Two former Deseret News photo interns won several awards, including best portfolio, at a major collegiate competition this weekend.

Tim Hussin, a senior at the University of Florida, won accolades for best portfolio at the 63rd annual College Photographer of the Year competition, held at the University of Missouri. He also had a first-place finish for multimedia-individual still image/audio story or essay, second in the multimedia-individual video/mixed media story or essay category and third for documentary picture story.

Hussin worked as a Deseret News intern from January to May of this year. He plans to graduate in December and then complete an internship with National Geographic.

"I had no expectations," he said about winning. "So when I found out, I was pretty baffled." Hussin's winning portfolio included photos and videos he shot from inside the FLDS ranch in Texas. His photos and videos were featured on CNN and NBC's Today Show as an exclusive first look inside the FLDS ranch.

Another former Deseret News photo intern, Jenn Ackerman, an Ohio University student, also won several prizes. She won first place for feature photo, documentary picture story and multimedia project. She completed an internship with the Deseret News in the summer of 2007.

Judges said they reviewed 13,313 still images, 169 multimedia projects submitted by 566 student photographers from 121 colleges and universities in 13 different countries.

Hussin's and Ackerman's award-winning images can be viewed at