Texas Tech University

College of Media & Communication Student Named Finalist in Photo Competition

Aleesa Ross

March 10, 2016

Justin Rex has worked for The Daily Toreador and La Ventana.

Candlelight Vigil
Photo courtesy:
Justin Rex Photography

Justin Rex, a junior electronic media and communications major in the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication, was named a finalist in Photographer's Forum's 36th annual College & High School Photography Contest.

Rex's entry photo captures a candlelight vigil at Memorial Circle on Nov. 18, held by the Texas Tech French Club for the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. It was taken while he was on assignment for The Daily Toreador, the on-campus student newspaper. 

“I learned about this competition while still in community college and had a finalist photo in last year's competition as well,” Rex said. “With that experience I chose to enter three photos this year because I thought they were well suited for the competition.”

Andrea Watson, an assistant director and media adviser with Texas Tech student media, said Rex's work has been a valuable asset for both The Daily Toreador and La Ventana, Texas Tech's yearbook.

“As a photographer for The Daily Toreador and La Ventana, Justin showed he has a great eye for capturing unique images at any type of event, and his candlelight vigil photo is a great example of that,” Watson said. “This will certainly be a nice resume builder for him.”

A native of Houston, Rex was inspired to pursue a career in photography after viewing the work of Tim Hetherington, a British photojournalist who documented the war in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2010.

“I was a senior in high school in early 2011 when I first saw his photos before he unfortunately died several months later in Libya,” Rex said. “Since then, I have closely followed other photographers, but something about his images resonated with me and helped inspire me to pursue a career in photojournalism.”