About

Tristen Rouse is a documentary photographer and photo editor born and raised in rural southwest Missouri. He draws on those small-town roots to photograph topics surrounding politics, religion and culture. 

Tristen is currently a photo editor at The Columbia Missourian, a daily newspaper covering mid-Missouri. He previously interned at The Washington Post, where he worked as a photo editor on the national desk with the health and science team and as a photo editor on the Tokyo Olympics coverage team.

Tristen is also a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism, where in 2021 he previously graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism with a focus in photojournalism, a minor in political science and a provosts’ certificate in digital global studies. In 2020, he studied at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, having been selected for its international photography program. 

Photo by Madi Winfield

Memberships 

Awards

  • 2021: College Photographer of the Year, Documentary — Silver
  • 2021: College Photographer of the Year, General News — Silver
  • 2020: College Photographer of the Year, Sports Feature — Bronze
  • 2020: Hearst Photojournalism Competition — Semifinalist
  • 2020: Society of Environmental Journalists, Outstanding Student Reporting — Honorable Mention
  • 2020: Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best Sports Photo — First Place
  • 2020: Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best Sports Feature Photo — Honorable Mention
  • 2020: Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, Best Photo Package — First Place (staff award)
  • 2019: Associated Press Sports Editors Contest, Division D, Action Photo — Fifth Place
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