IPC Honors Professional School Photographers Association
with first annual “Award of Excellence.”
PMA’s Ken Strawbridge Delivers Keynote Address
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, November 2007 –
The International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, held its inaugural IPC Award of Excellence Luncheon on Thursday, November 8th at the United Nations in New York City. The recipient of its first (2007) IPC Award of Excellence was the Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA), for its continual support of the growth of the school photography industry worldwide. Robert Kerr, President of Royal Photographics and 2007/2008 PSPA President, accepted the award on behalf of the PSPA.
The IPC Award of Excellence was established to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of photography, especially in the areas of human relations and international communications and cooperation. It joins two existing award programs currently sponsored by the organization, the IPC Hall of Fame Award and the IPC Leadership Award, both of which recognize excellence and contributions to the photo industry.
Notables from throughout the industry were on hand for the luncheon, which featured keynote speaker, Ken Strawbridge, president of Photo Marketing Association International (PMAI). Program events included an informative video presentation on the history of school photography, the award presentation itself, as well as comments by IPC President, James Chung.
In his remarks, Mr. Chung noted:
“This afternoon we are delighted to honor professional school photographers, who have made so many outstanding contributions to our society — in human relations, in communications, and in the advancement of the art of school photography. We also recognize that these contributions were encouraged by the progressive leadership of the International Professional School Photographers Association. For that we are all grateful, and today we say ‘Thank You.’”
The Award of Excellence Luncheon is the third in a series of luncheons hosted by IPC each year. The winter luncheon features the Hall of Fame award to an industry leader who has contributed to the growth and well-being of the photographic industry. Earlier this year (2007) the recipient was David Ritz, CEO of Ritz Camera Centers, Beltsville, MD. The annual Spring Luncheon features awards for photographic achievement presented to one photographer from each member segment of IPC.
The International Photographic Council (IPC) is a multinational non-governmental organization of the United Nations, composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. Founded in 1974, it is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication through the adoption of a motto, “Peace through Understanding, Understanding through Photography, the Universal Language.” Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.ipc-un-ngo.org
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