RPS Awards 2017

21 September 2017

Society news

Top names in art, science, film and publishing were honoured in the annual Royal Photographic Society Awards this evening in London. 

Established in 1878, The RPS Awards are the most prestigious photography awards in the world, recognising exceptional photographers, scientists, curators, and those who have given outstanding service to The Royal Photographic Society.

Engineer and inventor Dr Michael Tompsett has been awarded the Progress Medal for his contribution to the scientific and technological development of photographic imaging. Tompsett is best known for recognising the potential of a Charge-coupled device (CCD) for image making, which enabled him to create the first ever digital image in 1973, paving the way for the digital cameras that we know today. The Centenary Medal was awarded to photographic artist, sculptor, architect, producer and author Hiroshi Sugimoto for his significant contribution to the art of photography. The Award for Outstanding Service to Photography has been presented to British art dealer, collector and curator Anthony d’Offay.

Other recipients include fashion photographer Jane McLeish-Kelsey, award-winning cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, photographic art book publisher Michael Mack and pioneer of colour photography, Joel Sternfeld.

The RPS introduced a new award for 2017, the Award for Cinematic Production, which recognises outstanding achievement or sustained contribution in the production, direction or development of film for the cinema, television, online or new media. The inaugural recipient of this award is British film producer David Heyman, known for producing the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

Dr. Michael Pritchard FRPS, Chief Executive of The RPS said “The RPS Awards are unique in recognising individuals across the full breadth of the still and moving image. The Society’s Awards continue to reflect changes within the medium and this year’s Award for Cinematic Production brings in a new category which highlights exceptional work in film, television, online or new media.”

The RPS Awards are supported by The Macallan. Commenting on the partnership, Ken Grier, Creative Director of The Macallan, said, “The Royal Photographic Society awards is a fantastic opportunity to recognise and showcase talented photographers in their respective field. These individuals capture moments in time and mesmerise audiences across the globe through their unwavering commitment to creativity and innovation. The Macallan continues to celebrate the world of photography as a platform to engage and create impact through our global campaigns. We are delighted to be part of this celebration which awards such amazing talent across the world of photography.”

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To read the press release and full list of award recipients please click here.