Bilagody captures spring Gyorke photo award

May 4, 2020


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Marison Bilagody and Drew Gyorke
Marison Bilagody and Drew Gyorke

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.

The Images

Rialto marquee
Photo by Marison Bilagody
FIRST PLACE: Rebekah Bedzyk changes the letters for the Rialto Theatre's marquee on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz. The Rialto hosted the Black Label Society, a heavy metal band, Wednesday night.
Tattoo shop
Photo by Madison McCormick
SECOND PLACE: Joel, a tattoo artist, does a tattoo on a customer, Daphnee, on Monday, March 5, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz. Joel works at Sacred Art Tattoo, 315 N. Fourth Avenue.
Calf being roped
Photo by Mackenzie Payton
THIRD PLACE: Gerardo Estrada, 22, teaches Rowdy McNolty, 6, how to rope a cow on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2020 in Cave Creek, Ariz. Estrada, a working cowboy, has been riding horses and roping since he was 6-years-old.
Gem show
Photo by Lizette Arias
Ttashi Zompa, right, and Alex Garcia, left, have a conversation after they attend a customer at their Stone Room tent at the Kino Sports Complex Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson, Ariz., Sunday, Feb. 9. 2020. Zompa is the owner of the Stone Room located in Albany, Calif. where they sell crystals, rocks, minerals, and fossils from all over the world.
Getting nails done
Photo by Paige Balota
Tina Le works on her client, Isabel Diamond’s nails at Gelish Nail Salon in Tucson, Ariz., on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Diamond is in for her monthly visit after work.
Inside UA Architecture building
Photo by Olivia Bryan
Johnathan Aglam speaks on the phone in the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Johnathan is graduating in May and will pursue a master’s degree in landscape architecture.
Photo by Hannah Cree
Sarah Courtney (pictured in red) teaches a contemporary dance class to Arbor Dance Company on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Ariz. Courtney is a freshman this year.
Ben's Bells project
Photo by Brody Dryden
Alex Sandoval crafts clay shapes for Ben’s Bells Project at Main Gate Square on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. Sandoval is a volunteer at Ben’s Bells, an organization whose mission is to spread kindness throughout Southern Arizona.
Construction worker directs traffic.
Photo by Sara Richards
Pablo Balderdash directs traffic in front of the Manzanita-Mohave dorm on the University of Arizona campus on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz. Balderdash, 42, has been working in construction for the last three years.
Falling asleep in library
Photo by Rina Saito
Shola Makany views her phone in the library at the University of Arizona, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz. Makany, a student at the University of Arizona, came from France.
Discussing politics at University Main Gate
Photo by Cody Sinks
Paul Murphy (left) and Kyle Hughes (right) discuss politics at the University of Arizona on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz. Murphy and Kyle were collecting signatures in support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Reid Park Zoo Asian Lantern Festival
Photo by Parker Winn
A couple walks through the display of lights at Reid Park Zoo during the Asian Lantern Festival on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Tucson, Ariz. The festival includes over 400 lanterns inspired by Asian arts and culture.