An Exhibition, described as “only the ﬁrst of a series under the management of the Leeds Photographic Society ” was mentioned in the Journal of the 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. Since 2017 trophies are no longer awarded, with the exception of the society medals. All trophies are on permant loan to Leeds City Council and can be viewed in the Civic Hall.
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 Eva Pitt
RESEARCH BY AG BIGNEY, APAGB AND JOHN T MILLER
PRINTING AND TEXT BY TOM HOPLEY