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British Virgin Islands
Travel photographer Jerry Kopff's work promotes ecotravel and ecotourism in many third world countries and other exotic locations. He has been a professional photographer for 50 years and his assignments have taken him to all seven continents in pursuit of stock images as well as many parts of the United States. He depicts the sights and almost the sounds in his work by creating memories, setting moods, emotions, telling a story, creating design patterns with a more gentile atmosphere.
Some people take pictures. Jerry Kopff tells stories. Many subjects are of indigenous people, children, candid, floral, seascapes, sunrises, sunsets, architecture and landscapes. He's been in the jungles of the South Pacific with a tribe of people who have practiced cannibalism and has traveled to many World War 11 locals photographing its history and showing a more peaceful side today. One of the most interesting and favorite locations that Jerry photographed was Antarctica.
Jerry has been involved in photography ever since he had his first camera, a Brownie box camera. He served in the U. S. Navy as a photographer and was the lead cruise book photographer during his second tour aboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk CVA 63 during 1963-1964. This cruise book was later published and is now in the John F. Kennedy Library. He also photographed President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
In 1994, Jerry was awarded the 1st Place Communications Excellence Award, in photojournalism, as the nation's top Red Cross photographer. Here, he was honored by Elizabeth Dole, for photographing the 1993 brush fires in Southern California for the American Red Cross. He won an award for an international photo on Ko Samui, Thailand, and sold a JFK photo at a New York auction.
Jerry is a member of the National Press Photographers Association, Life Member of National Association of Naval Photography, and the Pacific Asia Travel Association. He has also been asked to lecture to art and photography organizations and has also done photography consultation. Some international and local clients that Jerry has worked with are The Imperial Hotels Group-Thailand, Bangkok Airways, Solomon Islands Tourist Authority, Solomon Airlines, Vanuatu National Tourism Office, Best Westem/Auckland-New Zealand, Wingate Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Globus Travel Services S.A./Switzerland, Group Voyagers, Inc. (Globus & Cosmos, USA), American Red Cross, Commemorative Air Force, Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks, U.S. Men's & Women's National Soccer Teams, Pro Soccer Teams, Gold Cup Soccer, Minor League Soccer Clubs, Springfield Business Journal, AT&T, Balboa Office Building, & McMillian Realty.
Jerry has been to all 7 continents, 58 countries and territories, and 57 islands. Many of his gallery photographs are limited editions and he also has a large inventory of stock photos on travel as well as other subjects and Jerry is currently available for international and local photo assignments. Jerry currently makes his home in the Surprise, Arizona, U.S.A.