in need at sea and in the world’s waters”, says Theresa Crossley, CEO, IMRF.

“Their commitment to saving lives has never wavered.  They have adapted, transformed their procedures and developed new practices and standards – demonstrating an exceptional dedication to their communities, remaining ready to help wherever they are needed,” she adds.


Nominations are now open. Click here to make your nomination.


This year’s IMRF Awards will have five categories that are open for nominations:

  • - Individual: For Outstanding Individual Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • - Team: For Outstanding Team Contribution to Maritime SAR Operations
  • - Innovation & Technology: For Innovation and Technology in the field of Maritime SAR
  • - Lifetime Achievement: The Lifetime Achievement Award in the Maritime SAR Sector
  • - #WomeninSAR Award: Recognising exceptional and inspiring SAR women

Nominations are open until 29 July 2022 and the shortlist will be announced on 19 September 2022.

The winners will be announced at the first part of our European Regional Meeting on 19 October 2022.

People's Choice Award

The nominees in this category are the finalists from each of the other five categories. Voting takes place via the IMRF Facebook page from 20 October 2022, with the winner announced at the second part of our European Regional Meeting on 2 November 2022.

Videos Submitted as Part of the Nomination

If you wish to add a video, you can add the link to the URL link to the IMRF Awards 2022 Nomination form. This is an optional part of the application.

  • The video should not be more than 4 minutes long.
  • Upload your video to YouTube, or Vimeo, or send it to [email protected] by the free website wetransfer.com.
  • In YouTube or Vimeo select the ‘Unlisted’ option from the settings (this means only people with the link can watch your video).
  • Make sure you add the URL to the relevant part of your nomination form, so the judges can watch it.

Photos Submitted as Part of the Nomination

Please add at least one photo (preferably more) to your nomination.

Please indicate the file name(s) of the photo(s) of the nominee person (head/shoulder photo), or the group photo(s) of the team/group in the online or paper form.

Ensure your image is larger than 1 MB (high resolution). Most image formats are accepted (.eps, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tiff, .pdf, etc.).


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