Billy Suratt

Mid-South Photojournalist (LEX/ATL/BNA)

Lexington, KY & Atlanta, GA, USA

Billy Suratt

Mid-South photojournalist and Kentucky writer. 20+ years experience covering stories of regional and national interest for publications large and small. Based in Lexington, KY, and Atlanta, GA, with additional focus on Nashville, TN.


Time Magazine: "Rick Santorum: His Life and Career in Photos"

Photo in gallery chronicling the Republican presidential hopeful's entire life and political career. Link to Story

Huffington Post: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) political photo

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Kentucky.
The Huffington Post Link to Story

Bloomberg: Rick Santorum presidential campaign photo

Political photo illustrating story on presidential campaign polling by Businessweek publisher Bloomberg.
Bloomberg Link to Story

Wall Street Journal: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) election day photo

Election day political campaign photo of Kentucky's newly-elected, Tea Party-backed junior senator.
The Wall Street Journal Link to Story

Time Magazine: Jack Conway & Rand Paul #KYSEN debate photo

Political debate photo from Kentucky's contentious 2010 U.S. Senate campaign. Link to Story

Time Magazine: Rand Paul Kentucky Senate campaign photo

Political photo illustrating story about the latest 2010 midterm election poll numbers. Link to Story

TIME Political Pictures of the Week, Feb. 18-24, 2012

My photo of GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum praying with his family at a Georgia church was chosen as one of TIME magazine's political pictures of the week for Feb. 18-24, 2012. Link to Story

Jerry Lee Lewis entertainment photo in Ekstra Bladet

Denmark's largest news website licensed one of my concert photos of "The Killer," Jerry Lee Lewis.
Ekstra Bladet Link to Story

Wall Street Journal: Rand Paul, Ron Paul & Geoff Davis photo

Tea Party star Rand Paul campaigns with his dad and Kentucky's 4th District congressman.
The Wall Street Journal Link to Story

Eesti Ekspress: Sports photo of Estonian NFL player Michael Roos

Photo of Estonia native Michael Roos in the Estonian newspaper Eesti Ekspress ("Estonian Express").
UPI Newspictures Link to Story

News Photographer magazine: Allan Detrich ethics scandal

Full-page photo illustrating story on disgraced Block News Alliance photojournalist Allan Detrich. Detrich resigned from the newspaper in disgrace after being caught violating journalistic ethics by digitally manipulating images. "News Photographer" magazine is the leading photojournalism industry trade publication, published monthly by the National Press Photographers Association.
News Photographer magazine Link to Story

Mennonite Weekly Review: Front page multiple photo spread

National newspaper ran multiple photo spread from aftermath of deadly auto accident in Kentucky. The photos appeared on the front page of the newspaper's print edition, inside the print edition and on the paper's website, helping Mennonite Weekly Review earn a best-in-class award of excellence from the Associated Church Press, the organization's most prestigious annual award for religious newspapers. Writer Carmen K. Sisson with whom I collaborated on the story also received an individual award of excellence for her news story.
Mennonite Weekly Review Link to Story


Billy Suratt

I'm a professional freelance photographer and journalist covering the Mid-South and beyond from a base in Southern Kentucky. I don't shoot for free and I don't sign work-for-hire photography contracts. Anything else you want? I'm your man.

You can contact me through my website at



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