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Full Frame: College photographer of the year


Full Frame features photo essays and conversations with photographers in the field.

Most of the 500-plus students from the 100 colleges and universities who enter the College Photographer of the Year competition hope to win a prize and to have their photographs recognized. But CPOY's greatest value is educational: it encourages photographers to sort through and evaluate their own work and assemble the best of it to show, both to peers and to the working professionals who donate their time to judge the contest.

Winning a contest does not make a photographer, but it can be a bellwether of talent. College Photographers of the Year have gone on to become outstanding professional photographers and leaders in the field of photojournalism — the list of alumni is long and prestigious.

— Rita Reed, director of College Photographer of the Year

Tim Hussin was named 2008 College Photographer of the Year. He won gold in the portfolio catergory, for which some of his submissions are shown above, and for the multimedia catergory. One of his entries in the Domestic Picture Story category was titled "Starting Over," also shown above. The essay, which won bronze, told the story of a Salt Lake City family whose uninsured home burned down.

His work on a community in the Bahamas that survives off collecting ocean sponges can be found here.

Hussin graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He will intern at National Geographic in the fall of 2009 and has previously interned at the Gainesville Sun, Monroe Evening News, Deseret News and Rocky Mountain News.  He is currently living in New York City interning with MediaStorm.

See the work of more photographers:

Edwin Koo: When peace deals break down

Khaled Hasan: Stone-crushing in Bangladesh

Beth Dow: In a secret garden

Zoriah: America at war

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