Jill Heinerth , 2000
A pioneering underwater explorer and filmmaker, Jill Heinerth has dived deeper into caves than any woman in history. Jill’s photography and writing have been featured in prominent publications around the world. She regularly contributes to the development of training materials for international dive organizations, and is the author of several books on cave diving and underwater photography. Recognizing a lifetime devoted to water advocacy, Jill was awarded the Wyland Icon and Sea Hero of the Year awards. She has also been honored with numerous awards in filmmaking and diving, including Canadian Technical Diver of the Year. Her We Are Water Project" combines documentary filmmaking live presentations and social media to spread water literacy on a global scale."