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SUTV Wins Accolade Competition

Published: June 25, 2008 | Category: Academics

SUTV, the video production entity at Southern Utah University has won a prestigious Honorable Mention from The Accolade Competition. The award was given for SUTV’s videography in the one-hour documentary Canyoneering the Colorado Plateau, An Introduction to the Sport. Canyoneering the Colorado Plateau features exceptional video of the stunning southern Utah scenery and pushes the boundaries of how and where video production is possible in the remote, rugged, and relatively inaccessible slot canyons.

SUTV video producer and SUU communication professor Jon Smith shot most of the footage. He had to incorporate a variety of styles and techniques to capture video while he was swimming, scrambling, rappelling, and working his way through the narrow slot canyons. The same documentary has won several other national awards since it was produced in 2006.

Smith said “It’s great to see SUTV and SUU recognized for our video production in national competition. It’s also great to have the opportunity to show off some of southern Utah’s spectacular scenery.

The Accolade recognizes film, television and videography professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the Accolade and a list of recent winners can be found at

In winning an Accolade, SUTV joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award. Thomas Baker, Ph.D., who chairs The Accolade, said “The Accolade is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from all over the world. The Accolade helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptionally high quality of entries. The goal of The Accolade is to help winner receive the recognition they deserve.”

For more information call Dr. Jon Smith at 435 586-7973 or email at

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