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March 19, 2018 
The Wang Zhizhuo Award


Prof. Dr. WANG Zhizhuo

The Chinese Society of Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography (CSGPC) decided in 2004 to present a periodic award for encouraging advancement of the spatial information sciences in memory of Prof. Dr. WANG Zhizhuo, initiator of photogrammetry and remote sensing in China, Professor and Honorary President of Wuhan Technical University of Surveying and Mapping, a senior Academician of the Chinese Academy of Science, and elected Honorary Member of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) in 1988.


Article 1
The award shall be known as The Wang Zhizhuo Award and shall consist of a medal and a monetary grant (SwF 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.

Article 2
The significant achievement or innovation in the spatial information sciences shall be a proven contribution of whatever form; whether a fundamentally new theory or algorithm, a major completed program or project, some or a fundamentally new application. The value of the achievement or innovation should be proven not less than two years or more than twelve years prior to the Congress at which the award is to be presented.

Article 3
The ISPRS Council shall issue an invitation for nominations of candidates to all Ordinary, Regional and Associate Members two years in advance of each Congress. Nominations are to be submitted in writing to the President of ISPRS at least six months in advance of the Congress and shall be accompanied by documentation describing the proven contribution in sufficient detail to enable full evaluation by the ISPRS Council. Candidates may not self nominate.

Article 4
The selection of the person to receive the award shall be decided by the ISPRS Council. The ISPRS Council may use whatever procedure it thinks fit to reach its conclusion, provided the final selection is made by unanimous vote.

Article 5
The name of the recipient of the award shall be announced at the Congress, and the award shall be presented to the person at an appropriate event of the Congress by a member of Council of ISPRS and a representative of the CSGPC.

The winners of the award

  • 2008 Christopher Gold, UK
  • 2012 John Shi, Hong Kong
  • 2016 Andrew Hudson-Smith, UK