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June 28, 2017 
ISPRS Awards

ISPRS AWARDS presented in Prague 2016 (PDF Document)

Awards Policy


The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing recognizes individual accomplishments through the sponsorship of awards and honours which are granted at each quadrennial ISPRS Congress. Nominations for deserving candidates for awards are welcome and may be made by individuals or organizations at any time, but before the deadlines given overleaf. Each nomination must be in written form (e-mail is acceptable) and submitted to an ISPRS Council member. The following is a brief summary of all awards and honours granted by ISPRS. The year of initial presentation of each award or honour is denoted in parentheses. The terms of reference for most awards are provided on this page and are published in the Silver Book: ISPRS Organisation and Programmes. Note, that self nomination is only possible for the von Gruber Award, the Schwidefsky Medal, the Karl Kraus Medal, the Price for Best Papers by Young Authors, the CATCON Price and the Doležal Award.

  • An ISPRS Honorary Member (1926) is elected by the Society in recognition of distinguished services to ISPRS and its aims. There may not be more than ten living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time. Honorary Members have the right to attend meetings of the Society and shall not be called upon to pay registration fees at functions sponsored in the name of ISPRS.
     
  • An ISPRS Fellow (2010) is elected by the Society in recognition of sustained, excellent service to the ISPRS and its aims. There may not be more than five fellows elected at any General Assembly. Nominations for fellowship may be made to the Fellows Committee which will recommend persons for election to the General Assembly.
     
  • The Brock Gold Medal Award (1956), sponsored by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, is presented for an outstanding landmark in evolution of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences. The award consists of a gold medallion. Ordinary Members of ISPRS are encouraged to nominate candidates for the Award. Nominations must be signed by two individuals of different nationalities and also a different nationality from that of the candidate.
     
  • The Otto von Gruber Award (1964), sponsored by the ITC Foundation, is presented to a young (less than 40 years) sole or 1st author of a paper of outstanding merit in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences written in the four year period preceding the Congress. The Award consists of a medal and a monetary grant.
     
  • The Samuel Gamble Award (1988), sponsored by the Canadian Institute of Geomatics, is presented to up to three individuals who have contributed significantly to the development, organization or professional activities of the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, at the national or international level. The award consists of a certificate.
     
  • The Willem Schermerhorn Award (1988), sponsored by Geo- Information Netherlands is granted to a person who has most significantly contributed to the activities of a Working Group of the ISPRS during the four year Congress period. The award consists of a certificate.
     
  • The Schwidefsky Medal (1988), sponsored by the German Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, is presented to persons who have made significant contributions to photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, either through the medium of publication as author or editor, or in another form. The award consists of a medal manufactured in porcelain and a certificate.
     
  • The President's Honorary Citation (1988), is a certificate of recognition, presented by the President of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), to one or more officers (chairperson, co-chairperson or secretary) of one working group, from each ISPRS Technical Commission. The citation is to recognize special, personal and meritorious contributions to the operation of the relevant Technical Commission's activities and advancement of its interests, during the quadrennial term of the Society.
     
  • The ISPRS Prizes for Best Papers by Young Authors (1988) are sponsored by donor organizations and by ISPRS to authors who are less than 35 years old and are the 1st author of a high quality paper presented to the Congress. Each prize consists of a certificate and a SFr. 2,500 grant to make it possible for the winner to participate in the Congress. To be eligible, young authors must submit their paper to Congress Director Lena Halounová by 30th November 2015 (updated deadline).
    At the Congress, a total of 16 Best Poster Papers Awards are sponsored by ISPRS. A jury for each of the eight ISPRS Commissions observes the poster presentations and selects the two best Poster Papers from the Commission. The award consists of a gift and certificate from the Congress Director.
     
  • At the Congress, the CATCON Prizes (1996), a software Computer Assisted Teaching Contest, will be organized by ISPRS Technical Commission VI and funded by The ISPRS Foundation. The main objective of the contest is to promote the development and dissemination of good, user-friendly software packages, www contents and data sets for computer assisted teaching, which preferably are non-commercial and free. Typically the prizes consist of a Gold Award (SFr. 3,000), Silver Award (SFr. 2,500), and Bronze Award (SFr. 1,500) and a certificate.
     
  • The Eduard Doležal Award (1996), sponsored by the Austrian Society of Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG), consists of a complimentary registration and a grant for limited travel and expenses of at least one individual, from developing or reform countries, to participate in the ISPRS Congress. Candidates are those who have permanently implemented a practical application of photogrammetry, remote sensing or GIS in an efficient manner or which documents their outstanding success in support of these fields.
     
  • The U.V. Helava Award (2000), sponsored by Elsevier Science and Leica Geosystems AG, consists of a grand prize of SFr. 10,000 and a silver plaque presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper published exclusively in the ISPRS International Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing during the four years preceding the Congress, and three runner- up prizes of a Journal subscription and certificate, presented to the author(s) of the best papers published in each of the other three years preceding the Congress.
     
  • The Wang Zhizhuo Award (2008), sponsored by The Chinese Society of Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography (CSGPC) consist of a medal and a monetary grant (SFr. 2,500). It will be granted at each quadrennial ISPRS Congress to a person who has made significant achievement or innovation in the spatial information sciences.
     
  • The Karl Kraus Medal (2010), sponsored by the German Society of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing, and Spatial Information Sciences (DGPF), the Austrian Society of Surveying and Geoinformation (OVG), and the Swiss Society of Photogrammetry, Image Analysis, and Remote Sensing (SGPBF), is awarded to authors of excellent textbooks in the fields of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and spatial information sciences, written in one of the official languages of the ISPRS, and published no more than eight years prior to the commencement of the quadrennial ISPRS Congress at which the medal is to be presented.
     
  • The Frederick J. Doyle Award (2012) will be awarded to an individual who has made significant accomplishments in advancing the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences and technologies. A recipient of the award should typically be less than 50 years of age and have outstanding stature within the ISPRS community. The award consists of a silver medal and a monetary grant.
     
  • The Giuseppe Inghilleri Award (2012), sponsored by the Italian Society for Surveying and Photogrammetry (SIFET) is presented to a person who has significantly enhanced the applications of photogrammetry, remote sensing or spatial information sciences in the four years preceding the Congress. The award consists of SFr. 2,500 and a certificate.
     
  • The Jack Dangermond Award (2020), sponsored by MDPI and ESRI, consists of a grand prize of USD 10,000 and an ISPRS certificate presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper published exclusively in the ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information during the four years preceding the Congress, and three runner- up prizes of a Journal subscription and certificate, presented to the author(s) of the best papers published in each of the other three years preceding the Congress year.