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2012 CCNA winners

April 27, 2012 Comments off

Here are your CCNA winners. There are a lot of them. B.C./Yukon papers/reporters bolded.

Class 1011 – General Excellence, circulation up to 1249

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Nanton News, Nanton, AB
2 – Advance, Gull Lake, SK
3 – The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – Eagle Valley News, Sicamous, BC
2 – Herald, Whitewood, SK
3 – The Lake Cowichan Gazette, Lake Cowichan, BC

Best Front Page

1 – Nanton News, Nanton, AB
2 – The Lake Cowichan Gazette, Lake Cowichan, BC
3 – The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Blue Ribbon

Advance, Gull Lake, SK
Eagle Valley News, Sicamous, BC
Herald, Whitewood, SK
Nanton News, Nanton, AB
The Lake Cowichan Gazette, Lake Cowichan, BC
The North Thompson Times, Clearwater, BC
The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Class 1012 – General Excellence, circulation 1250 to 1999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – The Chronicle, Ladysmith/Chemainus, BC
2 – The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
3 – Northern Journal, Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan, NT

Best Editorial Page

1 – Express, Meaford, ON
2 – North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, BC
3 – The Eastern Door, Kahnawake, QC

Best Front Page

1 – The Macleod Gazette, Fort Macleod, AB
2 – Cobden Sun, Cobden, ON
3 – The Hope Standard, Hope, BC

Blue Ribbon

Cobden Sun, Cobden, ON
Express, Meaford, ON
Independent, Elmira, ON
News Express, Fergus-Elora, ON
North Island Gazette, Port Hardy, BC
Northern Journal, Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan, NT
The Eastern Door, Kahnawake, QC
The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
The Hope Standard, Hope, BC
The Macleod Gazette, Fort Macleod, AB
The Weekly Press, Enfield, NS

Class 1013 – General Excellence, circulation 2000 to 2999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Hants Journal, Windsor, NS
2 – The Interior News, Smithers, BC
3 – The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL

Best Editorial Page

1 – The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC
2 – Independent, New Hamburg, ON
3 – Gazette, Grand Forks, BC

Best Front Page

1 – Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson, NT
2 – The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
3 – The Interior News, Smithers, BC

Blue Ribbon

Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson, NT
Hants Journal, Windsor, NS
Independent, New Hamburg, ON
Salmon Arm Observer, Salmon Arm, BC
The Advertiser, Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
The Interior News, Smithers, BC
The Kincardine Independent, Kincardine, ON
The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC

Class 1014 – General Excellence, circulation 3000 to 3999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – The Chief, Squamish, BC
2 – The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB
3 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB
2 – The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
3 – Bugle Observer, Woodstock, NB

Best Front Page

1 – The Chief, Squamish, BC
2 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
3 – The Compass, Carbonear, NL

Blue Ribbon

Bonnyville Nouvelle, Bonnyville, AB
Bugle Observer, Woodstock, NB
Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
Northern Pride, Meadow Lake, SK
The Chief, Squamish, BC
The Compass, Carbonear, NL
The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB
The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB

Class 1015 – General Excellence, circulation 4000 to 6499

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, AB
2 – The Casket, Antigonish, NS
3 – The Packet, Clarenville, NL

Best Editorial Page

1 – The Packet, Clarenville, NL
2 – Yellowknifer, Yellowknife, NT
3 – Dauphin Herald, Dauphin, MB

Best Front Page

1 – Citizen, Brock, ON
2 – Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
3 – Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL

Blue Ribbon

Citizen, Brock, ON
Dauphin Herald, Dauphin, MB
Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON
Kings County Record, Sussex, NB
Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, AB
Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC
Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL
The Casket, Antigonish, NS
The Packet, Clarenville, NL
Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS

Class 1016 – General Excellence, circulation 6500 to 12499

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC
2 – Question, Whistler, BC
3 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

Best Editorial Page

1 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC
2 – Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC
3 – Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, BC

Best Front Page

1 – Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC
2 – Mission Record, Mission, BC
3 – Star, Nelson, BC

Blue Ribbon

Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC
Aldergrove Star, Aldergrove, BC
Mission Record, Mission, BC
NWT News/North, Northwest Territories, NT
Prince George Citizen, Prince George, BC
Scugog Standard, Port Perry, ON
Star, Nelson, BC
Sun/Tribune, Stouffville, ON
The Carillon, Steinbach, MB

Class 1017 – General Excellence, circulation 12500 to 24999

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
2 – Observer, Elmira-Woolwich, ON
3 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – Independent, Brighton/Warkworth/Campbellford, ON
2 – Perth EMC, Perth, ON
3 – Western Wheel, Okotoks, AB

Best Front Page

1 – Observer, Elmira-Woolwich, ON
2 – Delta Optimist, Delta, BC
3 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC

Blue Ribbon

Comox Valley Record, Courtenay Comox Valley, BC
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC
Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC
Delta Optimist, Delta, BC
Dundas Star News, Dundas, ON
Goldstream News Gazette, Victoria, BC
Independent, Brighton/Warkworth/Campbellford, ON
Kawartha Lakes This Week, Kawartha Lakes, ON
Mirror, Midland/ Penetanguishene, ON
Observer, Elmira-Woolwich, ON
Perth EMC, Perth, ON
St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
The News, Parksville/Qualicum Beach, BC
The Record, New Westminster, BC
Victoria News, Victoria, BC
Western Wheel, Okotoks, AB

Class 1018 – General Excellence, circulation 25,000 and over

Sponsored by News Canada

Best All-Round Newspaper

1 – Peace Arch News, Surrey, BC
2 – Mountain News, Hamilton, ON
3 – The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC

Best Editorial Page

1 – Mountain News, Hamilton, ON
2 – The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
3 – Stoney Creek News, Stoney Creek, ON

Best Front Page

1 – The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
2 – The Now, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC
3 – Economist & Sun, Markham, ON

Blue Ribbon

Capital News, Kelowna, BC
Economist & Sun, Markham, ON
Kamloops This Week, Kamloops, BC
Langley Advance, Langley, BC
Mountain News, Hamilton, ON
Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC
North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC
Oshawa This Week, Oshawa, ON
Peace Arch News, Surrey, BC
Red Deer Express, Red Deer, AB
Saanich News, Saanich, BC
Stoney Creek News, Stoney Creek, ON
The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
The Now, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC
The Vancouver Courier – West Side, Vancouver, BC
Tribune, Guelph, ON
Tri-City News, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC

Class 2011 – Best News Story, circulation up to 3,999

Stephen Shaw Memorial Award
Sponsored by Metroland Media Group Ltd.

