Announcement given by Buffy Redsecker - Chairman of the Board/iLCP
By definition, this is not a best photographer or best photograph award, but an award to call out the Fellow who has stood out as a staunch supporter of the organization itself. Photography is, by nature, a solitary pursuit and trying to create a place where photographers can come together to collaborate and share knowledge is a tricky thing.
The Board and the Staff could not do this without the help and support of the Fellows. This award is designed to honor the extra time and energy that is spent when that commitment is made to iLCP. Besides a beautiful bauble, the recipient of this award will receive a Mindshift gift certificate and $2500.00 to support their work! This year’s awardee stands out for her dedicated service as a board member and as an advocate for iLCP events around the world … She’s the first person with her hand in the air volunteering for whatever is about to be asked, often without knowing the ask before volunteering. She’s a mentor to many of us, and one of the most inclusive and collaboratively minded people in any profession I’ve had the pleasure to know.
Her massive work in recognizing culture, which, as we know, is impossible without environmental conservation. Headhunt Revisited highlights the life and adventures of one of the greatest female explorers and artists of the early 20th Century, Caroline Mytinger, who traveled with her friend, Margaret Warner. But as in all things that this woman touches, there is deeper work afoot. She is also raising the respect for traditional culture in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, and in collaboration with local artist, Jeffry Feeger, she is encouraging deeper celebration and memorialization of Melanesian heritage.