The Sidney Prize and Other Awards
A Sydney Prize is an award that honors those who make significant contributions to society and enhance human lives, from community service to inspiring others. There are various kinds of sidney prizes, each one with its own criteria – some awards may be chosen on a national basis while others target specific areas of expertise or given to students directly. Winners often use their prize money towards furthering research that makes an even bigger impactful statement about them in our world today.
The SS Sydney Prize, more commonly known as the Hillman Prize, recognizes journalists and writers who use investigative journalism for the common good. It was established to recognize an influential union leader who advocated liberal education principles and believed scientific discoveries should benefit everyone – an influential union leader who championed liberal education principles and believed scientific findings should benefit all people equally. The prize pays a fitting tribute to his legacy while encouraging journalists to continue seeking truth while simultaneously respecting others.
Sophia Jactel, an art history major who wrote an art history major paper entitled, ‘Domesticism and Diversions: Josef Israels’s Smoker as Symbol of Peasant Culture and Home in Nineteenth-Century Holland.” Her contribution was part of Professor Sally Cornelison’s exhibition Domesticities: The Art of Daily Life. Additionally, her paper was published in Overland Summer 2023 issue with praise given for both aesthetic judgment and intellectual integrity.
Overland magazine is offering a new prize for young writers called the Neilma Sidney Prize for Short Stories. This competition will open to any who have written up to 3000 word fiction that explores any theme – climate change or social justice for instance – anywhere around the globe. If interested writers would like more details regarding this competition they can visit their Overland website here.
Public Integrity reporter Maya Srikrishnan and her colleagues received this month the Sidney Award for Social Justice Journalism for their investigation of state income tax collection policies and assistance for low-income taxpayers. Their investigation revealed how certain states were blocking access to important data, charging excessive fees, or otherwise hindering transparency within their taxation systems.
Sidney awards this month also included the Abbot Payson Usher Prize for books about technology’s history, Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize for religious scholarship, and Sidney Edelstein Prize for an article in history of science that appeals to non-specialist as well as specialist readers. You can read all about their winners and criteria by clicking here.