Photography Editor for The Mav runs for CSMA Photographer of the Year

“I hope I can win, both for myself, and to help get a little funding for the newspaper,” says Aiden Owen, the Photography Editor.


The Mav‘s Photography Editor, Aiden Owen, is running for the Colorado Student Media Association (CSMA) Photographer of the Year award.

He has been taking photos of various events at the school for the past few years and has amassed a collection of over 60,000 photos.

The winner of the CSMA Photographer of the Year award gets $250, and so does their journalism program. “We could use the money for sure,” said Owen.

See the photos he is entering in the contest below.

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  • Caleb Ayers, right #10, attempts a 3-point, while a Holy Family defender makes a flying leap to block him. Number 5 Mead faced off against number 4 Holy Family at Holy Family High School in the Great 8 game of the CHSAA 4A State Championship. Mead would go on to lose this game 54-63 and get knocked out of the bracket.

  • Easton Willyard, #39, cries after getting benched by his coach as a result of several personal fouls. This game is the final home game of his senior year.

  • Nick Jacobs, #2 left, and Trey Ward, #5 right, drench Coach Klatt after the Varsity Football win over Frederick High School. “We went into practice and we knew it was gonna be a hard game,” said Ward, “so we practiced our butts off all week long.” The practice paid off and Mead won 30-11, securing the conference championship in the process.

  • Matthew Silbernagel runs lights alongside Will Oster during the dress rehearsal for the school play, Almost Maine.

  • Will Maher, left, celebrates with Jax Wilke, right, after Wilke makes a flying layup. Wilke was fouled and was awarded an ‘and 1’, which he made. “I believed we played well,” said Maher, “it was a fun atmosphere to play in and [the crowd] gave us the energy we needed to win.” That game was Mead’s final home game of the regular season. They won, closing their regular season record of 20-3.

  • Faith Hale, #14, slides home in the Varsity Softball game versus Frederick High School. Mead won this game with a close win of 15-14. Softball would go on to regionals later in the season, but they were eliminated in the 3rd round.

  • Ryan “Bull” Bullock, bottom left, and Jake Wachter, top center, celebrate a “Bull” touchdown, putting Mead up 14-0 in their first-round playoff game against Evergreen. Mead faced Evergreen earlier in the season, losing 8-7, but the score was much more in Mead’s favor after this game, with the final score being 56-13. Wachter will be taking over for Bullock as the star running back next year, due to Bullock graduating.

  • Mikayla Chamberlin applies a faux tattoo to Kievan Brown before Friday night’s performance of Almost Maine. The tattoo is intentionally misspelled as Villian in the screenplay.

  • Mark Wood, former violinist for Trans-Siberian Orchestra, played a rock concert for the night at Mead. Wood came to Mead at the request of Katarina Schmitt, the orchestra teacher, in an effort to help raise money for the orchestra for their upcoming trips. “Well, after expenses,” said Schmitt, “we did not end up coming out ahead, but the experience was so worth it.”

  • Braden Keys, #3, mocks an Evergreen defender after scoring a touchdown, while the ball-boys in the back watch in awe. Keys would proceed to get flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after this display.

  • A veteran salutes the flag during the National Anthem at Mead’s Veteran’s Day Assembly in 2018. It is, “really really important to recognize and say thank you to our veterans because what they give to us is priceless,” says District Superintendent Don Hadad. Mead has one of the largest Veteran’s Day celebrations in the whole SVVSD school district.

  • Braden McCawley stands alone during the interlogue of Friday’s play. McCawley stayed on stage during intermission to highlight the intentional loneliness and awkwardness of the scene, in his hands he holds the snowball he formed during the prologue.

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The high-resolution photos can be seen in his official Flickr Album here.