The Lifetime Achievement in Nature Photography Award is presented biennially to an individual who has served nature photography for at least 20 years. Nominees should have made significant contributions, such as an expansive body of work as a photographer or—equally important—service to/support of the nature photography industry. National name recognition is not as important as accomplishments.
Recipients do not need to be “of retirement age.” However, with all things being equal between two nominees, more consideration will be given to the older of the two.
- 20 years in nature photography industry
- significant contributions
Selection criteria definitions
Body of work. The nominee’s expansive photographic body of work, over the nominee’s career, has been of exceptional quality.
Significant Service. The nominee’s service to the nature photography industry, over the nominee’s career, has greatly contributed to the advancement of nature photography, including the mentoring of aspiring nature photographers.
Professional Competence. The nominee has consistently demonstrated a mastery/knowledge of the artistic and craftsmanship aspects of nature photography.
Impact on Nature Photography. The nominee’s career length and impact upon the direction of nature photography has been extraordinary, as has the nominee’s influence on others within the nature photography industry.