Award Categories

Award Categories

The Optical Society recognizes and celebrates the field's technical, research, education, business, leadership and service accomplishments. Our awards program spans all areas of optics and photonics, as well as contributions made to the community.

Use the guide below to help determine the most appropriate recognition. Note – while award recipients are not required to be OSA members, in most cases nominators must be OSA members (not applicable to co-sponsored awards).

Click on a category name to see the related awards.

Edwin H. Land Medal- recognizes pioneering work empowered by scientific research to create inventions, technologies, and products (co-sponsored with the Society for Imaging Science and Technology).
C.E.K. Mees Medal - recognizes an original use of optics across multiple fields. 
R. W. Wood Prize - recognizes an outstanding discovery, scientific or technological achievement or invention.