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Jimi Lott, 1953-2005


James G. Lott, a longtime Seattle Times photographer, died in early July of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 52. Lott's award-winning work was marked by a compassion and empathy for the less fortunate, and his coworkers have created the Jimi Lott Scholarship through the National Press Photographers Foundation in his honor.

Co-workers remember Lott for his keen eye, boundless energy, willingness to experiment, and ability to capture moments and images that spoke to the heart.

For four consecutive years (1985-1988), he won the Reid Blackburn Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in feature photography.

Lott won 18 Sigma Delta Chi awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for excellence in journalism, as well as first place in the feature category in a 1992 state photojournalism contest for prep sports. In the 1988 Pictures of the Year competition at the University of Missouri, Lott received a first-place award for his photographs of homeless people and an award of excellence for a feature picture story on cowboys.

Donations to the Jimi Lott Fund may be mailed to Frank Folwell, NPPF Treasurer, 1175 Huntover Court, McLean, VA 22102.