1 – Martha Wickett, Salmon Arm Observer, Salmon Arm, BC
2 – Allyson Snelling, Gravenhurst Banner, Gravenhurst, ON
3 – Tyler Waugh, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB

Class 2012 – Best News Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Stephen Shaw Memorial Award
Sponsored by Metroland Media Group Ltd.

1 – Nicole Veerman and Galit Rodan, NWT News/North, Northwest Territories, NT
2 – Carla Allen, Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
3 – John Thompson, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT

Class 2013 – Best News Story, circulation 12,500 and over

Stephen Shaw Memorial Award
Sponsored by Metroland Media Group Ltd.

1 – Chris Hall, Port Perry Star, Port Perry, ON
2 – Lauren Gilchrist, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON
3 – Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2021 – Best Feature Story, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Lianne Lahaie, The Review, Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury, ON
2 – Matt Driscoll, Examiner, Bracebridge, ON
3 – Rebecca Aldous, The Chief, Squamish, BC

Class 2022 – Best Feature Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Autumn MacDonald, Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, BC
2 – Scott Howard, Citizen, Brock, ON
3 – Zoey Duncan, Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON

Class 2023 – Best Feature Story, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Jessica Barrett, WE/WestEnder, Vancouver, BC
2 – Chris Traber, Era-Banner, Newmarket/Aurora, ON
3 – Martin Millerchip, North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC

Class 2031 – Best Feature Series, circulation up to 3,999

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy
Sponsored by SWNA

1 – Doug Neuman and Tim Bryant, The Westlock News, Westlock, AB
2 – Kyle Wells, The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
3 – Tyler Waugh, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB

Class 2032 – Best Feature Series, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy
Sponsored by SWNA

1 – Adrienne Fox, Wawatay News, Sioux Lookout, ON
2 – Dustin Walker, Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC
3 – Juris Graney and Emma Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL

Class 2033 – Best Feature Series, circulation 12,500 and over

Saskatchewan Weekly Newspapers Association Trophy
Sponsored by SWNA

1 – Andrew Livingstone, Enterprise, Caledon, ON
2 – Eric Welsh, The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC
3 – Bill Tremblay, Banner, Orangeville, ON
Class 2041 – Outstanding Columnist, circulation open

George Cadogan Memorial Outstanding Columnist Award
Sponsored by Cadogan Foundation Inc.

1 – Angela Mombourquette, HRM West Community Herald, Halifax, NS
2 – Bram Lebo, Highlander, Haliburton, ON
3 – Michael Johansen, The Labradorian, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL

Class 2051 – Outstanding Reporter Initiative, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Paul MacNeill, The Eastern Graphic, Montague, PE
2 – Sean McIntyre and Gail Sjuberg, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
3 – Juris Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL

Class 2052 – Outstanding Reporter Initiative, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Stacey Colwell, The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Lunenburg, NS
2 – Jeff Nagel, The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
3 – Diane Strandberg, Tri-City News, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC

Class 2061 – Best National Editorial, circulation up to 9,999

Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy
Sponsored by the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association

1 – Erika Engel, Courier-Herald, Blue Mountains, ON
2 – George Brown, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB
3 – Kevin Higgins, The Beacon, Gander, NL

Class 2062 – Best National Editorial, circulation 10,000 and over

Charles Hawkins Memorial Trophy
Sponsored by the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association

1 – Martin Melbourne, Orillia Today, Orillia, ON
2 – Jim Zeeben, Saanich News, Saanich, BC
3 – Michael Hall, The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC

Class 2071 – Best Local Editorial, circulation up to 3999

Sponsored by Glacier Media Group

1 – Vern Faulkner, Courier Weekend, St. Stephen, NB
2 – Francis Baker, News Express, Fergus-Elora, ON
3 – Robson Fletcher, The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

Class 2072 – Best Local Editorial, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

Sponsored by Glacier Media Group

1 – Richard Mostyn, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT
2 – Tracy Kibble, Topic, Bradford/West Gwillimbury, ON
3 – Paul Walton, Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC

Class 2073 – Best Local Editorial, circulation 12,500 and over

Sponsored by Glacier Media Group

1 – Michael Hall, The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
2 – Lois Tuffin, Kawartha Lakes This Week, Kawartha Lakes, ON
3 – Rod Jerred, Mountain News, Hamilton, ON

Class 2081 – Best Historical Story, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Greg Bennett, Coast Guard, Shelburne/Barrington, NS
2 – Christopher Vaughan, The Georgian, Stephenville, NL
3 – Elizabeth Nolan, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC

Class 2082 – Best Historical Story, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Belle Hatfield, Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
2 – Greg Nesteroff, Star, Nelson, BC
3 – Zoey Duncan, Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON

Class 2083 – Best Historical Story, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Juanita Krause, Farm ‘n’ Friends, Lamont, AB
2 – Christina Myers, Burnaby Now, Burnaby, BC
3 – Paul J. Henderson, Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2091 – Best Headline Writing, circulation open

1 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC
2 – The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
3 – Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2101 – Best Local Cartoon, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Wyatt Tremblay, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT
2 – Patrick LaMontagne, Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB
3 – Norm Muffitt, Deh Cho Drum, Fort Simpson, NT

Class 2102 – Best Local Cartoon, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Bob Castle, Comox Valley Record, Courtenay Comox Valley, BC
2 – Ole Heggen, Victoria News, Victoria, BC
3 – Steve Nease, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON

Class 2111 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Sarah Burns, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – Dierra Maynard, The Similkameen Spotlight, Princeton, BC
3 – Astrid Tevely, The Valley Sentinel, Valemount/McBride, BC

