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 has interned at The Washington Post photo editing for the national desk. While at The Post, he worked with the health and science team, the politics team and the Tokyo Olympics coverage team. Prior to that, Tristen worked at The Columbia Missourian, a daily newspaper covering mid-Missouri. While at The Missourian, he worked as a general assignment photographer, as a photographer on the state capitol coverage team and as a photo editor on the investigations and special projects teams.

Tristen is also a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism, pursuing a Master of Arts in Journalism with a focus in photojournalism and photo editing. 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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