Cave Creek photographer honored with two Emmy Awards

Jim David Photography on the awards night. (submitted photo)

Jim David Photography on the awards night. (submitted photo)

Among the TV stations, news reporters and big agencies that you might expect to win Emmy Awards is a small but mighty contender in the form of Jim David Photography, which earned two Emmy Awards for a short feature about a dedicated group working to conserve land in north Phoenix.

“It is an honor to have our work recognized in this way,” said Jim David in a press release.

Mr. David filmed all of the footage in addition to serving as director, lead editor and co-writer.

“It is especially gratifying having seen that the vast majority of our peers recognized on Emmy night came from television stations and much larger studios and firms,” he said in the release.

The award-winning film was a collaborative effort with his wife and business partner, Susan David, who served as producer and co-writer.

The Academy recognized Jim David Photography with Emmy Awards for Photographer-Short Form and Environment-Program Feature/Segment.

“There is no greater honor the chapter can bestow on its members. The Emmy statuette symbolizes the excellence for which we all strive,” said Theresa Maher, in the release, president of NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter, which made the awards at a ceremony in Phoenix in October.

The film was one of two pieces developed for the nonprofit Desert Foothills Land Trust, which sought a strong visual piece to anchor its annual fundraising event. A second, one-minute piece was developed for use on social media to engage a new generation of supporters.

“It was great to have such a wonderful story to tell, and we are thankful for the many people who played a part in making this film,” said Mr. David in the release. “From the hardworking staff and volunteers at the Desert Foothills Land Trust, to the models hiking and panning for gold, to our behind the scenes help from John Haas, our assistant editor, and Mike Masters, who narrated. This wouldn’t have been possible without all of these pieces coming together.”

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