The Order of Australia
The Order of Australia, instituted by Her Majesty The Queen on 14 February 1975, was established as "an Australian society of honour for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service".
Neville Coleman OAM (Photo: Jorina van der Westhuizen)
- Designer: Neville Coleman’s Underwater Geographic Magazine
14 years (1980 to 1995)
- Director: Neville Coleman’s World of Water
- Curator: Australasian Marine Photographic Index
- Principal: Neville Coleman’s Skill Development Programs
- Author: One of the Western world’s leading underwater natural history authors -65 Books
- Photographer: Over 100,000 stock transparencies, 12,000 species of marine life
- Explorer: Headed the Australian Coastal Marine Expedition (1969-1973). Over 160 worldwide expeditions.
- Lecturer: Presented over 350 environmental audio visuals at worldwide venue
- Research Associate: Australian Museum
- Honorary: Consultant Queensland Museum
- Scuba diver: BSAC trained over 12,000 logged dives (1963 to 1995) 2000 unlogged since.
- Underwater Naturalist: 44 years discovering and observing underwater natural history including the discovery of over 450 species new to science
- Photo-journalist: One of the most published underwater photo journalists in the South Pacific (over 180 magazines since 1973)
- Instructor: Certificate specialty course instructor for Underwater Environment/Naturalist Project AWARE 8 speciality courses (see Skill Development)
Underwater Photography for diving instruction agencies in Australia.
PADI (LFSI 102088), (30 years field experience)
- Technical Adviser: "Sydney Aquarium" Advisory Committee
- Honorary Board of Governors: (Asia Pacific) "Project AWARE" Foundation (International)
Honorary Fellow Australian Institute of Professional Photographers
Life member Australian Marine Concervation Society
ORRCA Inc (Associate Member)
Professional Association of Diving Instructors
Society of Advertising, Commercial and Magazine Photographers
Life member Whale Conservation Society
Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia
- Inductee: International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 2007
- International Fellow THE EXPLORERS CLUB
- The Medal of the Order of Australia Neville A Coleman OAM
- NAUI – Diving Industry Service Award – 1984
- Commonwealth Medal Australian Photographic Society’s highest award – 1984
- Whitley Book award – 1988
- AUF Development of Diving - 1988
- Banksia Environmental Foundation – Waterways & Marine 1991 Award Winner – Australasian
- Marine Photographic Index Dive Industry & Travel Assoc of Australia – Scuba Excellence Award – "Service to Education" 1991
- Australian Institute of Professional Photography – "Honorary Fellowship" 1991 – the first such award ever given in underwater photography
- Scuba Schools International – "Platinum Pro 5000 Card" awarded to world’s top 1% divers. DEMA 93.
- Golden Fin Award – for outstanding contribution by an individual to the diving industry and the concept of environmental conservation 1995
AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETYS HIGHEST AWARD
THE 1984 COMMONWEALTH MEDAL
AWARDED TO NEVILLE COLEMAN FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHIC TECHNOLOGY
The first time in the history of the COMMONWEALTH MEDAL that it was
awarded to a photographer…..let alone an underwater photographer.
Judge of Photography
- "Australian Underwater Photographer of the Year" (South Pacific Divers) 1982 – 1983
- Heron Island Dive Festival – Underwater Photographic Competition – 1984 – 1985 – 1986 – 1987 – 1989 – 1990 – 1991 – 1992 – 1993
- Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, USA) – Underwater Photographic Competition 1989
- 2nd Annual Flores Underwater Festival (Indonesia) – International Underwater Photographic Competition 1991
- 1st Great, Great Barrier Reef Photography Shootout (Lady Elliott Island) 1991
- SUBIOS ‘95 – Seychelles/"SUBIOS" – ‘97 – Seychelles (Indian Ocean)
- Judge of Environmental Awards: Banksia Environmental Foundation Award – Waterways and Marine – 1990
- Banksia Environmental Foundation Awards – Waterways and Marine – 1992
Inductee: International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame 2007
International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Vision Honoring the Founders of Scuba Diving
To support, strengthen and promote those
dedicated to the ocean environments around the world
International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame Vision
Honoring the Founders of Scuba Diving
ISDHF exists to recognize those who have contributed to the success and growth of recreational SCUBA diving in the areas of dive travel, entertainment, art, equipment design and development, education, exploration and adventure. ISDHF will do so through the use of physical and virtual
museums, and by awarding the highest ISDHF recognition to those who have contributed significantly to these fields through their participation and promotion of recreational scuba diving.
- Recognize those that have contributed to the growth of recreational diving through their participation in the dive travel, entertainment and diving adventure industries by presenting an annual recognization award to those selected by the Board of Directors.
- Maintain a virtual Museum and Hall of Fame that describes and lists the important information about those who have been recognized as key contributors to the growth of recreational
diving through the dive travel, entertainment and adventure industries.
Maintain a physical Museum and Hall of Fame that describes and lists the most important information about those who have been recognized as key contributors to the growth of recreational diving through the dive travel, entertainment and adventure industries.