One step into a long journey. Photographer Kim Hyung-wook’s “Land of the Gods”, which portrays the exciting and defiant spirit as one steps into the unknown, has been selected as the official poster for this year’s Ulju Mountain Film Festival (UMFF). The dynamic movements between the steep and gigantic rock is akin to the adventurous and challenging first step of the 3rd UMFF. We hope to relay through this poster the stories of “New Journey,” people, and nature.
Kim, specializing in remote areas and an assistor of Nepal, has his own style of expressing his moments with a mountain. More of his works capturing beautiful mountains, nature, and people will be displayed in this year’s Special Exhibition of Himalaya Nepal.
Backwoods explorer and photographer Kim Hyung-wook has won the Korean Mountain Award in 2008, first prize in the National Geographic photo contest’s portrait section in 2009, and continues to showcase his works through group and individual exhibits. He has biked the 8,000 km of the Silk Road and made an expedition to the Meru Peak in the Himalayas. KIM has also built 27 English libraries on the outskirts of the Himalayas for the children in remote areas. He wrote The World at the End of the Land (2009) and Si-o-se Bridge that Day (2017), which are unique, colorful expressions of his moments with the mountain.