Randy Olson is a photographer in the documentary tradition. His work has taken him to 50 countries over the past 20 years. Even though he is published in LIFE, GEO, Smithsonian and other magazines, he has primarily worked on projects for the National Geographic Society.
Randy’s 30+ National Geographic projects have taken him to almost every continent. National Geographic Society published a book of his work in 2011 in their Masters of Photography series. Olson was the Magazine Photographer of the Year in the 2003 Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition, and was also awarded POYi’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1991—one of only two photographers to win in both media in the largest photojournalism contest operating continuously since World War II. Olson received his Masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas.
While working as a newspaper photographer at The Pittsburgh Press, Olson received an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship in 1995 to support a seven-year project documenting a family with AIDS, and a first place Robert F. Kennedy Award for his story on problems with Section 8 housing in 1991. He was also awarded the Nikon Sabbatical grant and a grant from the National Archives to save the Pictures of the Year collection.
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