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ACU student, photographer makes Top 20 in national photojournalism contest



ABILENE, TX — Abilene Christian University announced Thursday one of its students, who is also a photographer for the university’s student newspaper, placed in the Top 20 in a photojournalism contest.

According to an ACU press release, David Mitchell, a senior psychology major placed 18th nationally in the 2020 Photojournalism Championship, part of the Hearst Journalism Awards competition.

“The Hearst Awards are the most distinguished college media awards in the country because they draw entries from the largest journalism programs,” Dr. Kenneth Pybus, associate professor, said.

The images Mitchell submitted included ACU sports coverage and one from the university’s 2019 Summit and 2020 Sing Song events, according to the release.

“I went on trips in my childhood and liked taking pictures,” Mitchell said in the release.

Mitchell joined a photography club in high school, but has not taken formal classes and has honed his technique through practice and watching online videos.

He will be graduating in May 2021.