Trophies are a classic representation of success. Symbolic for victory, trophies can be found in almost all forms of competitions. While varying on multiple different factors such as size and quality, Trophies are both something to strive to earn. Typically the prestige of a competition can be reflected in its trophy. Nearly everybody has earned a trophy at some point within their life. The most frequently seen trophies are found in sports, academics, and entertainment award shows.

At a young age most people experience trophies as a form of positive reinforcement. Rewarding a child in this way affects their behavior in a mostly positive way depending on the child. Even a participation trophy can be seen as a form of success and also stands to commemorate whatever event is associated with the trophy. Usually the good feeling of receiving a trophy stays with young individuals, in hopes that they might put forth more effort in whatever it is that they attempt. 

Typically as a person grows up they are given a wider range of competition. As the variety of competitions increases so do the designs behind the trophy. Typically the inspiration for the design is heavily inspired by the event it is associated with. Examples could be seen with gymnastic trophies typically featuring a gymnast featured at the peak, or a football being worked into the design for a football trophy. Even down to the materials used can be influenced by the event in certain cases. Using cans to build a trophy for a food drive is a common approach to utilize unique materials that relate to a relevant situation, as well as make the trophy easily recognizable with a bit of context. 

What it takes for a reward to be considered a trophy is a bit of a blurred line. There is the classic representation which is a metallic chalice. There are trophies that were built for the sole purpose of being a reward at an event with more stylistic liberties. Realistically trophies can be most tangible objects. The intention surrounding the giving of the object heavily influences whether an object is considered a trophy or not. In a situation where giving someone a book in a ceremonial manor for reading the most words out of all the contestants, the book is technically a trophy. The word trophy also can be seen within hunting. A pair of antlers taken from a slain moose is still referred to as a trophy.

Trophies do more than stand as something to work form in a competition, They also stand as a memento to commemorate a specific event. As people participate in different events, their collection of trophies will grow. In older individuals who do not participate in the events of their youth, The trophies stand as a nostalgic reminder of a particular event. It’s not uncommon for people to have a trophy collection that stands as a physical representation for someone’s achievements. Depending where a person is within their life can determine what kind of emotions are associated with trophies.