Class 2112 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Ian Stewart, The Yukon News, Whitehorse, YT
2 – Megan Cole, Star, Nelson, BC
3 – Craig Douce, Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

Class 2113 – Best Spot News Photo Coverage, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Ryan Pfeiffer, Pickering News Advertiser, Ajax/Pickering, ON
2 – Seung-Chul Baik, The Richmond Review, Richmond, BC
3 – Jenna Hauck, The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC

Class 2121 – Best Feature Photo, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Sarah Burns, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – Noel West, Courier, Carstairs, AB
3 – Amy Woolvett, Coast Guard, Shelburne/Barrington, NS

Class 2122 – Best Feature Photo, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Kelly Clemmer, Edge, Wainwright, AB
2 – Brent Wesley, Wawatay News, Sioux Lookout, ON
3 – Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB

Class 2123 – Best Feature Photo, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – April Bartlett, St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
2 – James Maclennan, Tri-City News, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody, BC
3 – Tyler Garnham, South Delta Leader, South Delta, BC

Class 2131 – Best Sports Photo, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Tyler Waugh, The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – Debbie Robinson, Cobden Sun, Cobden, ON
3 – Jon Muldoon, The Interior News, Smithers, BC

Class 2132 – Best Sports Photo, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Adam Jackson, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB
2 – Noel West, Innisfail Province, Innisfail, AB
3 – Jerold LeBlanc, Times Advertiser, Wetaskiwin, AB

Class 2133 – Best Sports Photo, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Graham Paine, Canadian Champion, Milton, ON
2 – Michelle Siu, Beaver, Oakville, ON
3 – April Bartlett, St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB

Class 2141 – Best Photo Essay, circulation up to 3,999

1 – Derrick Lundy and team, Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
2 – Robson Fletcher, The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB
3 – Rich Holmes, The Provost News, Provost, AB

Class 2142 – Best Photo Essay, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Juris Graney, Northern Pen, St. Anthony, NL
2 – George Brown and Charles Tweed, Ponoka News, Ponoka, AB
3 – Laurie Weir, Smiths Falls This Week, Smiths Falls, ON

Class 2143 – Best Photo Essay, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Stan Howe, Advance, Barrie, ON
2 – Boaz Joseph, The Leader, Surrey/North Delta, BC
3 – Lance Anderson, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON

Class 2151 – Best Photo Illustration, circulation open

George Holmes Memorial Trophy
Sponsored by the Holmes Family, Alberta

1 – Jenna Hauck, The Chilliwack Progress, Chilliwack, BC
2 – Michael Barrett, Georgina Advocate, Keswick, ON
3 – Justyna Krol, WE/WestEnder, Vancouver, BC

Class 2211 – Outstanding Community Service, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Kings County Register, Kentville, NS
2 – The Review, Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury, ON
3 – Alberni Valley Times, Port Alberni, BC

Class 2212 – Outstanding Community Service, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC
2 – Burnaby Now, Burnaby, BC
3 – Prairie Post, Swift Current, SK

Class 2221 – Best Holiday Edition, circulation up to 3,999

Black Press Trophy
Sponsored by Black Press

1 – The Saint Croix Courier, St. Stephen, NB
2 – South Peace News, High Prairie, AB
3 – The Weekly Press, Enfield, NS

Class 2222 – Best Holiday Edition, circulation 4000 to 12499

Black Press Trophy
Sponsored by Black Press

1 – Mountaineer, Rocky Mountain House, AB
2 – The Carillon, Steinbach, MB
3 – The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Lunenburg, NS

Class 2223 – Best Holiday Edition, circulation 12,500 and over

Black Press Trophy
Sponsored by Black Press

1 – Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC
2 – The Morning Star, Vernon, BC
3 – North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC

Class 2231 – Best Coverage of the Arts, circulation up to 9,999

Sponsored by Access Copyright

1 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC
2 – Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC
3 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

Class 2232 – Best Coverage of the Arts, circulation 10,000 and over

Sponsored by Access Copyright

1 – The Suburban, Montreal, QC
2 – WE/WestEnder, Vancouver, BC
3 – North Shore Outlook, North Vancouver, BC

Class 2241 – Best Sports Coverage, circulation up to 3,999

1 – The Hinton Voice, Hinton, AB
2 – The Beacon, Gander, NL
3 – Temiskaming Speaker, New Liskeard, ON

Class 2242 – Best Sports Coverage, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB
2 – The Yukon News, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory, YT
3 – Alberni Valley News, Port Alberni, BC

Class 2243 – Best Sports Coverage, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
2 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC
3 – Nanaimo News Bulletin, Nanaimo, BC

Class 2261 – Best Website, circulation up to 3,999

1 – The Powell River Peak, Powell River, BC
2 – The Chief, Squamish, BC
3 – Journal, Humboldt, SK

Class 2262 – Best Web Site, circulation 4,000 to 12,499

1 – The Yukon News, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory, YT
2 – Kings County Register, Kentville, NS
3 – The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin, Lunenburg, NS

Class 2263 – Best Web Site, circulation 12,500 and over

1 – Northern Life, Sudbury, ON
2 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC
3 – Oshawa This Week, Oshawa, ON

Class 2271 – Best Multimedia Feature, circulation up to 9,999

Sponsored by Canada Post

1 – Nanaimo Daily News, Nanaimo, BC
2 – The Yukon News, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory, YT
3 – Yellowknifer, Yellowknife, NT

Class 2272 – Best Multimedia Feature, circulation 10,000 and over

Sponsored by Canada Post

1 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC
2 – Victoria News, Victoria, BC
3 – Oshawa This Week, Oshawa, ON

Class 2311 – Best Canadian Forces Base Newspaper, circulation open

1 – Lookout Newspaper and Creative Services, CFB Esquimalt, BC
2 – Trident Newspaper, CFB Halifax – Maritime Forces Atlantic, NS
3 – Aurora Newspaper, CFB Greenwood, NS

