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Published October 16, 2019
Photojournalism depicting Wyoming’s natural wonders will be on display this month at the University of Wyoming, highlighting some of the work made possible through the Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship.
The fellowship is awarded each year by the UW Department of Communication and Journalism.
A reception is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Room 442 of Ross Hall and is open to the public. The photographs will be in the hallways near the reception area.
“These photojournalism projects showcase two ecological themes that are important to the Rocky Mountain region: forest fire recovery and insect pollinators,” says Cindy Price Schultz, UW Department of Communication and Journalism chair. “We are very thankful to the donors who make these projects possible. These are an amazing learning opportunity for the winners as well as all of us who look at their displays.”
The exhibition in Ross Hall will feature work by the two 2019 fellowship winners, both UW students: Christina DeLong, from Etna, and Michael Gjellum, of Erie, Colo. DeLong’s project highlights insects native to Wyoming and explores their role in the ecosystem. Gjellum’s project documents forest renewal in the aftermath of a wildfire. Both completed their fellowships during summer 2019.
The fellowship’s namesake, Larsh Bristol, was a UW journalism graduate who worked at a number of Wyoming newspapers after his graduation. He earned a strong reputation for chronicling life along the upper Mississippi and for his photographic portrayals of human emotion. The Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship was started in 2008 to commemorate the life and work of Bristol, who died in 2006.
Recipients of the Larsh Bristol Photojournalism Fellowship have been documenting the people, wildlife and culture of the state since 2008 when the fellowship’s first recipient, Joe Riis, took up his camera and captured Wyoming’s pronghorn as they migrated across the state. Riis is now a wildlife photographer for National Geographic magazine and a photography fellow.
For more information about the reception, the display or the fellowship, email Price Schultz at email@example.com.