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CWU Student Photographer Snaps Win in National Competition

Central Washington University student photographer Zahn Schultz won first and third place"Gateway to the South" in the 2018 College Media Shoot-out in Louisville, Kentucky. His first-place photo was ranked first by 12 of the 39 professional photographers, more than any single image in the last decade.

“We are really proud of our students,” said Francesco Somaini, journalism professor and associate chair of the communication studies department. “The results that they achieve demonstrate how much effort they put into what they do and how good they become at the things they are learning here at Central.”

Schultz captured the winning photograph while walking in Louisville on a Thursday night. He witnessed a massive Trump float traveling down a sparsely populated street. On the float were people waving and holding signs while a man stood in the forefront waving a flag.

“We’re walking around downtown checking it out and started hearing this patriotic music playing,” Schultz said. “I had to get this because it just felt like it resonated with the competition theme, ‘Gateway to the South.’

Schultz, a film major and PULSE Magazine’s director of photography, attended the Associated College Press (ACP) national convention along with other PULSE staff. About 30 photographers competed in the competition, where each could submit two photos for judging.

His second entry, “Barbershop,” earned Schultz third place.

Schultz expressed his appreciation for the barbershop in contrast to the Trump float image.

“It showed that Louisville had a tight-knit sense of community and that the people know each other and you’re bringing people together—which is kind of a juxtaposition sometimes to some of the rhetoric that goes along with you know the political aspect of the other photo,” he said.

His new barbershop friends asked Schultz to send them copies of the next issue of PULSE where their photo is featured. Schultz said he was happy to oblige.

“If I wasn’t into taking photos, I wouldn’t have half the friends I have now,” admitted Schultz. And wouldn’t have had this experience and been able to meet John and everybody else in the barbershop.”

PULSE Fall 2018, Issue Two is now available featuring an article and photographs by Schultz.

For more information about PULSE, contact faculty adviser Jennifer Green at, 509-963-3216.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,