Class 3011 – Best Environmental Writing, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Shawn Bell, Meagan Wohlberg and Don Jaque, Slave River Journal, Fort Smith/Fort Chipewyan, NT
2 – Tina Comeau, Vanguard, Yarmouth, NS
3 – Pat Peckover, Keri Dalman and Keith Solomon, Journal, Humboldt, SK

Class 3012 – Best Environmental Writing, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Kyle Slavin, Saanich News, Saanich, BC
2 – Kevin Ma, St. Albert Gazette, St. Albert, AB
3 – Charlotte Prong Parkhill, Waterloo Chronicle, Waterloo, ON

Class 3021 – Excellence in Rural Reporting, circulation open

1 – Joel Wiebe, Peterborough This Week, Peterborough, ON
2 – Ashley Thompson, Hants Journal, Windsor, NS
3 – Susan Quinlan, Prairie Post, Swift Current, SK

Class 3031 – Best Business Writing Award, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Lisa Joy, Globe, Lacombe, AB
2 – Zoey Duncan, Fort Frances Times, Fort Frances, ON
3 – Rob Learn, Almaguin News, Burks Falls, ON

Class 3032 – Best Business Writing Award, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Tyler Olsen, Chilliwack Times, Chilliwack, BC
2 – Doug Hallett, Tribune, Guelph, ON
3 – Krista Siefken, Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC

Class 3041 – Best Agricultural Edition, circulation up to 9,999

1 – Independent, New Hamburg, ON
2 – The Eastern Graphic, Montague, PE
3 – World-Spectator, Moosomin, SK

Class 3042 – Best Agricultural Edition, circulation 10,000 and over

1 – Prairie Post, Swift Current, SK
2 – Cowichan Valley Citizen, Duncan, BC
3 – Embassy, Ottawa, ON

Class 3051 – Best Agricultural Story, circulation open

1 – Robert Mangelsdorf, The News, Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, BC
2 – Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist, Delta, BC
3 – Judie Steeves, Capital News, Kelowna, BC

Class 4011 – Outstanding Campus Newspaper, circulation open

1 – et cetera, Humber College, ON
2 – The Varsity, University of Toronto, ON
3 – The Reflector, Mount Royal College, AB

Class 4021 – Best Campus News Story, circulation open

1 – Jason Winders, Western News, University of Western Ontario, ON
2 – Alexandria Eldridge, The Gateway, University of Alberta, AB
3 – Justin Smirlies, The Cord, Wilfrid Laurier University, ON

Class 4031 – Best Campus Feature Story, circulation open

1 – Paul Mayne, Western News, University of Western Ontario, ON
2 – Sean Mackay, The Varsity, University of Toronto, ON
3 – Mariana Ionova and Vidya Kauri, The Eyeopener, Ryerson University, ON

Class 4041 – Best Campus Photography, circulation open

1 – Bernarda Gospic, The Varsity, University of Toronto, ON
2 – Paul Wayne, Western News, University of Western Ontario, ON
3 – Nick Lachance, The Cord, Wilfrid Laurier University, ON

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Gulf Islands Driftwood editor Gail Sjuberg Tebows for Thompson

April 16, 2012 3 comments

Before Saturday’s Ma Murraw Awards I put out a challenge to the night’s award-winners: the first get down like overrated NFL quarterback Tim Tebow on stage or thank Baby Jesus ala imaginary NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby would win a Hunter S. Thompson book.

But according to our not-particularly-reliable-nor-sober Special Correspondent, after more than two dozen speeches (most lasting no more than 10 seconds) and a few not-so-subtle reminders by hosts Jill Krop and Dan Quinn, it was an editor who didn’t even win an award who finally got religion (and the book).

Gulf Islands Driftwood photographer John Cameron wasn’t at the River Rock theatre to accept his sports photo award but his editor, Gail Sjuberg, was.

After a nice speech, Gail (or someone who our correspondent believed to be Gail; she later confirmed it was her) performed what might be best described as a half-Tebow. Our judge reports with sorrow that her knee didn’t quite touch the ground. But he said she deserves the book anyway.

That said, our correspondent has little reason to be throwing stones: not only was he too drunk to even confirm that it was Gail on stage, but I also suspect that alcohol may be to blame for his report that there was an above-average number of identical twins at the after party.

I’ll have more on the comedy, awards and speeches later this week. And Gail will be getting her book sometime soon-ish.

Morning Star reporter apple of industry’s eye; Sean Connor feature; other stuff

January 31, 2012 Comments off

Longtime Vernon Morning Star reporter—and former fruit picker—Richard Rolke was presented with the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Press Award for his coverage of the industry over the years. From the Morning Star:

“Given my roots and my family’s involvement in the tree fruit industry, the award means a lot to me,” said Rolke, accompanied at the presentation by his wife, Jodi, and his dad, Maurice. “It’s overwhelming.”

Rolke’s two sets of great grandparents started orchards in Osoyoos and Westbank in the 1920s, and his grandma and grandpa Rolke operated an orchard in Westbank, where Maurice grew up.

Read the full story here…

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Also, the Kelowna Capital News has a long feature documenting photographer Sean Connor‘s battle with a rare brain cancer.

It begins:

When Sean Connor, the staff photographer for this newspaper, started seeing double last summer, he knew there was a problem.

While friends and co-workers had noticed subtle changes in his mood and behaviour, Sean chalked the whole thing up to a kink in his neck, eventually diagnosed as an injury.

There’s no denying seeing two images of everything is a problem, though, and the bizarre symptom wasn’t something an injury would explain away.

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The story concludes by plugging a fundraiser that takes place this coming Thursday:

The Sean Connor Fundraiser is Thursday, Feb. 2, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Kelowna Community Theatre by donation.

Performances from Sherman Doucette and Deb Stone are already on the bill.

The group are still looking for more silent auction item donations, any and all values, for which donors will gratefully be given credit that evening.

For more information on the event, or to donate to Sean’s cause or to donate items to the silent auction, please contact Heather McCullough at 250-808-0131 or Kim Calloway at 250-763-6397.

