Los Angeles, CA—The 18th Lucie Awards and the 6th Annual Lucie Technical Awards were postponed. The Lucie Foundation will announce new dates once they are available. With the extended closure of Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the uncertainty of other venues, the Lucie Foundation took this extraordinary step to postpone its signature events.
“We at the Lucie Foundation wish our community health, safety and fortitude at this challenging time,” commented Lauren Wendle, president, Lucie Foundation. “We look forward to celebrating the masters of photography and our industry at the appropriate time and place.
“The health and safety or our honorees and attendees are of primary concern. In light of the current situation with Covid-19 (Coronavirus), and the need for all of us to assist in minimizing the spread of the disease in our communities, our plans are fluid; we will continue to follow all of the guidelines of the CDC as well as New York City.
“However, we do feel that it is important to honor the masters of photography, and the impact that photographs have in our world today; so, we will reschedule. You can find updated information from the CDC about prevention and control, including limiting travel and large gatherings here.
18th Lucie Awards
The Lucie Foundation and its advisory board had announced an impressive list of nine honorees. They include Peter Magubane, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Paul Caponigro for Achievement in Fine Art; Lynn Goldsmith for Achievement in Portraiture; Pamela Hanson for Achievement in Fashion; Jean-Pierre Laffont for Achievement in Photojournalism; Bob Martin for Achievement in Sports; as well as David Hurn for Achievement in Documentary.
In addition, Joel Sartore will garner the Humanitarian Award; Steven Sasson, inventor of the digital camera, will receive the Spotlight/Visionary Award.
Moreover, a photographer whose image or body of work has created a difference in a given year will garner the Impact Award. The Lucie Foundation will reveal the recipient of this award closer to the rescheduled event.
6th Lucie Technical Awards
Furthermore, the foundation did not take the decision regarding the Lucie Technical Awards lightly. “We realize many factories were closed this year; and a lot of manufacturing was put on hold as a result, which has delayed many product launches. For those who were able to move forward, we are happy to consider such innovative products in 2021,” Wendle added.
“The 2021 Lucie Technical Awards will honor products for the 2020–2021 years. We also are aware that while PhotoPlus Expo is currently planned, the ceremony could inevitably be canceled depending on Covid guidelines. We would rather hold off and honor these products as we traditionally have with an awards ceremony in 2021.”
Jaron Schneider, senior writer, the Imaging Resource and technical editor for the Lucie Foundation, also commented. “The widespread effects of Covid-19 have put an incredible strain on the photography industry. Given the cascading difficulties manufacturers have faced, we believe it was best to give everyone more time to deal with the still-unraveling consequences of the global pandemic. The Lucie Technical Awards looks forward to being there after we as a community have overcome this challenge.”
What’s more, the International Photography Awards (IPA) will announce the winners of the Lucie International Photographer of the Year and the Lucie Discovery of the Year awards at a later date. The foundation will also reveal the Support Category nominees prior to the rescheduled date.