This award recognises those who have made a significant achievement in technical optics, not necessarily in a manner manifested by an extensive academic record or a traditional academic reputation. The work for which the award is made must have been carried out principally in Australia or New Zealand.
Applications are encouraged from, but not restricted to, young optical workers.
The winner will receive a prize consisting of $300 cash, one year's free membership of AOS, and an invitation to attend the AOS conference and make an oral presentation of his or her work.
The prize was known as the Technical Optics Award from 1995 to 2016. In 2017 it was renamed the John Love Award.
Previous winners of the Prize have been:
Nominations are now invited from (or on behalf of) suitable candidates, which will be presented at the next AOS Conference.