Jim Stroup of Virginia Tech’s Office of University Relations was named photographer of the year by the University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA).

At the annual UPAA symposium in June, Stroup also won the Nikon Shoot Out Competition and the Monthly Image Competition Award, making him the first photographer to win all three major awards in one year.

The UPAA is an international organization of college and university photographers founded in 1961.  Its mission is to promote photographic excellence in higher education.

Stroup, one of three photographers in Virginia Tech’s Visual and Broadcast Communications unit, received his degree in commercial photography from the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif.

In February, Stroup also won the Grand Award in Photography from District III of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at its annual conference in Tampa, Fla.

Visual and Broadcast Communications photographers provide promotional photography for the Virginia Tech website, university magazines and publications, and other communications materials aimed at external audiences.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

Written by Randy Stith, director of Visual and Broadcast Communications at Virginia Tech.