Sir David Attenborough will receive IBC’s International Honour for Excellence at this year’s trade show.

It is the highest award bestowed by IBC and is given to individuals and organisations who have taken the best technology available to create “the finest broadcasting content”.

“Sir David Attenborough has been called ‘the greatest broadcaster of our time’, and throughout his career he has seized upon the latest developments in technology to illuminate natural history,” said chairman of the IBC Council Peter Owen.

“Working with the BBC Natural History Unit he pioneered time-lapse sequences in The Private Life of Plants and low-light and infrared cameras to capture the behaviour of nocturnal mammals.

“Today he is working with Atlantic Productions on stunning 3D programmes, including Flying Monsters, the first 3D programme to win a BAFTA Award.”

“When I started this was 16mm film, which gave us lightweight cameras to take into the wild,” said Sir David.

“Since then my journey has taken me from black and white to colour and from film to digital high definition, and today I am excited to be involved in 3D production, which really immerses the viewer in the scene.”

The IBC Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday 11 September in the RAI Auditorium at 18:30.