Awards & Competitions

The Royal Microscopical Society runs a number of competitions each year and bestows the top names in microscopy with a selection of exclusive awards


Select a link below to see more information about a specific award.

  • The RMS President's Award recognises an exceptional voluntary contribution to the work of the RMS.
  • The RMS Vice Presidents' Award recognises the 'unsung heroes' of microscopy by making an award to an engineer, technician or laboratory research support scientist.
  • The RMS Winton Prize recognises outstanding sustained contributions to community engagement and collaboration in microscopy and RMS-related activities.
  • The RMS Section Awards celebrate outstanding scientific achievements across all areas of microscopy and flow cytometry with each RMS Scientific Section able to select the winner for their own award. 
  • The RMS Scientific Achievement Award celebrates and marks outstanding scientific achievements in any area of microscopy or flow cytometry for established, mid-career researchers.
  • The Chris Hawes Award for Outreach and Education celebrates a substantial contribution to the field of education, or to outreach and public engagement, over the course of someone's career.
  • The Early Career Award recognises the achievements of an outstanding early career imaging scientist in their contribution to microscopy, image analysis or cytometry.
  • The Pearse Prize, established in 1982 to honour the work of Professor AGE Pearse, is a prestigious award recognising significant contributions to histochemisty and life sciences either through the development of a new technique or through the application of existing methods.

The Society is also currently accepting nominations for Honorary Fellowships. These are bestowed by the Society for eminence in microscopy or related branches of science or for exceptional service to science. 


The RMS International Scientific Imaging Competition highlights micrographs that best display how easily microscopy can mix with art with both beautiful and technically challenging images. Our Scientific Imaging Competition takes place every two years, the most recent in 2023.

The RMS Beginners' Competition is hosted by The Society of Electron Microscope Technology (SEMT), at their annual One Day Meeting in December at The Natural History Museum in London.