Award Nominations Due

The deadline for all ACM SIGGRAPH awards is Tuesday, January 31, 2023. The nomination procedure for each award can be found on their respective web pages.


    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.

    ACM SIGGRAPH Academy

    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

    Markus Gross

    For his research contributions in geometry processing, physically-based simulation, and face capturing and animation, as well as his contributions in bridging industry and academia in computer graphics.

    News Release

    Computer Graphics Achievement Award

    Michiel van de Panne

    University of British Columbia

    Significant New Researcher Award

    Justin Solomon

    MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

    Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

    Xue Bin Peng

    University of California, Berkeley

    Honorable Mention for 2022:

    • Yuanming Hu, MIT

    Outstanding Service Award

    Barb Helfer

    The Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art

    Vera Molnár

    ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award

    Iñigo Quilez

    Pol Jeremias

    SIGGRAPH is honored to present the 2022 ACM SIGGRAPH Practitioner Award to Pol Jeremias and Iñigo Quilez for the development of Shadertoy and other contributions to computer graphics

    ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Educator Award

    Ed Angel

    University of New Mexico, emeritus

    ACM SIGGRAPH Academy Class

    Marc Alexa

    Technical University of Berlin

    For pioneering contributions in geometry processing, shape modeling, and digital fabrication.

    Paolo Cignoni


    For contributions in geometry processing and computational fabrication, and for releasing important open-source tools.

    Hans-Peter Seidel

    Max-Planck-Institut für Informatik

    For contributions to spline and mesh processing, and for the impact of his research and mentorship.

    Peter Shirley


    For pioneering contributions in Monte Carlo rendering and real-time ray tracing, and for contributions to graphics education.