NAPCP Announces the 2023 Photographer of the Year

NAPCP Announces the 2023 Photographer of the Year

The National Association of Portrait & Child Photographers (NAPCP) is thrilled to announce our 2023 Photographer of the Year, Lena Antaramian of Live Love Laugh Photos! Lena received the exciting news of her prestigious award and had the unique opportunity to witness the announcement in Times Square alongside her beloved family—an unforgettable experience!

Lena stands among a lineage of gifted photographers who proudly bear this esteemed accolade. Her artistry knows no bounds, effortlessly blending skill, innovation, and adaptability to captivate and motivate fellow professionals. Her influential presence within our community is cherished, making her ascent to the pinnacle – the highest honor in NAPCP – a cause for celebration.

In addition to being a recipient of multiple awards and recognitions in NAPCP’s image competitions this past year, Lena is awarded as NAPCP Photographer of the Year for the following:

  • Displaying a singular creative vision that inspires the NAPCP member community
  • Professional integrity
  • Consistently producing technically robust, magnificent work
  • NAPCP community involvement
  • All-encompassing representation of the organization

“NAPCP continues to honor and celebrate the remarkable accomplishments and contributions of our photography community, and it is with immense joy that we announce Lena Antaramian of Live Love Laugh Photos as NAPCP’s 2023 Photographer of the Year. Lena’s journey is truly extraordinary, reflecting the essence of the American dream. We are captivated by Lena’s unique story and her path as a photographer. Having immigrated to the United States almost 30 years ago, Lena has now achieved the highest recognition by NAPCP of having her name and images displayed in Times Square. Her achievement resonates deeply with the spirit of NAPCP, where dedication, passion, and a commitment to one’s craft are celebrated. Lena’s recognition is a testament to her remarkable ascent in the photography community, and we extend our heartfelt congratulations, expressing our utmost pride in her outstanding achievement.”
– Alice & Kyu Park, Founders of NAPCP

With interest and participation growing each year, this latest NAPCP competition attracted images across a range of category subjects, including babies, children, family, maternity, newborn, senior, siblings and toddler. A panel of photography experts and luminaries critiqued the thousands of image submissions for impact, technical merit, composition and creativity.

The biannual NAPCP Image Competitions reward its winners with medallions, priority listing on the NAPCP directory, features in our quarterly magazine and on our social media accounts, and with membership points.

Lena’s full prize package includes:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize
  • Lifetime Membership to NAPCP
  • Winning Image displayed in New York Times Square
  • Official Press Release
  • Feature in Inspired Magazine
  • Features in all NAPCP’s social media accounts
  • Prestigious Winning Seal of Distinction

“I am still basking in the afterglow of your announcement. My whole family is so thrilled!! I told my parents about it last afternoon and my mom told me that she was happy that I did not call her with this news in the evening because she would not have been able to sleep with all that excitement!

My family came to the US 29 years ago and right before I started college my first job was sitting outside of a clothing shop in Brooklyn to make sure that clothes displayed on racks were not stolen; I got paid $4 an hour and was thrilled about that. And then 24 years later my name and images were displayed in Times Square – if that’s not an American dream, I don’t know what is!”
– Lena Antaramian, 2023 Photographer of the Year

Congratulations, Lena Antaramian! NAPCP’s 2023 Photographer of the Year!

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