2015 Lucie Awards Gala
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City

Hosts: Roxana Saberi and Tony Harris


Host-2015-TonyHarrisOctober 27, 2015

The Lucie Foundation Advisory Board is responsible for nominating the individuals and recipients for Achievement Awards.

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2015 Honorees

Achievement in Fine Art

Jerry Uelsmann

Born in Detroit on June 11, 1934, Jerry N. Uelsmann received his B.F.A. degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his M.S. and M.F.A. at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography in the Art Department at the University of Florida in 1960. He became a Graduate Research Professor of Art in 1974 and is now retired from teaching. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

Achievement in Documentary

Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon was born in Brooklyn in 1942. A graduate of Forest Hills High School. He purchased his first camera, in Munich, an SLR made in East Germany on a 1959 trip to Europe on the same afternoon that he visited Dachau, Hitler’s first concentration camp, located in a Munich suburb. He began making pictures as a history student at the University of Chicago…

Lifetime Achievement

George Tice

George Tice has been working in the field of photography for more than 60 years, focusing his camera on the American rural and urban landscape. He is drawn to vestiges of American culture on the verge of extinction – from people in rural or small-town communities to urban and suburban neighborhoods that are often in decline.

Humanitarian Award

Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. She has photographed the defining conflicts of the past decade with fearless persistence. Although she has covered the dramatic events of war, her most arresting works confront the everyday brutality faced by young girls…

Achievement in Photojournalism

David Hume Kennerly

David Hume Kennerly is considered a master storyteller by his colleagues, and has been shooting on the front lines of history for decades. He was one of the youngest winners of the Pulitzer Prize.

The Roseburg, Oregon native won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for…

Achievement in Fashion

Roxanne Lowit

For over three decades, the unique lens of Roxanne Lowit has captured the faces, personalities, and spaces of modern culture. To review her incomparable work is to step behind the proverbial velvet rope. To see her images is to witness the creation and the celebration of fashion and art and theater and film, pleasure and joy and aesthetic delight.

Achievement in Music

Henry Diltz

Henry Diltz never set out to take some of the most iconic photos of our era, it just happened. Fresh from a globetrotting childhood, he attended colleges in Munich, West Point, then Honolulu, and later became known as a musician and founding member of the Modern Folk Quartet. This led to his many friendships with recording artists of the California rock community in the ‘60s and ‘70s…

Achievement in Sports

Barton Silverman

Barton Silverman, with a career as a sports photographer spanning 5 decades at The New York Times, is widely admired and celebrated for capturing some of the best moments in sport. His determination for capturing what he called the “peak of action” or the most meaningful moment of a sports event or a sports personality whilst adding a sense of art, resulted in thousands of his photos appearing across the pages of The New York Times…

2015 IPA Finalists

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The International Photography Awards (IPA) competition, a sister-effort of Lucie Foundation, announces it finalists in advance of the Lucie Awards. They were selected by an international jury panel of photography professionals. Four of the finalists will be named Photographer of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year and Moving Image Photographer of the Year, at the Lucie Awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 27, 2015.



Winners (Tied): Sandro and Maxim Dondyuk




Winner: Ville Kansanen




Winner: David Jay




Winner: Kerry Payne Stailey


2015 Support Category Nominees

Support Category Awards are presented to individuals and organizations who are an integral part of crafting an image.

book publisher of the year classic: (awarded to publisher)

Winner: Aperture for Tiny: Streetwise Revisited: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark


  • Aperture for Tiny: Streetwise Revisited: Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark
  • Damiani for Southern Rites: Gillian Laub
  • MACK for Songbook: Alec Soth
  • New Century Press for Negatives: XU Yong
  • Steidl for Museum of Chance: Dayanita Singh


book publisher of the year limited: (awarded to publisher)

Winner: Ceiba for The Middle of Somewhere: Sam Harris


  • 21st Editions for Worlds Apart: Michael Murray
  • Aperture for Erwin Olaf Limited Edition Box Set
  • Ceiba for The Middle of Somewhere: Sam Harris
  • Damiani for 78-87 London Youth: Derek Ridgers
  • Discipula for H. Said He Loved Us: Tommaso Tanini


curator/exhibition of the year: (awarded to curator)

Winner: Amanda Maddox  for Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles


  • Simon Baker, Shoair Mavlian and David Mellor for Conflict, Time, Photography at The Tate Modern, London
  • Russell Ferguson for Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
  • Virginia Heckert for Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Amanda Maddox for Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Mark Sealy for Human Rights Human Wrongs at the Photographers Gallery, London originally commissioned and curated for Ryerson Image Centre and Autograph ABP


fashion layout of the year: (awarded to magazine publications)

Winner: Harper’s Bazaar for Rihanna Swimming with Sharks photographed by Norman Jean Roy


  • Harper’s Bazaar for Rihanna Swimming with Sharks photographed by Norman Jean Roy
  • Interview Magazine for Broken Down photographed by Craig McDean
  • Numéro Magazine for A Collaboration with Gilbert & George photographed by Miles Aldridge
  • Vogue UK for Clean Slate photographed by Patrick Demarchelier
  • W Magazine for Best Performances photographed by Tim Walker


photography magazine of the year: (awarded to publisher)

Winner: Exit Magazine, Spain


British Journal of Photography, UK

Aperture Magazine, USA

Exit Magazine, Spain

Blow Photo, Ireland

Camera Austria, Austria


picture editor of the year: (awarded to picture editor)

Winner: Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, New York Times Magazine


  • Mary Cooney, Director of Photography, Los Angeles Times
  • Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography, New York Times Magazine
  • Kira Pollack, Director of Photography and Visual Enterprise, Time Magazine
  • Nick King,Neil Blake and Sean Proctor, The Midland Daily News
  • Michele McNally, Director of Photography, The New York Times


print advertising campaign of the year: (awarded to photographer)

Winner: Colensco BBDO Auckland for New Zealand Breast Cancer for Skinfoods A Cream That Gives You Wrinkles


  • TBWA/Media Arts Lab for Shot on iPhone 6. Client: Apple. Various Photographers.
  • Sistema Dez Porto Alegre, Brazil for POA Jazz Festival: Part of the City. Client: Porto Alegre Jazz Festival. Photographed by Celso Chittolina.
  • Prolam Y & R Santiago, Chile for One Shot is Enough. Client: Unicef. Photographed by Machado Cicala Morassut.
  • Ogilvy & Mather Bogotá, Columbia for Don’t Let Colors Run Out When You Need Them Most. Client: EcoFill
  • Colenso BBDO Auckland for New Zealand Breast Cancer for Skinfoods A Cream That Gives You Wrinkles. Client: New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. Photographed by Karsten Thormaehlen