Marison Bilagody captured the spring 2020 Drew Gyorke Memorial Photojournalism Award for his image of a woman adding a name to the Rialto nightclub marquee in downtown Tucson.
Madison McCormick finished second with a photo of a woman getting a tattoo, while Mackenzie Payton took third for her image of a cowboy teaching a child how to rope a calf.
The contest featured 12 student finalists from Professor Kim Newton’s JOUR 203 photography class. Their images will hang on the School of Journalism hallway wall in front of Newton’s office (Marshall 327) in the fall.
Drew Gyorke, an adventurer and aspiring photojournalist at UA, died his junior year in a May 2013 car accident.
The award, endowed by the Gyorke family, has recognized the best beginning photojournalism students since 2013. (Click HERE to see past winners).
Bilagody will receive $200, with McCormick getting $125 and Payton $75.
The other finalists were Lizette Arias, Paige Balota, Olivia Bryan, Hannah Cree, Brody Dryden, Sara Richards, Rina Saito, Cody Sinks and Parker Winn.