The British Dam Society
Caring for dams, people and the environment


BDS Prize

The BDS Prize Competition is held every two years and is open to BDS members under 35 years of age on the date of the competition.

The next competition will take place during November 2017 at the Institution of Civil Engineers where the following prizes will be contested.

First Prize: £800
Second Prize: £400
Third Prize: £200

Candidates are invited to submit papers on dam engineering relating to their experience in research, design, construction and supervision. It is not essential that papers describe original work but the authors should have had an involvement in the work. There must be only one author.

Papers should be about 2500 words in length and be capable of presentation in about 15 minutes.
The oral and visual presentation, together with the content of the papers, will be judged.

To Enter the Competition

Candidates must submit synopses of their proposed papers to Tim Fuller (Secretary, BDS) by email ( by date to be confirmed when the competition is open. Synopses should be about 250 words and accompanied by brief biographical details of the author. The authors of synopses assessed as being relevant to the competition will be invited to submit their completed papers by date to be confirmed.

Key Dates:

Synopses submission deadline July 2017 (TBC)
Completed Papers submission deadline September 2017 (TBC)
BDS Prize Competition to be held at ICE November 2017 (TBC)




Back to topBDS Photography Competition

The photograph competition is now closed. 

Some of the previous winning photographs are available from the links below



The BDS Photo Competition Rules

The BDS Photo Competition 2009 Results

The BDS Photo Competition 2010 Results

The BDS Photo Competition 2012 Results

The BDS Photo Competition 2013 Results

The BDS Photo Competition 2014 Results




Back to topStudent Competitions


The Student competition is now closed.