Raymond Thompson is an artist, educator, and journalist based in Austin, TX. He is an incoming Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin. He has a MFA in photography from West Virginia University. He received his masters degree from The University of Texas at Austin in journalism and graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BA is American Studies. He received the 2020 Lenscratch Student Prize. He has worked as a freelance photographer for The New York Times, ACLU, Politico, NPR, The Nature Conservancy, The Intercept, NBC News, Propublica, WBEZ, Google, Merrell and the Associated Press.