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The Institute’s awards are based on the recognition of excellence in clinical photography, healthcare design and clinical video and full details are circulated to members each year. The awards comprise of Gold, Silver and Bronze as well as a Platinum award, chosen from the Gold award winners. Additional awards include the Wellcome Award for the entry selected as most suitable for inclusion in the Wellcome Medical Library, and the Peter Kilshaw Student Award for the best entry from a student on a recognised course.
IMI Bronze Award
This award is given to a photographic, graphic or video entry that demonstrates an excellent application of technique and an understanding of the requirements of the brief. Bronze award winners receive a certificate.
IMI Silver Award
This award is given to a photographic, graphic or video entry that shows an outstanding application of technique and an excellent understanding of the requirements of the brief, without the depth of interpretation required to attain a Gold award. Silver award winners receive a certificate.
IMI Gold Award
This award is given to a photographic, graphic or video entry that in the opinion of the judges, clearly and unanimously, demonstrates exceptional use of technique, understanding and interpretation of the subject in the illustration and fulfilment of the brief. All Gold awards winners will receive a certificate and £100.
IMI Platinum Award
This award is given to the entry nominated 'Best in Show' by the judging panel and is chosen from the Gold Award winners. If there are no Gold Award winners, no Platinum Award will be given. The Platinum award winner will receive a certificate and £100.
Peter Kilshaw Student Award
This award is given in memory of Peter Kilshaw and is open to all IMI students studying on a recognised course. All student photographic, graphic or video entries will also be eligible for bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards. The best student entry will receive the Peter Kilshaw Quaich and £100.
John Corney Video Award
This award is given in memory of John Corney for the video entry that shows innovation and extra creativity in the approach to the subject that lifts it above the rest of the entries, where it might not be technically the best but is still worthy of special merit. The winner will receive a certificate and a glass trophy. All entries will be eligible for a bronze, silver, gold and platinum award
Gabriel Donald Graphics Award
This award is given to the art/graphics entry that shows innovation and extra creativity in the approach to the subject that lifts it above the rest of the entries, where it might not be technically the best but is still worthy of special merit. The winner will receive a certificate and a glass trophy. All entries will be eligible for a bronze, silver, gold and platinum award.
Wellcome Photography Award
This award is presented to the photographic entry selected as the best candidate for the Wellcome Medical Photo Library. The award is sponsored by the Wellcome Photo Library and is chosen by them. The award may not necessarily be a Platinum or Gold award winner, but a photograph appropriate for inclusion in the Wellcome Medical Photo Library's unique resource. The winner receives a certificate and £200.
Julie Dorrington Membership Award
The popular New Voices session at conference has been renamed in memory of Julie Dorrington, who sadly passed away in December 2010. At the end of the Julie Dorrington New Voices session the audience will be invited to vote for the speaker who in their opinion gave the best presentation. The winner will receive the Julie Dorrington Membership Award, comprising a certificate and a prize of a year's free membership. The session is made up of short presentations given by at least six of our newest members who’ve never spoken at the conference before.
Informa Healthcare Award
This award is presented annually to the author of the best original manuscript published in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine and is selected by the Editorial Team of the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine and is sponsored by Informa Healthcare. The winner receives a certificate and £100.
IMI Affiliate Award
This award is presented to the best entry from a member of an affiliated organisation. Entries can be clinical photography, healthcare design or clinical video and are welcomed from the following organisations:
Medical Artists’ Association, Association of Health Professions in Ophthalmology, Health Sciences Communications Association, British Institute of Professional Photography, Royal Photographic Society, Association of Medical Illustrators, Ophthalmic Imaging Association, BioCommunications Association, British Association of Retinal Screeners, Australian Institute of Medical and Biological Illustration, Royal College of General Practitioners. The winner receives a certificate and £100.
Norman K Harrison Award
The Institute’s most prestigious award is the Norman K. Harrison Medal, presented annually at the discretion of the Chairman to a member considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the Institute or profession. An article on Norman K. Harrison can be viewed here.
Peter Cull Award
Awarded by each IMI Chairman once during their two-year term of office to an individual, team, group, department or organisation that had made a significant lasting impact on the Institute and its members. Both members and non-members are eligible.
IMI Honorary Fellowship
The Honorary Fellowship is quite distinct from the ordinary Fellowship and is awarded in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute or to the profession as a whole. The procedure for nominating a member for a Honorary Fellowship is available on the members' home page.
Peter Hansell Medal
This award is given in memory of Peter Hansell, first editor of the Institute’s journal and is awarded by a group of ex editors of the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine for an outstanding published paper by an IMI member in the previous year. The award will only be presented if a suitable paper exists. The winner receives the Peter Hansell Gold Medal.
Pat Turnbull Travel Award
For many years the Pat Turnbull Travel fund has assisted members of the Institute in their travel funding to conferences throughout the world, one of the many benefits available to every member of the Institute. Further information on this award and details of how to apply, can be found from the link at the top of this page.
IMI/HeSCA Exchange Award
This award provides an IMI Member with full funding to attend the HeSCA Annual Conference. If you are successful in obtaining the IMI/HeSca Exchange Programme award, you will automatically be awarded the conference fee, accommodation and a Pat Turnbull Travel Award which will pay for any travel incurred. Details and application forms are issued in March each year.