Journey With Us.

XPRIZE values exploration, in all of its exhilarating forms. Exploration of space, of our Earth, and its oceans has shaped the way we live on this planet today, and will help shape the world of tomorrow. So we asked people to tell us in a short video: Why Do You Explore? Show us your passion, and illustrate your pursuits.

This is what we got. Enjoy the exploration.

This Series was made possible by Shell, presenting sponsor of our Exploration Prize Group.

Rowing the Atlantic Ocean: Sea Fever

Alastair Humphreys

“An attempt to give some of the flavours of the ocean and try to explain what motivates me to relish challenges such as rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.”


Ryan Van Duzer

“I explore because it makes me feel ALIVE! I explore for the challenge, I explore to learn and be inspired and connect with people and places on every corner of this amazing planet. I explore because taking risks have always led to the most profound experiences in my life.”

Making a Difference on the Inner and Outer Journey

Jesse Gros

“I explore because I enjoy making a difference, seeing the world through the eyes of others and celebrating our gifts. So I took some time off to explore the world. This one decision transformed me in ways I never expected. As I visited the far corners of the world, the experiences I had and the insight I gained through these adventures changed me forever.”

How Could I Not?

Samantha Gary

“I am an explorer. I've always been curious; taking things apart, watching plants grow, talking to animals, feeling the weather, meeting new people, and going on adventures. The more I experience, the more I believe that we, as a human race have a responsibility to protect the planet and wildlife; respect all cultures; and share the knowledge of the world. I believe this can be achieved through exploration.”

ABC Island Art

Glenn Miller

“Digital folk art from 30 years of exploration on and around Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands in Southeast Alaska. I moved to Juneau Alaska in the early 1980's. I began to explore the local islands in small boats and raised three daughters. Now retired, I’m sharing the digital art I fabricated on my adventures.”

Expedition to the Geographic North Pole

Antony Jinman

“What is it like to go on an expedition to explore the Arctic Ocean and travel more than 500 miles from Canada to the Geographic North Pole? The Geographic North Pole 2010 expedition saw the team ski and snow shoe (and sometimes swim) over 500 miles from Cape Discovery to the Geographic North Pole in just 51 days, collecting valuable scientific data for the University of Plymouth.”

A New Generation

Rachel Rudwall

“To learn. To teach. To connect with my fellow man. To leave behind a planet more promising than the one onto which I was born. For the people, the landscapes, and the boundless sky overhead. To feel small. To feel big. And to feel like a part of it all. For those reasons—and countless others—I explore.”

A Kiwi Way of Life

Iain Finer

“Kiwis are known for exploring and seeing the world, whether it be Jean Batten for her flying records in the 1930's to Sir Edmund Hillary being the first man to summit Everest; as Kiwis we are born to do great things. This is my story of why I explore, as a New Zealander, as a Kiwi: this is my way of life.”

Midnight Sun | Iceland

Joe Capra

“This short time lapse film was shot during the Icelandic Midnight Sun in June of 2011. For 17 days I traveled solo around the entire island, exploring and shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, traveled some 2,900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet.”

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