February 25, 2012 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography

The NYPPA has just posted the winning images (in no particular order) and will announce the Winning images and their order at a dinner that is tentatively scheduled for May 31st 2012.

Full list here.

The NYPPA YEAR IN PICTURES 2012 were judged by 3 extraordinary judges:

Melanie Burford, Bill Eppridge , and David Burnett

Judges Bill Eppridge, Melanie Burford & David Burnett discuss the images
Photo via NYPPA

Readers of this blog will be familiar with Bill Eppridge. After his graduation from college, Eppridge worked for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and then went on to work for LIFE. During the 1960s and until the magazine folded in 1972 Eppridge was a staff photographer for LIFE. He covered many topics and news events, often finding himself in history-making situations.While working for LIFE, Eppridge photographed celebrities such as Alan Alda on the set of M*A*S*H, Gene Hackman, Raquel Welch and others. During the Apollo 13 mission, Epperidge was the only photographer allowed into Marilyn Lovell’s home even as her husband was stranded in orbit above the moon. In 1968 while five feet in front of his subject and friend, Robert F. Kennedy lay on the floor of the kitchen of Los Angeles's Ambassador Hotel, mortally wounded by a bullet fired by Sirhan B. Sirhan. Eppridge went into the crowd and began holding people back, but every once in a while, he would reach down and click his camera.

Bill Eppridge looks at the images
Photo via NYPPA

This last week, Bill's photographs of 1960's skateboarders went viral on the internet. Bill recalls that he photographed skateboarders in Central Park during a competition and kids on the streets in NYC. He says that there were lots of skateboarders around then, and despite what some blogs claim, he never "handed out" skateboards.  Some of the photos that were included were actually shot at Weslyan University in Middletown, CT, aloso at a skateboarding competition.

A special selection of Bill Eppridge's photographs will be on exhibit during the AIPAD Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York, March 28 - April 1. Visit Monroe Gallery, Booth #419.

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