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Posted December 22, 2015 in Member News

SPE 2016 National Conference Award Winners

SPE Honored Educator
Congratulations to Jim Stone, SPE’s 2016 Honored Educator! Stone has been an active supporter of SPE events and programming over the years and his influence is profound within our community. Stone’s significant contribution to the field of photographic education and this organization are deeply appreciated and we are pleased to honor him with this award. The Honored Educator Award bestows the recipient with a lifetime membership in the Society. The Honored Educator Award ceremony will take place during the National Conference on Friday, March 11, at 5:30 pm.

SPE Imagemaker Award
This award, funded through SPE's Awards & Recognition Fund, is given to a first-time presenter at an SPE National Conference with an outstanding proposal in the "Imagemaker" category. The award consists of a $1,000 cash prize, a complimentary year of SPE membership, and a National Conference few waiver. Thanks to a partnership with PLAYA (a residency program in south central Oregon), SPE's Imagemaker Award recipient will also be given the opportunity to do a one-month residency at PLAYA within the calendar year following receipt of the award. Congratulations to Brian Ulrich, SPE's 2016 Imagemaker Award winner.

SPE Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging
Ten SPE Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging will be given at the 2016 SPE National Conference in Las Vegas. All awards include a $550 travel stipend to attend the conference, a conference fee waiver, and a complimentary year of SPE membership. As a way to highlight the work of the award recipients, there will be a special section at the Curator Portfolio Walkthrough during the National Conference on Friday, March 11, from 8:30 - 11:00 pm in the Red Rock Foyers, where the winners will be provided with their own table to showcase their portfolios and interact with conference attendees and guest curators.

2016 SPE Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging Jurors
Bill Gaskins (Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee), Sonseree´ Gibson, Mark Malloy, and Arno Rafael Minkkinen

2016 SPE Student Awards for Innovations in Imaging Recipients
Victoria Marie Bee, Texas Tech University, Graduate
Cassidy Brauner, Ohio University, Graduate
Abbey Hepner, University of New Mexico, Graduate
Kei Ito, Maryland Institute College of Art, Graduate
Stephen Milner, University of Oregon, Graduate
Thalassa Raasch, Rhode Island School of Design, Graduate
John-David Richardson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Graduate
Joshua Ross, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Graduate
Justin Ward, Savannah College of Art and Design, Graduate
Rana Young, University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Graduate

SPE Insight Award
The SPE Insight Award recognizes achievements of significant distinction made by individuals to the photographic education field. Measured from those formative moments through the times when standing ovations erupt spontaneously in lecture halls, SPEʼs Insight Award recognizes outstanding careers of international merit. Photographers (in the broadest sense of the word today), as well as scholars, curators, writers, and visionaries—whether achievements are rapid fire or accumulated over time—are eligible for the Society’s mark of recognition and distinction. Insight Award recipients demonstrate excellence in two or more of the following ways: innovative teaching; sustained mentoring of colleagues or students; broad contribution to technical, critical, pedagogical, or visual aspects of the field; breadth or depth of exhibition or publication; and sustained presence in the field.

The 2016 SPE Insight Award will be presented to Anne Tucker as part of the awards ceremony at the National Conference on Friday, March 11, at 5:30 pm.

SPE Future Focus Project Support Grant
We are pleased to announce Ken Marchionno as the newest recipient of the SPE Future Focus Project Support Grant. The $5,000 grant supports the creation and development of specific work proposed to and chosen by a review committee, and as such, directly supports the creative and professional development of participating members. It also serves to benefit SPE in that the work comes back to the Society and is shared as part of future conference programming, providing new and relevant material specifically supported and encouraged by the organization. The Future Focus Project Support Grant recipient will be recognized at the 2016 SPE National Conference during the plenary session on Thursday, March 10, at 7:00 pm. The results of the funded project will be presented at the 2017 SPE National Conference.

SPE International Conference Grant
SPE’s International Conference Grant was established as an incentive to foster international submissions and participation in SPE’s National Conferences. The grant is awarded to international conference proposal submissions ranked the highest by SPE’s Peer Review Committee, regardless of presentation category, if selected by the Conference Committee to present at the conference. Up to six individuals may benefit from this grant program each year. The conference grant awards a full registration fee waiver and a complimentary year of SPE membership to each recipient. Congratulations to Moritz Neumüller and Louie Palu for receiving the SPE International Conference Grant in 2016.

Related Members: Abbey HepnerThalassa RaaschJohn-David RichardsonJim StoneAnne Tucker

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