SMC’s Jayrol San Jose Wins 2nd Place at PPAGLA Student Photographer of the Year Awards

SMC student Jayrol San Jose with his award for 2017 Runner-up, Student Photographer of the Year, given by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles. (Photo Credit: Daniel Bowyer).

These images of the December 2017 Thomas Fire were part of a photo essay that earned SMC student Jayrol San Jose 2017 Runner-up for PPAGLA Student Photographer of the Year. (Photo Credit: Jayrol San Jose).

April 10, 2018

SANTA MONICA, CA—Santa Monica College (SMC) student Jayrol San Jose was named the runner-up for 2017 Student Photographer of the Year by the Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles (PPAGLA). The first-place award went to Taylor Arthur of Pierce College. PPAGLA made the announcement at the 2018 Annual Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, April 7 at Quiet Cannon in Montebello, Calif.

“Winning runner up at PPAGLA is a great stepping stone,” said San Jose. “Being recognized by so many talented people in the industry…helps ignite the fire to pursue photojournalism further.” He said that the win wasn’t just his, but credited “a network of people” who inspired him to pursue his dreams: the Fall 2017 staff of The Corsair, including co-editors Marisa Vasquez and Daniel Bowyer; SMC alum Jose Lopez, Corsair photo adviser and SMC photojournalism professor Gerard Burkhart; and alum Amy Gaskin.

A professional wedding photographer who has been taking photo classes part-time with the intention of changing his career focus, San Jose was a staff photographer for the SMC student newspaper The Corsair in fall 2017 (his coverage of the December 2017 Thomas Fire for the paper earned him the PPAGLA award). In the past decade, 13 out of 20 places in the PPAGLA competition have been won by Corsair news photographers. The award-winning student newspaper produces a bi-weekly print newspaper in the spring and fall semesters and also maintains an online news site. For more information on The Corsair, email its faculty adviser: Blaize_Ashanti@smc.edu.

Founded in 1936, The Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles is a professional organization comprising still and video photojournalists, independent photographers and photojournalism students that work on newspapers, TV stations, wire services, national news and sports publications throughout Southern California. To learn more, visit ppagla.org.

Santa Monica College is a California Community College accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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