Kim is one of only a few in the photography world.
He and only two other photographers have ever won five First Prize awards in the world’s largest nature photography competition, the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award.
This prestigious competition, considered to be the Olympics of nature photography, is open to both professional and amateur photographers. The 2013 competition attracted 43,000 images from 96 countries, and the standards are necessarily fierce.
Other awards include being made a “Lawrence Distinguished Visiting Scholar” at the Marine Sciences Research Centre, State University of New York, and winning the top “Science Journalism Award” for writing/photographing an article in New Zealand Geographic Magazine. This award was presented by the Governor General at the 50th AGM of the New Zealand Association of Scientists.