Spotlight – 2009
Photographers worldwide rely on Modern Postcard, a San Diego commercial printing company. Founded by Steve Hoffman and nurtured by Jim Toya-Brown, Modern Postcard provides small runs of high quality postcards at an affordable price. Modern Postcard is at the forefront of the postcard industry.
Howard Bernstein is the CEO of Bernstein & Andriulli, NY, and publisher of Spread Artculture magazine
Scribe – 2009
Hart is executive editor of American Photo magazine and editor of American Photo On Campus. In addition to editing and authoring numerous magazine stories and posts on the American Photo blog, State of the Art , Hart oversees many of its technical reviews and organizes the “Editor’s Choice” issue.
Henry Horenstein will present the award to Russell Hart.
The New England Beacon – 2009
Rosalind (Roz) Smith, a native of Newton, is a features writer for Shutterbug, Photographers Forum, View Camera, Black and White and Camera Arts. She has also written feature articles for the Robb Report, Photo District News, and the Boston Globe. She has written articles on scores of photographers including Richard Avedon, James Nachtwey, Ron Haviv, John Isaac, Jill Enfield and Duane Michals.
Photographer, John Isaac will present the award to Roz Smith.
Rising Star – 2009
Haggart is the former director of photography for Men’s Journal and Outside magazines. He has received photo editing recognition from Graphis, American Photography, Society of Publication Designers, Communication Arts, American Society of Magazine Editors and Photo District News, and was chosen as part of the creative team of the year by Ad Week. He currently freelances as a photography director and runs APhotoEditor.com, a blog on photography.
Jill Enfield, a fine art photographer, author and educator will present the award to Rob Haggart.
Lifetime – 2009
Eliane Laffont has been a leading creative and entrepreneurial force in the world of photojournalism. In 1968, she opened the first U.S. office of Gamma Press Images in collaboration with her husband, Jean-Pierre. In 1973, they co-founded Sygma Photo News Agency, where Laffont served as general manager, then president of North American operations, for nearly three decades (with a two-year hiatus at LOOK magazine). Under Laffont’s leadership, Sygma blossomed into the world’s largest photo news agency with more than 500 photographers in 50 countries. In 1999, Sygma was acquired by Bill Gates’ Corbis Images and Laffont was appointed U.S. operations general manager and later was promoted to global vice president of editorial content of Corbis-Sygma. In 2001, Laffont joined Hachette Filipacchi Media as editorial director, supervising the photographic production of the group in the U.S. and developing the photo division around three sectors: photojournalism, photo illustration and photo reportage.
LeRoy is the founder of Visa pour L’image Festival in Perpignan, France.