Peter Lik Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Record-breaking photographer receives highest honor awarded by Professional Photographers of America.

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I never imagined that I would find myself on such an incredible list of legends. I am truly overwhelmed and grateful.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) photographer Peter Lik, M.Photog., was awarded PPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award during the Award & Degree ceremony at Imaging USA. Lik is just the thirteenth photographer to ever receive the honor.

“Receiving PPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award could not mean more,” said Lik. “I have worked every single day for over thirty years because I love what I do. This is an incredible surprise – to be recognized by my peers is a total honor. I never imagined that I would find myself on such an incredible list of legends. I am truly overwhelmed and grateful.”

The award adds to an impressive past few months for Lik, who in December sold the most expensive photograph in history.

Lik’s image "Phantom" sold to a private collector for an unprecedented $6.5 million. The purchase also included Lik's masterworks "Illusion" for $2.4 million and "Eternal Moods" for $1.1 million. With this $10 million sale, Lik now holds four of the top 20 spots for most expensive photographs ever sold.  

"The purpose of all my photos is to capture the power of nature and convey it in a way that inspires someone to feel passionate and connected to the image," said Lik.  

PPA president Susan Michal shared her praise for Lik.

“Peter’s accomplishments in photography speak for themselves, and he is very deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award,” she said. “The super-sized images on display during Imaging USA at the special Peter Lik exhibit are just a glimpse into this man’s immense talent. He is a passionate PPA photographer and we are proud to honor him with this award.”

Lik has been a PPA member for nearly 10 years and is a fervent advocate for the association and its membership. He earned his master of photography (M.Photog.) degree from PPA in 2010.

About Imaging USA:
Imaging USA is the longest-running international photographic convention, expo and image exhibition in the world. The event dates back to 1880, when it began as the annual convention and tradeshow for Professional Photographers of America (PPA). More than 11,000 photographers descended upon the Music City for three days of photography education and inspiration as well as some exclusive photography-related shopping. For more information, visit ImagingUSA.org.

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA’s roots date back to 1869. It assists more than 27,000 photographers through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at PPA.com.

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