© Leeds Photographic Society 2015
The Trophies of
An Exhibition, described as “only the ﬁrst of a series under the management of t he L ee d s Ph ot o g ra ph ic S o ci e ty ” w as m ent i on e d i n t h e Jo ur n al o f t he Photographic Society (of London) dated October 21 1858. There was no mention of any trophies or awards. Subsequent exhibitions had no awards until 1891 when silver and bronze medals were awarded. A 1903 bronze and an undated silver medal, both awarded to W M Coultas are in the Society’s archives. Up to 1944 the only award appears to have been the Society’s medal for the best in the exhibition. Other section winners received Certiﬁcates. Today 23 trophies feature in our syllabus. References to “slides” or “transparencies” should now be taken to include digital images.
THE SOCIETY’S MEDAL is the Society’s oldest award. It has been awarded for over one hundred years for the best print in the Exhibition.
In the 1890’s there was a silver medal for the best, and sometimes a bronze medal for the runner-up. Today’s medals are to the same design and are still struck from the same die, but they are no longer silver.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN GODWARD, DAVID KARREN, KEITH BRIGHTWELL AND TOM HOPLEY RESEARCH BY AG BIGNEY, APAGB AND JOHN T MILLER PRINTING AND TEXT BY TOM HOPLEY
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