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Golden “news icon” Garry Irving is retiring:

As reporters and editors come and go so quickly over the years, Garry has quietly observed the movers and shakers of the greater Golden area. He is, without a doubt, the only person in Golden’s history that has served this many years in the local market in both radio and newspaper.

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Returning Merritt Herald reporter Phillip Woolgar files an introductory column:

I first arrived to Merritt in March 2008. The temperature was around 3 C and the roads were generally clear over the Coquihalla. This time, I waited in Hope for an hour or so while a multi-car accident was cleared from the snow-covered freeway. It wasn’t such a bad position to be in, as I had a mountainous heap of pancakes with maple and blueberry syrup stacked in front of me at a local diner.

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Interior News editor Cameron Orr is heading west, to Kitimat, to replace retiring Kitimat Northern Sentinel editor Malcolm Baxter at the end of March. He promises to elaborate in the future.

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Mike Turner, a freelance (?) photographer in Cranbrook, got a good photo of a flooded house earlier this month. The bad news was that the house was his own. Hopefully he got paid for the photo.

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A journalism-related film festival in Vancouver still has a couple movies left to show, if you live in the area.

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Stay tuned: there’s a juicy one coming later this week.

Awards due soon, Paul Godfrey fulfills New Year’s resolution

January 5, 2012 1 comment

A little more than a year ago, I put together a list of resolutions for reporters, photographers, editors, publishers and Paul Godfrey and David Black. Read the whole thing here.

At the time, I wrote for Godfrey: “I will sell the newspapers to someone who cares.”

And he did. Thank god.

As for the rest, not much has changed.

Speaking of same ‘ol, same ‘ol. Awards entries are due soon. Ma Murrays are due by Jan. 14, CCNAs by Jan. 18.

This year both are accepting online submissions. Which is awesome. [I stand corrected. The CCNAs still require hard copies, which sucks.]

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CCNA coverage and excellence award winners, with judges comments

May 8, 2011 Comments off

As I did for the writing and photography award winners, what follows are the B.C. and Yukon winners in the newspaper categories, including general excellence. Categories that did not include a B.C./Yukon award winners have not been included.

Outstanding Community Service – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Christina Komives wrote: “First place goes to Yukon News, they did a magnificent job of bringing understanding and insight to an issue that affects everyone in their community. After a local resident passed away while intoxicated, the reporters, photographers and editors took action. They spent two months working on a special issue that brought information to the community about alcoholism. This section created much discussion, influenced public policy and brought knowledge to the residents. The paper still sees numerous hits every month on their website.”

SILVER – Aylmer (ON) Aylmer Express

BRONZE – Port Hardy (BC) North Island Gazette

Komives wrote: “Third place goes to North Island Gazette, who have been making every Christmas bright in their community for the past 29 years. The staff of six and numerous community volunteers worked hard to ensure that everyone in their area was well taken care of at Christmas. This community only has a small population and yet they raised thousands of dollars and collected truck loads of toys and food for residents. This is community service at its best.”

Honourable mention – Williams Lake Tribune

Komives wrote: “The Williams Lake Tribune with their uplifting Annual Food and Toy Drive … united the community to bring full bellies and happy faces to Williams Lake residents throughout the Christmas season.”

Outstanding Community Service – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Clarington (ON) This Week

SILVER – Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Judge Jules S. Xavier wrote: “Wow! That sums up sports editor Don Bodger’s work on his salute to some of the best athletes coming out of the coverage area for the second-place Cowichan News Leader Pictorial. Besides bringing in a special speaker, such as Olympian Jon Beare, and making the event not unlike the Oscars, Bodger highlights the exploits of the athletes he covers, with words and visuals. It went from just a list of top athletes in the paper, to a luncheon saluting the top-10, to featuring the top-15 from 12 months of coverage in 2010 this past January. This event is now firmly entrenched in Bodger’s coverage area, and people look forward to the top-110 list, then the best-of-the-best at a formal setting where the sports editor emcees and has a slide show featuring the athletes in action in their respective sports.”

BRONZE – Whitby (ON) This Week

Best Holiday Edition – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Judge Rose Sanchez wrote: “First-place winner, Powell River Peak stood out from the competition with its unique idea to ask for fictional stories from school children. These are accompanied by children’s drawings depicting the season. The full colour section had a vibrant print job and the distinctive approach to the copy in its pages, gave this paper the edge.”

SILVER – Humboldt (SK) Journal

BRONZE – Rosthern (SK) The Saskatchewan Valley News

Best Holiday Edition – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – Langley (BC) The Langley Times

Judge Abby Cameron wrote: “Judging the Holiday Editions was a good way to maintain a festive mood year-round. The Langly Times’ unique take on Christmas was a fresh approach to an annual tradition. Each submission was a joy to read and some of the stories on the holiday season were definitely heartwarming.”

That’s all Abby wrote.

SILVER – Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

BRONZE – South Delta (BC) South Delta Leader

Best Coverage of the Arts – Circ. up to 9,999

GOLD – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Krista Sylvester wrote: “first place winner Yukon News stood out the most because of the unique, interesting and edgy stories. I love how this paper pushes the envelope and tells stories that other papers might shy away from. Besides being local, they were also thought-provoking and were accompanied by appealing photos that also caught my eye. I think these stories can have an impact and they were interesting to read. The only thing I can say is making make the writing a little bit tighter. Great stuff!”

SILVER – Clarenville (NL) The Packet

BRONZE – St. Anthony (NL) Northern Pen

Best Coverage of the Arts – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Swift Current (AB) Prairie Post

SILVER – Sidney (BC) Peninsula News Review

Judge Susan Hodges wrote: “Going out of your way to get your own photographs shows a dedication to quality as I saw in the Sidney Peninsula News Review. Photo composition was excellent, writing was strong, clear and interesting. Layout was visually pleasing and also drew you out to their website.”

BRONZE – North and West Vancouver (BC) North Shore Outlook

Hodges wrote: “The articles in the North and West Vancouver North Shore Outlook were a pleasure to read. I found myself drawn into the articles and wanting to know more about the artists, which is the goal of all writers. Photographs were very good. Overall the layout was good but not as creative as I think it could have been which left me wanting a bit more from this paper.”

Best Sports Coverage – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

GOLD – Whistler Question

Judge Shane Jones wrote: “There was an almost unfair advantage for the first and second place community papers with their close ties to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver from this judging period as Whistler was obviously a host site and so many of Canada’s athletes came from or trained in the Canmore region served by the Rocky Mountain Outlook. But both papers really went the extra mile with their coverage nonetheless as they couldn’t really just submit sports pages as the entire papers practically serves as sports during the time. In the Whistler paper even the gay scene columnist has a sports piece. The photos and layouts for both were excellent but the sheer volume of well done material from the ground in Whistler while the events were taking place was outstanding. Many of the other entries may have been able to place in other years but the efforts both of covering the Olympic athletes, and in the case of the Rocky paper, advancing their journeys, simply couldn’t be ignored.”

SILVER – Rocky Mountain Outlook (AB)

BRONZE – The Carillon

Best Web Site – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Judge Brent Wensley wrote: “The Powell River Peak stood out as a clean vibrant site with timely content, strong use of interactive features, and plenty of photo and video galleries. Small improvements could include more visuals on secondary pages and larger text in some areas. But, Powell River Peak had a visually appealing site that was easy to navigate.”

SILVER – Parry Sound (ON) North Star

BRONZE – Squamish (BC) The Chief

Best Web Site – Circ. 4000 to 12499

GOLD – Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

SILVER – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Valorie Wiebe wrote: “The Yukon News places second. This site is appealing because the layout is simple but very very effective. It is clean with a flawless look making you feel comfortable knowing you will be able to find anything you need on this site. The large photo at the top is eye catching and draws you in to read more. In spite of its minimalistic appeal, the layout design is borderline bland. You should think about adding more color and a few graphics to the site to liven it up a bit. Excellent use of multimedia connecting the community with information and entertainment.”

BRONZE – Kentville (NS) Kings County Register

Best Multimedia Feature – Circ. up to 9999

GOLD – Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Judge Katharine Sealey wrote: “The winner — a fascinating read on the debate between conservationists and those who would commercialize the land in the Yukon — was the clear choice. It scored well above the others for providing both a well-researched and balanced read, as well as a cinema-quality video which enhanced the print story without simply repeating it. One disappointment was the use of black and white photos in the newspaper. The video featured vivid and extraordinarily beautiful images. The print version would have had twice the impact with colour shots, especially with the story’s emphasis on the beauty of the land. That aside, this is the type of entry that makes you say “Wow, I wish I had done that.””

SILVER – Vankleek Hill/Hawkesbury (ON) The Review

BRONZE – Bridgewater (NS) Bridgewater Bulletin

Best Multimedia Feature – Circ. more than 10,000

GOLD – Calgary (AB) Fast Forward Weekly

SILVER – Kamloops (BC) The Daily News

Judge Eric Anderson wrote: “The Kamloops Daily News and its “Project” were a very CLOSE second. The writing, layout, visual presentation, and photography were top-notch. Not enough can be said about the quality of this project and its effectiveness in introducing an outsider (such as myself ) to the community. This was an ambitious feature that paid off. While I don’t agree that viewing the website was integral or even comparable to the resulting newspaper supplement, I do think that was uniquely constructed, and likely quite effective in building up to this undertaking. A job well done.”

BRONZE – New Westminster (BC) The Record

Anderson wrote: “The Record’s Anvil Battery Salute provided great coverage for a 140 year old tradition. The writing and photography were of excellent quality and well-presented. In particular, I was impressed by the online video. The interview with Fred Sparkes was very informative, and I loved the videography, which put the viewer in the driver’s seat during the firings. This scene, mixed flawlessly with the live band’s performance, wrapped it into and exiting, fun package.”

Best Canadian Forces Base Newspaper – Circ. Open

GOLD – CFB Esquimalt (BC) Lookout Newspaper

Judge Marc Lalonde wrote: “The CFB Esquimalt Lookout did a number of things very well; it used excellent, eye-catching phoographs to maximum effect and incorporated a great deal of white space into its typography, thereby letting the paper breathe a little more. Too often, in an effort to shoehorn everything into a paper on a given week or month, editors don’t pay as much attention to the visual aspect of the paper and its layout. The folks at CFB Esquimalt on the Lookout’s staff did a wonderful job of creating a visually themed newspaper that draws attention to, rather than detracts from, the editorial text, which is also excellent. The Lookout’s staff does an excellent job of laying out the striking photos, but have a tendency to occasionally include more than one photo with an article that are similar to each other. Repetition is not an option, but it’s one for editors and their photographers to consider carefully.”

SILVER – CFB Halifax – Maritime Forces Atlantic (NS) Trident Newspaper

BRONZE – CFB Shilo (MB) Shilo Stag

General Excellence – Circ. under 1,250


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – The North Thompson Times, Clearwater, BC

2 – Bowen Island Undercurrent, Bowen Island, BC

3 – Courier-Herald, Blue Mountains, ON


Best Editorial Page


1 – The North Thompson Times, Clearwater, BC

2 – The Charter, Placentia, NL

3 – Herald, Whitewood, SK


Best Front Page


1 – Herald, Whitewood, SK

2 – Bowen Island Undercurrent, Bowen Island, BC

3 – Courier-Herald, Blue Mountains, ON

General Excellence – Circ. 2,000 to under 3,000


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC

2 – Taber Times, Taber, AB

3 – Hants Journal, Windsor, NS


Best Editorial Page


1 – The Williams Lake Tribune, Williams Lake, BC

2 – The Kincardine Independent, Kincardine, ON

3 – Post, Lac La Biche, AB

General Excellence – Circ. 3,000 to under 4,000


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – The Fitzhugh, Jasper, AB

2 – Examiner, Bracebridge, ON

3 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC


Best Editorial Page


1 – The Chief, Squamish, BC

2 – Gulf Islands Driftwood, Salt Spring Island, BC

3 – News, Westlock, AB

General Excellence – Circ. 6,500 to under 12,500


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – Question, Whistler, BC

2 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

3 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC


Best Editorial Page


1 – Question, Whistler, BC

2 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

3 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC


Best Front Page


1 – Question, Whistler, BC

2 – Rocky Mountain Outlook, Canmore/Kananaskis/Banff/Lake Louise, AB

3 – Coast Reporter, Sechelt/Gibsons, BC

General Excellence – Circ. 12,500 to under 25,000


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – Western Wheel, Okotoks, AB

