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In this week's #TuesdayTop10, we remember and celebrate the 10 photojournalists who won Work+Family Excellence Awards last year

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This project depicts my father at his place of work and shows the connection that he maintains with the rest of the family through phone and also through the photos and paintings of family members that line the walls of the office. Each of the photos depicting my father with pictures in the background include members of the family. The one of him at the window shows me and my brother, the one of him at his desk shows my mother in the background, and the one of him on the couch shows an older relative in the painting. I feel the strongest of these pictures is the one of him on the couch with the chairs in the foreground. This one has the strongest composition and makes the best use of the space in his office to create a compelling image, it also features the painting of the woman who is a family member hanging right above his head. Photo by Jordan Langmore. Selected for Work+Family archive.

This project depicts my father at his place of work and shows the connection that he maintains with the rest of the family through phone and also through the photos and paintings of family members that line the walls of the office. Each of the photos depicting my father with pictures in the background include members of the family. The one of him at the window shows me and my brother, the one of him at his desk shows my mother in the background, and the one of him on the couch shows an older relative in the painting. I feel the strongest of these pictures is the one of him on the couch with the chairs in the foreground. This one has the strongest composition and makes the best use of the space in his office to create a compelling image, it also features the painting of the woman who is a family member hanging right above his head. Photo by Jordan Langmore. Selected for Work+Family archive.

This project depicts my father at his place of work and shows the connection that he maintains with the rest of the family through phone and also through the photos and paintings of family members that line the walls of the office. Each of the photos depicting my father with pictures in the background include members of the family. The one of him at the window shows me and my brother, the one of him at his desk shows my mother in the background, and the one of him on the couch shows an older relative in the painting. I feel the strongest of these pictures is the one of him on the couch with the chairs in the foreground. This one has the strongest composition and makes the best use of the space in his office to create a compelling image, it also features the painting of the woman who is a family member hanging right above his head. Photo by Jordan Langmore. Selected for Work+Family archive.


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As the 2017-2018 photojournalism class starts its work on the Work+Family Project, we take a look back at last year’s award-winning work by the 2016-2017 photojournalism classes. On this Tuesday of Spring Break, we devote our #TuesdayTop10 to celebrating the 10 Excellence Award winners from last year and the 25 student photographers (plus Mr. Winter) whose images were included in the Work+Family archives where they will be considered for Work+Family publications, exhibits and promotional materials.

Molly Bankenship’s image was the most decorated of last year’s collection. It was chosen to be included in the national travelling exhibit that debuted at Framingham State University in Massachusetts last December.

“This project made me realize that in life, and especially in my house personally, work and family will inevitably collide with one another,” Blankenship said. “Each family has to learn to adjust and live with it, to let both work and family shine through individually.”

This project made me realize that in life, and especially in my house personally, work and family will inevitably collide with one another. Each family has to learn to adjust and live with it, to let both work and family shine through individually.”

— Molly Blankenship

Professional photojournalist Catalin Abagiu gave a positive evaluation of the class’s work.

“I met some promising photographers in Mr. Winter’s classes,” Abagiu said. “I am really glad that so many of them are being recognized by Work+Family.”

This year’s classes will have to bring their A game to match last year’s results.  In February, they met with their professional photographer/mentor Brandon Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux introduced the project and shared his own experience and images covering immigration in Texas and the culture of the Mississippi Delta.

“Photography for me is all about building relationships,” Thibodeaux said. “It’s also a vehicle for exploring the world around you, places you wouldn’t otherwise experience.”

Photoj students will be submitting their first images for the Work + Family project the week they return from spring break.

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