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Crowder Award Winners

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication will accept submissions for the 12th annual Greg Crowder Memorial Photojournalism Award Contest during March and April 2021. The winner will receive recognition for his/her photography, which will be displayed in the Cronkite building for a year. The winner will also receive a $1,000 award.

A panel of professional judges will award first- and second-place prizes. The winners will be notified during the summer of 2021. They will then be recognized at a reception to be held early fall 2021.


  • The contest is open to all Cronkite students who have taken at least six journalism credits.
  • Students must 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, 2020 and April 15, 2021. Photos do not have to be published.
  • Provide a complete caption for each photo submitted.
  • Photos may not be altered digitally, except as allowed under the Associated Press Code of Ethics for Photojournalists..
  • Students who have placed first in the contest are not eligible to enter again.

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