The Payne Medal is the highest special medal awarded by the American Iris Society to Japanese irises. The candidates are the Japanese irises that have received the Award of Merit 2, 3, or 4 years ago. The winners of the medal are then among those eligible for the American Dykes Medal the following three years.
Here are the five candidate Japanese irises on the 2015 ballot.
-- WayneMesser - 2015-01-29