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ASPP Announces Michael Masterson 2015 Picture Professional of the year

ASPP Announces 2015 Picture Professional of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​ Contact: Sam Merrell, Executive Director
​(516) 500-3686

American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) National Board votes Michael Masterson as recipient of the 2015 Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award.


New York, NY – November 24, 2015 — The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) board of directors announced today that past-President Michael Masterson will receive the association’s prestigious Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award at the ASPP New York Chapter Holiday Party on December 3, 2015. (Admission to the event is by RSVP only — there will be no admissions at the door.)

Michael was ASPP’s National President from 2010-2013 and now serves on its Board of Trustees. Said Trustee Chairwoman Cathy Sachs, “During his two terms as National President, Michael did so much to advance ASPP’s professional image. I was privileged to work with him as Executive Director for some of that time, and am pleased that I can continue to do so on the current Board of Trustees.”

Masterson also serves on the board of the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council in his Los Angeles community. He chaired the marketing committee for the Los Angeles Conservancy, a historic preservation advocacy group, for many years.

Masterson has a broad range of experience in marketing, business development, strategic planning, contact negotiations and recruiting in the photography, graphic design and publishing industries. In addition to his long experience at the Workbook and Workbookstock, Masterson owned and was creative director of his own graphic design firm for several years; has been a speaker or panelist at industry events including Seybold, PhotoPlus Expo, Visual Connections and the Picture Archive Council of America (PACA) national conference; and currently heads Masterson Consulting where he works on projects ranging from business development and sourcing talent for creative companies to promoting and marketing several important industry events. He also provides resume and professional profile services for job-seekers.

ABOUT THE JANE KINNE PICTURE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR AWARD: Each year the ASPP presents the Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award to a deserving ASPP member. The first award was given in 2003 to (and later named for) Jane Kinne, a longtime member and a leader in the photography industry. Candidates must demonstrate one or more of the following qualities: significant contributions to photography, a single outstanding achievement, andlong‐time service to the association or its members (e.g. mentoring, networking). Award winners can be photographers, picture editors or researchers, agents, archivists or suppliers who are ASPP members in good standing. Michael Masterson follows in the footsteps of fourteen previous Picture Professional of the Year award winners: Jane Kinne, Larry Levin, Anita Duncan, Niki Barrie, Nancy Wolff, Jerry Tavin, Danita Delimont, Barbara Smetzer, Cathy Sachs, Ed Whitley, George Sinclair, Judy and Roger Feldman, and Wendy Zieger.

ABOUT ASPP: Since first forming as a small, dedicated group of picture professionals in 1966, ASPP has grown into a large community of image experts committed to sharing our experience and knowledge throughout the industry. In addition to educational events, ASPP offers a variety of networking opportunities, webinars, online Job Board and links, a public Find–A–Pro database, insurance and numerous other discounts for members. If you create, edit, research, license, distribute, manage or publish visual content, ASPP is your community.

Michael Masterson can be reached via email: michaeldmasterson@gmail.com.


PHOTO: Michael Masterson, 780px x 600px