Jim Koepnick is a Sigma Pro photographer specializing in action and aviation subjects. His current clients include Sigma lenses, Plane and Pilot Magazine, Flying Magazine, AOPA Pilot and Air and Space Smithsonian. Local clients include Ripon College, Our Wisconsin Magazine, Old Glory Honor Flight, the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Previously, Jim worked for USA Today Wisconsin Network as well as EAA. At EAA, he was Chief Photographer for 28 years. He has photographed over 1000 aircraft while on air-to-air missions and supplied over 550 cover images to EAA publications.
As one of six Sigma Pro photographers in the United States, he uses Sigma lenses for all of his work.
Koepnick’s artistry, skill and experience have resulted in award-winning images that have been printed in magazines such as Life, Time, Flying, Men’s Journal, People, Wisconsin Trails and Popular Mechanics. His advertising work includes Columbia Coffee and Canon. He is a member of Wisconsin Imaging Photographers Association, Wisconsin News Photographers Association, Sports Shooters, National Association of Photoshop Professionals and the International Society of Aviation Photographers.
His photography has has been a consistent winner of awards from Aviation Week and Space Technology, Wisconsin Imaging Photographers Association, American Advertising Federation and Calendar Marketing Association. His photojournalism has received awards from Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Press Photographers Association and Inland Press.
Koepnick’s “Hands of Time” photograph of the Omro, Wisconsin clock tower, which appeared in the Oshkosh Northwestern Newspaper in the 80’s, was published later by Life Magazine. The image was selected for “Life Classic Photos”, a hard cover book of the best images published by Life.