Jim Koepnick is an independent digital journalist and SIGMA Ambassador specializing in aviation, sports and street/documentary photography. His current freelance clients include Sigma Corporation of America, Flying Magazine, Plane and Pilot Magazine, Our Wisconsin Magazine, Cirrus aircraft, Ripon College, Old Glory Honor Flight and Discover Oshkosh. 


Previously, Jim was Chief Photographer at the Experimental Aviation Association for 28 years. He was responsible for much of EAA's air-to-air photography for its five publications. Jim has photographed over 1000 aircraft while on air-to-air missions and supplied over 600 cover images while at EAA.


Koepnick’s images have been printed in magazines such as Life, Time, Men's Journal, People and Popular Mechanics. His advertising work includes Columbia Coffee, Sigma lenses, Canon cameras, RANS aircraft and Cirrus aircraft.


His photographs have has been consistent winners from Aviation Week and Space Technology, American Advertising Federation and Calendar Marketing Association. He received the George Hall Lifetime Achievement award from the International Society of Aviation Photographers, and has had two Best of the Best photos in Aviation Week and Space Technology. In 2023 he received international recognition at the UN with an award from the International Photographic Council for his body of work. 


CONTACT:  [email protected]

Based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin