18th Lucie Awards Bestow Masters of Photography Honors Virtually

18th Lucie Awards Bestow Masters of Photography Honors Virtually

Online-Only Ceremony: October 26, 2021


Los Angeles, CA—The Lucie Foundation celebrated photography with an impressive lineup of honorees when they bestowed the 18th Lucie Awards online on October 26, 2021.

The online awards presentation is accessible here: https://lucies.org. Furthermore, the Lucie Awards is the signature program of Lucie Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization.

Dr. Peter Magubane © David Meyer-Gollan

“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 continue with our tradition of the Lucie Awards,” the organization stated. The foundation, along with its advisory board, announced its impressive list of nine honorees:

18th Lucie Awards Nominees

Dr. Peter Magubane: Lifetime Achievement Award

Paul Caponigro © Judy Dater

Paul Caponigro: Achievement in Fine Art

Lynn Goldsmith: Achievement in Portraiture

Pamela Hanson: Achievement in Fashion

Jean-Pierre Laffont: Achievement in Photojournalism

David Hurn: Achievement in Documentary

David Hurn © Sue Packer

Joel Sartore: Humanitarian Award

Bob Martin: Achievement in Sports

Steven Sasson (inventor of the digital camera): Spotlight/Visionary Award

The Impact Award

In addition, the Impact Award is given to a photographer whose image or body of work has created a difference in a given year.

Paul Ratje
This year’s recipient is Paul Ratje. Originally from Mesilla, New Mexico, Ratje studied at New Mexico State University and earned a bachelor’s in photojournalism and foreign languages. Moreover, his passion for photography and love for languages pushed him abroad to Taiwan, where he lived for five years.
He currently lives in his home region of southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, where he focuses his lens on stories of immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to Agence France-Presse and freelances for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Washington Post.
Lynn Goldsmith


“For the 18th time, the Lucies are delighted to honor the most exceptional talent in our global community; especially at this time in history, when the power of photography is a bridge connecting us all around the world,” commented Hossein Farmani, founder of the Lucie Awards.

“The Lucie Awards have remained a beacon that shines its light, in an evening, honoring the Masters of Photography. This 18th year we intend to do the same! The images of our outstanding group of honorees express the power of this medium to transport us to a place, a people, nature, art, war or even the impact of a virus,” Susan Baraz, cochair of the Lucie Awards added.

Jean-Pierre Laffont © SMatamoros

“One single photo can encompass a world; at the same time, it can resonate globally in expressing how truly united we are, whether it’s a great distance or only six feet away. It is photography that always seems to navigate that space, now more than ever before.”

International Photography Awards

What’s more, the International Photography Awards (IPA) announced the winners of the Lucie International Photographer of the Year and the Lucie Discovery of the Year awards. IPA is a preeminent global competition as well as a sister-effort of the Lucie Awards.  To  view  the  winners,  visit  photoawards.com.IPA-Trophy

18th Lucie Awards Support Category Honors

The Lucie Awards also honored the year’s best photographic achievements of the industry by presenting 13 Support Category Awards. These recognitions represent individuals and institutions that play a critical role in showcasing as well as promoting photography. Following are the winners and nominees in each category.

Book Publisher of the Year

Winner: Thames & Hudson – Henri Cartier-Bresson: Paris Revisited

Aperture – Gillian Laub: Family Matters

Stanley/Barker – Jim Goldberg: Fingerprint

Creative Director of the Year
Steve Sasson © Eastman Kodak Compan

Winner: Greg Hahn, Bianca Guimaraes and Kevin Mulroy – Dictators Represent Us: Mischief, New York

Graham Lang – Elder Abuse: Solitary, Canada Safety Council

Silvio Caielli – Crossed Out Classics Project: Gutenberg the community

Advertising Campaign of the Year

Winner: Back to School Essentials – Sandy Hook Promise: BBDO New York

Run. For. Life. – Red Cross Brasilia: Arnold Worldwide

Joel Sartore © Cole Sartore

Get The Look #Bernie Sanders – Ikea: Ogilvy, Greece

Photo Editor of the Year

Winner: Joanna Milter, The New Yorker: Silver Linings

Anna Goldwater Alexander, Wired:  Shuttered, For Maggie Steber, Self Isolation Is a Secret Garden

Bob Martin © Simon Bruty

Kristen Geisler, New York Times: A Recharged New York, Through Young Eyes

Photography Content of the Year, Print or Online

Winner: The New York Times: The Year in Pictures

The New Yorker: Photo Booth

Lensculture: Critics’ Choice 2021 Winners

Photo Museum Exhibition of the Year
Pamela Hanson © Matthew Priestly

Winner: Dawoud Bey—An American Project: Whitney Museum of American Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art/Co-curated by Elisabeth Sherman, Assistant Curator at the Whitney, and Corey  Keller, Curator of Photography at SFMOMA

The New Woman Behind the Camera: Mia Fineman, Curator – The Met

Gerardo Vielba, Photographer, 1921–1992: Antonio Tabernero, Curator – PhotoESPAÑA

Photo Gallery Exhibition of the Year

Winner: Herb Ritts – Music: Camera Work, Berlin

Lewis Hine – The WPA National Research Project Photographs, 1936–37: Howard Greenberg Gallery

OpenWalls Arles – Then & Now: Galerie Huit Arles

Photo Curator of the Year

Winner: Sarah Allen and Yasufumi Nakamori, Zanele Muholi: Tate Modern

Hinde Haest, Photographer: Laia Abril – On Rape: A History of Misogyny, Chapter Two: FOAM Museum

Mia Fineman, The New Woman Behind the Camera: The MET

Digital Tech of the Year

Winner: Johnny Lynch, Fluid Motion: Venice Magazine

Zac Hahn/3 Star Productions: Future Official Sponsor Budweiser

Hunter Arthur, Exclusive: Masumi Yamada by Emily Teague in “Brave New Girl” Fashion Gone Rogue

Printer Lab of the Year

Winner: Bay Photo Lab, Scotts Valley, CA

LTI, New York, NY

Digital Silver Imaging, Boston, MA

Production Company of the Year

Winner: Smuggler London, UK: Enjoy Before Returning Publicis Italy – Diesel

Landia, Madrid: BK Stevenage Challenge David Madrid / David Miami –  Burger King

Kontor Reykjavik, Reykjavik: Protect Freedome of Expression Kontor Reykjavik, Reykjavik Amnesty International / Iceland

Photo Festival of the Year

Winner: The Palm Springs Photo Festival

Fotografia Europea | Reggio Emilia (IT)


Photo Program of the Year

Winner: Bronx Documentary Center

NYC Salt

MassArt Photography