The Greater Rochester Professional Photographers (GRPP) are very proud that one of our own, Chris Kogut, from Pittsford was awarded the prestigious Buddy M Steward Award at Imaging USA, the annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), which was held in Atlanta, GA on January 9-13, 2016. PPA President Michael Timmons presented the award to Chris at the Awards and Degree Ceremony, which help close the convention.
The Buddy M. Stewart Award is presented to individuals, couples and/or business partners for unheralded humanitarian service while representing our profession. The award is not necessarily conferred each year. Chris was awarded this honor because of her humanitarian efforts which benefit the children and less fortunate in the country of Burma. She has made several personal trips to Burma to photograph the people and countryside, then returned to lead photography expeditions there for other professional and serious amateur photographers. She has published her photographs in a book and has had gallery shows, the benefits of each which have raised over $40,000 for the people of Burma. Proceeds from book sales go directly to The Parami Foundation.