Something you may not know about Western Kentucky University, it has one of the most awarded photojournalism programs in the country. One former student has landed a very prestigious recognition for his work, an image that will appear on a USPS Forever stamp.

Justin Fowler is a native of Columbia and he studied photojournalism and political science at WKU. Following internships across the country, including at the Lexington-Herald Leader and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Fowler landed at the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois where he has been a photojournalist for the past eleven years.

The original assignment from which the Forever stamp image came from was a Monarch migration in 2015 and thousands were coming through on a property in Sangamon County. Fowler's image will be used on a Forever stamp collection called "Protect Pollinators".

Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register

The USPS receives about 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas each year but only 20-25 topics make the cut. Cool! More information about the collection and ordering can be found HERE.

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