NEW YORK, NY – Yunghi Kim, an NPPA board member and freelance photojournalist based in New York, accepted a Professional Photography Leadership Award from James Chung, the President of the International Photographic Council, at an awards luncheon Thursday at the United Nations.
The IPC is a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations that promotes photography as a universal language. The IPC’s annual Professional Photography Leadership Awards ceremony is timed to coincide with the United Nation’s designation of May as the International Professional Photographers Month.
Kim was selected for the honor by NPPA’s board of directors before NPPA president Sean D. Elliot appointed her to a seat on the board in April 2012. She was chosen for her leadership in the field of photojournalism, both for her exemplary photographic work that has garnered her many awards over the years as well as her outspoken advocacy for the rights of photographers to practice the profession and to earn a living at it.
“In the discussions the board had about naming Yunghi for the award, I realized she was very much the sort of person I was looking for to fill one of the appointed seats on the board,” Elliot said. ‘The award is for leadership and she exemplifies that standard.”
Also accepting awards were; Michael Grecco (APA); Jim Cavanaugh (ASMP); Bernd Gassner (FEP); Louis Tonsmeire (PPA); Ralph Romaguera (PSPA); Chip Somodevilla (WHNPA); and Jennifer Hudson (WPPI).
Each of the winners sat for a brief interview with IPC vice president Alice Miller before the medals were presented. Kim drew a laugh and a smile from a Canon representative in the room when during the interview she cited her 14-year-old Canon 28mm f1.8 lens as her most indispensable piece of equipment. She also spoke of following her passion to tell stories that would not otherwise be told, and talked about taking vacation time to travel to Korea where she did herwidely recognized work on Comfort Women
Somodevilla drew more laughs when he cited his feet and elbows as his most vital tools in covering the political scene in Washington, DC.