A sidney prize is an award that recognizes people who have made an impactful difference to society. These awards may be given to scientists, writers and activists working hard to better lives; giving these awards is an effective way of honouring their efforts and inspiring others. There are multiple different prizes that may be given, each one with specific requirements.
A Sydney Prize can be presented to any person who has made outstanding contributions to humanity, regardless of background or beliefs. A Sydney prize may be bestowed upon scientists, writers, activists or anyone who has helped people in some way; and is an effective way of both recognising hard work done and inspiring others to follow suit. There are different ways a Sydney prize can be presented; each has specific requirements.
Overland magazine hosts one of Sydney’s premier awards: the Neilma Sydney Short Story Prize. Open to writers who have completed two years of study, its winner receives both cash prize and publication in Overland magazine. Yeena Kirkbright won this year’s competition with her piece Camperdown Grief Junk; among the eight shortlisted stories were all exceptional stories!
Hillman Prize, named for Sidney Hillman – former president of Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. This prize is given out each month to journalists who work towards social justice and public policy for the common good, through journalism. Its foundation awards it regularly to journalists who write about important issues while pushing progressive change forward.
There are also other Sydney Prizes that writers may receive, such as the SS Sydney Hook Memorial Award presented annually to writers who demonstrate national distinction in scholarship and undergraduate teaching – this prize being named after one of Phi Beta Kappa’s members who epitomised liberal education’s ideals.
Sidney was not only renowned as an expert scientist but was also an idealist who believed science should serve humanity. He advocated free speech and was unafraid to challenge existing dogmas. Penicillin was one of his greatest achievements, yet he would have been equally pleased if its discovery had helped people worldwide. His dedication and refusal to give in to doubters remains an inspiration to all scientists striving to make science accessible to the general public. His example will continue to inspire future generations of scientists to follow in his footsteps. He understood that his true glory lay not in scientific achievements but rather as a public servant and educator, always bearing in mind the ultimate aim of research: human welfare. By doing this he left behind an legacy that will continue to touch many lives decades after his passing.