Third year film student and CH alumnus (2011-12), Seung-woo Hong (known to us all as Suggie) is on a winning streak, having recently received a number of awards for his film-making.

In early October Suggie won the top film prize in the Inspiring Stories Trust's national film-making competition. Suggie's prize is $2,000 cash (gifted by the NZ Screen Association) and a two-day internship at Images & Sound post-production house in Auckland.

Suggie's entry - 'Plastic Bottle Kayak Expedition' – is a four minute film about 25 young Kiwi leaders on plastic bottle boats paddling their way down the Whanganui River. The film highlights the wastefulness of single-use plastic packaging and to make people think about the harmful effect plastic rubbish can have on the environment.

As part of the same competition, Suggie also won the Technical Prowess Award which gave him a camera bag. And to cap it all off, he won the Tertiary section – a $50 bar tab at Wellington's Southern Cross Bar!

Suggie said most of the footage was taken on his DSLR camera, although a waterproof GoPro sports camera helped him capture the wetter close-ups.

Inspiring Stories Trust chief executive Guy Ryan said that Suggie's film was technically polished with beautiful cinematography and music.

To watch Suggie's film, click here

Suggie has also won a Youth Leadership Award from the Sir Peter Blake Trust which gives him a day of mentoring in Auckland. He was also a finalist for the Trust's Antarctic Ambassador Award.

"2013 has been an amazing year for me," said Suggie. "The Whanganui River kayakers gave me a such a good opportunity to be part of their expedition that raised so many important environmental issues. It really opened my eyes to the bigger picture.

"Winning all these awards has been wonderful and I'm very grateful for all the help my lecturers and tutors have given me at UC. These prizes have been a great way to finish my third year of fine arts study."

Well done Suggie, we're very proud of your achievements.

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