– IPC/Sophie Smoliar Award Photokina 2012 to be awarded to Tim Hunt, UK.

New York/ Brüssels, August 20, 2012
IPC/Sophie Smoliar Award Photokina 2012 to be awarded to Tim Hunt, UK.

The IPC/Sophie Smoliar Scholarship of US $1000 by International Photographic Council (IPC), New York is presented bi-annually in connection with Photokina in Cologne and goes to a European Student majors in photo-imaging with outstanding achievement.

This year’s recipient Mr. Tim Hunt , a 23 years old Photo Student at University College Falmouth UK , has been selected with the kind co-operation of Federation of European Professional Photographers (FEP) and the prize ceremony will take place at Photokina Professionals Stage, Hall 4.1. Booth I-50 Thursday, September 20. 2012 at 15.30 to 16.30. (3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

As a recent graduate from University College Falmouth, UK in 2010 Mr. Hunt have a BA in Marine and Natural History Photography and goes on to study an MA in TV Production at the same University. He did also study photography at Stratford-Upon-Avon-College for two years completed in 2007 with triple merit. Specializing in nature photography Tim Hunt in 2011 was chosen to represent his university at the FEP meeting in Leon, France. In addition Tim Hunt has joined several photographic competitions with good results. Last year he became a third place in the “Wildlife in The Garden” category of The Royal Horticultural Society photographic competition which among others led to an interview on Alan Titchmarch show with ITV.

In his application for the IPC/ Sophie Smoliar Scholarship Tim Hunt writes:
“From a very early age I’ve had a passion for the natural world. In 2007 I completed a National Diploma in Photography and since then I haven’t been able to put down a camera. This then led me to study more and go on to do a BA in Marine and Natural History Photography at University College Falmouth.
I have keen interests in all areas of photography but my passion lies within capturing the essence of the natural world. I believe my role as a natural history photographer is to allow people to see beauty in nature and if possible to provoke a reaction which in turn will help to preserve the natural world.” Says James Chung, President of International Photographic Council, New York: “Congratulations being elected to receive the IPC Scholarship on the occasion of Photokina 2012 in Cologne in September. Please keep up the great achievement in photography.”

“Highend Photography, like the work of Mr. Hunt, requires both patience, dedication and planning, It requires devotion of getting it just right in that split of a second the image is created.Tim Hunt has those qualities which all adds to his excellent work” says FEP President Neil Warner.

“I would like to say how pleased we are at Tim Hunt’s success at winning the IPC/Sophie Smoliar Scholarship. His photography has always been of the highest standard and he has won many accolades for the quality of his images, which can only bode well for his future as a professional photographer. The portfolio of images he submitted for the Award was of extremely high standard and consistent throughout. Each photograph in the portfolio was achieved after a lot of effort and skill with a camera on location and in some extremely difficult terrains”, says Jim Lowe, FEP Qualifications Chairman and Senior Lecturer at University College Falmouth.

More information can be obtained at ipc-europe@photoconsult.no and pressofficer@europeanphotographers.eu.

The IPC, a multinational, non-profit, non-commercial organization founded in 1974, is composed of representatives from every major sector of the photographic industry. In 1983 the United Nations officially recognized IPC as a Nor-Governmental Organization associated with the U.N. www.ipc-un-ngo.org

The IPC is dedicated to increasing worldwide recognition of photography as a universal means of communication, Through a variety of efforts such as the rewarding of scholarships to students and the recognition of professional photographers annually at the UN, the IPC unwaveringly continues to promote photography in the spirit of the organization’s motto : Peace through Understanding, Understanding through Photography, the Universal Language. -end-

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