Ivo Borko, retired veterinarian and publisher, born in 1955 in Hercegovščak near Gornja Radgona, enrolled in photography as a student at gymnasium in Murska Sobota. During his studies in Ljubljana, he deepened his photographic knowledge in the famous ŠOLT Photo Group. After a later and multi-year photographic “rest”, in 1995, on his first trip to Africa, he returned to creative photography.
The real turning point in his photographic work was the year 2008, when he and his like-minded friends founded Photo Club Proportio divina in Gornja Radgona, which he also chairs.
Initially, he was mainly interested in natur and travel photography, but now he focuses on human photography, especially as an unposted or, more recently, portrait, nude or even object of staged photography.
So far, he has had 41 solo exhibitions in Slovenia, Austria, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Hungary. He has participated in more than 600 group exhibitions in 65 countries around the world and has received more than 350 awards.
In 2012, he was proclaimed as the most successful exhibitor of the FZS.
Since 2013 he has been the holder of the exhibition title Master of Photography of the Photographic Association of Slovenia (MF FZS), and since 2019 the highest exhibition title of the International Association of Photographic Art (FIAP) Excellence FIAP/diamond 3 (EFIAP/d3).
In 2016, at the “Summit of Photographers of Ex Yugoslavia” in Leskovac, he was awarded the “Tomin Šešir” award for outstanding merits for the development of photographic art in the former Yugoslavia, and in the same year FIAP awarded him the honorary title for Services Rendered (ESFIAP).
Between 2013 and 2018, he was the president of the Photographic Association of Slovenia (FZS).
Since 2014, he has been a director of the photographic center “Fotograd Negova”, an exhibition centre that was awarded the status of “FIAP Exhibition Centre” by FIAP in 2015.