Awarded for outstanding technical achievement supporting and advancing the best interest of the Visual Journalism community. (established 1948).
J. Winton Lemen was a charter member of the NPPA. In 1952, after a distinguished career as a news photographer at the Rocky Mountain News, Pittsburgh Press and Buffalo Times, Lemen established the photo press markets division of the Eastman Kodak Co. and served as the firm's liaison with the nation's news photographers.
Wint Lemen also organized four Rochester Photo Conferences and established a scholarship in his name at Kent (Ohio) State University. He retired from Kodak in 1970 and died in Rochester, N.Y., on July 25, 1984. He was a recipient of NPPA's Joseph Sprague Award.