Presented September 7, 1953 at Philcon II.
This was the first year the Hugos were presented, and there was no shortlist of nominations nor was there a vote of the membership. It appears that the award was initially thought of as a one-time thing awarded by the committee.
- Best Novel: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
- Best Professional Magazine (tie): Astounding Science Fiction ed. by John W. Campbell, Jr. and Galaxy ed. by H. L. Gold.
- Best Cover Artist Hugo (tie): Hannes Bok and Ed Emshwiller
- Best Interior Illustrator Hugo: Virgil Finlay
- 1953 Excellence in Fact Articles Hugo: Willy Ley
- Best New SF Author or Artist Hugo: Philip José Farmer
- 1953 #1 Fan Personality Hugo: Forrest J Ackerman
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