Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has awarded Bob Coates of Bob Coates Photography the Buddy M. Stewart Award at the 2011 annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.
This award is presented to individuals, couples and/or business partners for unheralded humanitarian service while representing the profession of photography.
The award is not necessarily conferred each year and a maximum of 25 may be given. As of 2011, only two have been awarded.
Ralph Romegara of New Orleans, La., who serves on the National PPA board and submitted Coates' name said, "The late Buddy Stewart was a great photographer, but more importantly a great humanitarian. Bob Coates was the perfect fit for this year's award. Always sharing his photographic knowledge with his fellow photographers, Bob also finds time to give back to his community. To say it in one word, Bob Coates is a giver."
Coates came to the attention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) board through his work raising money for the Sedona Community Center Meals on Wheels program. His 'Flowers for Food' calendar project raised over $7,500. Bob also volunteers as a photographer and trainer for Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. NILMDTS is an organization helping families through a time of mourning who have lost a child through stillbirth or birth defects by photographing sessions and offering the gift of photography at no charge.
"The charity work that I've done is very much a tribute to my dad, Joseph Coates, who was one of the kindest, most generous people I've known," Coates said.