Awards: Ron Willems, ARPS, AFIAP, FPSNZ, AAPS

Over the past forty years Ron has won numerous awards not only throughout New Zealand but also throughout the world. As well as this he has judged numerous national and international exhibitions of photography.

His work has been exhibited in major international photography exhibitions in five continents and has won the New Zealand Salon of Photography six times along with winning the national Brian Brake award for photojournalism twice. He has also won every other major New Zealand photography salon at least once along with a number of Gold medals in overseas international photographic salons. In addition to the major awards he has had over 2,000 exhibits of his work.

With a high level of activity in the Christchurch Photographic Society, for over forty years, he has also won most of their trophies.

Below is a chronological list of some of the major National and International awards:

2014 Champion 1st Place - PhotojournalismAustralian National Salon
2014 Bronze MedalNZ Four Nations International Salon
2012 Champion Ted Walker TrophyAnnual NZ Photojournalism National
2012 3rd Place PlaqueAnnual NZ Photojournalism National
2010 Gold Medal and Eric Young AwardNew Zealand National Salon
2009 Silver MedalNew Zealand National Salon
2009 Silver MedalNew Zealand National Audio-Visual
2008 Champion ImageL.T. Landscape NZ National Salon
2008 Most Successful ExhibitorAustralian Digital Photo Awards
2008 Champion CreativeAustralian Digital Photo Awards
2008 2nd Place PlaqueAnnual NZ Photojournalism National
2008 Champion Image100% Pure NZ National Slide Salon
2008 Bronze MedalOldenzaal Holland International Salon
2007 Champion 1st PlaceAustralian National Audio-Visual
2007 Champion 1st Place - MonochromeAustralian National Salon
2007 Gold Medal - LandscapeNorth Shore National Salon
2007 Most Successful ExhibitorAustralian Digital Photo Awards
2007 Silver Medal, NatureNew Zealand National Salon
2007 Gold Medal & Jack Sprosen AwardNew Zealand National Audio-Visual
2006 Silver MedalNew Zealand National Salon
2005 Canon New Zealand Digital Photographer of the Year
2005 Champion Digital ImageDunedin Festival National Salon
2005 Most Successful Slide ExhibitorAustralian National Salon
2005 Champion 1st Place PeopleAustralian National Salon
2005 Champion 1st Place ExperimentalAustralian National Salon
2005 UAPA Silver TrophyUnited Artists Hong Kong International
2005 PSA Gold Medal - ContemporaryUnited Artists Hong Kong International
2004 Gold Medal and Brian Brake AwardNew Zealand National Salon
2004 Best Contemporary BronzeDelft Holland International Salon
2003 Champion CupSouthern New Zealand Salon
2003 Silver MedalNew Zealand National Salon
2003 Gold Medal, ChampionNorth Shore National Salon
2003 2nd Place PlaqueAnnual NZ Photojournalism National
2001 3rd Place PlaqueAnnual NZ Photojournalism National
1999 Champion DigitalDunedin Festival National Salon
1998 Champion PhotojournalismDunedin Festival National Salon
1996 SAFP PlaqueInterphot, Adelaide International Salon
1994 SIEP Merit AwardSydney International Salon
1994 Bronze MedalNew Zealand National Salon
1994 Bronze MedalChinese PS Australian International
1994 1st Place PlaqueAnnual NZ Photojournalism National
1993 Bronze MedalNew Zealand National Salon
1993 Gold Medal and Brian Brake AwardNew Zealand National Salon
1991 Gold Medal and Robinson CupNew Zealand National Salon
1991 Champion AwardDunedin Festival National Salon
1990 Bronze MedalNew Zealand National Salon
1989 PSA Gold Medal - ContemporarySingapore International Salon
1989 FIAP HonoursClermont-Ferrand International Salon
1989 PSA Gold Medal - ContemporaryChinese YMCA Hong Kong International
1988 Champion CupSouthern New Zealand Salon
1988 Bronze MedalNew Zealand National Salon
1988 Gold Medal and Robinson CupNew Zealand National Salon
1988 Champion AwardDunedin Festival National Salon
1986 Champion CupSouthern New Zealand Salon
1986 Silver MedalNew Zealand National Salon
1986 Gold Medal and Robinson CupNew Zealand National Salon
1986 PSA Gold Medal - ContemporaryInterphot, Adelaide International Salon
1985 Radcliff Marine AwardNew Zealand National Salon
1983 Best of the ShowDenver International Salon
1982 Gold Medal and Robinson CupNew Zealand National Salon
1981 Champion TrophyTokoroa National Photography Salon
1981 Gold MedalNew Zealand International Salon
1980 Contemporary AwardTokoroa National Photography Salon
1980 Champion CupSouthern New Zealand Salon
1979 Gold Medal and Robinson CupNew Zealand National Salon
1978 Honours AwardPSA International Salon
1978 SAFP Bronze AwardInterphot, Adelaide International Salon
1978 Gold MedalCavoilcade International Salon
1977 Champion Photojournalism TrophySouthern New Zealand Salon
1977 Silver Medal, NatureNew Zealand National Salon
1977 Bronze Medal, PhotojournalismNew Zealand International Salon
1977 Gold MedalLos Angeles County Fair International
1977 Champion PhotojournalismDunedin Festival National Salon
1976 Champion TrophyTokoroa National Photography Salon
1976 Youth AwardSydney International Salon
1976 Gold Medal and Robinson CupNew Zealand National Salon
1975 Champion TrophyTokoroa National Photography Salon
1975 Best Experimental HonoursNew Zealand National Salon
1974 Silver MedalNew Zealand National Salon
1973 Silver MedalNew Zealand National Salon
1972 Champion Nature AwardSouthern New Zealand Salon