Times photo intern wins international awards
Loren Elliott, 25, a master's candidate in photojournalism at the University of Missouri, is on a year-long photo internship at the Tampa Bay Times. He recently won two international awards in the University of Missouri's renowned College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) contest. Click on the gallery to see the award-winning images, as well as photos he has taken on his internship.
An Intern Reflection
I’m a photo intern at the Tampa Bay Times. Those with more experience than me have described being intern as a sprint, whereas being a staffer is more akin to a marathon. While I can’t yet speak to the latter portion of the analogy, I can certainly identify with the sprint.
As an intern, I’m provided with learning opportunities on a daily basis. My editors trust me to perform as a staffer would, and I do my best to achieve that. In the process, I’m put in situations that push me. Whether I’m a few feet in front of Florida football coach Jim McElwain after clinching the SEC East or inside a high-security prison for a one-on-one portrait session with a controversial inmate, my bosses put me on challenging assignments.
Challenging assignments are undoubtedly the most rewarding. It is easy to fall into a comfort zone, shooting what comes to you most naturally. I think that’s when learning slows. I’m guilty of this myself, having found a groove with daily sports photography. For this reason, I’m now pushing myself to dive into issues-based projects as football season winds down.
An internship should be the best chance you’ll ever have to try on a whole lot of hats and explore your broader passion for photojournalism, in hopes of uncovering where your future areas of specialization will lie. Having the chance to do that exploration with support and guidance is the essence of a quality intern experience.
- Loren Elliott