Photo by Alum Joe Swide Wins Major Photography Award

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
Seen through the back of the visiting dugout at a baseball field in Chacon, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, a teenage pitcher for a La Isla youth baseball team delivers a pitch in a game against Artemisa. In the background behind the outfield wall are the ruins of the Presido Modelo, the infamous prison where the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and his brother Raul–the current Cuban president–were held from 1953 to 1955.

A photo of a dugout at a baseball field in Cuba by Joe Swide, a Class of 2015 graduate of the CUNY J-School, has taken first place in the Sports Feature category of the prestigious Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition.

Swide isĀ originally from Portland, Ore. and lived in the Pacific Northwest until coming to CUNY in 2014.

Since finishing his degree in Spring 2016, he has been working as a freelancer. His work has appeared in The New York Times, VICE, Roads & Kingdoms, and Internazionale, among other publications.