Sure, we’ve all seen photographers work, and maybe we’ve even heard them speak about their work, but how often do we get to see them boogie?
Last night American Photo’s Images of the Year Grand Prize winner Ghada Khunji proved she knows how to shake it. She and fellow winners Andrea Huber, Aaron Hawks, and Ted Sabarese took to the dance floor after Microsoft’s Tim Gray named Khunji the grand prize winner and presented her with a wide array of photographer’s swag. The other category winners, Julia Fullerton-Batten and Vincent Dixon, missed last night’s festivities, but many of the photographers who garnered honorable mention attended.
Khunji also won this year’s IPA’s Discovery of the Year Award for her black-and-white images of an evangelical church in Virginia. She admitted that the American Photo party was gladly more laid back than the Lucie awards, a sentiment several photographers echoed. Khunji’s work, shielded by a sheet sporting the sponsors’ names—Microsoft, Samsung, Epson, Digital Railroad, Lightcrafts, Duggal, Splashlight, and Bacardi, was unveiled during the award ceremony. Prints of the winning and honorable mention photographers were displayed around the walls of Splashlight Studio, where the crowd of several hundred could enjoy them. Many of the photographers got a thrill from seeing their work on display, too, and almost all were impressed with the prints both on the wall and in the magazine. Be sure to check out their stories and images in American Photo’s January/February issue, hitting stands soon.