The Lucie Foundation offers a variety of programs to support our three-tiered mission:
The Lucie Awards is the annual gala ceremony honoring the greatest achievements in photography. The photography community from countries around the globe will pay tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements presented at the Gala Awards ceremony. Each year, the Advisory Board nominates deserving individuals across a variety of categories who will be honored during the Lucie Awards ceremony.
The East and West Coast Lucie Lecture Series features world-renowned, master photographers who have received or will receive Lucie Awards during the annual gala ceremony. The West Coast Lucie Lecture Series will take place during the Month of Photography Los Angeles and the East Coast Lecture Series takes place the days leading up to the Annual Lucie Awards Cremony. Previous lectues have included Taryn Simon, John H. White, Melvin Sokolsky, Herman Leonard, Albert Watson, Richard Misrach and Graciela Iturbide.
The Lucie Technical Awards aim to honor the large and small companies, as well as the individuals who have advanced the photographic industry in a given year. All-inclusive, these awards intend to encompass such things as cameras, lenses, lighting, and accessories, to papers, printers, inks, and software and more. The Lucie Technical Awards is the newest initiative of the prestigious Lucie Awards.
The Lucie Limited Editions are limited edition posters made by master photographers recognized at The Lucie Awards. These Lucie Honorees represent some of the most important photographers of the 21st century.
The Lucie Photo Book Prize is a juried competition open to a diversity of submissions – from published to prototype to hand-made books. The awards are presented to photographers, editors, curators or publishers who have created such projects anywhere in the world within the last 24 months of our public call. The Lucie Foundation is proud to offer two cash prizes to the top two finalists for their outstanding work – one Traditional $3,000 cash prize and one Independent $2,000 cash prize. The Lucie Photo Book Prize coincides with the Lucie Foundation’s programming in New York City in the fall, which includes the prestigious Lucie Awards, Lucie Technical Awards and our sister-effort, the International Photography Awards Best of Show.
MOPLA champions photography on the Left Coast of the United States. A comprehensive, city-wide, collaborative effort that brings together media partners, galleries, institutions and museums in celebration of the photographic form. From outdoor building projections, artist talks and lectures, to exhibitions and screenings, MOPLA provides a platform for the enthusiast, emerging photographers and seasoned, master shooters. MOPLA’s inaugural year launched in April of 2009. To learn more, please click here.
The Lucie Portfolio Reviews will provide the opportunity for photographers to have their portfolios reviewed by important decision makers in the industry, from consultants to editors, art buyers to curators and gallerists, in addition to esteemed photographers. This unique opportunity allows Lucie members and the general public the opportunity to fine-tune their portfolios and receive critical feedback to their work. Foundation members receive priority registering. Fresh Look takes place during the Month of Photography Los Angeles.
SNAPSHOP! aims to cultivate the photographic minds of the future and and provide the opportunities for high school students to acquire skills that might not be readily available to them in their schools or communities. SNAPSHOP! pairs high school students with established photographers who will impart practical, technical and aesthetic knowledge on crafting a photographic image. Typically, SNAPSHOP! occurs during the Month of Photography Los Angeles and has grown from a one-Saturday event to a four-Saturday workshop culminating in the exhibition of the students’ work.
Photographers make images. Visionaries teach you how to see. The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent and professionals with vision, with dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. Through the Lucie Scholarship, a grant of $5,000 will be awarded to a professional photographer at work on a specific, dynamic project, as well as a grant of $2,500 to an emerging professional (student, graduate, or beginning professional) working on a portfolio or a proposed project. Our support of photography is broad, from photojournalism to fashion photography, digital to medium format, including every other category and subcategory. Our concern isn’t with genre, but rather to support emerging visionaries producing work that is at once gripping, and original.