Voelker_4534Acclaimed entertainment photographer Christopher Voelker has been awarded the Christopher and Dana Reeve Hope Award for his work behind the lens in revealing the human side of those living with a disability — and uplifting the entire disability community in the process.

The honor was sprung on Voelker at a December reception in Los Angeles and it came as quite a shock. “I have won several awards over the past 27 years, but this means the most to me as it is from my people,” he says. “My thanks to The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for keeping me close and always being there to support me, be it