| VOL. 23, NO. 10||NOVEMBER 21, 1997 |
Eisenstaedt Photography Awards Are Established at the Journalism School
BY FRED KNUBEL
he Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography, a new set of national journalism prizes, have been established under the auspices of Columbia.
They are named for the renowned photographer, known to many as "Eisie," who died in 1995 at the age of 96. They will be given annually to 20 photographers in 14 categories. The judging will be administered by the Graduate School of Journalism under a grant from LIFE magazine. They join other prizes under Columbia's purview, including the Pulitzer Prizes, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards in Broadcast Journalism and the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes in inter-American journalism.
Tom Goldstein, dean of the school, said: "It is gratifying that LIFE has chosen to place these exciting awards at Columbia, with our long experience in the administration of awards in the profession."
LIFE's publisher, Ed McCarrick, said: "We are honored that the Columbia Journalism School will administer this prestigious awards program."
More than 170 nominating jurorsphotographers, photo editors, curators and others across the countryare now selecting images that will be submitted this month for consideration by a five-member panel of leading authorities in the field. Its choices will be reviewed by a three-member board appointed by the Dean of the Journalism School.
The names of winners and finalists will be announced in January and the first Eisenstaedt Awards will be presented formally at a ceremony in New York on Mar. 25, 1998. Winners will receive $1,500 and a keepsake designed by Steuben.
The winning photographs and some others nominated will appear in a special issue of LIFE next spring. Separately, the magazine will present a special LIFE Legend Award for lifetime achievement in magazine photography. LIFE is also sponsoring a scholarship program in the journalism school in Eisenstaedt's memory.
Categories include news, documentary, sports, geography, nature, science, portrait, fashion, design, advanced technique (including digital), humor, journalistic impact and cover photography.
Eisenstaedt, one of the preeminent photojournalists of the 20th century, was a founding photographer of LIFE.