Since 1832, our prestigious medals and awards have recognised excellence in geographical research and fieldwork, teaching and public engagement.
Our prestigious medals and awards recognise excellence in geographical research, fieldwork, teaching and public engagement. They are presented annually in recognition of those who have made outstanding contributions to geography.
The presentation of the 2020 awards will take in conjunction with the 2021 awards presentation in the summer of 2021, on a date to be confirmed, at the Society in Kensington, London.
Her Majesty the Queen has approved the award of the Royal Medals as follows:
Royal Medal - Founder’s Medal
Professor Heather Viles For her excellence in establishing the field of biogeomorphology
Royal Medal - Patron’s Medal
Michael Jones For his contribution to the development of geospatial information
The Society’s Council has made the following awards:
Professor Jonathan Rigg For long-term and influential research in development geography focusing on South East Asia
Professor Nina Laurie For her contribution to social inclusion, international development and environmental sustainability through fieldwork and research
Cherry Kearton Medal and Award
Steve McCurry For photography that encourages reflection on the interaction with peoples, landscapes and wildlife across the world
Professor Peter Kraftl For research that has significantly contributed to social and cultural geographies
Professor Andy Tatem For leading the development of geospatial and demographic data to assist the work of public policy around the globe
Cuthbert Peek Award
Chris Hill For providing longstanding geospatial expertise to the professional and student communities to understand human impact on the environment
Gill Memorial Award (two awards)
Dr Kimberley Peters For outstanding early career research in human geography
Dr Helena Pimlott-Wilson For outstanding early career research in human geography
Ordnance Survey Awards (two awards)
Emma Metcalfe For excellence in geography education at secondary level
Charity Mhlanga For excellence in geography education at secondary level
Taylor and Francis Award
Dr James Esson For sustained contributions to teaching and learning in higher education, particularly through the RACE Working Group
Nancy Campbell For the popularisation of geography through poetry and non-fiction writing
Alfred Steers Dissertation Prize
Rupert Stuart Smith For the undergraduate geography dissertation judged to be the best in 2019
Dr Menusha De Silva For the best article in the journal by a new researcher (co-authored with Dr Kanchan Gandhi)
Ron Cooke Award
Tenaya Dewsnap-Cooper For her A Level Independent Investigation ‘How does deprivation and public perception vary between Hyde and Gee Cross, Greater Manchester’
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre For facilitating fieldwork and encouraging scientific engagement within the community
Honorary Fellowship in recognition of outstanding support for the Society and geography
Professor Bojie Fu
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