©Stacy Pearsall

©Stacy Pearsall

In 2010, I enlisted in the Marine Corps intent on becoming a photographer. It worked out, and for five years I traveled around the world working for Combat Camera. The last year of my enlistment I spent evenings and weekends photographing community events and high school sports, after which I was hired as the senior photographer for a nearby paper, The New Bern Sun Journal. While there I went on to win several North Carolina Press Association Awards for my sports images, including sports action and photo essays.


As my career progressed I came to realize that I had to expand my skillset as a visual storyteller. Wanting to develop my understanding of the craft and learn about video, I applied to Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. I was accepted, and in the Summer of 2017, began my studies at Syracuse University.


Since arriving, I’ve discovered I’m drawn to topics that revolved around hard work, dedication and commitment at the highest levels. To explore the process and the result of such perseverance, I work as a staff photographer at The Daily Orange, photographing sports, news and portraits, contribute to The Newhouse, photographing music and sports; and intern at the Syracuse University Athletics Department, photographing games, practices and behind-the-scenes lives of athletes during game day.

Exhibition and Awards

2016 – Summit Sports Photography Workshop Recognition

2016 – 1st Place, sports, North Carolina Press Association

2016 – 2nd Place, sports, North Carolina Press Association

2016 – 2nd Place, sports photo essay, North Carolina Press Association

2017 – 2nd Place, sports photo illustration, North Carolina Press Association

2017 – 3rd Place, sports, North Carolina Press Association

2017 – Light Work Newhouse Photo Annual (exhibition)

2018 – Photo District News 2018 Photo Annual (one of 11 students nationwide selected for publication)


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