The award is open to all those who are not professionally employed within palaeontology but who have made an outstanding contribution to the subject. Such contributions may range from the compilation of fossil collections, and their care and conservation, to published studies in recognised journals. Nominations should comprise a short statement (up to one page of A4) outlining the candidate's principal achievements. Members putting forward candidates should also be prepared, if requested, to write an illustrated profile in support of their nominee. The award comprises a cash prize plus a framed scroll, and is usually presented at the AGM.