Arden Barnes is a photojournalist based in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Barnes spent summer 2019 interning at the Sacramento Bee in Sacramento, California.

She was one of the first Reinke Grant for Visual Storytelling recipients, allowing her to spend the summer of 2018 participating in Boyd's Station 306.36 Visual Documentary Project. For this project, she spent 12 weeks documenting the people and culture in Harrison County, Kentucky while participating in weekly critiques with renowned photojournalists and documentary photographers. Her work is now part of an archive showing the 306.36 square miles of Harrison County. 

She actively works as a staff photographer at the University of Kentucky's independent student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. While at the UK, Barnes was awarded the Jonathan Krueger Memorial scholarship. She will graduate from the university in May 2020. 

In 2018, Barnes was the National Press Photographer's Association Student Clip Contest Photographer of the Year runner up. She also placed 7th for her portfolio in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Photojournalism competition. She has won numerous awards with the Kentucky News Photographers Association (KNPA), including Student Photographer of the Year runner-up in 2018 . 

Barnes can be contacted at (859) 608-9015 or

Using Format