The Killing Cycle

CompanyThe Star-Ledger
PhotographerAristide Economopoulos
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The Killing Cycle is a look into the murderous cycle of urban crime in America. There's a new kind of killer on the street. Young men in their teens and early 20s, with no regard for life, not even their own, carrying weapons in the past just used just for warfare. Granted with unparalleled access for a week with the Essex County Homicide Task Force, a view of community crisis that is urban crime fueled by gangs and drugs and the effort to break the murderous cycle.


How can someone value the life of another when they have so little regard for their own?

About Photographer

Aristide Economopoulos has been a staff photographer at The Newark Star-Ledger since November 2000. Previously he was on staff at the State Journal-Register, IL, and the Jasper Herald, IN. He has covered local to international assignments ranging from the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Athens Olympics, Cuba, Norway, England, Ireland and Northern Ireland, urban violence, The White House and Presidential elections, the conflict in the Middle East to hog wrestling in Indiana. Thorough his work, he has won numerous awards including in World Press Photo, Sony World Photo Awards, Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, Casey Medals, Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Photography, PDN Photo Annual, PX3 "Prix de la Photographie Paris", Cliff Edom “New America Award," Southern Photographer of the Year and Best in Shows at the Southern Short Course in News Photography and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. A five-time winner of NYC Press Photographer of the Year, a portfolio of his work from the 9/11 attacks in New York City was honored first place in Pictures of the Year International for Magazine and Newspaper photographers and Photo District News magazine considered one of his photos from that day to be one of the 10 best documentary photos of the decade. In 2005 he was part of the staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.