October 20, 2006
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Angie Wijesinghe
(404) 522-8600, ext. 226

Al Gilbert to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award in Professional Photography

ATLANTA– Professional Photographers of America announces that it will distinguish photographer and educator Al Gilbert with the association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. PPA recognizes only one photographer each year for a lifetime of service and innovation to the field of professional photography. The award will be presented to Gilbert during the Awards and Degree Ceremony at PPA’s annual convention, Imaging USA, taking place in San Antonio, Texas, from January 14 to 16, 2007.

“Al Gilbert's artistry is evident in all aspects of his photography, and it is especially apparent in his portraits of executives on location. Subjects literally come to life in these works, giving you insight into both the subject's area of expertise or interests and his or her character,” says PPA chairman Ann Monteith. “As both an artist and a teacher, Al has set the standard with his unique blend of technique, composition and artistic style, and it is entirely fitting that PPA honor his body of work with the Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Gilbert’s distinguished career spans over six decades. A Toronto native, Gilbert was a pioneer in the field of photography and the moniker he often receives, “Ambassador of Canadian Photography,” couldn’t be more appropriate for a man who has been labeled a rebel for his championing of outdoor lighting. He learned the craft in the footsteps of his father, Nathan Gilbert, a Ukrainian immigrant who opened a Toronto photography studio in 1922, the year of Gilbert’s birth. Gilbert knew from an early age how beautiful a sunlit photograph could be; Nathan Gilbert used light from the windows of the studio that Al still owns to create portraits of the Gilbert family.

Gilbert holds a Master's Degree in photography and is a member of Professional Photographers of Canada. He holds the Confederate Medal in Canada and is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Photographic Industry of America and the International Award from the American Society of Photographers. Throughout his distinguished career, Gilbert has photographed hundreds of celebrities and well-known people including Prince Charles, Oscar Peterson, Frank Sinatra, Pope John Paul II and every Israeli Prime Minister since 1950.

Gilbert lectures throughout the world, influencing and inspiring amateurs and professionals alike with his tips on lighting techniques. In his lecture, “Glass Plates to Digital,” Gilbert demonstrates his first-hand experience using glass plates, digital technology and everything in between. Gilbert is a frequent contributor to Olympus’s “Behind the Shot” series and TakeGreatPictures.com’s online “Master Photographers
Tell You How” series. Gilbert also published a portfolio book of illustrated essays in 1994, and in between speaking engagements continues to build interest in his niche market, graduation photography.

For more information on the PPA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Imaging USA convention, visit www.imagingusa.org or call 800-786-6277.

About PPA
Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a worldwide association, exists to assist its nearly 17,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic, and fraternal goals; promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science and a visual recorder of history. For more information, visit www.ppa.com.

About Imaging USA
With a 400+ booth industry expo, 65 educational sessions, and the international print exhibition, Imaging USA has established itself as the first major photographic event of the year. Imaging USA began in 1884 as the annual convention and trade show for Professional Photographers of America and is the longest running national photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the United States. In 2000 the name was changed to Imaging USA to reflect the evolution of the show and changes in the industry. Imaging USA continues to grow and evolve. In 2006 Imaging USA became home to two new conferences: SEPCON (the Sport and Event Photographers Conference), the annual conference of the Society of Sport and Event Photographers (www.SEPsociety.com), and the Commercial Photography Conference, the annual conference of Commercial Photographers International (www.MyCPI.com). In 2006, Imaging USA also welcomed Adobe as an official sponsor of the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for Photographers track. For more information, visit www.imagingusa.org.