Los Angeles, CA—The Lucie Awards, a signature program of the Lucie Foundation, return to New York to again honor legends of photography. This year the awards ceremony will include new initiatives. The 15th Annual Lucie Awards’ gala promises to be an engaging celebration, weaving musical surprises throughout the evening. The red carpet gala will be held at New York’s renowned Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, on October 29, 2017.
In addition, public nominations for the Double Exposure Award were announced. Bestowed only three times in the Lucie Awards’ history, the Double Exposure Award is open to public nominations by clicking here. Prior winners of this honor include singer, songwriter, photographer Graham Nash; Oscar, Emmy, Tony award-winning actress and photographer Jessica Lange; and composer, performer, filmmaker and photographer Michael Nyman. Each winner has achieved recognition in both photography and one or more other creative fields.
Lucie Photo Book Awards
Furthermore, the Lucie Foundation will offer cash prizes for the newly established Lucie Photo Book Prize. The winners will be announced during Lucie Week activities this October. The Lucie Photo Book Prize awards the following cash prizes in two categories. The traditional award is a $3,000 prize. It is given to a photographer, editor, curator or publisher whose book is commercially produced and distributed.
The independent award is $2,000 and goes to a photographer, editor, curator or publisher whose book is published and distributed independently. In addition, the top 30 finalists will have their works displayed during the IPA Best of Show Party.
Moreover, Lucie Editions consists of 56 limited edition, signed posters made by the master photographers who have been recognized over the years at the Lucie Awards. This series of posters was created with the intention of making these iconic photographic works more accessible to aspiring photographers and photo enthusiasts. The Lucie honorees represent some of the most important photographers of the 21st century. The posters are available at lucies.org/store/product-category/lucie_editions.
15th Annual Lucie Awards
In addition to the soon-to-be-announced Double Exposure Award honorees, the Lucie Foundation and its advisory board announced seven awardees for the 15th Lucie Awards.
• Larry Fink for Achievement in Documentary
• Dominique Issermann for Achievement in Fashion
• Abelardo Morell for Achievement in Fine Art
• Judith Joy Ross for Achievement in Portraiture
• Steve Schapiro for Achievement in Photojournalism
• Art Shay as recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award
• Josephine Herrick Project as recipient of the Humanitarian Award
The Josephine Herrick Project (formerly RTP) has implemented photography programs to provide direction, training and equipment to underserved communities since 1941. The organization enlists professional photographers to educate students on the communicative power of photography. JHP also believes that by providing a creative platform to the physically and emotionally challenged, the elderly, at-risk youth, homeless and the visually impaired, it will enable these individuals to channel their energy in an open, expressive way.
Through partnerships with local organizations, JHP’s free programs are aimed at inspiring individuals with the visual language of photography, to enhance their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision. JHP is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. jhproject.org
Lucie Support Category Awards
Besides recognizing the above six masters and the Josephine Herrick Project, as well as Double Exposure Award and Lucie Photo Book Prize winners, the Lucies will present the Support Category Awards. These awards honor the year’s best photographic achievements in seven categories. The categories range from Fashion Layout of the Year to Curator/Exhibition of the Year. The Support Category Awards acknowledge the individuals and institutions that play an important part in the crafting and promoting of images.
Also at this year’s gala, the International Photography Awards (IPA)—a global competition and sister effort of the Lucie Awards—will announce its top four winners. These winners include the Photographer of the Year sponsored by AtEdge. IPA has awarded more than $250,000 in prize money over the last 16 years. Winning works also will be displayed in the Best of Show exhibition at Splashlight during Lucie Week.
Tickets for the 15th Lucie Awards are available at lucies.org/tickets.
The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and also promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. In addition to Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA), the foundation presents
year-round programming. It supports high school students through SNAPSHOP!, emerging/professional photographers through the Lucie Scholarship program and also master photographers through the Lucie Awards. Moreover, the Lucie Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable foundation. luciefoundation.org