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ECU graduate recognised at national photography awards

Thursday, 29 July 2010

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Congratulations to ECU graduate, James Simmons, who recently won two silver awards at the Canon Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA), held from the 4-6 June at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention centre.

The APPAs sees hundreds of professional photographers from Australia and New Zealand compete for a number of industry awards by submitting four images, which are then judged by a panel of their peers.

James’ winning photos were chosen from a collection of shots taken during his time spent at ECU’s Photomedia Summer School, held in Bangladesh in January this year, and tell the story of the people in the region.

“I have an urge to tell people’s stories through photography, which often finds me in unique places and led to my photojournalistic tour of Bangladesh.”

“The people were so accommodating and warm, and have a huge amount of heart. I was particularly inspired by the Khasi tribe, who despite their cycle of poverty, were so resilient and have such a strong community so that no one goes hungry,” said Mr Simmons.

This is the second time that James has been recognised at the APPAs, also winning two silver awards in 2009 for photos submitted as part of his ECU Photomedia coursework.

Photomedia coordinator Mr Norman Leslie congratulates James on his achievements.

“The well-deserved win was a result of James’ dedication to making the most of the opportunity to directly experience life in rural Bangladesh first hand, including all the effort and discomfort that goes with that commitment.”

“He has done himself and ECU proud, and has given future students something to aspire to,” said Mr Leslie.

For more information on the awards visit the APPA website.

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