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It was just two years ago that I made my first acquaintance with Lucie, the fledgling awards show founded with the grand ambition to become the Oscars of the photo industry. Then only in its second year and first time in New York City, the whole concept seemed half-baked and the production lacking in professionalism, and I let em have it with a pretty scathing review.

Now, two years later, either I’m getting soft in my old age or the Lucies have grown up. The 2006 awards show, held Monday at the American Airlines Theatre in Times Square, was a pleasant affair that seems to have grown by leaps and bounds in two short years.