Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award

The Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award was created in 2010 to honor Cronkite alumnus and photojournalist Greg Crowder.

Greg Crowder, a 1980 graduate and longtime photojournalist at The Riverside Press-Enterprise in California, passed away in 2005. While a student at ASU, he worked for The State Press, ASU’s independent student newspaper, and interned at The Arizona Republic.

His parents, Troy and Betsy Crowder of Chandler, Arizona, established the Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award and an endowment at the Cronkite School to honor the life and spirit of their late son.

Each year’s winners are selected by a committee of Cronkite School faculty and professional photojournalists.

The winner of the annual award receives a $1,000 prize, and his or her photos are exhibited at the Cronkite School for a year. Up to three finalists also are honored at an annual reception in September.

2021 Crowder Award Honorees
Winner: Alberto Mariani
Second Place: Marlee Smith
Honorable Mention: Samantha Chow

2021Crowder Award Judges
Kristin Gilger, senior associate dean, Cronkite School
Con Keyes, former photography editor, Los Angeles Times
Mark Morris, former senior editor/multimedia, Sacramento Bee

How to apply for the Crowder Award

Submissions for the annual Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award Contest will open in spring.

Entry requirements:

  • Submit six to eight photographs that show a range of abilities and subjects. Photos may include breaking news, portraits, features and sports.
  • Photos must have been taken between April 15, 2016 and April 15, 2017. Photos do not have to be published.
  • Provide a CD or a URL with your photos.
  • Provide a complete caption for each photo submitted.
  • Photos may not be altered digitally, except as allowed under the Society of Professional Journalists ethics standards.
  • The contest is open to all Cronkite students who have taken at least six journalism credits.

The winning photographer will receive a $1,000 award, and his or her work will be prominently displayed in the Cronkite School for a year. Honorable mentions are awarded at the discretion of the judges.

The winners of the contest will be announced before the end of the spring semester, and a reception to honor the winners will be held at the beginning of the fall semester.

Questions? Contact Associate Dean Kristin Gilger at 602.496.9448 or

Crowder award honorees

2020 Winner: Brady Klain
Second Place: Harrison Zhang
Honorable Mention: Marlee Smith

2019 Winner: Nicholas Badders
Second Place: Anya Magnuson
Honorable Mention: Ellen O’Brien

2018 Winner: Nicole Neri
Second Place: Ben Moffat
Honorable Mentions: Anya Magnuson and Megan Janetsky

2017 Winner: Courtney Pedroza
Second Place: Ben Moffat
Honorable Mention: Reilly Kneedler

2016 Winner: Courtney Pedroza
Second Place: Reilly Kneedler
Honorable Mention: Ben Moffat

2015 Winner: Dominic Valente
Second Place: Sean Logan
Honorable Mention: Carla Leon
Honorable Mention: Ben Moffat

2014 Winner: Connor Radnovich
Second Place: Carla Leon
Honorable Mention: Adrian Borunda
Honorable Mention: Cierra Eubank

2013 Winner: Danielle Gregory
Honorable Mention: Peter Haden
Honorable Mention: Diana Lustig
Honorable Mention: Cydney McFarland

2012 Winner: Aaron Lavinsky
Honorable Mention: Blake Wilson
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Snyder
Honorable Mention: Duyen Tran

2011 Winner: Molly J. Smith
Honorable Mention: Michel Duarte
Honorable Mention: Lauren Hillhouse
Honorable Mention: Stephanie Snyder

2010 Winner: Damien Maloney
Honorable Mention: Kara Horowitz
Honorable Mention: Matt Pavelek
Honorable Mention: Branden Eastwood