The ASME Next Awards honor outstanding achievement by magazine journalists under the age of 30. Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the ASME Next Awards were established in 2016 to support the development of print and digital magazine media by recognizing young journalists who have already demonstrated extraordinary promise at the beginning of their careers. Honorees receive medals bearing the likeness of “Elephant,” the symbol of the National Magazine Awards.
Alex Lau, Staff Photographer, Bon Appétit
Nominated by Adam Rapoport, Editor in Chief, Bon Appétit
Judges’ Citation: Alex Lau’s bold, consistent style and his ability to capture the beauty of food in the environment in which it was made now shapes the visual identity of Bon Appétit. Whether flying to Seoul on two days’ notice to photograph Korean fried chicken or shooting during service at a restaurant with no natural light, Lau achieves striking results.