In December 2006 John was 2nd prizewinner in Australia’s richest prize: “The Signature of Sydney Art Prize”
John was awarded in 2009, the Swell Sculpture Exhibition “Dux” Environmental Art Award, Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
In July 2010, he won the Peoples Choice Award in the ArtsCape Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. Byron Bay, NSW Australia.
2010 saw John win for the 2nd time running, the Swell Sculpture Exhibition “Dux” Environmental Art Award, Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Appointed “Cultural Ambassador” for Friends of the United Nations, on World Environment Day June 6th 2011.
Invited by the United Nations in 2012 to write an essay for the Rio+20 Conference.
Awarded a Churchill Fellowship from the Winston Churchill Foundation 2014
2015 Awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA). Charles Darwin University
2015 Awarded the Nancy (Nan) Giese Doctoral Scholarship in the Arts. Charles Darwin University