The 2014 trophy for tonight's winner
Every year the winning artist and the composer(s) in the Eurovision Song Contest receive a trophy to commemorate their achievement. Since 2008 the EBU have had a permament official trophy for the winners, a hand made piece of art in the shape of a classic microphone. Tonight it will awarded for the seventh time in Europe's Favourite Tv Show.
The 2014 trophy
The trophy was designed by Kjell Engman of Kosta Boda, who has worked in glass art for over thirty years. Recently he has focused on art glass and his creations can be found in exhibitions around the world.
The Eurovision Song Contest trophy is made from solid transparent glass with sand blasted and painted detailing in the design of a classic microphone, which gives a wonderful sense of nostalgia.
There is a slight variation in the trophy each year, as each time it is embossed with the name of the host city, and the national flag of the host country features within the traditional heart shaped part of the logo.
The trophy comes housed within its own special box.
The current design of the trophy was first presented in the 2008 contest in Belgrade.
A trophy for photoshoots
There is also a copy (made out of solid plastic) on hand for the use in photoshoots, as the original has proven to be quite fragile over the years.
In 2009 Alexander Rybak managed to break his trophy minutes after receiving it when he was too forceful when he placed it down on stage.
Last year, the trophy of Emmelie de Forest was loaned to the National Museum in Denmark, and they must have been horrified when they opened the box to discover the glass trophy was broken in two places. Fortunately there was no better place for it to be repaired, by the conservation experts who expertly glued it back together.
Last week Eurovision.tv were the custodians of the original trophy for a short while, and we took the opportunity to take some close-up pictures of it in the arena. We can assure everyone that we took very good care of it and that we handed it back in its box still in one piece. Just for good measure, we also took pictures with the plastic trophy, though in some ways it is more unique...as it will never be seen on the stage.
In our gallery, see if you can spot where we hid the copy of the trophy, as well as some stunning shots of the trophy that tonight's winner will receive?