Annual Photography Award Recipients & Achievement & Merit Awards

Photographer of the Year (1996 to Present)

  • 1996 – John Keating – Newsday
  • 1997 – Susan Watts – Daily News
  • 1998 – Todd Maisel – Daily News
  • 1999 – Gerald Herbert – Daily News
  • 2000 – Evy Mages – Daily News
  • 2001 – Vincent LaForet – The New York Times
  • 2002 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger
  • 2003 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger
  • 2004 – Michael Appleton – Daily News
  • 2005 – Ron Antonelli – Daily News
  • 2006 – Mario Tama – Getty Images
  • 2007 – Moises SamanNewsday
  • 2008 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2009 – Jennifer Brown – The Star-Ledger – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2010 – David Goldman – Associated Press – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2011 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2012 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2013 – David Goldman – Associated Press – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2014 – Kirsten Luce – Independent – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2015 – James Keivom – Daily News – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2016 – Aristide Economopoulos – NJ Advance Media – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2017 – David Goldman – Associated Press – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2018 – Aristide Economopoulos – NJ Advance Media – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2019 – Thomas A. Ferrara – Newsday – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2020 – Aristide Economopoulos – NJ Advance Media – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A
  • 2021 – TO BE ANNOUNCED

Sports Photographer of the Year (2015 to Present)

  • 2015 – Al Bello – Getty Images -Sponsored by Getty Images
  • 2016 – Al Bello – Getty Images -Sponsored by Getty Images
  • 2017 – Al Bello – Getty Images – Sponsored by Getty Images
  • 2018 – No Award Given
  • 2019 – Brad Penner – Independent for USA Today Sports -Sponsored by Getty Images
  • 2020 – Brad Penner – Independent for USA Today Sports – Sponsored by FujiFilm Cameras
  • 2021 – TO BE ANNOUNCED

Best in Show (1989 to Present)

  • 1989 – (B/W) –
  • 1989 – (Color) –
  • 1990 – (B/W) – Susan Farley – New York Newsday – “Vietnam Vet Dad Remembers”
  • 1990 – (Color) –
  • 1991 – (B/W) –
  • 1991 – (Color) –
  • 1992 – (B/W) –
  • 1992 – (Color) –
  • 1993 – (B/W) – John Keating – Newsday– “Special Prom”
  • 1993 – (Color) – Steven Schmidt – Gannett Westchester – “The Nominee”
  • 1994 – (B/W) –
  • 1994 – (Color) –
  • 1995 – (B/W) – Gerald Herbert – Daily News – “Haiti – The Revolution Within”
  • 1995 – (Color) – Ron Frehm – Associated Press –
  • 1996 – Jon Naso – New York Newsday – “Mourning the Rebbe”
  • 1997 – Susan Watts – Daily News – “Miriam”
  • 1998 – Audrey Tiernan – Newsday – “A Room With a View”
  • 1999 – Jim Estrin – The New York Times – “Gene Therapy- Keeping Jacob Alive”
  • 2000 – Steve Klaver – The Star- Ledger – “Double Murder Suicide”
  • 2001 – Bob Deutsch – USA Today – “What were they Thinking?”
  • 2002 – Jeff Christensen – Reuters – “People Looking out Windows of the WTC”
  • 2003 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger – “Daddys Girl”
  • 2004 – Spencer Platt – Getty Images – “”The Invasion Begins”
  • 2005 – Michael Appleton – Daily News – “Street Fight”
  • 2006 – Craig Warga – Daily News – “New Orleans Burning”
  • 2007 – Moises SamanNewsday – “Presidential Elections in Haiti”
  • 2008 – Todd Maisel – Daily News – “First Blood” – Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2009 – David Goldman – Independent – “Harlem reacts to Obamas Win” -Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2010 – Hiroko Masuike – Independent – “Bernard Madoff” – Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2011 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger – “Fight Break Up” – Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2012 – Craig Ruttle – Independent – “Hail to the Chief” – Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2013 – James Keivom – Daily News – “Hurricane Sandy” – Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2014 – Al Bello – Getty Images – “Synchronized Diving” – Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2015 – James Keivom – Daily News – “Eric Garner Protests” – Sponsored by United Press International
  • 2016 – David Goldman – Associated Press – “Baltimore Police Death Protest”
  • 2017 – Thomas A. Ferrara – NewsdayDoubly Devoted the Tardiff Twins -Sponsored by FujiFilm Cameras
  • 2018 – Byron SmithIndependent – “We Can’t Be Sure – Sponsored by FujiFilm Cameras
  • 2019 – Byron Smith – Independent – “Remembering Saheed” – Sponsored by FujiFilm Cameras
  • 2020 – Craig Ruttle, Independent “Momentary Marathon”
  • 2021 – TO BE ANNOUNCED

Louis Liotta Lifetime Achievement Award

Louis Liotta Lifetime Achievement Award is presented at the New York Press Photographer’s Association awards dinner.  The award is named after Louis Liotta, famed and multi award winning New York Post photographer and is awarded to a news photographer who has demonstrated his/her commitment to news photography over the years. the award reads:  “Awarded for a lifetime of service to his fellow photographers as an officer, trustees of the NYPPA”.

  • 1989- Herb Schwartz – CBS Network News | Director of Photography
  • 2001 – Larry DeSantis – United Press International
  • 2002 – Martin Lederhandler – The Associated Press
  • 2011 – Charles Ruppmann – New York Daily News
  • 2013 – Jerry Engel – New York Post
  • 2017 – Ray Stubblebine – Reuters
  • 2017 – Richard Drew – The Associated Press
  • 2018 – William Turnbull – New York Daily News
  • 2019 – Susan Watts – New York Daily News

New York Press Photographers Award of Merit

  • 2015 – Chief Joseph Fox – New York City Police Department
  • 2015 – Chief James Leonard – New York City Fire Department
  • 2015 – Hon. Ydanis Rodriguez – New York City Councilman