The Exposure Group Events: Annual Awards Dinners and Organization Events
About the AwardsA majority vote of the officers and awards committee members of The Exposure Group selects each awardee. Additionally, each awardee must have upheld the highest moral and ethical standards of the association and the profession. These awards are intended to recognize the "best of the best" in photography.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDThis award was created to recognize the work of a photographer who has "given back to the community through teaching, mentoring, or some other form of volunteerism." The awardee also must meet the following criteria:
• Exhibited and/or published in recognized publications• Initiated or completed a community-based photo project within the past year• Lived in the Washington/Baltimore/Richmond area for at least two years
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR AWARDThis award was created to recognize a photographer who has "had a particularly outstanding year in photography within the previous 12 months." The awardee also must meet the following criteria:
• Promoted the photographic profession (i.e. lecturing)• Had or contributed to a significant exhibition• Published in major or recognized publications• Lived in the Washington/Baltimore/Richmond area for at least three years
MAURICE SORRELL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDThis award was established in 1998 and named in honor of the Exposure Group's first Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Maurice Sorrell, a 37-year Johnson Publishing Company photographer and dedicated member of the Exposure Group. This award recognizes the high standards set by Mr. Sorrell and honors "excellence in a photographer's career for an overall lifetime body of work or major area of concentration." The awardee also must meet the following criteria:
• Been a working photographer for at least 25 years• Had or contributed to a significant exhibition• Published in major or recognized publications• Had a history of mentoring other photographers• Lived in the Washington/Baltimore/Richmond area for at least five years
GORDON PARKS LEGEND AWARDThis national award is named in honor of legendary photographer Gordon Parks and is given to a photographer who is "an icon, a trailblazer, or an innovator in photography." The awardee is also someone who is recognized and highly respected by their peers for a lifetime of excellence in photography.
JOHN H. JOHNSON FRIEND OF PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDThis national award is named in honor of Mr. John H. Johnson, publisher, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company and was established to recognize "a company or individual that has supported photography and photographers through employment, exhibitions, exposure, and other tangible opportunities."
THE CORPORATE AWARDThe Corporate Award for the first time is presented to "a business or company located within the Washington Metropolitan area that has given exceptional service and support to the Exposure Group and its members."