NEW YORK, NY (May 22, 2013) – The United Nations International Photographic Council today presented NPPA's Michelle McLoughlin with a 2013 Professional Photographer Leadership Award during a luncheon ceremony at U.N. headquarters in New York.
McLoughlin is a freelance photojournalist based in New Haven, CT, and is the chair of NPPA's annual Northern Short Course. In her other many NPPA volunteer roles she's also served as director and associate director of NPPA's Region 1 and has participated in many of NPPA's workshops and educational events.
A freelancer after a newspaper career, McLoughlin has covered news, sports, travel, and documentary projects for Reuters, the Associated Press, Newsweek, Time, Der Spiegel and WIRED. She's a journalism graduate of Boston University, and was born in Liverpool, England.
The United Nations event kicks off International Photography Month which honors professional photographers around the world. Honorees were recognized today from eight different global photography organizations, including NPPA. Charles Dharapak of the Associated Press, representing the White House News Photographers Association, was also honored with one of the awards today.
The U.N.'s International Photographic Council is a multi-national non-governmental organization with representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. IPC's goal is to increase worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication. Their motto is "Peace Through Understanding, Understanding Through Photography, the Universal Language."