Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists
Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists

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Distinguished Service Awards

The Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists typically presents an annual award to a deserving recipient in recognition of outstanding contributions and/or service to the community in the field of Photographic Arts and for enriching the Photographic Arts to the benefit and enjoyment of all in the community. Although the award is typically given annually, occasionally there may be a year in which no award is given.


The award is generally given to a single awardee but it has been given to multiple recipients in cases where joint efforts resulted in an identifiable project that affected a community.


Past honorees:


2006 — Anne Tiberio

2007 — Alfredo DiLascia and Keith Sikes

2008 — Les Campbell

2009 — Gene LaFord

2010 — Stan Sherer

2011 — Stu Wetherbe

2012 — Lani Giguire, David Modzelewski, and Paul Hetzel

2013 — Jim Langone

2014 — Paul Turnbull

2015 — Les Campbell (Lifetime Achievement and Contributions)

2016 — Frank Ward

2017 — Michael LeClair

Community Service

The Pioneer Valley Photographic Artists Cub looks for opportunities to promote and engage in outreach in our community to enrich the Photographic Arts. Our organization has done this by providing leadership within our larger communities.


Three examples of the projects we have initiated, sponsored, and guided are as follows:

  • Three of our members; Lani Giguire, David Modzelewski, and Paul Hetzel have started a photographic program at the Springfield Commerce High School. They have gathered the necessary photographic equipment, organized and assisted in planning the curriculum, and overall guiding of the program. As a result, the program is in its third year and students are on the waitlist to register. The student's work has been exhibited several times, including Umas Contemporary Art Museum.


  • Hampshire Regional High School student Jayna Labrie, class of 2012, has been recognized for her photographic talent and promise.  Recommended in her senior year by her high school teacher Karen Tetrault, PVPA nominated her for a scholarship that was awarded by the New England Camera Club Council. Jayna is now a sophomore R.I.T. studying photography and she was awarded the scholarship for the second year in a row.


  • Bill Rowley is working with Riverside Industries in helping to bring the joy of photography to disabled people. Bill first suggested the idea of putting digital cameras into the hands of Riverside participants, then took part in the pilot program which resulted in the placement of an image in the 2013 Easthampton town calendar. He and PVPA member Paul Berman have since been regular volunteers in the now established Riverside Arts photography program.













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