Ansel Adams Award “For bringing breathtaking images of high and wild places among the world’s mountain ranges to new and growing audiences who thrill at the thought that such unspoiled places still exist and for making them want to help make sure they persist.”
National Science Foundation
Artists and Writers Grant to photograph Antarctica.
Commonwealth Club of California
Award for Literary Excellence in Non-Fiction for authorship of Poles Apart: Parallel Visions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
Photographic Art and Science Foundation
Award for Accomplishments in Wilderness Photography.
California Legislature Assembly Resolution
Commending Galen for his lifetime dedication to wilderness, decades of service on the Board of Directors of Yosemite National Institutes, and his ability to convey the beauty of wilderness.
California Outdoors Hall of Fame
Inducted as a Charter Member.
Anatoli Boukreev Memorial Fund Award
Commendation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
For work on behalf of the Tibetan people and environment.
American Alpine Club
Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Mountain Arts.
National Wildlife Federation
Conservation Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Conservation of Wildlife and Natural Resources.
North American Nature Photography Association
Award for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Photography.