Reuters photographer Larry Downing reacts to the announcement from WHNPA board member Brendan Smialowski that Downing will be the recipient of the 2015 WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award at the White House in Washington

Reuters staff photographer Larry Downing (C) reacts to the announcement from White House News Photographers Association board member Brendan Smialowski (L) that Downing will be the recipient of the 2015 WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award during a surprise announcement in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington February 6, 2015. Downing will be presented the award at the 2015 ‘Eyes of History' annual awards gala in Washington on May 16, 2015. (Photo by Jim Bourg)

Reuters staff photographer Larry Downing (C) reacts to the announcement from White House News Photographers Association board member Brendan Smialowski (L) that Downing will be the recipient of the 2015 WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award during a surprise announcement in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington February 6, 2015. Downing will be presented the award at the 2015 ‘Eyes of History’ annual awards gala in Washington on May 16, 2015. (Photo by Jim Bourg)