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We are pleased to share with you the inspiring videos that were presented at this year's 8th Annual Focus Awards. Our very talented Focus Award Committee Member, John Lawler, assembled the videos. For those of you who missed the Focus Awards this year or would like to watch the videos again, we are happy to post the video presentations that include all our amazing awardees. Enjoy!

Lifetime Achievement: Mary Virginia Swanson

Rising Star: Shane Lavalette

New England Beacon: Phillip Prodger

Spotlight: LensBlog New York Times

Commonwealth: Boston Public Library

Focus Award reception

Focus Awards 2013 Reception from Justin Ziebell on Vimeo.

New England Beacon Award: Phillip Prodger Presented by: Jared Bowen

Focus Awards 2013 Pt. 1 from Justin Ziebell on Vimeo.

Commonwealth Award: Boston Public Library Digital Projects for Digital Commonwealth, Presented by: Bob Collum
Rising Star Award: Shane Lavalette, Presented by: Susa Worsham

Focus Awards 2013 Pt. 2 from Justin Ziebell on Vimeo.

Spotlight Award: New York Times Lens Blog, Presented by: Maggie Steber

Focus Awards 2013 Pt. 3 from Justin Ziebell on Vimeo.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Virginia Swanson, Presented by: Susan kae Grant

The Griffin Museum of Photography's 8th Annual Focus Awards

Part 1: vimeo.com/80696329
New England Beacon Award: Phillip Prodger
Presented by: Jared Bowen

Part 2: vimeo.com/80721249
Commonwealth Award: Boston Public Library Digital Projects for Digital Commonwealth
Presented by: Bob Collum
Rising Star Award: Shane Lavalette
Presented by: Susa Worsham

Part 3: https://vimeo.com/80760992
Spotlight Award: New York Times Lens Blog
Presented by: Maggie Steber

Part 4:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Virginia Swanson
Presented by: Susan kae Grant


Sponsored by:
Panopticon Imaging, inc.
Peterson Party Center
One World Boston
Digital Photo Academy

The Focus Awards recognize individuals making critical contributions to the promotion, curation and presentation of photography.

The awards this year celebrate five people and organizations instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public.

2013 Focus Awards Press Release

8th Griffin Museum of Photography Focus Award

Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • 6-7:30 Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while mingling with award recipients and presenters at the:
    Griffin Museum of Photography
    67 Shore Rd.
    Winchester, Ma
  • 8:00 Awards presentation with Master of Ceremonies, Lou Jones
    at Winchester Town Hall, 71 Mount Vernon St.

Tickets Prices

  • $85 before October 12, 2013 (includes reception and ceremony) $90 October 12th and after. Purchase On-line
  • Special students- only price for ceremony only (with valid ID) $20 Purchase On-Line

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.

2013 Award Winners

Life Time Achievement Rising Star New England Beacon Spotlight Commonwealth
Susan kae Grant

Susan kae Grant will present the award to Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia Swanson, is an author, educator and advisor to artists and arts organizations whose career includes exhibiting, collecting and licensing photography.

Susan Worsham will present the award to Shane Lavalette

Shane Lavalette, Founding publisher and editor of Lavalette and the director of Light Work in Syracuse, NY

Jared Bowen

Jared Bowen will present the award to Phillip Prodger

Phillip Prodger , is an art historian, writer, curator and head of the photography department at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts

Maggie Steber will present the award to Lens Blog New York Times .

Lens Blog New York Times a blog featuring photography, video and visual journalism from Times photographers, other news organizations and around the Web. It's co-editors are James Estrin and David Gonzales. The producer of Lens is Matthew McCann.

Bob Cullen

Bob Cullum will present the award to Boston Public Library Digital Projects for Digital Commonwealth

Boston Public Library Digital Projects for Digital Commonwealth the BPL has been digitizing photo archives, books, maps, manuscripts, prints, and other library materials so that they may be accessible online. The goal of this project is to grow and support Digital Commonwealth, a consolidated statewide digital library system.

Focus Committee 2013

  • Meg Birnbaum
  • Michael Burka
  • Doug Cogger
  • Andrea Greitzer
  • Cassandra Goldwater
  • Peter Griffin
  • Sarah Houston
  • Frances Jakubek
  • Steve Johnson
  • Lou Jones
  • Linda Korpi
  • Jason Landry
  • John Lawler
  • Greer Muldowney
  • Elisabeth Neville
  • Neal Rantoul
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Melissa Thatcher
  • Paula Tognarelli
Major thanks to our donors for this special event!
  • Anonymous
  • Pam and Carl Boerner
  • David Bram
  • Michael Burka
  • John and Holly Cratsley
  • Drew Epstein
  • Paul Giguere
  • Cassandra Goldwater
  • Peter Griffin
  • Carolyn Harder
  • Molly Harding Nye
  • Barbara Hitchcock
  • Anna Marie Horsford
  • Stephen Jareckie
  • Joan Shafran & Robert Haimes Foundation
  • Lou Jones
  • Linda Korpi
  • Chris Lee
  • Susan Mosser
  • Lisa Neville
  • Panopticon Imaging
  • Neal Rantoul
  • Rixon Reed
  • Allan Rodgers
  • Richard Simon
  • Jonathan Singer
  • Aline Smithson
  • Betsey Spiller
  • Damian Strohmeyer
  • Melissa Thatcher
  • Eelco Wolf

