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The Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society Award

This is awarded for ‘services to Remote Sensing and/or Photogrammetry’, through sustained and distinguished contributions to furthering the science and applications which use remote sensing or photogrammetry. The terms of the award state that it is “to be awarded on an occasional basis and never more than once in any year”. This award consists of a suitably inscribed Gold Medal and Honorary Membership of the Society for Life.

RSPSoc Award recipients

  • 2016-2017 - Professor Arthur P Cracknell 
  • 2015-2016 - Dr Philippa Mason 
  • 2014-2015 - Professor David Bowers (Bangor University)
  • 2013-2014 - No award made during the reporting period
  • 2012-2013 – Professor Robert Gurney OBE (University of Reading)
  • 2011-2012 – Professor Ian Robinson
  • 2010-2011 – Professor Ted Milton
  • 2009-2010 – No award made during the reporting period
  • 2008-2009 – Professor Giles Foody
  • 2007-2008 – No award made during the reporting period
  • 2006-2007 – No award made during the reporting period
  • 2005-2006 – No award made during the reporting period
  • 2004-2005 – Dr John WC Gates
  • 2003-2004 – Professor Ian Dowman (University College, London)
  • 2002-2003 – No award made during the reporting period
  • 2001-2002 – No award made during the reporting period
  • 2000-2001 – Dr Robin Vaughan (University of Dundee)


Founders’ Award

An award linked to the names of departed Founders for those who have made significant, original and personal contributions to the Society. Awarded occasionally by resolution of Council. This award consists of a Silver Medal and a cheque for £250. Nominations for this Award are considered and awarded by Council.

Award recipients:

  • 2015-2016 - Karen Laughton
  • 2013-2014 - Jim Chandler
  • 2012-2013 – Paul Newby
  • 2010-2011 – Robert Taft
  • 2009-2010 – Ian Downey
  • 2008-2009 – John Allan
  • 2007-2008 – Kathie Bowden
  • 2006-2007 – Jon Finch
  • 2005-2006 – Ernie Wickens
  • 2004-2005 – Madeleine Godefroy (EARSeL)

No award was made in the reporting periods between 2000 and 2004, 2011-2012, 2014-2015, 2016-2017

The Len Curtis Award

For an outstanding technical publication published in the preceding year in the International Journal of Remote Sensing (IJRS). The award is usually a certificate and books to the value of £200, normally sponsored by Taylor and Francis.

Current recipient(s):

  • Dr Mohammad Awrangjeb, “Using point cloud data to identify, trace, and regularize the outlines of buildings” in the International Journal of Remote Sensing, 37:3, 551-579, DOI:10.1080/01431161.2015.1131868

Past recipients


E H Thompson Award

Awarded to the author(s) of the paper in The Photogrammetric Record (TPR) which most merits the award. The award will be made primarily for the originality of the content and the value of the paper to photogrammetry. It will be made from all those eligible papers published in the one-year period up to and including April of the year in which the award is to be made. The award usually takes the form of a certificate and cheque for £100.

Current recipient(s):

  • David M J McCarthy et al, “Monitoring 3D vibrations in structures using high-resolution blurred imagery”, published in The Photogrammetric Record, 31(155): 304-324

Past recipients


The Taylor and Francis Remote Sensing Letters Award

This Award is for the best letter published in the Remote Sensing Letters publication during the previous calendar year. The award winner receives a certificate and one year’s free subscription to the IJRS/RSL, or a £100 book token. Usually sponsored by Taylor and Francis. Nominations for this Award are considered and awarded by Council.

Current recipient(s)

  • Mattia Stasolla & Harm Greidanus, “The exploitation of Sentinel-1 images for vessel size estimation”, Remote Sensing Letters, 7:12, 1219-1228, DOI: 10.1080/2150704X.2016.1226522

Past recipients


The Student Awards

Awarded for the best Doctoral and Masters theses, on the subjects of remote sensing and/or photogrammetry, accepted by a University during the previous calendar year and restricted to student members of the Society. The award usually takes the form of a certificate and cheques for £500 (Doctoral) and £250 (Masters). The Student Awards are usually sponsored by Leica Geosystems Limited.

Current recipient(s)

  • PhD: – Joshua Veitch-Michaelis (University College London), “Fusion of LIDAR with stereo camera data – an assessment”
  • MSc: –  Annalisa Sheehan (University of Southampton), “Satellite-derived particulate matter pollution measurements and their relationship with hospital admissions in the Wessex region.”

Past recipients


Poster Paper Prize:

Awarded for the best poster paper displayed at the Annual Conference of the Society. A Main Award of £150 and a runner-up Merit Award of £50. In 2017 the prizes were sponsored by the Society, Whittles and Sensors (MDPI). The following prizes were awarded at “RSPSoc 2017 – Earth & Planets: making the most of our observations”:

Main Award (£150)

Suvarna Meghashyam Punalekar, Anne Verhoef, Tristan L. Quaife, David J. Humphries, Chris K. Reynolds (University of Reading): "Combined application of growth modelling and remote sensing for novel pasture growth monitoring."

Merit Awards (£50)

Jingru Tian and Dr Shuliang Wang, (Shanghai Maritime University), "Application of Nighttime Lights Imagery on “The Belt and Road”.


Joss Knight, Elleanor Bryant, Harry Bushell, Jian Guo Liu, Philippa Mason  (Imperial College London), "Regional assessments of geohazard site recovery following the 2008 Mw 7.9 Wenchuan Earthquake and it's impacts on long term geohazard susceptibility and infrastructure development."

Any poster displayed at the annual conference is eligible to receive this prize. Members of the Awards & Professional Standards Committee and/Council evaluate the poster presentations during the Conference and the winners are usually notified on the last day.  

Previous Poster Paper Prize recipients

President’s Cup

This award is for the best oral presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society. The President’s Cup was awarded at "RSPSoc 2016 – Earth Observation for Knowledge Discovery" to:

  • T Jucker and D A Coomes, "Topography controls fine-scale variation in above-ground carbon density and tree species diversity across a tropical forest landscape."

Previous President’s Cup recipients

2011. Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society
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