The Lucie statue was created by Studio 1030 in 2001, from the idea by Graham Howe.

The Lucie Awards committee chose "Lucie" from a list of over 500 names. The name "Lucie" was provided by committee member, Susan Baraz.


Our Mission: To salute the achievements of the world's finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography.

The statue was influenced by two photographers, Frantisek Drtikol and E. O. Hoppe. "Lucie" is the sculptural form inspired by the synthesis of two famous photographic images from the first half of the twentieth century. Taken from the Latin word, "lux" for "light", Lucie is a tribute to the influence that light plays in photography.


Salute the achievements of the world's finest photographers
Gala Award Celebration (The Lucie Awards)
The photography community from countries around the globe will pay tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements presented at the Gala Awards ceremony. Honors will be given for Lifetime Achievement, distinguishing some of the world's greatest men and women whose life's work in fashion, photojournalism, advertising and fine art merit the highest acclaim by their peers.The Lucie Awards is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation.

Each year, the Advisory Board nominates deserving individuals across a variety of categories who will be honored during the Lucie Awards ceremony. Once the nominations have been received, the votes are tallied and an honoree in each category is identified.

The following awards are given during the Lucie Awards:

Lifetime Achievement (an individual who has dedicated his/her entire life to the photographic craft).

Humanitarian (an individual whose works in the photographic field has advanced the well being of humanity, and/or provided substantial awareness and assistance to causes and communities).

Visionary (an individual who has made a unique contribution to photography and the preservation of the art form either through education or the creation of a viable photography-related platform or institution).

Spotlight ( an individual, organization or corporation whose endeavors have significantly changed the landscape of photography).

Achievement Awards are given to individuals who have made a significant contribution in the following areas:

Advertising | Documentary | Fashion | Fine Art | Photojournalism | Portraiture | Sports

The work of these masters will be presented at the gala ceremony.

Discover new and emerging talent
Photographer of the Year Competition

IPA invites passionate photographers, professionals and amateurs alike, to be recognized as International Photographer of the Year by a board of esteemed photo editors, curators, gallery owners, art directors and other luminaries from the international photography community. The award includes a $10,000 grand prize provided by atEDGE. In an effort to cultivate and showcase emerging talent, all non-professional entries are eligible for the the Discovery of the Year Award, lauding best up-and-coming artist with a $5000 cash prize provided by Pilsner Urquell.

The winners of IPA Photographer of the Year competition and the Discovery of the Year are announced at the Lucies and are awarded cash prizes and the Lucie Statue.

Promote the appreciation of photography
IPA Annual Book Publication & Gallery Exhibits

Award-winning entries will be published in the IPA Annual Book, distributed throughout the international professional community and exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries and bookstores. The annual IPA Best of Show is curated by an estemmed authority in the photography community and exhibited worldwide, starting at the Farmani Gallery of Contemporary Photography in Los Angeles. The Best of Show travels to different countries annually.