Judy Olausen (’62) received the Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award for 2015. The award, selected by the WHS Student Council, recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to their community, profession and/or the nation.
Olausen, a world-renowned and New York Times best-selling photojournalist, entered the University of Minnesota planning to study architecture. When a class she planned to take was full, she substituted a course in photojournalism, which changed the course of her career and her life.
Judy started her career as a photojournalist for the Minneapolis Tribune and traveled the world taking photos during her vacation time. In 1981, the Hasselblad Foundation named Olausen one of the 10 best photographers in the world – a title she shares with household names like Ansel Adams.
Olausen shared her message of finding and pursuing your passion with WHS students at her recognition ceremony in early December. “Pay attention to what you like to do,” she advised. “The old saying is true: Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life."
WHS Student Body President Eva Petterson presents Judy Olausen with the Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award.