ACM SIGGRAPH awards exceptional achievements

Each year, ACM SIGGRAPH presents nine awards recognizing exceptional achievements in computer graphics and interactive techniques at the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference. The selection process is the responsibility of seven committees and is supervised by the awards chair.

Awards Committee Chair

John F. Hughes

Awards Committee
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Term: 2021-2024 (2nd Term)


Steven Anson Coons Award

Recognizing outstanding creative contributions to computer graphics honouring an individual’s lifetime contribution.

Computer Graphics Achievement Award

Recognizing outstanding achievement in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Significant New Researcher Award

Recognizing a recent, significant contribution to the field of computer graphics from a researcher new to the field.

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Recognizing a recent doctoral candidate who has successfully defended and completed their Ph.D. dissertation in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Outstanding Service Award

Recognizing a career of outstanding service to ACM SIGGRAPH by a volunteer.

Distinguished Artist Award

Recognizing an artist who has created a substantial and important body of work that significantly advances aesthetic content in the field of digital art.

Practitioner Award

Recognizing outstanding contributions to the practice and advancement of Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques.

Distinguished Educator Award

Recognizing outstanding pedagogical contributions to computer graphics and interactive techniques at any educational level or within the context of any discipline.


Honoring a group of individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of computer graphics and whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led the research and/or innovation in computer graphics and interactive techniques.

Current Recipients

Steven Anson Coons Award for Outstanding Creative Contributions to Computer Graphics

Marie-Paule Cani

For outstanding contributions to computer graphics in shape modeling, computer animation, and content creation tools.

Computer Graphics Achievement Award

Wolfgang Heidrich

For fundamental contributions to the development and analysis of computational imaging and display systems.

Significant New Researcher Award

Felix Heide

For novel and impactful research on the hardware and software of computational cameras.

Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

Cheng Zhang

For a dissertation presenting significant advances in physics-based rendering and providing both practical tools and theoretical foundations for future differentiable rendering algorithms.

Outstanding Service Award

Yong Tsui (YT) Lee

For his service to the computer graphics community in Asia including the founding and nurturing of the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference.

The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art

Paul Brown

For his pioneering efforts in the fields of computational art, generative systems, and cellular automata.

ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award

Ken Museth


For the creation and continued development of OpenVDB.

ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award

Scott Owen

Georgia State University

For his work done to establish influential programs and provide opportunities for educators in and beyond the SIGGRAPH community.

ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class

David J. Kasik

For technical contributions and industry impact in the areas of computer-aided design, user interfaces, visual analytics, and massive model visualization.

Niloy Mitra

For his pioneering technical contributions in shape analysis and structure-aware geometry processing.