CANTON -- A North Country photographer will receive the 2014 St. Lawrence University North Country Citation for her role in bringing attention to the North Country through her art.
The On-Campus Honors Committee selected Battaglia for creating a regional aesthetic for her role in enhancing the sense of community pride in the Adirondacks and for bringing attention to the North Country through her art.
The citation will be presented to her at Commencement on Sunday, May 18.
Since 1978, Nancie Battaglia has been communicating the Adirondack Mountains and New York’s North Country to the world though her photography.
Her pursuits have taken her to nearly a dozen Winter Olympics Games. Her pictures are often featured in national publications.
Her pictures feature a variety of scenes and subjects, including outdoor recreational activities, especially in the Adirondack Mountains, sports, people, places and other subjects that illustrate a North Country lifestyle.
Her work can regularly be seen close to home in Adirondack Life, but she also has been widely published in several national periodicals, including Sports Illustrated, USA Today, The Boston Globe, The New York Times and National Geographic.
Battaglia has had multiple assignments in St. Lawrence County, photographing the colleges and universities in the region and being sent on various assignments from different news agencies, she said.
“The St. Lawrence Valley is a pretty special place, with its agricultural roots, waterways and old factories, which are some of my favorite places to photograph,” she said. “Some of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen have been in Canton and Potsdam.”
Battaglia has been photographing the Winter Olympics since 1980, including the most recent Sochi games in Russia.
“I spent 3 weeks in Sochi, which is my 11th Olympics,” she said. “I think Lake Placid might have been the last small-town Olympics we’ve seen before the games got to be big business. It would be difficult to host the games there again. And if they ever did try to bid again, they’d definitely have to include surrounding bigger cities.”
St. Lawrence University annually awards the North Country Citation to an individual or group from the region who, through professional and volunteer endeavors, has improved the quality of life in the North Country.