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 – David Goldman – Associated Press – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A

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 – Michael Stobe – Independent for Getty Images – Sponsored by Canon U.S.A

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”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 1997 – Susan Watts – Daily News – “Miriam”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 1998 – Audrey Tiernan – Newsday – “A Room With a View”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 1999 – Jim Estrin – The New York Times – “Gene Therapy- Keeping Jacob Alive”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2000 – Steve Klaver – The Star- Ledger – “Double Murder Suicide”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2001 – Bob Deutsch – USA Today – “What were they Thinking?”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2002 – Jeff Christensen – Reuters – “People Looking out Windows of the WTC”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2003 – Aristide Economopoulos – The Star-Ledger – “Daddys Girl”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2004 – Spencer Platt – Getty Images – “”The Invasion Begins”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2005 – Michael Appleton – Daily News – “Street Fight”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2006 – Craig Warga – Daily News – “New Orleans Burning”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 2007 – Moises SamanNewsday – “Presidential Elections in Haiti”- Sponsored by Thomson-Reuters
  • 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 – Al Bello – Getty Images – “Pandemic Hug” – Sponsored by FujiFilm Cameras

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 – New York
  • 2011 – Charles Ruppmann – New York Daily News
  • 2013 – Jerry Engel – New York Post
  • 2017 – Ray Stubblebine – Reuters
  • 2017 – Richard Drew – The Associated Press – New York
  • 2018 – William Turnbull – New York Daily News
  • 2019 – Susan Watts – New York Daily News
  • 2020 – Marilynn K. Yee  – The New York Times
  • 2021 – Kathy Willens – The Associated Press – New York

New York Press Photographers Award of Merit

  • 1993 – David Dinkins – New York City Mayor
  • 2010 – Katherine Conits Starwood Hotels – Director, Community Outreach
  • 2011 – Chris Olert – Con-Edison
  • 2014 – Eric L. Adams – Brooklyn Borough President
  • 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
  • 2021 – Elizabeth G. Pratt – Director, Professional Client Development & Support at Canon USA. Inc.