Emily Rhyne, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, is the winner of the Jimi Lott Scholarship.
“Following acceptance into UNC-Chapel Hill, I was selected to be a member of the Honors College based on my academic performance during my first semester. Within the journalism school, I was a producer for the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop project “Heart of the High Country,” which received an Honorable Mention in the 2013 College Photographer of the Year competition and is a student finalist in South by Southwest Interactive Film Festival. Additionally, I was selected as the 2013 Runner-up Student Photographer of the Year for the North Carolina Press Photographers Association, placing 2nd in Feature Picture Story and 3rd for Short-term Multimedia. I am currently an intern at The Herald-Sun in Durham, NC.”
“People, photography, writing, intentionality, spontaneity. Until last year, this is all I knew about what I wanted my future career to encapsulate. In recent times, I have found that life within photojournalism. Thus far, I’ve interned with a nonprofit, local business, and am currently with a local paper, The Herald-Sun. Through these experiences I’ve found that my niche is 100% with daily newspapers. In the next several years, I hope to gain more experience at newspapers across the country, learning more about the industry I love and how I can do the most good within it. My ultimate career goal is to be a photojournalist at The Los Angeles Times; I believe in and admire the work their staff produces, particularly their longterm documentary projects. Working at a metropolitan paper has a number of advantages, such as having a large platform to share work and the flexibility to pursue the stories and projects that matter the most to me. Over the years, I have discovered that I love telling the stories of youth and how the pressing issues of our time affect the most vulnerable. Yet, while I have these goals, I am adaptable to change. Stories can change in the blink of an eye, and I’m willing to go anywhere in the world to tell a story that I believe needs to be told.”
All images in this portfolio are copyright Emily Rhyne and are used here by permission. No picture may be used elsewhere without her permission.
Single pictures not part of a story.
I produced this piece during the 2013 Carolina Photojournalism Workshop. It was a part of the larger project, “Heart of the High Country,” which highlighted some stories from North Carolina’s mountain town of Banner Elk.