From the Heart to the Ocean

The Max Benjamin Award


Introducing From the Heart to the Ocean – The Max Benjamin Award a prize open to all creatives who are inspired by the waterline drawn by the sounds of the seas its moods its endless horizons and caressing waves and the critters that call it home.


Entries Close Wednesday
31 March 2021 at 23:59hrs AEST
(Australian Eastern Standard Time) GMT +10:00




 For this Award we would love you to tell us your ocean stories through the your medium of choice.  Show us what the ocean means to you – a love story from your heart to the ocean. You can sculpt it write it film it linocut it sing it create a visual story… the choice of medium and creative license is yours!

THE MAX BENJAMIN AWARD – Honouring a man who’s life was dedicated to the sharing the wonder of the ocean

In 1969 Max purchased and moved to a failed cocoa plantation called Walindi Plantation in New Britain Papua New Guinea where a few years later in 1983 he and his wife Cecilie founded the now famous Walindi diving resort. Max became a passionate ambassador for the diving in Kimbe Bay and PNG as a whole and was instrumental in putting PNG firmly on the map as a must-go diving destination on the planet. Max encouraged extensive scientific research into the marine life of the area and was tireless in supporting the local community. We have dedicated this award to his tireless efforts and thank the family and team at Walindi for their continuing support.


Foundation Partner – Walindi Plantation Resort

7 night stay at WALINDI PLANTATION RESORT Diving the world renowned reefs of Kimbe Bay with our experienced dive guides. Your prize includes:-

  • 7 nights bungalow accommodation/ensuite facilities for one guest.
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • 10 dive package
  • Tanks, weights and weight belt
  • Daily laundry service
  • Return airport transfers (Hoskins/Walindi/Hoskins)

Welcome to Walindi Plantation Resort, Papua New Guinea.

The idea to develop the resort came after Max and Cecilie Benjamin travelled overseas for a diving holiday in 1978 where they immediately recognised the outstanding marine biodiversity of Kimbe Bay in their own backyard.  Walindi Plantation Resort commenced on the shores of Kimbe Bay in 1983 and we are a fully family owned resort now reaching three generations. 

  The resort has now grown to incorporate 20 accommodation units, day dive boats and links with two liveaboard dive boats. Terrestrial outreach such as bird watching, WW2 history, village visits, thermal hot river swimming, volcano climbs as well as scuba diving and snorkeling have expanded the footprint of the resort to include many PNG traditional resource owners.

 The drive for environmental education of all concerned, strong environmental protection policies such as using only permanent marine moorings at dive sites plus community consultation practices is central to the resort’s operation ethos today and for the foreseeable future.