Kaggle.com provides $10,000 award for developing face recognition program, not for humans, for whales. With this program, scientists can trace individual whale without using tag.
Whith proper machine learning algorithm, the human face recognition program should be able to be "trained" to recognize whale faces. In the sane way, the machine learning algorithm should be able to be "trained" to recognize ape or monkeys faces, which have features closer to humsns'.
With fewer than 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world's oceans, knowing the health and status of each whale is integral to the efforts of researchers working to protect the species from extinction.
In this competition (Kaggle's 3rd on right whales!), you're challenged to build a "face recognizer" for right whales so scientists on the water can identify individual whales in real time. MathWorks is sponsoring the
competition prize pool & providing complimentary software to participants.
North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis)