2019 Photo of the Year finalists

Sept. 20, 2019

From 798 images submitted by collegiate photographers from 37 states and Canada, judges selected 50 finalists in the Associated Collegiate Press 2019 Photo of the Year competition.

Ten finalists have been selected in four different categories — general news photo, breaking news photo, feature photo, sports photo and environmental portrait.

“These images tell remarkable visual stories,” said Gary Lundgren, associate director and contest coordinator. “By adding impact and realism, quality photojournalism takes storytelling to the next level.”

All the finalists will be recognized and the winners announced for the first time at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, 2019, in Washington, D.C., on Saturday afternoon.

First- through fifth-place winners will be announced in each category with the photographers receiving plaques. Five honorable mention winners will receive certificates.

Finalists are shown below in alphabetical order by state.

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General news photo

Kat Bell
The Alabamian
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, Alabama

Nicole Neri
Cronkite News
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Joseph High
Golden Gate Xpress
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Nicole Haun
The Cordair
Santa Monica College
Santa Monica, California

Shafkat Anowar
Ka Leo O Hawai’i
University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii

Nick Rohlman
The Daily Iowan
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Michael Zingaro
MPJ Magazine
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Madeleine Davison
The NewsHouse
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Cassie Stricker
The Battalion
Texas A&M University
College Station, Texas

Erin Edger
The Commonwealth Times
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia


Breaking news photo

Celisse Jones
Cronkite News
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Delia Johnson
Cronkite News
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Nate Stephenson
The Channels
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, California

Nate Stephenson
The Channels
Santa Barbara City College
Santa Barbara, California

Chris Robledo
Golden Gate Xpress
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California

Lindsey Boyd
Spartan Daily
San Jose State University
San Jose, California

Ailyn Dumas
The Sun
Southwestern College
Chula Vista, California

Eucario Calderon
The State Hornet
Sacramento State University
Sacramento, California

Pablo Unzueta
Substance.Media
Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, California

Carter Adams
The Kent Stater
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio


Feature photo

Anya Magnuson
Cronkite News
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Lauren Berny
Substance
Mt. San Antonio College
Walnut, California

Forrest Czarnecki
Rocky Mountain Collegian
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado

Christina Matacotta
The Red & Black
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia

Wyatt Dlouhy
The Daily Iowan
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

Alex Todd
The Collegian
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Julia Hopkins
The Heights
Boston College
Boston, Massachusetts

Kenneth Ferriera
The Daily Nebraskan
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

Thomas Yang
The Pitt News
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

McKenzie Bierman
The Collegian
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota

Sports photo

John Mendoza
Cronkite News
Arizona State University
Phoenix, Arizona

Mari Inagaki
The Union
El Camino College
Torrance, California

Chad Hsieh
The Ke Alaka’i
Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Laie, Hawaii

Isabel Miller
Daily Egyptian
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Carbondale, Illinois

Logan Wassall
Royal Purple
Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas

Jordan Prather
Kentucky Kernel
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Michael Clubb
Kentucky Kernel
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Kenneth Ferriera
The Daily Nebraskan
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

Chase Sutton
The Daily Pennsylvanian
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Molly Schiermeyer
The Volante
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota


Environmental portrait

Jessica Dean
The Glomerata
Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama

Kylie Kowalski
Mustang News
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California

Rebecca Williams
SCAN Magazine
Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia

Kendra Frankle
District
Savannah College of Art and Design
Savannah, Georgia

Amanda Su
The Harvard Crimson
Harvard College
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Matt Schmucker
The State News
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Madi Nolte
Northwest Missourian
Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, Missouri

Kenneth Ferriera
The Daily Nebraskan
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

Breanna Green
MPJ Magazine
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

Brendan Hoekstra
The Appalachian
Appalachian State University
Boone, North Carolina