The Lucie Foundation's Mission is three-tiered
Honor Master Photographers
The Lucie Awards is the annual gala ceremony that celebrates master photographers and their contributions to the field of photography. Honorees are determined each year by the Lucie Awards Advisory Board, and pre-announced
Discover and Cultivate Emerging Talent
The International Photography Awards is an annual, juried competition that is open to all photographers, both professional and non-professional, worldwide. Through the competition, three top honors are provided, one of which is The Discovery of the Year. This non-professional, emerging talent, stands out as tomorrow's bright star of the photography. This individual is given the title of Discovery of the Year, a $5,000 cash prize and the Lucie statue. The Lucie Foundation also provides $7,500.00 in cash scholarships annually to Emerging and Professional Photographers looking to explore, expand or complete a project.
Promote the Appreciation of Photography Worldwide
The East and West Coast Lucie Lecture Series features world-renowned, master photographers who have received or will receive Lucie Awards during the annual gala ceremony. The West Coast Lucie Lecture Series will take place during the Month of Photography Los Angeles and the East Coast Lecture Series takes place the days leading up to the Annual Lucie Awards Ceremony.
The Lucie Awards is the annual gala ceremony honoring the greatest achievements in photography. The photography community from countries around the globe will pay tribute to the most outstanding photography achievements presented at the Gala Awards ceremony. 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 honorees are pre-announced months before the Lucie Awards.
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).
- Double Exposure (an individual who has achieved critical success spanning two distinct creative arenas).
Outstanding 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.
Support Category Awards are also given to individuals and organizations who are anintegral part of crafting an image. These nominees are submitted by members and voted on by the Photography Advisory Board. The six awards are:
- - Print Advertising Campaign of the Year - Awarded to Advertising Agencies
- - Fashion Layout of the Year - Awarded to Magazine Publishers
- - Curator/Exhibition of the Year - Awarded to Curators
- - Book Publisher of the Year - Awarded to Book Publishers
- - Picture Editor of the Year - Awarded to Picture Editors
- - Photography Magazine of the Year - Awarded to Magazine Publishers
The top four winners of the International Photography Awards (IPA) competition are announced during the Lucie Awards IPA is the sister-effort to the Lucie Foundation and winners of this competition are provided cash prizes and Lucie Statues. Those top three awards are:
- - International Photographer of the Year awarded to a professional photographer.
- - Discovery of the Year awarded to a non-professional, amateur or student photographer.
- - Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year awarded to either a professional or non-professional photographer. This award is given to the photographer whose story behind the images are as compelling as the images themselves.
- - Moving Image Photographer of the Year awarded to either a professional or non-professional photographer for a moving image, film submission.
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.
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 Co-Chairperson Susan Baraz. Michelle Burstin programmed and produced the 1st Lucie Awards in Los Angeles(2003).