Legendary Associated Press Photographer is a Pioneer and Advocate for the Profession

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 8, 2013) – The White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA) announced today that they will present retired Associated Press photographer Ron Edmonds with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 ‘Eyes of History™’ annual awards gala Saturday, May 11, 2013, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.

“Ron Edmonds is the quintessential Washington photojournalist. He's been a fixture in the White House pressroom from the
Reagan presidency through President Barack Obama's first term, said J. David Ake, Assistant Chief of Bureau for Photography in The Associated Press, Washington Bureau. “Many of his images have stood the test of time and are now icons in our collective memory. He was arguably during his Washington tenure, The AP's most published photographer. ”Ake continued, “Ron was a fierce competitor; yet an equally strong advocate for all photographers and carried the torch for greater access for all members of the White House News Photographers Association. “I can't think of a more deserving candidate for the WHNPA's Lifetime Achievement honor.”

“I had the privilege of working alongside Ron for many years as a competitor and even though the environment at the White House is always very intense, he was always available to share his experiences and insight,” said Ron Sachs, WHNPA President. “I have truly missed his presence since he retired”

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