Chances are that you haven’t heard about the International Photography Awards (IPA)/Lucie Awards.  It was recently formed to honor photography in a similar way that the Emmy’s and Academy Awards do, and on an international level.  I actually haven’t heard it mentioned in the wedding and children’s photography world, but it’s well known in other fields of photography that are highly influential, such as fashion, photojournalism, and documentary photography.  A few years ago I entered the IPA/Lucie Awards competition and was thrilled when I received an honorable mention for two of the three photographs entered, one in landscape and the other in the wedding category.  I haven’t entered competitions for awhile now, but I’m gearing up to do so again.  Here’s the press release for the newly formed Lucie Foundation which expands on the mission of the IPA/Lucie Awards.    

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:  Sherrie Berger                        
[email protected]
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New umbrella celebrates the masters, discovers new talent and promotes appreciation of photography worldwide

Los Angeles, Calif  (October 02, 2008) – The formation of the Lucie Foundation was announced today by Hossein Farmani, founder and Cat Jimenez, Executive Director of the foundation. The Foundation will offer new programs in addition to the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony.  These programs include the Lucie Lecture Series, Portfolio Reviews, The Month of Photography Los Angeles, Exhibitions, the Lucie library featuring publications and monographs of all the Lucie Honorees from 2003 until 2008, a Scholarship and Mentor Program, and more to be announced on our website Farmani commented “We’re delighted to offer these new initiatives and programs, to further extend our mission to the public.”  Jimenez added “It’s our goal to create programs that will continue to inspire and invigorate photographers.”


The Lucie Foundation’s mission is three-tiered:

– to Honor Master Photographers

– to Discover and Cultivate Emerging Talent

– and to Celebrate the Appreciation of Photography Worldwide


Numerous Lucie Foundation activities have already been scheduled including the previously announced 6th Annual Lucie Awards, Oct. 20, 6:00 p.m., at Lincoln Center.  This Award ceremony honors master photographers and encompasses the culmination of the annual International Photography Awards competition.  

Tickets for the Lucie Awards are available at


As apart of new programming, Lucie Lectures East proudly presents two artist talks during the weekend of the Lucie Awards gala.  The Foundation is hosting artist talks with legendary photographer Herman Leonard on Sunday evening October 19, 5:00 p.m. and another on Saturday evening, October 18, 5:00 p.m., in conjunction with Nueva Luz Photographic Journal, featuring photographer Sara Terry: The Aftermath Project and photographer Hank Willis Thomas.  Limited seating is available. This is free to the public but an RSVP is mandatory at [email protected]


Both Artist Talks will take place at Splashlight, Soho, One Hudson Square, 75 Varick Street, (Third Floor) New York, NY 10013    T.212 268 7247


The first of many planned exhibitions will be the IPA Best of Show on which takes place on Saturday night, Oct. 18th at 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. also at Splashlight, Soho and is open to the public.  


The Lucie Foundation will also be inviting the public to become members, donors and benefactors to assist in the executing programming. For more information on becoming a member, please visit

About the Lucie Foundation  
Lucie Foundation’s three fold mission is to salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover and cultivate emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The Lucie Foundation, which presents a variety of programs, including the Lucie Awards, will also introduce new programs featured around education and exhibitions.  For more information, please visit  The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation.