AMIA honors individuals’ and organization’s professional achievements as well as contributions made to the Association and/or the archival community, through its Awards program. Honorees are leaders who exemplify the values and practice the principles outlined in AMIA’s governance documents.
The Awards Committee accepts nominations from AMIA members for each award.
Silver Light Award
William S. O’Farrell Volunteer Award
The Alan Stark Award
The Silver Light Award recognizes outstanding professional achievement in the field of moving image archiving. Individuals, institutions, and organizations are eligible for the Silver Light Award.
The award may be for contributions over an extended period or for a single outstanding contribution. Areas of achievement may include creative leadership or innovation benefiting the field; service beyond their own institution at the state, and national/international level; leadership effecting positive changes in the profession; writings or publications, preservation and restoration projects, innovations that have resulted in significant impact or advancement of the field; exhibition of exceptional courage for the benefit of moving image collections or the field. Nominees need not be AMIA members. The award may be given posthumously.
The William S O’Farrell Volunteer Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to AMIA and to the field through service as a volunteer.
The award may be for contributions over an extended period or for a single outstanding contribution. Areas of achievement may include: significant contribution to AMIA in the form of notable achievement or special projects; noteworthy volunteer service carried over an extended period of time. Nominees must be AMIA members.
The Alan Stark Award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution through their efforts on a special project or in project management that contributes to, and supports, the work of moving image archives and/or the operations of AMIA.
Outstanding contributions may be in the form of projects that: have advanced the field; advanced an institution; streamlined a workflow; improved an existing process; increased access to a collection; highlighted a collection or institution; helped preserve a collection; directly benefited the operations of AMIA. Nominees must be AMIA members.
The Advocacy Award recognizes an individual, an organization, or a project that promotes greater public awareness, appreciation, or support of media archives or those working to preserve and provide access to media archives. The Award is named for Ray Edmondson in recognition of his history of advocacy for cinema, archives and archivists around the world. Nominees must be AMIA members.
The Spotlight Award honors individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the field of audiovisual archiving and/or to AMIA through specific accomplishments or a career of achievement and contribution. The Award is presented at the discretion of the AMIA Board.
AMIA’s Awards Committee administers AMIA’s awards, accepting nominations from the membership annually. Nominations open in January of each year.