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Photomedia graduate on the rise

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Photomedia graduate and WA Professional Photographer of the Year James Simmons is making a name for himself in Western Australia.

Working as a professional photographer for Viva Photography, James has had an amazing year, winning the AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year Award in September, which is awarded to the states best professional and or student photographer.

At the same ceremony James was also named the winner of Overall Best Print; Best Print Landscape and Print Handlers Award.

Two of his winning images were taken during the ECU Bangladesh Summer School Exchange Program, which allows students to work with International Photographers and Bangladeshi students as they capture the people, places and buildings that make the area unique.

James found the study tour program inspirational.

“I have an urge to tell people’s stories through photography which often finds me in unique places and lead to my photojournalistic tour of Bangladesh. I was fascinated by the culture of the developing nation,” said James.

Senior Lecturer from the School of Communications and Arts, Norm Leslie, said James’ work is an inspiration to young photographers.

“Seeing James succeed in such a phenomenal way is an amazing inspiration to our aspiring photography students,” said Mr Leslie.

“James’ success is a credit to his talent and also showcases the unique photos that come out of the Bangladesh Summer School Exchange Program. His success has made us here at ECU extremely proud.”

For more information on the Bangladesh Summer School Exchange Program, visit the School of Communications and Arts webpage.

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