New York, NY, (October 24, 2011) — New York City hosted the 9th Annual Lucie Awards in a gala black-tie ceremony and awards program held at Rose Theater, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Lucies – the world’s most esteemed photography awards ceremony honoring the greatest achievements in the field – presented awards in categories ranging from Achievement in Fine Arts, Humanitarian and Documentary to Achievements in support categories from fashion to advertising. As 2003 honoree Douglas Kirkland said, “The movie industry has its Oscars and the photography community has its Lucies.”

“We are always thrilled to gather the photography community to celebrate the world in which we work and live and this year’s talented honorees are exceptional. We continue to build on our foundation each subsequent year,” says Lucies founder Hossein Farmani. “We are blessed again to have such an extraordinary group of extremely talented honorees, and by the equally accomplished presenters. These photographers are truly the best in their respective fields.” This year, 1100 people attended from 25 countries around the globe.

The 2011 honorees and presenters were:

Dawoud Bey (Achievement in Portraiture) presented by Vince Aletti
Bill Eppridge (Achievement in Photojournalism) presented by Dick Stolley
Rich Clarkson (Achievement in Sports), presented by Chris Johns
Nobuyoshi Araki (Achievement in Fine Art), presented by Michael Grecco
Nancy McGirr and Fotokids (Humanitarian Award), presented by Harris Whitbeck
Eli Reed (Achievement in Documentary Photography Award), presented by Misha Erwitt
The International Center of Photography received The 2011 Spotlight Award, presented to Willis “Buzz” Hartshorn by Annie Leibovitz
Additionally, Glen Serbin and Susan Baraz from AtEdge presented the International Photographer of the Year Award to Majid Saeedi claiming the Award from among finalists: Advertising Category: Adam Taylor, Architecture Category: Paul van Hulzen, Book Category: Edmund Clark, Editorial Category: Jacopo Quaranta, Fine Art Category: Chad Holder, Nature Category: Marsel van Oosten, People Category: Majid Saeedi, Special Category: Martin Oeggerli

Theresa Raffetto and Tony Gale, APA representatives, presented the Discovery of the Year Award to Anna di Prospero chosen from among the finalists including: Advertising Category: Xi Sinsong, Architecture Category: Jose Ramon Moreno Fernandez, Editorial Category: Natasha Shulte , Fine Art Category: Arman Zhenikeyev, Nature Category: William Scully, People Category: Anna di Prospero,
and Special Category: Karen Divine

Majid Saeedi and Anna di Prospero win $10,000 and $5,000 prizes, respectively.

Susan Baraz presented Daniel Beltrá with a prize of $5000 and a Lucie statue for the International Photographer of the Year – Deeper Perspective Award. Daniel Beltrá was chosen from finalists:
Robin Hammond, Daniel Beltrá, Darcy Padilla, Michael Krebs, Gloriann Liu, and Tomasz Lazar.

Also conferred were awards in five support categories:

Picture Editor of the year – Kira Pollack, Time Magazine, was presented by Gerd Ludwig, 2006 Lucie Award winner for International Photographer of the Year.

Photography Magazine of the Year – ZOOM was presented by Bill Hunt, author and photo strategist.

Fashion Layout of the Year W Magazine for Tilda Swinton, photographed by Tim Walker, was presented by photographers Gabrielle Revere and Adam Secore

Book Publisher of the Year – Chris Boot, Ltd for Infidel by Tim Hetherington, was presented by Astrid Merget, Creative Director for World Photography Organization

Photography Curator/Exhibition of the Year – Kohle Yohannan for Beauty Culture at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, was presented by Astrid Merget, Creative Director for World Photography Organization

Host Robin Fox entertained the crowd while hosting the award show.

The Awards actually cap a weekend celebration of photography hosted by the Lucie Awards’ governing body, the Lucie Foundation. The kick-off was Saturday evening’s Best of Show exhibition and party at Splashlight in Soho with over 600 guests enjoying the debut of the exhibit featuring 46 images curated by Audrey Landreth from the 2011 International Photography Awards Competition, The Lucie Foundation’s sister-effort. On Sunday, The Lucie Foundation sponsored artist talks also at Soho’s Splashlight, co- presented with En Foco featuring 2011 Lucie Honoree Eli Reed, in conversation with Jaime Permuth, discussing his project, Yonkeros as well as 2011 Lucie Honoree Dawoud Bey in conversation with LaToya Ruby Frazier. These lecture/conversations are official Lucie Week events, hosted by Splashlight Studios.

The Lucie Awards official media partner is Photo District News. AtEdge, Splashlight, The Standard and Duggal provided additional support.


About the Lucie Foundation

?The Lucie Foundation’s three-fold mission is to honor master photographers, to discover and cultivate emerging talent and to
promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The photography communities from countries around the globe pay tribute to the year’s most outstanding photographic achievements at the annual Lucie Awards ceremony. The Lucies recognize men and women whose life’s work in photography merits the highest acclaim by their peers. The Foundation presents year round programming in Los Angeles, Florida and New York and addresses the needs of high school students through Snapshop!, emerging photographers through E-pprentice, an online mentoring program, and provides financial support through the Lucie Scholarship Program to both an emerging and professional photographer. The sister effort of the Foundation is the International Photography Awards, where the winners of the Photographer of the Year, the Discovery of the Year and Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year are announced at the Lucies and are awarded cash prizes and statues. The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation. www.luciefoundation.org