Why Sponsor the Focus Awards

  • The Griffin Museum, based in Greater Boston, is a nationally and internationally recognized exhibitor of vintage and contemporary photography, community educator and vital resource for emerging artists, photojournalists and seasoned photography professionals alike. The Museum is fast becoming the central photo-cultural force in Boston.
  • Attracting increasingly large and loyal audiences through its network of seven galleries and 58 exhibitions in Greater Boston last year, the Griffin Museum is at the cusp of cultural and artistic innovation in photography.
  • The Griffin Museum is advancing photography as a prominent feature in people’s lives, whether they are people with financial capacity, professional and a vocational photographers, emerging artists, older local residents, or city and suburban kids with a camera in their hand and a gleam in their eye.
  • The Annual Focus Awards is now a national event, awarding honors to curators, educators, photo editors, historians, writers and others who have significantly elevated the photographic medium. Past awardees have made a profound impact in photography today.
  • The Focus Awards this year will be held at Fairmont Battery Wharf waterfront hotel.
  • The Griffin Museum will promote this event with marketing, PR, and social media as well as through its extensive formal and informal network of members, corporate partners, donors and museum visitors.

Sponsorship Levels

Supporter $500

  • Your name and logo on the event program and sponsor signage
  • Your name announced as a sponsor at the event
  • Your company listed as a preferred vendor for Griffin Museum events
  • Tickets for two to the Focus Awards
Donor $1000
All of the above benefits, plus
  • Your name and logo appear on the Griffin Museum email blasts prior to the event
  • Your name and logo appear in the projected loop running at the event
  • Banner advertisement on Griffin Museum website
  • Recognition on all Griffin Museum social network sites
Patron $1500
All of the above benefits, plus
  • The option to show a three minute video about your organization can be run at the event
Benefactor $2500
All of the above benefits, plus
  • Arthur Griffin color print of Ted Williams


Past Recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Eelco Wolf, in charge of Worldwide Marketing Communications for the Polaroid Corporation as well as Executive Director of Magnum Photos Worldwide. (2012)
  • Dr. Alison Nordstrom, Curator of Photographs at George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York (2011)
  • James Colton, Photography Editor, Sports Illustrated (2010)
  • Eliane Laffont, Editorial Director, Hachette Filipacchi Media (2009)
  • Deborah Willis, Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, Curator, Author, Educator, Historian, and Photographer (2008)
  • Kathy Ryan, Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine (2007)
  • Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2006)

Rising Star Award

  • Aline Smithson, began her career as a fashion editor and is now a widely published and exhibited photographer, educator and blogger. (2012)
  • Eileen Gittins, founder, president, and CEO of Blurb Books (2011)
  • David Bram, Founder, Fraction magazine (2010)
  • Rob Haggart, Founder, A Photo Editor, www.aphotoeditor.com (2009)
  • Jen Bekman, Founder and Owner, Jen Bekman Gallery, New York (2008)
  • Sara Terry, Founder, The Aftermath Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping photojournalists document the aftermath of conflict (2007)
  • Brian Clamp, Owner, ClampArt, New York (2006)

New England Beacon Award

  • Stephen Jareckie, Photographic Advisor for the Fitchburg Art Museum and Curator of Photography Emeritus for the Worchester Art Museum. (2012)
  • Susan Mosser, has organized photographic programming for single events, all day seminars, and larger, multiple day conferences throughout New England and the U.S. for more than 30 years (2011).
  • Alan Taylor, Founder, The Big Picture (Boston.com) (2010)
  • Rosalind Smith, Freelance Photography Writer (2009)
  • Henry Horenstein, Photographer, Author and Educator (2008)
  • Clifford Ackley, Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Curator of Prints and Drawings and Chair of the Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the MFA, Boston (2007)
  • Barbara Hitchcock, Cultural Affairs Director, Polaroid Corporation and Curator, Polaroid Collection (2006)

Spotlight Award

  • Photoeye, founded by Rixon Reed. It is a blend of galleries, auctions, a magazine, VisualServer; a D.I.Y portfolio website creator, and a new venture called the Art Photo Index. (2012)
  • Modern Postcard, commercial printer (2009)
  • Nikon, world leader in digital imaging, precision optics, and photo imaging technology (2008)
  • Photo District News magazine(2007)

Scribe Award

  • Russell Hart, Executive Editor, American Photo magazine and Editor, American Photo on Campus magazine (2009)

Quicksilver Award

  • Keith Jenkins, became the Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia at NPR after a 13 year distinquished career at the Washington Post and Washington Post Magazine. (2012)

Living Legend Award

  • Harold Feinstein, This tribute honors Harold Feinstein's sixty five year career in photography (2011).

Previous Award Ceremony's