Ewing wins spring 2021 Gyorke photo contest

May 4, 2021
Ballet dancer and teacher

FIRST PLACE: Danielle Harnsberger, left, teaches an advanced ballet class at St. Odelia's Catholic Church on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. Harnsberger graduated from the University of Arizona in 2020 with a major in dance and began teaching ballet soon after.

Photo by Kate Ewing


Kate Ewing captured the spring 2021 Drew Gyorke Memorial Photojournalism Award for her image of a ballet teacher and dancer.

Sophia Heemsbergen finished second with a photo of people arguing over a cigarette near downtown, while Sohi Kang took third for her silhouette image of a man waiting for a bus in the snow.

The contest featured 12 student finalists from Professor Kim Newton’s JOUR 203 photography class at the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

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.)

Ewing will receive $175, with Heemsbergen getting $125 and Kang $75.

The other finalists were Abdulwahab Alhuraiti, Jordan Chin, Alexzandria Martinez, Mariah Martinez, Celeste Mendoza, Pouria Mostafizi, Melissa Nappi, Jesse Riley-Enriquez and Robert Shupryt.

People around a bench

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Sophia Heemsbergen

Photo by Sophia Heemsbergen

SECOND PLACE: Dawson Hartkopf, Cale Slayton and Sammy Earling argue over a cigarette in front of the Coronado Hotel Apartments on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. The group of men are traveling along the West Coast for sightseeing pleasure.

Waiting for a bus

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Sohi Kang

Photo by Sohi Kang

THIRD PLACE: Antron Brown waits at the Kenosha Transit bus stop on Seventh Avenue and 54th Street in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. The county was under a winter storm warning until noon Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

People with signs

Photo by Abdulwahab Alhuraiti

Rose and Frank holding protest-signs in front of 190 W Congress St., Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday, April. 1, 2021. Rose and Frank were showing the signs to the cars.

Gov. Doug Ducey

Photo by Jordan Chin

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (Right) addresses the media about COVID-19 at a press conference at the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Dr. Richard Carmona (left), Dr. Cara Christ (middle) and UA president Robert Robbins (right) stand in the background.

Street musicians

Photo by Alexzandria Martinez

Autumn, left, and Johnathan, right, are musicians in Tucson, Ariz. The couple were playing in the evening at Baccio's Italian restaurant on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.

Farmer's market

Photo by Mariah Martinez

Barbara Jeanne, 68, and Laura Moeller, 63, conversing at the St. Philip's Plaza Farmers Market on Sunday, March 28, 2021 in Tucson, Ariz. Jeanne started making hand-cranked socks as a hobby while her husband stays busy with his hobby, golfing. Jeanne is at the farmers market every Saturday and Sunday with plenty of fun and comfy socks stocked at all times while she continues to create more at the same time.

COVID-19 vaccination pod

Photo by Celeste Mendoza

Rachel Rosen (left), 22, a volunteer at the Vaccination POD at the University of Arizona, helps patient, Maria Leon (right), 46, check in for her first vaccination dose against COVID-19 on Monday, March 29, 2021. All patients will receive Pfizer vaccines at the Vaccination POD on campus.


Pouria Mostafizi

Ruben, 28, a local Barber gives a haircut to Nick, 20, at the G's Barbershop on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Tucson, Ariz. Ruben, a Barber of almost 6 years originally began as an apprentice at the shop when he started in 2013.

Woman in front of flag

Photo by Melissa Nappi

Joanne Domine, 85, checks on her American flag and waters her winter plant late in the afternoon in Gilbert, Ariz. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. She takes pride in displaying her American pride.

Woman surrounded by books

Photo by Jesse Riley-Enriquez

Kimberley Reilly, a mental health crisis specialist for Community Health Associates, sits as her desk at her home in Tucson, Ariz. on Friday, March 12, 2021, where she does her case documentation. Reilly has intentionally cultivated a regenerative space where she can return and recharge in between work calls so that she can better assist the people she encounters.


Photo by Robert Shupryt

Nate Judkins skates around a halfpipe at Northwest Modular Skatepark on Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Albuquerque, N.M. Judkins is a local Albuquerque skateboard enthusiast.