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INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS INAUGURATES FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND SHOWCASE OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EXCELLENCE
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - May 15, 2003 /Send2Press Newswire/ -- The International
Photography Awards (www.photoawards.com ) was launched today in Los Angeles.
This global competition of photographic acumen and imagination aims to salute
the achievements of the world's finest photographers, to discover new and
emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography all over the
"For years we have witnessed a lack of recognition for the great talent and
contributions of photographers both here and abroad," said Hossein Farmani, the
executive director of the International Photography Awards (IPA). "We plan to
shine the spotlight on the brilliant work of both professionals and amateurs
The centerpiece of this unique celebration will be the presentation of Lifetime
Achievement Awards to the towering masters of the craft, including such
potential winners as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Helmut
Newton and Sebastioa Salgado, Bruce Weber. The first IPA Gala will be held at
the Beverly Hilton Hotel in November 2003.
"An awards ceremony honoring photography is such a great idea, I'm surprised no
one has ever thought of it," said renowned photographer William Claxton.
Internationally renowned photographer Phil Borges added: "As photographers many
of us spend most of our time working alone. Finally we have the International
Photo Awards to bring us all together in a celebration of our professional
The competition portion of this annual enterprise invites professional, amateur
and student photographers to submit their best work before an esteemed panel of
judges. Everyone with a camera and a passion to excel is eligible to compete for
the coveted title of International Photographer of the Year and a $10,000 grand
prize. All nonprofessional entrants will also vie for the New Discovery Award,
which honors the best up-and-coming artist in the world today.
The deadline to enter photographs in this year's competition is June 30, 2003.
Entry forms and details about all IPA events are available at
"We intend to become the foremost event in the world of photography, bringing
together thousands of photo enthusiasts and luminaries in tribute to this
marvelous art form and profession," said Farmani, who previously founded Focus
on AIDS, an ongoing charity auction of photography that benefits AIDS research
and educational organizations.
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