Our Mission


The Lucie Foundation’s mission is three-tiered

  • Honor Master Photographers
  • Discover and Cultivate Emerging Talent
  • Promote the Appreciation of Photography Worldwide


Honor Master Photographers


The Lucie Awards

The Lucie Awards is the annual gala ceremony that celebrates master photographers and their contributions to the field of photography. Honorees are determined each year by the Lucie Awards Advisory Board, and pre-announced, in the following areas:

Yearly Awards:

Lifetime Achievement
Achievement in Fine Art
Achievement in Portraiture
Achievement in Fashion
Achievement in Photojournalism
Achievement in Documentary
Humanitarian Award
Impact Award (given to a photographer whose work has made a substantial impact within the year)
Spotlight/Visionary Award

Awards nominated when merited by the Advisors:

Achievement in Sports
Double Exposure (to a photographer who excels in photography and another medium)
Achievement in Architecture

For more information, please visit www.lucies.org


Discover and Cultivate Emerging Talent


Discovery of the Year Award

The International Photography Awards is an annual, juried competition that is open to all photographers, both professional and non-professional, worldwide. Through the competition, three top honors are provided, one of which is The Discovery of the Year. This non-professional, emerging talent, stands out as tomorrow’s bright star of the photography. This individual is given the title of Discovery of the Year, a $5,000 cash prize and the Lucie statue.

For more information about the IPA, please visit www.photoawards.com


The Lucie Scholarship Program

Photographers make images. Visionaries teach you how to see. The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. Our support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works. Our concern is to support emerging photographers producing work that is at once gripping, and original.

The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer four cash grants to support the work of emerging photographers.

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Promote the Appreciation of Photography Worldwide


The Lucie Lecture Series

The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to promote the appreciation and understanding of photography.  In that vein, we are proud to share the courageous stories behind the thought-provoking images in our world.  We will be hosting a series of intimate evenings called “The Story Behind the Image”.