Allen honored with spring 2024 Gyorke photojournalism award

April 30, 2024
Spring 24 Gyorke winners

Amelie Allen won the spring 2024 Drew Gyorke Memorial Photojournalism Award for her environmental portrait of Tucson artist Alanna Airitam.

Laine Kowalski took second place with a photo of stargazers at Sabino Canyon, while Josie Shivers took third place with a sports action photo taken at a high school softball game.

The award has recognized the best photojournalism work by students at the University of Arizona School of Journalism since 2013 and honors Drew Gyorke, an adventurer and aspiring photojournalist who died that year while attending the university. Find a list of past winners here.

This semester’s awardees were selected from a dozen student finalists in Professor Rick Wiley’s photojournalism class. 

All of the finalists’ photos are currently displayed on the third floor of the Louise Foucar Marshall Building. 

The award comes with cash prizes for the top three student finalists. 

Kim Newton, professor emeritus at the School of Journalism; Kelly Presnell, photojournalist at the Arizona Daily Star; and Mike Christy ('11), director of sports photography for Arizona Athletics, served as this semester’s judges. 

Find all of the student photos below: 

Allen Gyorke photo 2024

Tucson artist Alanna Airitam poses in front of a photo from her series, "The Golden Age."

Photo by Amelie Allen (1st Place)

Kowalski Gyorke photo 2024

Linda Murphy looks through a telescope at the "Stars Over Sabino" event at Sabino Canyon hosted by Mount Lemmon SkyCenter.

Photo by Laine Kowalski (2nd Place)

Shivers Gyorke photo 2024

Sahuaro High School faces Salpointe Catholic High School in a varsity softball game.

Photo by Josie Shivers (3rd Place)

Ryder Gyorke photo 2024

Students pose on the rooftop during sunset at The Pacific and Malibu apartments in Tucson.

Photo by Dani Ryder

Vidrio Gyorke photo

A stadium light illuminates Gate 6 of the historic Arizona Stadium at the University of Arizona.

Photo by Isabel Vidrio

Josie Shivers photo Gyorke 2024

Clair Shambro, Natalie Martin, and Kennedy Richardson relax on the grass in front of the Communications building at the University of Arizona.

Photo by Josie Shivers

Emily Beck Gyorke award photo 2024

A woman poses for a photo with a man and his boa constrictor at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair in Tucson.

Photo by Emily Beck

Griffen Engelberg Gyroke 2024 photo

Intramural sand volleyball player Neil Dessables attempts a mid-air bicycle kick at the University of Arizona Student Recreation Center.

Photo by Griffen Engelberg

Jason Hoefer Gyorke photo 2024

Tim Buckley, Myles Gallagher, Eric Ramirez, and Nico Abrugena play a pick-up basketball game in the South Recreation Center at the University of Arizona.

Photo by Jason Hoefer

Jones Gyorke photo 2024

First United Methodist Church and the Santa Catalina Mountains seen from the Tyndall parking garage at the University of Arizona.

Photo by Lauryn Jones

Beck photo Gyorke 2024

Dragisa Bijelic (Dougie Fresh) plays guitar near the Arizona State Museum.

Photo by Emily Beck

Phillips Gyorke photo 2024

The University of New Mexico baseball team stands for the Pledge of Allegiance at Hi Corbett Field during a game against the University of Arizona.

Photo by Chelsea Phillips