Santa Monica College Corsair photo editor Michael Yanow has been named Student Photojournalist of the Year by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles.

Yanow, 30, of West Los Angeles, was awarded $1,000 and a new Nikon camera in recognition of his work at the awards ceremony held recently in El Segundo, Calif.

He was selected for the award based on a portfolio of 14 images he submitted to judges. The second-place winner is a student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Yanow, who already has his bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation from the University of Minnesota, came to SMC to study photography in 2009. This is his second semester on the photography staff of the Corsair student newspaper.

In addition, the newspaper also picked up 16 awards, including one for general excellence, at the 57th annual state convention of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges held recently in Burbank, Calif.

The annual event brings together journalism students from community colleges for a three-day convention featuring on-the-spot writing and photography contests and professional workshops. The results of mail-in contests recognizing top work from last year were also announced at the convention, held from March 22-24. More than 550 students from almost 50 community college journalism programs participated in the event.

Both the print and online Corsair news site were honored by JACC with general excellence awards.

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