New digital technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence are leading to a major transformation in Earth observation and opening up a wealth of opportunities for science and business alike. Embracing this new era, ESA and the European Geosciences Union (EGU) have opened a competition for an award in Earth observation excellence. Do you know someone who is in the early stages of their career, but already deserves recognition for their innovative use of Earth observation? If so, there is now a unique opportunity to nominate them for the new ESA–EGU Earth Observation Excellence Award. The deadline for submitting nominations is 2 November 2020.