2024 IPC Professional Photographers Awards Luncheon to Mark 50th Anniversary in May

2024 IPC Professional Photographers Awards Luncheon to Mark 50th Anniversary in May


New York, NY—The International Photographic Council (IPC) revealed its annual awards luncheon is scheduled for May 15, 2024. Further, at the 2024 IPC Professional Photographers Awards luncheon, the organization will honor world-renown photographer Douglas Kirkland posthumously with the special IPC Lifetime Achievement Award. Moreover, the event will celebrate the IPC’s 50th anniversary. IPC-50th-logo-1-copy

The IPC awards luncheon will take place during International Photography Month in the Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations in New York City. In addition, special guest Francoise Kirkland is the keynote speaker.

“Photography has evolved substantially over the past 50 years in terms of how images are captured,” said Andy Marcus, president of IPC. “But the image still represents life and communicates in every language. Francoise Kirkland has been fully present in this spectacular craft and witnessed the emotions photography elicits. Her ability to narrate this world over five decades is something rare.”

2024 IPC Professional Photographers Awards Luncheon

Additionally, at the luncheon, Benjamin Von Wong will receive the IPC Environmental Photographer Award. Several other professional photographers will also garner IPC Professional Photographer Achievement Awards. IPC has awarded professional photographers for their achievements since 1999. Currently, the organization is awaiting the names of the nominees from key professional photography associations.

Douglas Kirkland, © Francoise Kirkland
Douglas Kirkland

Francoise and Douglas Kirkland met during the 1960s in France. Subsequently, they collaborated over their nearly 60 years together on books and exhibitions. Kirkland remains one of the most influential photographers. He captured the faces of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Leonardo DiCaprio, Coco Chanel, Mikhail Baryshnikov and more. Further, his portrait of Charlie Chaplin hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Also, in 1998, Kirkland’s picture book, Titanic, rose to no. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List. In addition, a retrospective exhibit of Kirkland’s work, A Life in Pictures, is currently on display at Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

Benjamin Von Wong
Benjamin Von Wong

A multidisciplinary visual artist and photographer, Von Wong uses recycled and reclaimed materials to create striking installations and images. His work has generated more than 100 million views on social media. It focuses on various causes, such as plastics, fast fashion and electronic waste.

Additionally, at the luncheon, two MPS Digital Photography students from the School of Visual Arts in New York City will also receive IPC James L. Chung Memorial Scholarships. The scholarship honors the late longtime president of IPC.

Visit IPCPhoto.org to learn more or to secure your reservation to the May luncheon. Contact Kathy Jello, IPC vice president, for information on sponsorship opportunities

International Photographic Council

The International Photographic Council (IPC) is a Civil Society Organization formally associated with the United Nations Department of Global Communications. It is composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. IPC’s motto is Peace Through Photography, the Universal Language.