RPS Awards 2014

Bath, UK, 9 September 2014 – The Royal Photographic Society has announced the recipients of its 2014 Awards at a ceremony held this evening at the Royal Society, London.  The Awards ceremony, generously supported by The Macallan, recognises achievements in the art and science of photography.  They have been made since 1878. Click here for Word and PDF versions of the media release are available.


Steve McCurry with RPS President Derek ASIS HonFRPS Dr Sophie Gordon and Lisa Heighway from the Royal Collection Dr Brian May CBE and RPS Director-General Dr Michael Pritchard 
Steve McCurry receiving his
award from RPS President
Derek Birch ASIS HonFRPS.
Dr Sophie Gordon and Lisa
Heighway from the Royal
Dr Brian May CBE and RPS
Director General Dr Michael


  • Progress Medal
    Tim Webber
    – a Partner at Framestore since 1992 and VFX Bafta and Oscar winner for the film Gravity in 2014.  Webber oversaw all the visual effects and was there on set during its unique production, coming up with the Light Box – a gigantic cube of LED lights that Time Magazine named one of its inventions of 2013.
  • Centenary Medal
    Steve McCurry Hon FRPS
    – recognised with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, National Press Photographers Award and an unprecedented four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest, McCurry has been one of the most prominent voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years. 
  • Outstanding Service
    Terence Pepper Hon FRPS
    – joining the National Portrait Gallery in 1975, Pepper was made Curator of Photographs from 1978 until January 2014.  He has initiated and co-organised over 150 photographic displays and major exhibitions in almost 40 years of activity. 
  • Also announced were the recipients of The Society’s Educational Bursaries, given to promising photographers at the start of their careers.

Derek Birch ASIS Hon FRPS, President of the Royal Photographic Society commented:  “With the generous support of The Macallan, The Royal Photographic Society takes great pleasure in recognising the achievements of some of the most important individuals in the art and science of photography.  In addition, The Society is delighted to recognise up and coming young photographers, who will make important images in the future and who continue to be an important focus of The Society’s activities.”

Commenting on the partnership, Ken Grier, Director of Malts at Edrington, said: “Our partnership with The Royal Photographic Society continues to flourish whilst reinforcing our commitment to the fascinating world of photography. Our support for the annual Awards is our opportunity to help honour the very best and to showcase the vast array of talent at work in this highly creative and inspiring domain.”

Representatives from the V and A and National Portrait Gallery with Terence Pepper Clare Acford with her award winning Distinction portfolio Honorary Fellowship winner Marc Aspland FRPS 

Representatives from the
V and A and National Portrait
Gallery with Terence Pepper.

Clare Acford with her award
winning Distinction portfolio.

Honorary Fellowship winner
Marc Aspland FRPS.

Notes to Editors:

The Royal Photographic Society was founded in 1853, to promote the art and science of photography, a mission it continues to this day.  Membership of The Society is open to everyone interested in photography, amateur or professional, artist or scientist.  The Royal Photographic Society is an educational charity with Royal Charter.

The Macallan is one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.  Since its founding in 1824, The Macallan has built a reputation across the world for a single malt whisky of outstanding quality and distinctive character.  The Society is very grateful for its continuing sponsorship of The Macallan Royal Photographic Society Awards Ceremony.

Images from selected Award winners and images from the ceremony are available on request. 

For further information contact:

Jo Macdonald, Awards Manager Tel: 01225 325721 or email jo@rps.org

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director General.  Tel: 01225 325730 / 07789 313332 (mobile) or email michael@rps.org

The Royal Photographic Society 2014 Awards recipients

Progress Medal and Honorary Fellowship:  Tim Webber

British, the driving force behind Framestore’s push into Digital Film and Television, developing the Company’s virtual camera and motion rig systems.

Awarded in recognition of any invention, research, publication or other contribution which has resulted in an important advance in the scientific or technological development of photography or imaging in the widest sense.

