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JOURN Prof. Ledford to compete for the title of Moving Image Photographer of the Year

9/20/2012  8:00 am

Assistant Professor of Journalism Charles “Stretch” Ledford was named a Finalist in the Moving Images category of the 2012 International Photography Awards for his winning entry "The Eye Of Overtown,"and anHonorable Mention for the entry Tuesdays Mean Fish.”Ledford now competes for the title ofMoving Image Photographer of the Year, to be announced at the Tenth Annual Lucie Awards at theBeverly Hilton International Ballroom in Los Angeles on October 8, 2012.


About IPA: The 2012 International Photography Awards received nearly 15,000 submissions from 103 countries across the globe and was judges by 80 of the world’s most prominent photo professionals. IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, where the top three winners are announced at the annual Lucie Awards gala ceremony. The Foundation's mission is to honor master photographers, to discover new and emerging talent and to promote the appreciation of photography. Since 2003, IPA has had the privilege and opportunity to acknowledge and recognize contemporary photographers' accomplishments in this specialized and highly visible competition. Visit for more details.


About the Winner: Charles “Stretch” Ledford is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has worked as a visual journalist telling stories through still and moving images in more than 50 countries on five continents. Galleries and museums in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, and Colorado have displayed Ledford’s photographs, and his work has been recognized with awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Online News Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the New York Art Directors Club, Communication Arts Magazine’s Photography Annual and the International Visual Sociology Association. Ledford’s current projects employ novel digital distribution methods for original multimedia content and are designed to catalyze reflexive discussions among members of economically and technologically marginalized communities. Rooted in the photojournalistic tradition, his work combines 35mm DSLR video with film elicitation to explore and expand the points at which the visual, the sociological, and the journalistic aspects of storytelling intersect.