Winona State junior wins First annual Guldan Scholarship

Katherine (Katie) Derus won this year’s first Guldan Scholarship. Here is a brief comment from our winner:

I am a photojournalism major and a junior at Winona State University in Winona, Minn, but I am from Milwaukee, Wis. I also work “part time” at the Winona Daily News as a staff photographer, though I’m pretty sure it feels like full time work. It is the best job in the world for me right now because I get paid to do what I love: take pictures. In what little free time I have left I play rugby for Winona State. There isn’t much I don’t like to photograph, but I really enjoy photographing kids because they always give the most genuine smiles and reactions. I also love photographing football, but all sports are really fun. In general I like finding great shots out of something normally uninteresting or not already news, like little kids riding bikes on the first nice day of spring. Ultimately I like photographing people  Dale Guldan was a gifted photographer, creating images that informed, inspired and entertained. The camera was his means of expression, his medium for conveying the stories he saw and the passion he felt. His work was honored with countless awards, including winning the Wisconsin News Photographer of the Year title four years in a row.

Dale’s contributions to the photojournalism community continue through The Dale Guldan Memorial Scholarship. This $500 scholarship will be awarded to a student currently enrolled in a Wisconsin college or university and is studying photography. The purpose of this scholarship is to reward students who are dedicated to the art of photography and/or photojournalism.

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