The judge for this competition was Earl Warren, Jr.,
a native Hickman Countian and professional photographer. Earl became interested in photography began he discovered an unused
darkroom at Murray State. He and a few other students taught themselves to use the darkroom. The result? Earl became a stringer
for the Courier Journal as a student and the first university photographer at Murray State.
Earl worked as a staff photographer at the Tallahassee Democrat in Florida. He won numerous
awards from the AP, Florida Press Association, National Press Photographers Association and was nominated for a Pulitzer
He later became Chief Tennessee
Photographer and later served as the Governor's photographer. He was named Director of Photographic Services.
He left state government and became Director of Media Services at Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
Earl traveled with former governor
Lamar Alexander in his bid for president, logging thirty eight states and 8800 miles in 2 1/2 months.
Earl lives in South Fulton.
He writes short stories, produces radio feature and still shoots pictures.