Frank Van Valkenburgh Award

Frank Van Valkenburgh, affectionately known as the “Baron of Coronado”, lived in Coronado for many years after retiring from the Navy; he was a life time supporter of the Professional Photographers Association of San Diego County (as it was then known) and of the Professional Photographers of California. Frank spent many years on the PPSDC board and worked his way up to President.  After completing his term as Chairman of the Board, Frank stayed on as the BRE Chair (Bylaws Rules and Ethics). No one knew the bylaws and Rules as well as Frank, ever!

Frank never missed a board meeting, regular meeting, or PPC meeting for many years, even when he was struck down with a severe illness Frank would still have his wife take him to the meetings. No meeting was too far for Frank to travel!

Frank was very involved with the Professional Photographers of California and spent many years on the board as BRE chair. He was a recipient of the PPC Service Medallion, was inducted into the PPC Hall of fame in 1988 and was awarded the Paul Kennedy Medallion for “service above and beyond” in 1991 (this was the forerunner to the now Evans/Kingham Medallion).

Because of Frank’s dedication to the profession, to the Professional Photographers of San Diego and his service to the Professional Photographers of California, the board of directors of PPSDC honored Frank with the “Frank Van Valkenburgh” perpetual trophy for service to PPSDC beyond the normal.

The award was designed by Roger B. Daines, president of PPSDC at that time, and consists of a stand inlaid with previous recipient’s names and a wooden replica of a Hasselblad camera on the top. It was purposely made to be large and significant, to stand out above other awards because of its importance. The trophy is awarded every year and is retained by the recipient for that year and then returned to be presented to the latest awardee. The recipient receives a small plaque for posterity.

This award is a very special award and is not given lightly; the recipient is decided by the board of directors and goes to a PPSDC member who has contributed outstanding service to PPSDC.

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