The Focus Awards recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography.
The awards this year celebrate three individuals and one organization instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public. Once again Lou Jones is the Master of Ceremonies and Andrew Epstein, President of the Griffin Museum Board of Directors, will welcome everyone to the awards ceremony.
The Focus Awards will take place on October 22, 2017 as part of the FlashPoint Boston Festival. The awards’ ceremony is at the Griffin Museum at 67 Shore Rd. in Winchester, MA 01890 at Noon. Prior to the awards ceremony a mimosa brunch will take place at 11:00 AM. A limited amount of tickets are available for Brunch/Ceremony for $85.
We are offering a limited amount (20) free tickets to full-time students of our Academic Membership Institutions. These tickets are for the awards ceremony only and does not include brunch. Valid Student ID required.
On October 20, 2017 Beuford Smith will give a lecture at the Marran Theater at Lesley University as part of FlashPoint Boston Festival. The Marran Theater is located at 34 Mellen St. at Wolfard Hall and may be accessed via the Quad. The theater is just past the Office of Public Safety in Wolfard Hall. Tickets are available.
2017 Focus Awards Press Release
Spotlight – 2017
The New England Beacon – 2017
Lifetime – 2017
A Culture of Legacy Award – 2017
The Focus Awards have been presented in the following categories:
- The Lifetime Achievement Award Given to an individual whose ongoing commitment to photography has created far reaching impact.
- The Rising Star Award Given to an emerging force that the photographic community is watching with great enthusiasm.
- The New England Beacon Award Given to a local individual whose work brings prominence to the local photographic scene.
- The Spotlight Award Given to an entity that consistently shines a light on photography and has created a far reaching impact in the field.
- The Scribe Award Given for excellence in writing on the subject of photographic arts.
- The Quicksilver Award Given to an individual who has made significant advances in using and exploring new technologies, as well as innovative approaches to photography utilizing nontraditional ways to showcase photography as an ever changing media.
- The Commonwealth Award Given to an entity whose work brings prominence to the local photographic scene.
- A Culture of Legacy Award Given to an individual (or entity) who demonstrates a life course philosophy with respect to photographic endeavor. A culture of legacy takes place when history informs the present and works towards a better future with conscience.