In early January, Shannon Greene and his family moved to Chapel Hill searching for refuge after a house fire and a motorcycle accident left the family of four searching for somewhere to call home. While nothing has come easy, with a little help and a lot of faith, the Greene’s have found a new home and a renewed sense of hope.
Photographer John W. Adkisson, sophomore, recently finished 5th in the second round of the Hearst Photojournalism Awards. Adkisson, along with seven other finalists, will submit additional photos for a semi-final round of judging this May. Of those, six photojournalists will be chosen to compete in the program’s National Photojournalism Championships in San Francisco, along with winners in the writing and broadcast news competitions.
Behind the play of star forward Tyler Hansbrough, the Tar Heels enter ACC play unbeaten at 14-0 and on top of all the college basketball polls. The expectations were high when Hansbrough opted to return for the 2007-2008 season, and thus far, the junior hasn’t disappointed. He has seven consecutive 20-point games going into Sunday’s game against Clemson and is nearly averaging a double-double. Recently, the quintessential Big Man on Campus agreed to allow Carolina Photojournalism a glimpse into his life.
This November, “Chief” Henry Lambert died after a long battle with lung cancer. For more than five decades, Lambert posed for photographs with tourists at his roadside teepee in Cherokee, NC. To broaden his appeal with tourists, Lambert modeled his dress according to Hollywood stereotypes of Native Americans, donning full headdress, which is uncharacteristic of traditional Cherokee attire. But the job allowed him to support his family and he says he loved it. In his interactions with patrons, he became aware of the misconceptions that tourists held about Cherokee life, and, in his own way, became an ambassador for the tribe.
“I believe anyone ought to learn the heritage and keep it alive,” Lambert told Carolina Photojournalism last year. “In fact, I encourage all my kids and grandkids to learn about it. I’m sorry I don’t know most of it. If I could go back, I would learn the language in a heartbeat.”
Even as his health began to deteriorate, Lambert said he looked forward to work and couldn’t imagine quitting.
“I am proud of what I am. I am proud of what I do.”
Given that judging was so difficult, especially in the action category, we’ve decided to showcase more photos from the first annual Carolina Photojournalism Sports Workshop. While they didn’t receive any awards, these images made it to the final stages of judging and represent some fine work. Great workshop everybody.
The photojournalism department held its first annual sports workshop from November 2-4. The workshop paired students with accomplished professionals to cover Triangle sports ranging from high school football to professional hockey. Each student came out of the workshop with two sports packages and a new appreciation for the demands of sports photography. Click here to view the winners.
Special thanks to the following professionals, who dedicated their time, knowledge and even their gear to this year’s workshop: