A Spectacular Evening

The Indianapolis Prize Gala will be Sept. 27, 2025

Every other year, the eyes of the world turn to Indianapolis to recognize the heroic conservationists who are saving the earth’s endangered species. The Indianapolis Prize Gala is an inspiring evening celebrating the incredible victories of the Prize Winners and the DeHaan Finalists, the Emerging Conservationist Winner alongside Global Wildlife Ambassadors and leaders in their field. Hosted in downtown Indianapolis, the Gala was never intended to be a quiet, academic, science-focused affair. Each event has been an energetic and spectacular merriment of conservation triumphs, taking audiences on a journey around the world through films shot on location with the conservationists.

Saving Wild Things and Wild Places

The Gala was fashioned to inspire guests to care more about animal conservation and place these dedicated heroes on the pedestal usually reserved for sports and entertainment stars.


Award-winning journalist Anne Thompson has appeared on all platforms of NBC News including NBC Nightly News, TODAY and MSNBC. Over the years she has covered economics, presidential campaigns, and was part of a team Emmy award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2007, she was named NBC News’ chief environmental affairs correspondent. In that role, her coverage of the Gulf oil spill made her the NBC news correspondent with the most airtime in 2010. A longtime friend of the Indianapolis Prize, Thompson has covered special in-depth features with Indianapolis Prize Winners Dr. Steven Amstrup and Dr. Patricia Wright. Before joining NBC News, Thompson was a general assignment reporter for WDIV-TV in Detroit, where she was honored with seven Emmy Awards on a variety of topics. She has of Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from University of Notre Dame. She was also a Gala co-host in 2016, 2018 and 2021.

From the Field

Whether it’s trekking through the heart of a rainforest or diving into the depths of an ocean to follow DeHaan Finalists and Winners, the goal is to share the incredible stories of conservation heroes, engaging and inspiring people to care about saving species.

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Use of Likeness

All Gala and event attendees agree to allow their likeness to be recorded and used by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc. and its affiliates in photos/video.

Gala Photography

Gala Photography is captured by Chris Bergin and Brian Ach (AP Photographer).