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Larsh Bristol Memorial Award in Photojournalism

The Department of Communication and Journalism seeks proposals from students for a $5,000 stipend that is dedicated to the memory of Larsh Bristol.

The stipend will be awarded through a competitive process that is open to all students at UW. The guidelines for the proposals are quite broad because the benefactors who endowed the fund wish to be able to attract proposals that will include a diversity of interests.

The stipend is funded in the memory of Larsh Bristol. Larsh is a UW graduate in Photojournalism who worked at a number of Wyoming newspapers after graduation before finally setting in his home area of Northeast Iowa. He earned a strong reputation for chronicling life along the upper Mississippi and for his photographic portrayals of human emotion.

Following Larsh's interest in Photojournalism, the basic guidelines for the project are:

  1. The project must focus on some aspect of photojournalism, whether it be a documentary, a research study, a compilation, etc. The project must culminate in a gallery show at its conclusion.
  2. The project should take place between Summer 2009 and Spring 2010. Ideally the project will be a one-semester endeavor, but it can span more than one semester.
  3. All UW students, both undergraduate and graduate, are eligible.
  4. The stipend can be used for a wide variety of purposes including tuition, travel, equipment, living expenses, etc.
  5. All proposals will be judged in a competitive process, and the recipient of the award will be notified in mid-April.


Proposals should be submitted to Ken Smith, Dept. of Communication and Journalism, University of Wyoming. Proposals should include the following:

  • A description of the project.
  • A budget that provides some indication of how the funds will be used.
  • A description of the type of work that will be displayed at the gallery show upon culmination of the project.

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