|I am a photojournalist living in Hoover, Ala., a southern suburb of Birmingham. In my current role as the staff photographer for Shelby County Newspapers, Inc., I produce visual material for a handful of newspapers and magazines covering central Alabama. I came to Alabama from Lawrence, Kan., where I graduated from journalism school and also worked for more than a year as a photographer and multimedia producer for the Lawrence Journal-World.|
In 2008/09, while attending journalism school at the University of Kansas, I was awarded third place by the Hearst Journalism Awards program for News/Sports and honored as a semifinalist for the nationwide shootout for work I did while working for the summer in Ethiopia. I twice placed in the top 20 the following year, when I was honored with seventh place in News/Sports and sixteenth place Feature/Portrait. At CPOY64 I was awarded two honorable mentions awards, one for International Picture Story for a story on the children of the Chinandega, Nicaragua landfill, and one for Portrait. That same project was later selected by photojournalism collective LUCEO as one of ten finalists for their student project award. At CPOY65 I won gold in sports feature for an image of a young mother holding her child at the Shelby County Speedway, and I also won third place in sports feature from the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar for a dejected soccer player holding his jersey over his face.
For 2010 I was awared two first-place awards and two-second place awards for photography in the Alabama Press Association competition in addition to leading the newspaper in being awarded Best Use of Photography in our category. Again in 2011 I was awarded four individual photography awards by the APA.
I came to Kansas for journalism school after living for the previous couple of years in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During my time in Ethiopia I discovered a passion for sharing stories through photographs, and I hope to return to the region sometime in the future to continue my work there. In addition to studying journalism, I also studied French at Kansas, with an emphasis on Francophone Africa.
In addition to my studies at Kansas, I have also attended the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Photography at the Summit Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
I am available for freelance photojournalism and multimedia assignments. Please contact me for more information at jonkgoering at gmail.com.