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Gazette snaps up industry awards

Local Media Association recognizes Gazette and its photographers

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 09, 2014 06:00 am

A WINNER – This photo of Cardinals catcher Matt Edwards has earned photographer April Bartlett a first-place award.
A WINNER – This photo of Cardinals catcher Matt Edwards has earned photographer April Bartlett a first-place award.

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St. Albert Gazette photographers received top honours and honourable mentions in the Local Media Association’s 2013 editorial competition, and the newspaper itself was ranked among the top in North America.

Amongst thousands of entries from both daily and weekly newspapers across North America, the Gazette ranked in five categories.

Photographer April Bartlett received first place for best sports photo for “Extra Effort,” a shot of a catcher for the St. Albert Senior Cardinals diving for a baseball. The photo also won first place in the sports category at the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association in February.

She received third place for best photojournalism for “Cool School”, a photo spread of students from W.D. Cuts Recreation Academy exploring the frozen wonders of Jasper National Park on a three-day field trip last spring.

Both Bartlett and staff photographer Chris Colbourne received honourable mentions in several categories including best sports photo, best news photo and best feature photo in the circulation category of over 20,001.

"We're competing against some pretty heavy hitters; the best community newspapers in North America. To place in these awards is extra special. It's a reflection of the professionalism and passion everyone shares at the Gazette,” said Brian Bachynski, publisher.

The Gazette also received third place in the 2013 Newspaper of the Year competition in its circulation category (22,501 to 37,500), which was announced in November.

The Local Media Association is the only non-profit, professional trade association specifically serving the suburban and community newspaper industry and has more than 2,000 member newspapers across North America.

Industry experts judge the annual contests.


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