NPPA's Greg Smith To Receive IPC Leadership Award

May 13, 2014 Business Practices
Greg Smith, the Business Practices Chair for the National Press Photographers Association, will be honored by the International Photographic Council (IPC) as one of the IPC's 2014 Leadership Award recipients this Friday in New York.
Greg Smith, the Business Practices Chair for the National Press Photographers Association, will be honored by the International Photographic Council (IPC) as one of the IPC's 2014 Leadership Award recipients this Friday in New York.

DURHAM, NC (May 13, 2014) – Greg Smith, the Business Practices Chair for the National Press Photographers Association, will be honored by the International Photographic Council (IPC) as NPPA's designated recipient of one of IPC's 2014 Leadership Awards this Thursday in New York.

IPC is a non-governmental organization of the United Nations that is celebrating it's 40th anniversary. They honor professional photographers and photography, and the 16th annual ceremony at the United Nations will kick off "International Professional Photography Month."

“The honorees, nominated by professional photography organizations, are selected because they best represent the groups’ criteria and ideals,” said IPC president James Chung. 

Founded in 1974, IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication. IPC’s motto is “Peace Through Understanding, Understanding Through Photography, the Universal Language.”  

Smith, a member of NPPA's board of directors and a photographer and writer and editor with more than 35 years of professional experience, was reappointed NPPA's Business Practices Chair in June 2013. He had served NPPA previously in that role for five years or more. Smith's authored or edited several photography business tools and initiatives, including NPPA's Cost of Doing Business Calculator, Universal Photographic Digital Imaging Guidelines (UPDIG), and the Picture Licensing Universal System (PLUS). 

In 2009 Smith produced the documentary "Keeping the May River Wild," and co-authored "Gullah Home Cooking the Daufuskie Way" for the University of North Carolina Press.

An enrollment communications strategist for Western State Colorado University, Smith is a journalism graduate of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication (VisCom) for both his bachelor's and master's degrees. 

Nine associations designated honorees for the 2014 IPC Leadership Award: American Photographic Artists (APA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Federation of European Photographers (FEP), HIPA (Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award), NPPA, Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA), White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA), and Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). 

The other 2014 IPC award-winners are:

—American Photographic Artists (APA): Theresa Raffetto

—American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP): Ed McDonald                      

 —Federation of European Photographers (FEP): Andy J.J. Hens

—Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA): Ali Bin Thalith

—Professional Photographers of America (PPA): Timothy Walden

—Professional School Photographers Association (PSPA): Bill Freeman                        

—White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA): William Collins Auth     

—Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI): Jerry Ghionis