Our Mission

The Lucie Foundation, is a  501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation . The foundation presents year-round programming to support  photographers.  The signature program of the Lucie Foundation is the Lucie Awards.   The Lucie Awards is an 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.   Other programs include photography membership,  The Lucie Technical Awards (LTA), The Lucie Impact Awards, The Lucie Photo Book Prize, The Story Behind the Image, Open Calls, exhibitions, photographer talks and workshops.   The Lucie Foundation’s focus on emerging photographers is though the Lucie Scholarship program, and The Lucie Witness Project  The House of Lucie is the physical home for the Lucie Foundation and are contemporary photography spaces showcasing the extraordinary work of the Lucie Award Honorees, as well as discovering and sharing the work of local and international photographic talent.

The House of Lucie center for photography hold the permanent collection for the Lucie Award Honorees photographic work as well as serving as public spaces for rotating exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and events to promote photography to as wide an audience as possible. Currently House of Lucie is located in Budapest, Kashan, and Athens.

Our three-fold mission: To honor master photographers , to discover and cultivate emerging photographic talent and to promote the appreciation of photography worldwide.


Honor Master Photographers


The Lucie Awards

The sig­nature program of the Lucie Foundation is the Lucie Awards, established in 2003. The Lucie Awards is an annual gala ceremony that celebrates master photographers and their contributions to the field of photogra­phy. Since its inception over 160 masters of photography have been awarded including Henri Cartier Bresson, Mary Ellen Mark, Steve McCurry, Annie Leibovitz, Gordon Parks, Sebastiao Salgado, Lillian Bassman, Lord Snowdon, Dawood Bey, Tsuneko Sa­samoto and Peter Magubane. Honorees are determined each year by the Lucie Awards advisory board in the following areas: Lifetime Achievement, Achievement in Fine Art, Achievement in Portraiture, Achievement in Fashion, Achievement in Photojournalism, Achievement in Docu­mentary, Achievement in Sport’s Photogra­phy, Humanitarian Award, Spotlight/Visionary Award and the Impact Award which is given to a photographer whose work has made a substantial impact with the year (lucies.org). Other awards are also given when merited by the advisors including Double Exposure (a photographer who excels in photography and another medium) and 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, workshops and exhibitions

The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to promote the appreciation and understanding of photography.  Exhibitions , workshops and lecture series are scheduled regularly at the House of Lucie worldwide.   “The Story Behind the Image” and “In Conversation” can be seen online here


Lucie Open Calls

Open Call competitions promote photography taken by a wide array of photographers. The work is promoted on our site, in international magazines and in exhibitions. Often revenues made are donated to impactful organizations such as the World Central Kitchen and to non-profit photography organizations doing good works such as the Pathshala/South Asian Media institute in Bangladesh. Learn more.