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Picture Perfect

A student walks on BYU campus carrying a red umbrella. The mountains behind her are foggy, and the photo is framed by trees with red and yellow leaves.
Photo by Matthew Norton

As the morning breaks over a foggy campus, the scent of fresh rain wafts through autumn-kissed trees to where Matthew L. Norton (’24) waits with his camera. When the sun lights up the sky, Norton captures an image that would claim fourth in the student division of the 2022 competition for the University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA).

BYU student photographers have swept the UPAA student category for years, so Norton’s success comes as no surprise. Under the mentorship of university photographers, students like Norton get hands-on training. “It’s a lot of practice,” Norton says. “And every once in a while, it comes together just as you hope.”

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