Eakin HowardBorn and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, I have been surrounded by the arts my whole life. Photography in particular has always been important in my family; my grandfather is a photographer and my mother minored in photography in college. It wasn’t long before I, too, expressed an interest in it as well.

I got my first camera for Christmas when I was fourteen and haven’t stop taking photographs since. I already had some experience prior to getting a camera. In eighth grade I took a yearbook class and loved it. From tenth through twelfth grade I took yearbook as well, being the chief editor in eleventh and twelfth. In high school, I worked for Legacy Studios shooting various high school events in Western North Carolina, photographed Foreigner twice, photographed both the Women’s March and March for Science in Asheville, NC and worked as the camp photographer for SOAR. I am currently a freshman majoring in photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and shoot sports for RIT SportsZone. Recently I was selected by the World Curling Federation to photograph the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships 2017 in St. Gallen, Switzerland as part of a Sports Media Trainee Program.

In the past six years, my photographs have appeared both on the web and in print. My work has been published on many different websites, including but not limited to Ocracoke Navigator, The Asheville Citizen-Times, Asheville Daily Planet, World Curling FederationRIT AthleticsRIT SportsZone, RIT NPPA, and in the Science Not Silence book. I placed third in the Action category of the Rocky Mountain School of Photography 2017 High School Photo Contest and Grand Prize, first and honorable mention in Sports, third in Portraits, fifth in Academics, and honorable mention in the Yearbookers in Action categories in the 2017 Jostens High School Photo Contest.

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