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1967 National Film Board of Canada, Gold Medal for Photographic Excellence (Freeman was one of the first two photographers to receive this award.)
1975 Dédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique, (Bern, Switzerland), Hon. EFIAP (The highest award of the federation, it is limited to 200 living persons.)
Royal Canadian Academy of Art, Membership
1976 Photographic Society of Southern Africa, Honourary Fellowship
1980 University of New Brunswick, Doctorate of Letters (D.Litt.)
Photographic Society of America, Fellowship of the Photographic Society of America (FPSA) for writing and lecturing about photography
1984 National Association for Photographic Art, Gold Medal for Distinction in Photography
1985 The Order of Canada (C.M.)
1989 Acadia University, Doctorate of Civil Law (D.C.L.)
1990 Photography Society of America, Progress Medal (The society's highest award, its previous recipients include Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, Jacques Cousteau, and the Eastman Kodak company.)
1991 New Brunswick Conservation Council, Milton Gregg Award for environmental stewardship
1994 New Brunswick School Trustees’ Association, Honourary Life Membership
1995 Photographic Society of Southern Africa, Fellowship (F.P.S.S.A.)
1996 Acadia University Associated Alumni/ae, Distinguished Service Award
1997 New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fellowship
1997 7th annual Strathbutler Award (This $10,000.00 award is given annually to recognize excellence in the craft and/or visual arts in New Brunswick as well as an artist’s substantial contribution to their field over a significant period of time.)
1998 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Fellowship
2001 North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 New Brunswick Arts Board, Miller Brittain Award of Excellence for Visual Arts
2013 Order of New Brunswick (O.N.B.)


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