– 2008 Pro Photographer Leadership Awards

IPC Announces 2008
Professional Photographer Leadership Awards

— Rainer Schmidt to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, March 2008 –

The International Photographic Council (IPC), a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations, has announced the recipients of its 10th annual IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Awards. The winners will be recognized at the IPC’s “International Professional Photographer’s Month” luncheon at the United Nations in New York City on Thursday, May 8th at 11:30 a.m. An IPC Special Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Rainer Schmidt, Executive Director of German Photoindustrie Verband. e.V. Mr. Hiro Sakai, President and CEO, Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc. is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the luncheon.

The awards are presented each May, designated International Professional Photographer’s Month, by the International Photographic Council. Winners are selected by each of five professional photography organizations from among their members: the Advertising Photographers of America (APA); the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP); the Professional Photographers of America (PPA); the Professional School Photographers Association International (PSPA); and the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). Each organization decides which of their members receives the award based on the standards they use within their organization.

The 2008 IPC Professional Photographer Leadership Award recipients are as follows:
Advertising Photographers of America (APA): George Fulton
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP): Judy Herrmann
Professional Photographers of America (PPA): Ann Monteith
Professional School Photographers Association International (PSPA): George Davis
White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA): Marty Lavor

Luncheon reservations are due by April 25, 2008. For information, contact Priscilla Chu, Cygnus Business Media, at 631-845-2700, X 341. E-mail: priscilla.chu@cygnuspub.com

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.

Hiro Sakai's photo

Hiro Sakai, President & CEO
Fujifilm U.S.A. Inc.
Keynote Speaker

Contact: Donald Christensen; dfcjunior@aol.com; 908-231-9111