Honoring the Contributions of Leaders

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These prestigious industry awards are presented annually at the SMPTE Technical Conference and Exhibition.

Membership Honors

Honorary Members and The Honor Roll

Honorary Membership in the Society recognizes individuals who have performed eminent service in the advancement of engineering in motion pictures, television, or in the allied arts and sciences. Such contributions shall represent substantially a lifetime's work inasmuch as Honorary Membership shall be the supreme accolade of the Society.

When an Honorary Member passes away, their name shall be added to the Honor Roll.  The name of deceased individuals who have not been awarded Honorary Membership may also be added to the Honor Roll for contributions which would have been sufficient to warrant election to Honorary Membership during their lifetime

For a list of Honorary Members and The Honor Roll, click here.
 

Fellow Membership

The Fellow Grade of membership is awarded to individuals who have, by proficiency and contributions, attained an outstanding rank among engineers or executives in the motion-picture, television or related industries.

For an historical listing of all SMPTE Fellows, click here.
For an historical listing of all SMPTE Life Fellows, click here.
 

Medal Awards

SMPTE Progress Medal Award

This award honors the individual by recognizing outstanding technical contributions to the progress of engineering phases of the motion picture, television, or motion imaging industries. The Progress Medal may be awarded annually, and it should be awarded for an invention or for research or development, which, in the opinion of the Committee, has resulted in a significant advance in the development of motion picture, television or motion imaging technology. In considering an award to an individual, continued technical contributions over a period of years should be weighed as an important factor.

List of past recipients

David Sarnoff Medal Award

This award honors the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions to the development of new techniques or equipment which have contributed to the improvement of the engineering phases of television technology, including large venue presentations.

List of past recipients

Kodak Educational Award

This award honors the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions in new or unique educational programs utilizing the technologies of film in motion picture, television, high-speed and instrumentation photography, or other photographic sciences. The award shall recognize an individual who advances the educational process at any level through innovative and inspirational methods.

List of past recipients

Samuel L. Warner Memorial Medal Award

This award honors the individual by recognizing outstanding contributions in the design and development of new and improved methods and/or apparatus for motion picture sound, including any step in the process.

List of past recipients

Technicolor-Herbert T. Kalmus Medal Award

This award honors the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions that reflect a commitment to the highest standards of quality and innovation in motion picture post-production and distribution services.

List of past recipients

SMPTE Workflow Systems Medal Award

This award honors the recipient by recognizing outstanding contributions related to the development and integration of information-technology file-based systems and infrastructures into production processes.

List of past recipients

SMPTE Digital Processing Medal Award

This award honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical achievements related to the development of digital processing of content for motion picture, television, games or other related media.

List of past recipients

SMPTE Camera Origination and Imaging Medal Award

This award honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical achievements related to invention or advances in imaging technology including sensors, imaging processing electronics and the overall embodiment and application of image capture devices.

List of past recipients

SMPTE Archival Technology Medal Award

This award honors the recipient by recognizing significant technical advancements or contributions related to the invention or development of technology, techniques, workflows, or infrastructure for the long-term storage, archive or preservation of media content essence.

List of past recipients

SMPTE Awards

SMPTE Journal Award and SMPTE Journal Certificate of Merit

One Journal Award shall be presented to the author(s) of the most outstanding paper originally published in the Journal of the Society during the preceding calendar year. In addition, up to two Journal Certificates may be presented to the author(s) of the paper(s) receiving the next highest score as detailed in sub-paragraph (c). Papers published in the Journal are eligible only if any previous publication was by the Society.

List of past Journal Award recipients
List of past Journal Certificate of Merit recipients

The Presidential Proclamation

Recognize individuals of established and outstanding status and reputation in the motion picture and television industries worldwide.

List of past recipients

The Citation of Outstanding Service to the Society

Recognizes individuals for dedicated service to the Society over a sustained period of time. Particular emphasis is to be placed on service performed at the Section level, including, but not limited to, services performed at Section meetings, special Section meetings and national conferences.

List of past recipients

The Excellence in Standards Award

Recognizes individuals or companies who have been actively involved in advancing Society standards activities and processes.

List of past recipients

Student Paper Award

It is the purpose of this award to recognize the outstanding paper prepared and submitted by a Student Member. The paper receiving the Student Paper Award will be published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and identified as the award winning paper, giving recognition to the author and the institution at which the work was done.

List of past recipients

Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship

The Louis F. Wolf Memorial Scholarship is designed to help students further their undergraduate or graduate studies in motion pictures and television, with an emphasis on technology.

List of past recipients
 

Discontinued Awards

Eastman Kodak Gold Medal Award

Honors an individual by recognizing outstanding contributions which lead to new or unique educational programs utilizing motion pictures, television, high-speed and instrumentation photography or other photography sciences. The award shall recognize developments in equipment, systems or instructional applications, which result in advancing the educational process at any or all levels.

List of past recipients

Fuji Gold Medal Award

Honors an individual by recognizing outstanding engineering achievements in the design and development of new or enhanced techniques and/or equipment that have contributed significantly to the advancement of photographic or electronic image origination.

List of past recipients

John Grierson International Gold Medal Award

Honors an individual who has made significant technical achievements related to the production of documentary motion picture films.

List of past recipients

James A. Leitch Gold Medal Award

Honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the application of digital technology to the motion imaging arts and sciences. The award recognizes developments in software, equipment, systems, or the standardization of technology involved in the acquisition, processing, or distribution of sound and images related to motion imaging.

List of past recipients

The Society Citation

Recognizes individuals or companies who have actively been involved in specific Society engineering or editorial functions.

List of past recipients