Maine Media Workshops + College has been selected as the permanent host of the notable Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture, widely considered the most prestigious portraiture photography prize in the world. The prize has been increased from $15,000 to $20,000, making it the second largest photo prize in the country.

“Increasing the amount of the prize combined with finding a great home for it at Maine Media elevates the prominence of the award to the level we believe it deserves,” said Arnold’s son, Eric Newman. “We are confident that this will attract new talent, global submissions and honor to portraiture in a way that recognizes my father’s legacy.”

Newman is frequently thought of as the father of modern portraiture, and he felt that a life in photography is “a glorious, exciting, soul-satisfying kind of marvelous way to live one’s life and to work and enjoy life.” Helping a photographer establish his or her career, or a new direction in the work, honors Newman’s philosophy of mentoring others.

As host, the Arnold Newman Prize will be represented on Maine Media’s website, mainemedia.edu. The school will manage all submissions. A distinguished Advisory Council has been newly appointed to help select judges each year; and to ensure that the award and Arnold Newman’s legacy receives the recognition it deserves.

Elizabeth Greenberg, Maine Media Workshops + College Vice President of Academic Affairs, worked for many years as Newman’s assistant and said she suspects that the Arnold Newman prize will only gain stature with these developments. The prize will be announced each spring in New York City with an exhibit of the winner’s work, which also will be exhibited at Maine Media’s PhoPa Gallery in Portland.

The advisory committee for the prize includes Arnold Newman’s sons Eric Newman and David Newman, as well as Howard Greenberg of the Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City; Stacey Baker, Associate Photo Editor of The New York Times Magazine; Juli Lowe, Director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; Joyce Tenneson, photographer; Gregory Heisler, photographer; Meg Weston, President, Maine Media College; Ashley Craig, Director of Photography Programs, Maine Media; and Greenberg.

“I am honored to serve on this Advisory Committee,” said Tenneson. “I have such wonderful memories of time with Arnold and Augusta together for many years at Maine Media and in New York City.”

The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation established the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Portraiture in 2009 to recognize and reward excellence in photographic portraiture, and it has been awarded to seven remarkable photographers since that time. It will continue to be awarded annually to a photographer whose work demonstrates a compelling new vision in the genre of portraiture, and is intended to assist photographers to continue the pursuit of their work; and serve as a launching pad for the next phase of their careers.

Newman began his relationship with Maine in the late 1970s, traveling from his home in New York City each summer to teach at Maine Media. For more than 30 years, he taught and lectured at Maine Media (originally the Maine Photographic Workshops), providing inspiration and helping to hone the photographic craft for hundreds of photographers, many of whom have achieved significant status in the photographic arts.

“Our parents would have been thrilled that this prize is growing in such exciting ways,” said David Newman. “It is important to the foundation to help support emerging photographers in ways similar to how our father began his career in photography, and akin to the mentorship he provided to so many young photographers throughout his career.”

For more information about the Arnold Newman Prize, contact Greenberg at egreenberg@mainemedia.edu.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.