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Justin Fowler is a staff photographer at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and you can find him running around the cornfields covering life in and around the capital city.

Fowler, a native Kentuckian, found his love of photojournalism by accident at Western Kentucky University in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. While studying photojournalism and political science at WKU, Fowler interned at The Lexington Herald-Leader, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Naples (Fla.) Daily News and The State Journal-Register.

His work has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, Illinois Press Photographer Association, and National Press Photographers Association. He was also named Illinois Sports Photographer of the Year for 2010.