PMDA to Honor Four Photographers Who Give Back at October Ceremony

PMDA to Honor Four Photographers Who Give Back at October Ceremony


Woodbury, NY—The PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA), in conjunction with PDN magazine and the School of Visual Arts, will honor three professional photographers and one student photographer who have used their talents to give back and heighten awareness of their selected charities.

The special event, featuring presentations by honorees Tamara Lackey, Colby Brown and Ted Kawalerski, will take place at the SVA Theater in New York City on October 5, 2015. Sony artist Ben Folds will serve as master of ceremonies.

“The power of imaging is never more apparent than when it is used to help those in need,” said Jerry Grossman, executive director of the PMDA. “We wanted to recognize photographers in our industry who go the extra mile to highlight social issues that affect us all.”

The honorees and their chosen charities include Colby Brown, The Giving Lens; Tamara Lackey, Beautiful Together; and Ted Kawalerski, Family Life Academy Charter School Project. In addition, one student photographer from the School of Visual Arts will be recognized.

The October event will include presentations by each of the photographers followed by a Q&A panel discussion and a networking cocktail party. Admission is complimentary, but seating is limited. All those wishing to attend must preregister at

The program is being presented by the PMDA and PDN magazine. Sponsors include Canon, Eyefi, Nikon, Ricoh, Samsung, Sigma, Sony and Tamron.

Founded in 1939, PMDA provides a series of forums and programs throughout the business year for its membership to exchange ideas and learn about new technologies and business trends, in addition to administering programs that promote photography to the general public. Their programs include Portraits of Love, which honors military families with free family portraits,, a site created to help American consumers find meaningful ways to incorporate photography into aspects of their everyday lives, and PMDA Salutes Photographers Who Give Back. Programs and symposiums feature leading photo-imaging product suppliers and retailers, as well as financial analysts and technical experts.