February 23, 2103, Golden, CO—The American Alpine Club is pleased to announce that Aaron Huey has won the 2013 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure. The Rowell Award honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions. It was established to celebrate the accomplishments of famed adventurers and photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell who died in a plane crash in 2002.
The award will be officially presented tonight, February 23, at the AAC Annual Benefit Dinner in San Francisco. The American Alpine Club is pleased to award Aaron with this year’s $15,000 prize.
Aaron Huey was selected for his work in photography, communityactivism, and journalistic innovation. Huey’s career was born out of the adventure and climbing community but has evolved into the world of journalism where he is best known for sharing stories of forgotten people and communities on the fringes of our world.
Over the past 17 years Huey has pioneered new routes on the limestone crags of Ten Sleep Canyon in Wyoming and has authored the area’s guidebook (currently in its 7th edition). From his early climbing roots Huey moved on to other adventures, most notable of which was his solo walk across America in 2002. The journey lasted 154 days and covered 3,349 miles. Huey walked with his dog Cosmo and stayed with strangers he met along the way, averaging around 30 miles a day over 5 months, with a record day of 46 miles. There was no press and the two walked every step. Following the walk Huey took a 3 year hiatus from shooting photos to build an artist in residence program (Hueyhaus), from the ground up, on the Pecos River east of Santa Fe.
As Aaron’s work as a photographer became more widely known he could befound covering stories like Bhutto’s assassination in Pakistan or the drug war in Afghanistan for the New Yorker, or covering Hurricane Katrina for the New York Times, and antiquities smuggling in West Africa for the Smithsonian. In 2012 Huey was named a Contributing Editor at Harper’s magazine, where is he is only the second photographer to be listed on the masthead of the prestigious 163 year-old magazine. His work also caught the attention of the National Geographic magazines where he was a Contributing photographer on the masthead of NG Adventure, and a Contributing Editor at NG Traveler. He is now a contract photographer for National Geographic magazine, which ran his seven-year project on the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a cover story in August. Huey has photographed over twenty features for the National Geographic magazines and teaches workshops year round for the National Geographic Society.
Huey’s project on Pine Ridge gained global recognition in 2010 when his lecture on “America’s Native Prisoners of War” appeared on TED.com. That project evolved into a street art campaign with famed graffiti artist Shepard Fairey that continues to this day. The project evolved further when Huey spent 2011-12 as a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University where he was working in a think tank with other journalists from around the world to evolve new media and storytelling models. The result was a journalistic first: Huey and his collaborator Jonathan Harris created a Community Storytelling Project that allowed the people of Pine Ridge to tell their own story that would co-launch, embedded in the National Geographic cover storyonline. The Pine Ridge story recently won several Picture of the year prizes and a World Press Award. A book on the subject, called Mitakuye Oyasin (all My Relations) is being released this month from Radius Press.
A film about the 7-year Pine Ridge project and the evolution of media, called Honor The Treaties (by director Eric Becker) has been touring film festivals and won several Vision Awards in 2012.
Today Huey continues through various projects, his work documenting the struggles of the indigenous people of this planet. His commitment to the community voice and those who are under represented or misrepresented in the global media drive him to make more personalstories and more innovative storytelling tools.
Huey never shies from adventure; whether it is hitchhiking across Siberia, pioneering new routes in the Big Horn Mountains, or building new tools to advance journalism. No matter where he goes next we know that he will always be on the cutting edge of his profession and will be helping those without an outlet for their voice to be heard.
Find more of Aaron's work here:
Honor The Treaites: http://vimeo.com/47043218
About the Rowell Award
The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure honors that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions.
This $15,000 annual cash award was established by The Rowell Legacy Committee, composed of friends, business associates, and admirers of the late Barbara and Galen Rowell. The award will be presented to an individual selected by a panel of active and influential members of the outdoor adventure world. The American Alpine Club took over administration of the Award in 2011.
About The American Alpine Club
The American Alpine Club is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides knowledge and inspiration, conservation and advocacy, and logistical support for the climbing community. The AAC advocates for American climbers domestically and around the world; provides grants and volunteer opportunities to protect and conserve the places we climb; hosts local and national climbing festivals and events; publishes two of the world’s most sought-after climbing annuals, The American Alpine Journal and Accidents in North American Mountaineering; cares for the world’s leading climbing library and country’s leading mountaineering museum; manages the Hueco Rock Ranch, New River Gorge Climbers’ Campground, and Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch as part of a larger lodging network for climbers; and annually gives $80,000+ toward climbing, conservation, and research grants to adventurers who travel the world. Learn about additional programs and become a member at americanalpineclub.org.