William Schmidt

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -- William Schmidt

A Southeastern Louisiana University student photographer was honored at the 136th Annual Louisiana Press Association Convention held recently in Lake Charles for his work in the student-run newspaper “The Lion’s Roar.”

Two photographs by William Schmidt, the assistant editor of “The Lion’s Roar,” were awarded second and third place honors in the Best News Photo category.

Schmidt, a history graduate student from Hammond, submitted photos illustrating some of the many challenges facing higher education, a news release said. One of his winning images depicted a rally that took place last year at the Louisiana State Capitol in which students voiced their displeasure to funding cuts in higher education. The other photograph shows students participating in a protest of the Consuming Fire Ministries during that group’s assembly on Southeastern’s campus last September, an event that sparked discussion on the freedom of speech.

“It was an honor to be recognized by the LPA for my photos,” said Schmidt. “I was completely shocked when I first heard the news that my photos were moving forward in competition.

“I am glad that ‘The Lion’s Roar’ has given me the chance to gain photography skills and experience,” he said. “I hope to continue moving forward with my skill sets as I continue to work for the newspaper.”