The lock keeping team at Caen Hill Locks in Wiltshire have been recognised by the Hotel Boat section of the Association of Pleasure Craft Operators (APCO).
Bob Preston who has been working on the Kennet & Avon Canal for over 40 years has been awarded Lock Keeper of the Year award for 2014.
The whole Canal & River Trust lock keeping team at the flight of locks near Devizes have also been praised for their hard work.
Work starts today to remove 300 lbs of fish from Caen Hill Locks in Devizes so repairs can take place.
The Canal and River Trust will use a technique called 'electrofishing' - an electrical current will make the fish rise to the surface so they can be easily removed.
The 200-year-old series of locks will then be drained so the lock gates can be repaired.
As the canal lock in the famous Caen Hill stretch in Devizes re-opens after major repairs, watch Katie Rowlett's report, broadcast on Thursday, on the damage which stranded holidaymakers for days.
Locks on the country's historic network of canals are opened and closed about five million times a year. That's hard work for canal users so an appeal has gone out for volunteer lock keepers. Bob Crampton has been to Caen Hill locks in Wiltshire to find out more.