From as long as there has been competition, there have been awards. Ways  commemorate and appreciate the excellence in any given field. And , as we closely approach the ZIMAA awards let us take you on a journey through time as we explore various aspects of the night in question in line with the theme “From then till now”. This section is on the history of awards

The first mention of the word “trophy” dates back to the french word “trophee” which means a spoil or a prize gained from war. Though the name is denoted here, the tradition of prizes from victory can be seen from times before such as in ancient Rome where statues were built to celebrate the victories of wars and twisted olive branches given to the athletes of the original Olympics by the Greeks. As times moved on so did the way that we honour excellence also change. 

Such a shift can be seen, surprisingly enough in the middle ages, where we get the iconic chalice that is now the most widely known symbol for an award. The appearance of the chalice dates back to the 1600’s as the chosen prize to give to those who won sporting events. These chalices were mostly made of silver and likely rose to prominence due to the new technologies that were available at this times. This image of the chalice became so embedded in how we present awards that we see this design in places such as the Davis Cup, Stanley Cup and the world famous World Cup to name but a few.

With the new advent of technology in the 21st century, awards have changed in design and material. From the glass trophies and crystal awards to bespoke awards, there is now a vast range of ways that we acknowledge achievement. And though times might change the way that we celebrate such an honour, one thing is certain; we will always find ways to acknowledge and celebrate those that are the best at what they do.