2 – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC

3 – Airdrie Echo, Airdrie, AB


Best Editorial Page


1 – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Duncan, BC

2 – Dundas Star News, Dundas, ON

3 – The News, Parksville/Qualicum Beach, BC


Best Front Page


1 – Delta Optimist, Delta, BC

2 – Airdrie Echo, Airdrie, AB

3 – Comox Valley Record, Courtenay Comox Valley, BC

General Excellence – Circ. 25,000 and over


Best All-Round Newspaper


1 – North Shore News, North Vancouver/West Vancouver, BC

2 – North Shore Outlook, North and West Vancouver, BC

3 – Gazette, St. Albert, AB


Best Editorial Page


1 – The Vancouver Courier – West Side, Vancouver, BC

2 – The Now, Surrey/North Delta/White Rock, BC

3 – Waterloo Chronicle, Waterloo, ON


Best Front Page


1 – NewsLeader, Burnaby, BC

2 – North Shore Outlook, North and West Vancouver, BC

3 – Beaver, Oakville, ON


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Thumbs down to awards weekend bitching

May 2, 2011 5 comments

Here’s a thumbs down that deserves its own post:

Thumbs way, way down to the way in which awards weekend brings out the conspiracy theorist in normally sane and reasonable journalists.

Every year reporters, editors and publishers gather around a computer, look at the nominees and winner lists for the CCNA and Ma Murray awards and, if they don’t win, declare the judges bought, the results skewed and themselves persecuted.

They do all this having seen only their own entries. Publishers will declare “We should have won more” having seen few, if any, of the competing entries. And reporters will declare that sponsorships and corporate backroom deals influence the winner of certain awards, evidence to the contrary be damned.

This is pernicious in a few ways, but perhaps most disturbing is the way such conspiracy theories allow newspapers and journalists to overlook deficiencies in their own work. Perhaps, if you’re not winning awards, you’re just not doing the hard work required to win an award. Maybe someone else called one more source, wrote a better lede, or proofed their story one more time. And maybe you just needed to do something different, outside the box.

Forget the conspiracy theories and instead consider Occam’s Razor: the simplest explanation is usually right. Maybe you didn’t deserve an award.

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CCNA photo award winners, with judges comments

May 1, 2011 Comments off

As previously done for the CCNA’s special competitions and writing awards, I’m going to recap the B.C. and Yukon winners of the CCNA photo awards and ignore everyone else. So without further, or really any, ado, here we go.

Best Spot News Photo – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

GOLD – Kevin Grumtza, Redwater (AB) Review

SILVER – Wawmeesh G. Hamilton, Port Alberni (BC) Alberni Valley News

Judge Ted Brown: “Second place winner Wawmeesh G. Hamilton of the Alberni Valley News in British Columbia had an equally strong photo of a person in a wheelchair being attended to by a paramedic after being hit by a car. With its tight cropping, all the elements of the photo tell the story – the two people, the crumpled wheelchair – nothing else is needed. The only thing that would have improved this photo would have been to run it larger, so the interaction of the two people was more visible.”

BRONZE – Josephine Johnson, Clarenville (NL) The Packet

Best Spot News Photo – Circ. more than 1250

GOLD – David Mah, Prince George (BC) Prince George Citizen

Judge Lyonel Doherty wrote: “It was a joy to see the work of so many talented photographers in this category – a tough category to compete in, not to mention judge. Some photographers entered technically great picture, but the “spot news” aspect just wasn’t there in the true sense of the term. In my mind, these photos would have finished in the top three in other categories, such as best sports or feature photo.

“But David Mah from the Prince George Citizen didn’t fall into that gray area. His photo of a ‘gunned down’ homicide victim took top honours for obvious reasons. He was there to capture this horrific moment even before the sheet was draped over the deceased. His photo is the definition of spot news despite the morbid
subject matter. The cutline could have been longer, but the story explains it all.”

SILVER – Andrew Leong, Duncan (BC) Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

Doherty wrote: “Kudos to Andrew Leong from the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial for his Norman Rockwell approach. This truly classic photo of a firefighter consoling a child almost earned him first place; it was that close. He captured everything – spot news, emotion, great composition and exposure.”

BRONZE – Dave Eagles, Kamloops (BC) Kamloops This Week

Doherty wrote: “Looking at the photo by Dave Eagles from Kamloops This Week really made me feel for the distraught homeowner. When I first started pouring over the 46 entries, this was the photo I immediately set aside, knowing it would likely make the top three. Dave definitely caught the moment here; a second later and it  may have been lost. A more tightly cropped photo would have made the image even stronger.  Photographers who want to win categories like this have to step out of their comfort zone and go where others are afraid to go. Being there at the right time helps, too.

Best Feature Photo – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Lachlan Labere, Sicamous (BC) Eagle Valley News

Judge Debra Downey wrote: “Lachlan Labere’s photograph of Girl Guides preparing to lay wreaths during the Remembrance Day ceremony stood out above the crowd for the sheer emotion it invokes in the viewer. The youngsters’ faces reveal the pain and puzzlement of the moment, all perfectly framed and captured in vivid colour.”

SILVER – Karen Longwell, Bracebridge (ON) Examiner

BRONZE – Pan Snow, Lewisporte (NL) The Pilot

Best Feature Photo – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

Judge Reg Vertolli wrote: “Out of the three categories that we usually see in photojournalism (news sports and features) feature seems to be the category that is misunderstood the most. At times we will see photos from the other two categories inadvertently entered into the feature category or perhaps some photos may have a double life. Judging the feature photo category can be as difficult as entering. Due to the different interpretations of the category’s definition it collects a wide array of images. In photojournalism, feature photos are defined as an ‘unposed shot with eye-catching subject matter and storytelling qualities.’ The topic arose recently on the National Press photographers Internet discussion where one member defined them as ‘photos that celebrate life,’ and another said it was a ‘slice of life that could catch the reader’s attention.’ In my opinion the best definition is to create an exceptional image that captures a moment during a common, everyday occurance.”

