“The ‘Defender Service Awards’ are a beloved initiative that we are proud to bring back for a third year. Celebrating the organizations that make a difference in our communities speaks to the core of the Defender brand – that it is most powerful when it’s on a mission to help others.”


Joe Eberhardt, President and CEO,

Jaguar Land Rover North America


Congratulations to the 2023 Defender Service Awards presented by Chase winners. See our winners below and click to learn more about the work they do.

Animal, Wildlife & Marine Welfare Award – Presented by Animal Planet

Manitoba Underdogs Rescue Inc (Winnipeg, MB)

Community Services Award – Presented by ei3

Kairos Adventures Inc (Casselberry, FL)

Search, Rescue & Emergency Support Services Award – Presented by PELICAN

Squamish Search and Rescue Society (Squamish, BC)

Veteran & Civil Servant Outreach Award – Presented by Hearts & Science

Honour House Society (New Westminster, BC)

Outdoor Accessibility & Education Award – Presented by OUTSIDE Interactive, Inc.

Youth Sports Alliance (Park City, UT)

Defender Service Honorees Award

Charleston Animal Society (North Charleston, SC)


Congratulations to the 2022 Defender Service Awards presented by Chase winners. See our winners below and click to learn more about the work they do.

Animal Welfare Award – Presented by KONG

Appalachian Bear Rescue (Townsend, TN)

Community Services Award – Presented by ei3

Mercy Chefs (Portsmouth, VA)

Search and Rescue Award – Presented by PELICAN

Sauvetage Bénévole Outaouais – Ottawa Volunteer Search And Rescue (Ottawa, ON)

Veterans Outreach Award – Presented by dentsu X

Patriot Service Dogs (Marion County, FL)

Enviromental and Conservation Award – Presented by Outside

Green Lake Association (Green Lake, WI)


Congratulations to the 2021 Defender Service Awards winners. See our winners below and click to learn more about the work they do.

Costal & Marine Conservation Award

New York Marine Rescue Center (Riverhead, NY)

Search & Rescue Award  

Wolfe County Search & Rescue (Campton, KY)

First Responders Award

Montgomery Emergency Medical Services (Belle Mead, NJ)

Animal Welfare Award

Humane Society of Independence County (Batesville, AR)

Fire Safety & Response Award

Navarre Beach Fire Rescue (Navarre Beach, FL)

Urban Improvement Award

Hamptons Community Outreach (Bridgehampton, NY)

Enviromental Award

One Tree Planted (Shelburne, VT)


Where can I read the full contest rules?

Who can be entered for consideration?


    Only charitable organizations with a 501(c)(3) status or registered Canadian charity status are eligible for the Defender Service Awards presented by Chase. Each charitable organization must fall into one of six categories of service: 1) Veteran & Civil Servant Outreach; 2) Community Services; 3) Animal, Wildlife & Marine Mammal Welfare; 4) Search, Rescue & Emergency Support Services; 5) Outdoor Accessibility & Education; 6) Defender Service Honorees, 2021 & 2022 Finalists.

How can my organization enter?


    Create a video that is up to three minutes long and demonstrates how your charitable organization goes above and beyond to defend your community, the need the organization addresses and how your team would benefit from a Land Rover Defender. During the Contest Entry Period (June 15, 2023 to July 21, 2023), upload your video and information using the entry form by clicking “Enter Now.”

What information must be included in my organization’s submission?


    All video submissions must include an explanation of:

        ·   Your organization’s activities and how they align with the chosen contest category

        ·   How your organization’s activities address the urgent and immediate needs of your community

        ·   How a Land Rover Defender will help move the initiative forward and/or expand its reach

        ·   How your organization will specifically benefit from one or more of the available features on a Land Rover Defender 130

What are the video submission requirements?


    Your submission can be filmed professionally or shot on your cell phone. Any level of experience is welcome, as long as your footage is recorded in widescreen or a horizontal screen orientation. The video can be up to three minutes long. For any music included in your video, upon Sponsors’ request, you must be able to provide proof you have secured the rights to use that music for contest, advertising, publicity and promotional purposes. When in doubt, if the music rights are not secured, please do not include music in your video submission.

When are submissions due?


    All entries and accompanying videos must be submitted via the Defender website by July 21, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

How will voting work?


    After the submission window closes, the Defender Service Awards team will select up to five finalists per category. Finalists will be announced on this page and the vote for winners will open to the public on September 15, 2023. Click on “Vote Now” to watch the finalists’ videos and cast up to one vote per day, per category, for the organization you feel deserves to win.

When will the winners be announced?



    All winners will be announced no later than December 1, 2023.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Begins on 6/15/23 and ends on 11/1/23. TO ENTER MUST BE 18 YEARS OR OLDER IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C., PUERTO RICO, OR CANADA, AN ELIGIBLE CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION, AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE DIRECTOR THAT IS 18 YEARS OR OLDER RESIDING IN THE 50 UNITED STATES AND D.C., PUERTO RICO, OR CANADA. Contest is void where prohibited by law. Contest subject to the complete Official Rules. Visit www.landroverusa.com/experiences/events-and-sponsorships/defender-service-awards/official-contest-rules.html or www.landrover.ca/en/experiences/sponsorship/defender-service-awards/official-contest-rules.html for Official Rules and prize descriptions. Sponsor: Jaguar Land Rover North America, LLC, 100 Jaguar Land Rover Way, Mahwah, NJ 07495.