Centenary Medal:  Steve McCurry Hon FRPS

American, one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world.

Awarded in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.

The Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Service to Photography: 
Terence Pepper OBE Hon FRPS

Curator of Photographs from 1978 until 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery.  Now Senior Special Advisor on Photographs at the Gallery. The award recognises major sustained, outstanding and influential contributions to the advancement of Photography and/or Imaging in their widest meanings.

Honorary Fellowships:

Marc Aspland FRPS – Chief Sports Photographer at The Times Newspaper

Harry Borden – Renowned photographer, known primarily as a portraitist

Susan Derges – Internationally recognised photographic artist

David Land – Internationally respected photography journalist and editor

Chris Steele Perkins – Leading photographer, member of Magnum Photos since 1979

John Swannell FRPS – known for his Royal portraits

Hugh Turvey - photographer who works primarily with X-ray technology

Awarded to persons having, from their position or attainments, an intimate connection with the science, fine art or application of photography.  No more than eight awarded in one year.

Colin Ford Award: Dr Sophie Gordon  Senior Curator of Photographs at Royal Collection Trust since 2005. Given each year to honour an individual who has contributed in a major way to curatorship.

Combined Royal Colleges Award:  Emeritus Professor Adolf Friedrich Fercher  Publishing the first in vivo OCT image, Fercher was one of the very first to see the potential for Optical Coherence Tomography.

For an outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical photography or the wider field of medical imaging.  Established by The Society in 1958 in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians of London, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Davies Medal: Peter Lawrence  Highly regarded in the world of astrophotography

For a significant contribution in the digital field of imaging science.

Education Award: Corinne Noordenbos   A photographer for over 40 years, Noordenbos has been Head of the Department of Photography at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague since 2005.

For outstanding achievement or sustained contribution in photographic education.

Fenton Medals: Andy Finney, Sue Harper, Jenny Leathes ARPS, Robert Tapper ASIS FRPS

Made to a member or non-member who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of The Royal Photographic Society. 

Hood Medal: James Balog  A leader in photographing and artistically interpreting the natural environment for three decades.  Founder of Extreme Ice Survey. Instituted in 1933 and awarded for a body of photographic work produced to promote or raise awareness of an aspect of public benefit or service.

J Dudley Johnston Award: Dr David Campany   Writer, curator and artist, Campany teaches at the University of Westminster, London. For sustained excellence or a single outstanding publication, in the field of photographic criticism or the history of photography.

Lumière Award: Robbie Ryan  Cinematographer on Oscar nominated Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears. For major achievement in British cinematography, video or animation.

Members’ Award: Judith Parry and Patricia Ann Ruddle ARPS. Given to an ordinary member who, in the opinion of Council, has shown extraordinary support for The Society over a sustained period.

Selwyn Award: Dr Wen Luo  Senior research scientist at the Unilever Research & Development Centre, Port Sunlight, UK. For those under the age of 35 years who have conducted successful science based research connected with imaging.

Vic Odden Award: Jon Tonks  His first book Empire was nominated by Martin Parr Hon FRPS as one of his best books of 2013. For a notable achievement in the art of photography by a British photographer aged 35 or under.

The Bill Wisden MBE Hon Fellowship of the Year 2014: Clare Acford FRPS. Inaugurated in 2012, the Bill Wisden MBE Hon FRPS Fellowship of the Year is awarded annually for the most outstanding panel of work achieving a Fellowship, as decided by the Fellowship Review Board.

Educational Bursary Winners

The Joan Wakelin Bursary: Manuela Henao Restrepo. The Royal Photographic Society in association with the Guardian newspaper

Environmental Awareness Bursary: Over 25 – Marcus Doyle / Under 25 – Charlotte Sams. The Royal Photographic Society in association with The Photographic Angle

The Royal Photographic Society Postgraduate Bursary: Marilene Ribeiro. Supporting postgraduate students undertaking photographic research or studying Masters courses in photography

Winners 2014

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