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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

  • 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

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):

  • F. Mizapour, and H. Ghassemian, 2015, Improving hyperspectral image classification by combining spectral, texture, and shape features. International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 36 (4), pages 1070-1096.

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):

  • M. Ravanbakhsh, M.R.  Shortis, F. Shafait, A. Mian, E.S. Harvey and J.W. Seager, 2015, Automated fish detection in underwater images using shape-based level sets.  Photogrammetric Record, Vol 30 (149), pages 46-62.

Past recipients


The Taylor and Francis Remote Sensing Letters Award

This new 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)

  • H. Guan, Y. Yu, Z. Ji, J. Li, and Q. Zhang, 2015, Deep learning-based tree classification using mobile LIDAR data.  Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 6 (11), pages 864-873.

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: – Xue Wan, Imperial College London, for a thesis entitled:  Phase correlation-based illumination-insensitive image matching for terrain-related applications.
  • MSc: –  Thomas Jones, Aberystwyth University, for a thesis entitled: Automatically updating land cover mapping for Wales using Earth Observation data.

Past recipients


Poster Paper Prize:

Awarded for the best poster paper displayed at the Annual Conference of the Society. A Main Award of £100 and a runner-up Merit Award of £25 are usually sponsored by the Society. The following prizes were awarded at “RSPSoc 2015 – Earth Observation in the Sentinel Era”:

Main Award (£100)

Luis Carrasco Tornero1 and Yukihiko Toquenaga2, 1NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, United Kingdom; 2University of Tsukuba, Japan; Using remote sensing to study changes in habitat selection of avian species over time

Merit Awards (£25)

Christine Bischoff, Philippa Mason, Richard Ghail, Imperial - Assessing the capability and limits of Sentinel-1 DInSAR to resolve small-scale lateral ground deformation


Cici Alexander, Amanda Korstjens, Ross A. Hill, Bournemouth University, Structural attributes of single trees for identifying homogeneous patches in a tropical rainforest

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. As well as receiving a cheque, the Poster Paper Prizes have, in recent years, been sponsored by Whittles/Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. 

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 2015 – Earth Observation in the Sentinel Era" to:

  • M Disney, A Burt, K Calders, P Raumonen, P Lewis, L Rowland, E Mitchard and P Meir - New approaches to assessing tropical forest biomass and structure using terrestrial scanning.

Previous President’s Cup recipients

2011. Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Society
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