Nora Lorek from Mid Sweden University Wins CPOY, UNC Wins Big in Multimedia

"Tear Gas and Water Cannon", from the CPOY portfolio of Nora Lorek

By Tom Burton

Nora Lorek, a student at Mid Sweden University in Sundsvall, Sweden, has been named College Photographer of the Year for a portfolio that included photo stories from a Syrian refugee camp in Calais, France.

Lorek won the top award in Still Photography Division in 71st College Photographer of the Year competition on the campus of the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Winners were announced on Sunday, Nov. 6 after judges viewed more than 10,000 photographs entered by 486 student photographers from 111 colleges and universities in 20 countries.

The runners-up for photographer of the year were all from European universities.Janus Engel Rasmussen of the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark was named the Runner-up College Photographer of the Year.

Awards of excellence were awarded to the portfolios of Francois Xavier Klein of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, Germany, Betina Garcia of the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and Ulrik Hasemann of the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark.

The National Press Photographers Foundation (NPPF) administers the Colonel William J. Lookadoo and the Milton Freier Memorial Awards in conjunction with CPOY.

In the CPOY Multimedia Division, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill won five awards including gold medals in the Large Group Multimedia Project and Multimedia Project - Small Team or Individual categories.  

See the winning images and projects here.

In addition, National Geographic Magazine is a contributing sponsor and offers an internship to the Gold winner in the Portfolio category. The College Photographer of the Year, Runner-up College Photographer of the Year and winners in the Sports Portfolio, Documentary, Standalone Individual Multimedia Story and Small Team or Individual Multimedia Project categories are awarded equipment and additional educational opportunities provided by Nikon Inc., MediaStorm and the Summit and Missouri Photo Workshops.