MPW.65 / 2013
Sam Wilson / MPW.65

Each year MPW honors several of its participants with awards recognizing exceptional levels of work, determination and spirit throughout the workshop.

The Spirit of the Workshop Award is given annually to a photographer who not only creates an exceptional body of work throughout the week, but also one who totally embraces the philosophy of MPW, seeking to not only improve his/her own skills but to help fellow participants as well. This year's winner was Carlos Gonzalez.

The Howard Chapnick Award is given annually in honor of the legendary Black Star photo agency founder, long-time MPW faculty member, and author of Truth Needs No Ally. It recognizes a photographer who, with exceptional honesty and integrity, explores and documents an issue or story of great social concern. This year's winner was Sam Wilson for his story Vernon's World.

The Biggest Leap is given annually to the photographer who made the greatest strides and biggest leap forward during the workshop. This year's winner was Ryan Dorgen.

The Phoenix Award is given annually (when warranted) to a photographer who, despite severe adversity and through sheer determination, brings his/her story 'back from the ashes.' This year's winner was Brendon Stuart.