GOLD – Ian Stewart, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

Vertolli wrote: “The Yukon News stood out as the clear first placewinner. The photo was a delight to look at and reminded me of an impressionist painting. While simple in execution, the image leaves you with a sense of awe for nature and may have been a moment that another photographer would have overlooked or missed completely.”

SILVER – Krista Bryce, Nanaimo (BC) Nanaimo Daily News

Vertolli: “Nanaimo Daily News’ image is totally different then the first place photo. The moment
in the photo is captured with layers of story telling components well placed from the foreground to the
background.”

BRONZE – Steve Dills, Sylvan Lake (AB) News

Best Feature Photo – Circ. more than 12,500

Judge Connie Tabbert also mused about what makes a feature photo: “Every reporter should know how to take a good feature photo. Now, the question is, what is a feature photo. For this judge, it’s a photo that can stand on its own. For some reporters, it would seem it’s a photo that goes with a feature story.

“As I reviewed each tear sheet, it was clear which would be the winning photo because it jumped right out
at me. I had a reaction to it right away — it made me laugh, which made me want to read the cutline. While
reviewing the photos, 10 stood out right away. While it saves space, editors should remember not to ruin a
good photo by putting print on it. Photographers should also remember not to take the same photos over
and over for various themes, such as rodeos and end of the school year. The top three photos were very close, coming in one point away from each other.”

GOLD – Sean Connor, Kelowna (BC) Capital News

Tabbert: “The first place photo by Sean Connor … is wonderful. It got a reaction from me right away. I even showed it to a co-worker at the time. It has news value, can stand on its own and the cutline says it all in one sentence. Sean was in the right place at the right time for this photo. The editor also saw the potential of a great photo and made it front and centre.”

SILVER – Don Denton, Victoria (BC) Victoria News

Tabbert: “Photographer Don Denton, Victoria News, Victoria, B.C., captured this photo at the right moment. It made me think of the movie The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. I felt bad for the young girl. I can only hope it didn’t keep Sophie from coming back to feed the birds. It was a good second-place finisher.

BRONZE – Jon Borgstrom, Georgetown/Acton (ON) Independent/Free Press

Best Sports Photo – Circ. more than 12,50

GOLD – Paul Rudan, Campbell River (BC) Campbell River Mirror

Judge Eric Howald wrote: “The Campbell River Mirror’s Paul Rudan captures the moment after the White Sox win the PeeWee House league championship. The photo was well displayed and the reproduction was excellent.”

SILVER – Paul VanPeenen, Coquitlam/Pt. Coquitlam/Pt. Moody (BC) The Now

Howald wrote: “It takes time and patience to get a good volleyball shot like the one entered by Paul VanPeenen of Coquitlam Now and high school gyms have notoriously poor lighting in which to work. It’s a good photo and shows the intensity of the game.

BRONZE – Ron Pietroniro, Oshawa (ON) This Week

Best Photo Essay – Circ. up to 3,999

GOLD – Patricia Harcourt, Tofield (AB) Mercury

SILVER – Janice Huser, St. Paul (AB) St. Paul Journal

BRONZE – Alicia Newman, Powell River (BC) The Powell River Peak

Judge Shelley Lipke wrote: “Alicia Newman’s essay of the Olympic Torch relay stood out from other entries of the same category for third place.”

Best Sports Photo – Circ. 4,000 to 12,499

Judge Vern Faulkner wrote: “Too many entrants felt that slapping a collection of random pictures onto a page would do the trick – not so. The three nominees (and a few of the runners-up) got the idea: tell a story. Think of insets. Conjure emotion. Kelly Clemmer (x2) and Mike Thomas got this. Good collection of faces, good storytelling, excellent arrangement of images carried the day.

“A suggestion to others: Rodeos are popular – but if there’s a half-dozen rodeo collages, what will set yours apart? Show me the clown drinking during a break. Show me a cowboy taping up a gimped leg. Show me an inset of a cowboy boot and a mud-encrusted, broken spur. Make me feel the sweat, dirt and mid-summer sun. Same with parades – what makes your parade pictures different? Think creatively! (And please, don’t over-sharpen!)”

GOLD – Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright (AB) Edge

SILVER – Mike Thomas, Whitehorse/Yukon Territory (YT) The Yukon News

BRONZE – Kelly Clemmer, Wainwright (AB) The Wainwright Star

Best Sports Photo – Circ. more than 12,500

GOLD – R Peitronico, R Pfeiffer, S Byrnes, J Liebregts, Oshawa (ON) This Week

SILVER – Sabrina Byrnes, Whitby (ON) This Week

BRONZE – Staff entry, Westshore (BC) Goldstream News

Judge Karen Wells wrote: “The third place staff entry from the Goldstream News Gazette featured A Day In The Life of West Shore. This entry was neck and neck with another similar Day in the Life entry but came out on top with an appealing front page and variety of photos that covered every aspect of the life in the West Shore from a singer songwriter in her bedroom at midnight, music in her bedroom just after midnight, to people washing their trucks at a car wash, and a barber shop haircut to the area nightlife. An entertaining collection.”

Best Photo Illustration – Circ. open

GOLD – Gladzy Kei Zuniga, Jasper (AB) The Fitzhugh

SILVER – Troy Landreville, Langley (BC) Langley Advance

Judge Laura Schmid wrote: “This composition was seamless, flowing and balanced – a perfect example of how a simple idea can speak volumes when well executed. The image’s background creates a sense of motion, and the skater’s pose and facial expression capture determination and hope. The illustration was fresh approach and related directly to the headline, enticing viewers to read on.”

BRONZE – Colleen Green, Port Perry (ON) Scugog/Uxbridge Standard

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