913-626-6881James Wooldridge is a Great Plains visual storyteller. Driven by curiosity, he is determined to push his visual storytelling in new directions while learning about the world.
Raised in Kansas City, James recently graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a focus on photo and video journalism. Last summer he returned home to intern at the Kansas City Star, where he focused on video. He has also been a photo intern at the Palm Beach Post, Deseret News, the Colorado Springs Gazette and the Lincoln Journal Star. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Agence France-Presse, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Hail Varsity Magazine, ESPN and the Austin American-Statesman.
James was a photographer and videographer for WoundsOfWhiteclay.com, winner of the 2017 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights College Journalism award. This team project was the first college entry ever to be bestowed the Grand Prize over other categories. James placed third in Hearst Photojournalism 2019. His awards of 3rd, 7th and 10th place in Hearst Team Multimedia competitions demonstrate one of his biggest strengths: collaboration. He placed in CPOY 72 for his Feature Photo and Domestic Picture Story. He also wrote two Sunday centerpiece stories for the Lincoln Journal Star and helped the Deseret News team start using their new drone in line with FAA regulations.
More recently, James has tried his hand at street photography. He has used the sparse streets of Lincoln as a backdrop for themes of isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 crisis. Some of this work can be seen on Instagram.
Coffee in hand, James spends his free time spinning new music, rock climbing and chasing light.