The Griffin Museum created the annual awards in 2006 to recognize individuals and institutions who have made critical contributions to the promotion of photography. They are one of the few to recognize the work of those who have been instrumental in building greater awareness of the photographic arts in the general public.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mary Virginia Swanson
Given to an individual whose ongoing commitment to photography has created far reaching impact.
Rising Star Award: Shane Lavalette
Given to an emerging force that the photographic community is watching with great enthusiasm.
New England Beacon Award: Phillip Prodger
Given to a local individual whose work brings prominence to the local photographic scene.
Commonwealth Award: Boston Public Library
Given to an entity whose work brings prominence to the local photographic scene.
Spotlight Award: Lens Blog - The New York Times; James Estrin & David Gonzalez
Given to an entity that consistently shines a light on photography and has created a far reaching impact in the field.