Since the early days of the Society, we have actively sought to encourage both amateurs and the young with regards to entomology. 1977 saw the inception of our first award, The Ansorge Bequest, and currently seven awards are now available annually.
- The Ansorge Bequest
The Ansorge Bequest is named after Sir Eric Ansorge CSI CIE. This award was first given in 1977, following a bequest to the Society from Sir Eric Ansorge. It is given for the best entomological exhibit by a junior member at our Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair in October. The award is presented at the exhibition, and notification of the award appears shortly thereafter in the Bug Club Magazine. Previous winners of the Ansorge Bequest.
- The Bernard Skinner Award
The Bernard Skinner Award, for excellence in entomology, commemorates Bernard Skinner's long relationship with the AES and his lifetime commitment to collecting, documenting and displaying moths and butterflies. The award will, however, not be restricted to work involving Lepidoptera. The award shall be presented annually at the AES Annual Exhibition, for a period of ten years commencing in 2018, for the most outstanding exhibit or equivalent significant achievement by a junior member who best reflects some of Bernard Skinner's attributes of resourcefulness, tenacity and attention to detail. The prize will be £100 and is aimed at anyone under the age of 20 years at the date of the exhibition. So that records in different media can be considered fairly, the period of each award will be from 1st September in one year to 31st August in the following year. The AES Council will decide the winner in early September each year, the winner will be notified, and the award will be presented at the Annual Exhibition by Bernard's widow, Jacky.
- The Bradford Award
The Bradford Award is named after Eric Bradford. The award started in 2005 and is given for the best entomological exhibit at our Annual Exhibition and Trade Fair by an adult member of the Society. Previous winners of the Bradford Award.
- The Colin Smith Award
The Colin Smith Award is named after Professor Colin Smith. The award started in 2007 and was given for the best entomological exhibit at our Northern Exhibition by an adult member of the Society. Previous winners of the Colin Smith Award.
- The Cribb Award
The Cribb Award is named after Peter Cribb. The award is presented for outstanding contributions to insect conservation. The award is open to all persons permanently resident in the UK, who must be nominated by at least two individuals who are not individuals of their immediate family. The award and certificate are presented at our AGM in April. List of winners of the Cribb Award.
- The Gardiner Award
The Gardiner Award is named after Brian Gardiner. This is an annual award for the best article by a Bug Club member to appear in the Bug Club Magazine. The award, and certificate, is usually presented at the AGM of the Society which takes place in April each year. List of winners of the Gardiner Award.
- The Hammond Award
The Hammond Award is named after Cyril O Hammond. The award is given annually for the best article to appear in The Bulletin written by a member of the Society, based upon the subject of British invertebrates. The award, and certificate, is usually presented at the AGM of the Society which takes place in April each year. List of winners of the Hammond Award.
- The Tesch Award
The Tesch Award is named after Leonard Tesch. This was an annual award for the best Junior Exhibit in the Northern Exhibition. List of winners of the Tesch Award.