Just got back from the 15th Annual International Photographic Council (IPC) Awards Luncheon at the United Nations, where wedding photographer Cliff Mautner (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International/WPPI) was among the 8 recipients of the International Photographic Council’s (IPC) Leadership Awards. The other honorees were:
-Anthony Nex, American Photographic Artists (APA)
-Shawn Henry, American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
-Neil Warner, Federation of European Photographers (FEP)
-Michelle McLoughlin, National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
-Don Dickson, Professional Photographers of America (PPA)
-Charles Dharapak, White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA)
-John Rak, Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA)
The IPC, a non-governmental organization of the United Nations, presents its Leadership Awards each May in support of “International Professional Photographers Month,” saluting professional photographers from across the country and around the world.
Award Luncheon Chair Andy Marcus, president of Fred Marcus Photography, and IPC president James Chung, served as the event’s hosts, while IPC vice presidents Alice Miller and Kathy Schneider interviewed the honorees, one at a time, to determine what drives their passion for photography, how their businesses have adapted to change, and what they consider their “must have” photography products.
Mautner, fresh off his nuptials to wedding photographer Susan Stripling, told the audience his weapon of choice at a wedding is always his 85mm 1.4 lens on his Nikon D4. “It gives me the ability to produce timeless images my iPhone cannot,” he said.
Photojournalist Michelle McLoughlin, based in New Haven, Connecticut, had an emotional moment when she described how she was the second photographer on the scene at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last year. “That is one story that will stay with me forever and the one phone call no one ever wants to receive,” she said. “The key for me to covering that event was to have the sensitivity and respect you would want given to you if your own family was involved.”
Rangefinder and WPPI want to congratulate all of the winners, with a special round of applause to Mautner, whose wedding is featured in the June issue of Rangefinder. Kudos to all!