American Photographic Artists (APA) Partners with Lucie Foundation to Offer First-Ever $5k Photography Scholarship
Atlanta, GA September 28, 2011—American Photographic Artists (APA) is proud to announce its APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship available to a deserving established professional photographer for a specific project in the amount of $5,000 through its partnership with the Lucie Foundation. APA desires to support and encourage growth and professional development, and is excited to partner with the Lucie Foundation for the 2012 grant cycle to show its commitment to advancing professional photography.
“This is the first year we are offering our own photography scholarship and I’m very proud to be a part of the program,” comments APA’s National President, Theresa Raffetto. “Tony Gale and Michael Grecco who head our scholarship committee worked diligently to make this a reality. Partnering with the Lucie Foundation has been a wonderful collaboration and we are grateful for the support they have offered.”
Professional photographers interested in applying for the scholarship will be asked to write a one-page description of the project for which they are seeking funding. Applicants can apply online after the process opens after the announcement at the Lucies onstage on November 1, 2011 and will close on April 30, 2012.
“As a photographic educator I see the need for new ways to help photographers along their individual path,” adds APA National Board Member & APA New York Chapter Representative, Tony Gale. “By joining with the Lucies on this scholarship, I see tremendous potential to continue to make a very positive impact on the photographic industry.”
The photography scholarship selection committee will be comprised of one representative from APA, as well as the Lucie Foundation Founder, Hossein Farmani, and Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, Cat Jimenez.
“APA is proud to be working with such a prestigious organization as the Lucie Foundation,” remarks APA National Vice President and Chair of the Advocacy Committee, Michael Grecco. “We partnered with them knowing they would be the best people to administer something as important as our own scholarship.”
The Lucie Foundation’s support of photography is broad, from photojournalism to fashion photography, digital to medium format, including every other category and subcategory. The organization’s concern isn’t with genre, but rather to support visionaries producing work that is at once gripping, and original.
About the Lucie Foundation
The Lucie Foundation’s three-fold mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and celebrate the appreciation of photography worldwide. Signature programs include the annual Lucie Awards recognizing and honoring the greatest achievements in photography, annually, and The Month of Photography Los Angeles. The Lucie Foundation (http://www.luciefoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable foundation.
About American Photographic Artists (APA)
The American Photographic Artists (http://www.apanational.com) is a leading national organization run by and for professional photographers. With a culture that promotes a spirit of mutual cooperation, sharing and support, APA offers outstanding benefits, educational programs and essential business resources to help its members achieve their professional and artistic goals. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with chapters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Midwest, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Charlotte, the Northwest and Washington, DC, APA strives to improve the environment for photographic artists and clear the pathways to success in the industry. Recognized for its broad industry reach, APA continues to expand benefits for its members and works to champion the rights of photographers and image-makers worldwide.
American Photographic Artists (APA) today announces its third contribution of $25,000 to the PLUS Coalition to aid in the development of the PLUS Registry, a key component of the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS). When operational, the PLUS Registry will link images to their rights holders and will provide instant access to photographic rights information for any image.
APA’s mission is Successful Photographers. By allowing photographers and their customers to leverage technology to improve image licensing and image rights management, PLUS is critical to that success. APA’s contribution to PLUS supplements APA’s ongoing advocacy efforts in support of professional photographers, including legal and legislative activities such as APA’s opposition to unfair provisions of the past orphan works bills. APA urges all organizations to recognize the need for a global, industry-neutral, non-profit registration authority for rights owners, image licenses and images, and for a universal language for communicating image rights. The PLUS Coalition has succeeded in bringing together key stakeholders from all industries and in developing a comprehensive system of international standards. The next step – the development of the PLUS Registry – is an important opportunity to realize truly positive impact on our entire profession.
APA’s generous contribution to PLUS is made possible by funding received from the Authors Coalition of America (ACA) in the form of royalties for overseas copying of works that cannot be identified by title or copyright owner. These funds must be used solely to support education and advocacy efforts benefitting visual artists.
APA National Advocacy Chair and Senior VP, Michael Grecco says, “We are grateful to have the opportunity to donate a third time to the PLUS Registry so that this project can continue forward and benefit not only APA members, but all photographers worldwide.”
“APA has once again demonstrated a strong focus on the success of photographers. APA’s support and participation has been and continues to be critical to the development of the PLUS Registry,” says Jeff Sedlik, PLUS President and CEO.
APA National President, Theresa Raffetto, adds, “The fact that APA can provide funds necessary for the continued development of the PLUS Registry means a lot to us as an organization. We look forward to seeing how the finished product will impact the photographic community.”
About American Photographic Artists (APA)
American Photographic Artists (APA) is a leading national organization run by and for professional photographers. With a culture that promotes a spirit of mutual cooperation, sharing and support, APA offers outstanding benefits, educational programs and essential business resources to help its members achieve their professional and artistic goals. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with chapters in Atlanta, Los Angeles, the Midwest, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Charlotte, the Northwest and Washington, DC, APA strives to improve the environment for photographic artists and clear the pathways to success in the industry. Recognized for its broad industry reach, APA continues to expand benefits for its members and works to champion the rights of photographers and image-makers worldwide.
About Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS)
The PLUS Coalition is an international non-profit initiative on a mission to simplify and facilitate the communication and management of image rights. Organized by respected associations, leading companies, standards bodies, scholars and industry experts, the PLUS Coalition exists for the benefit of all communities involved in creating, distributing, using and preserving images. Spanning more than thirty countries, these diverse stakeholders have collaborated to develop PLUS, a system of standards and tools that make it easier to communicate, understand and manage image rights in all countries. The PLUS Coalition exists at the crossroads between technology, commerce, the arts, preservation and education.