• Picture of Aleksander Olek Doba Kayaking

    521,000 Votes Were Cast

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Vote for the Adventurers of the Year!

For a decade, National Geographic has spun the globe to find the Adventurers of the Year, each selected for his or her remarkable achievement in exploration, adventure sports, conservation, and humanitarianism. This year's honorees embody the spirit of adventure in diverse ways—an exploratory surfer seeking the world's most remote waves; paragliders pushing the boundaries of their sport; an activist challenging the status quo; filmmakers using art to drive conservation; blind kayakers redefining what's possible; and five more feats. Get to know them in photos and in-depth profiles. To celebrate our tenth anniversary, we will also be sharing updates on many of our past Adventurers of the Year, who are all pushing the limits of what's possible in different ways.

A record-setting 521,000 votes were cast to determine the 2015 People's Choice Adventurer of the Year. Thank you all for voting! Congratulations to Aleksander Doba, the only person to kayak across the Atlantic, continent-to-continent, alone, unassisted, and under his own power—and he did it at 67 years old. Watch the video.

The Year's Boldest Feats

  • Picture of Wasfia Nazreen

    Meet the Adventurers

    From a world-class ski mountaineer using her passion to better understand the planet to a 67-year-old kayaker proving that grit is more powerful than youth, these adventurers are dedicated to their dreams. Read the interviews.

  • Picture of Kit DesLauriers in the mountains

    Photos: Adventurers in Action

    A rock climber's visionary alpine traverse; a swimmer's plunge into the health of the world's seas; a mountaineer's lightning-fast solo ascent; and more. See photos of the honorees in action.

  • Picture of Ramon Navarro surfing

    Best and Brightest

    See photos and get updates on our previous Adventurers of the Year, from ultrarunner Kilian Jornet to climber Alex Honnold to hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis.