FIRST PLACE: Cemetery Superintendent Mirza Nijemcevic stands with a shovel in a row of grassy, tree-lined graves at Evergreen Mortuary & Cemetery in Tucson, Ariz., on Friday, March 15, 2019. Bosnian-born Nijemcevic, a two-time survivor of brain cancer, says his main goal is "to take care of the families that choose us, and to take care of their loved ones."
Marisa Latzman captured first place in the spring 2019 Drew Gyorke Memorial Fund Photo Contest for her image of a cemetery superintendent.
Rebeca Moreno took second place with a photo of a young girl helping her family sell Girl Scout cookies, while Lexi Horsey finished third with an action shot of University of Arizona women's basketball star Aari McDonald.
The contest featured 12 student finalists from Professor
Kim Newton’s JOUR 203 photography class. Their images will hang later on the School of Journalism hallway wall in front of Newton’s office (Marshall 327).
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, recognizes the best beginning photojournalism students. (See
past winners and photos since 2013).
Latzman will receive $200, with Moreno getting $125 and Horsey $75.
The other finalists were:
Eissa Abbas, Luis Aguirre, Andrew Camacho, Claudio Cerrillo, Anika Pasilis, August Pearson, Jackson Peters, Marissa Ryan and Lauren Salgado.
Here are the other images:
SECOND PLACE: Melissa takes a stroll on University Boulevard on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. Melissa is helping her family sell Girl Scout Cookies. (Photograph by Rebeca Moreno)
THIRD PLACE: University of Arizona sophomore guard Aari Mcdonald goes up for a layup during their game against Pacificat Mckale Center on Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. The Wildcats won 64-48. (Photograph by Lexi Horsey)
Students Jackson Venkelasen (left) and Nolan Venkelasen perform outside Old Main for Chinese New Year in Tucson, Ariz. on Monday, Feb 4, 2019. (Photograph by Eissa Abbas)
University of Arizona third baseman Malia Martinez hits a double to right center field off of Oregon pitcher Jordan Dail on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Arizona won the game 8-3 and swept Oregon at Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson, Ariz. (Photograph by Luis Aguirre)
Al and Mary wait for the bus on North Fourth Avenue and East Sixth Street, in Tucson, Ariz. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Al was eating a blizzard and Mary was reading a book. (Photograph by Andrew Camacho)
University of Arizona's Lucia Alonso attempts a shot against UCLA's Lindsey Corsaro in Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The UA lost to UCLA 98-93 in triple overtime at McKale Center. (Photo by Claudio Cerrillo)
Kwadjo Walker, president of the Black Student Union at the University of Arizona, stands in front of the administration building in support of the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. The protest coincides with Black History Month and lasted over an hour. (Photographer Anika Pasilis)
Alexis DeLillo and Frankie Cimapa lead the Cienega High School Color Guard at the Vietnam War Commemoration Veterans Pinning Ceremony on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. The ceremony was held to honor Vietnam War Veterans from around the Tucson area. (Photograph by August Pearson)
Mario Burgos threads a needle in preparation of hemming a pair of pants on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. inside his tailoring shop, Mario the Tailor. Burgos has been working in his shop for over 30 years. (Photograph by Jackson Peters)
LIla the pug has her teeth examined during her check-up at the veterinarian office on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in Tucson, Ariz. She needs three teeth extracted. (Photograph by Marissa Ryan)
Amanda Falzone, 24, shows off a tapestry from the Hippie Gypsy store on North Fourth Avenue in Tucson, Ariz. on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Falzone has worked at the Hippie Gypsy store for half of a year as a store associate. (Photographed by Lauren Salgado)