Greater Victoria newspapers top community newspaper awards

Victoria News and Oak Bay News are nominated for B.C. & Yukon Community Newspaper awards

  • Feb. 23, 2012 5:00 p.m.

Great writing and photography at Black Press are being recognized at the B.C. & Yukon Community Newspapers Association’s 2012 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards.

Fourteen Black Press papers in BC are nominated for General Excellence, including the Victoria News and Oak Bay News.

The company is also nominated for 20 individual writing awards and is up for 14 photography awards. Kudos go to Greater Victoria Black Press photographer Don Denton for his colour feature photo Totem gets its groove on, and Sharon Tiffin for her black and white feature photo Happy Fisherman which are both finalists.

Monday Magazine picked up seven nominations in the awards’ 37 categories – including six writing awards – which places them as a leader among Island competitors.

The Oak Bay News’ special salute to former Mayor Christopher Causton is a finalist for a special section award.

BCYCNA judges had 1,800 entries to review, with the monumental task of selecting the top three in each category. Black Press overall took 76 finalist spots out of 132. The winners will be announced during the awards gala on April 14 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond.


Check out the full list of writing nominees here:


Arts & Culture Writing Award

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Ashley Degraaf: Keeping that old fire burning

Richmond News, Eve Edmonds, Alan Campbell, Michelle Hopkins & Chung Chow: Arts alive in Richmond

Vancouver WestEnder, Jessica Barrett: Writing on the Wall

Business Writing Award

Monday Magazine, Mary Ellen Green: Ugly sweaters for all

Nanaimo News Bulletin, Toby Gorman: Beekeepers anxious about winter results

New Westminster Record, Christina Myers: In business: making ‘fun’ of allergies

Columnist Award

Abbotsford News, Andrew Holota: Insight into “what were they thinking?”; Hockey fans

Monday Magazine, Brian Kieran: Driver testing is designed to fail seniors; Campbell retains power to inspire outrage

Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Mark Hasiuk: Self‐righteous moralists dominate casino debate; Candidates court Chinatown while enabling its downfall part of the anarchy

Editorial Award

Monday Magazine, Grant McKenzie & Timothy Collins: Code of Justice: Kimberley Proctor’s killers will face a fate worse than death

Nanaimo Daily News, Paul Walton & Dustin Walker: North Nanaimo needs low barrier project; Cantelon has inflamed the housing issue; lies about low‐barrier facility unhelpful

Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Barry Link: Why you should vote

Environmental Initiative Award

Coquitlam Now, Jennifer McFee: School diverts 85 per cent of waste

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Peter W. Rusland: Pointed bid made for waterfront park

Vancouver Courier (East Side Edition), Naoibh O’Connor: Earth tones

Environmental Writing Award

Monday Magazine, Mary Ellen Green: Dying to stay green: Victorians are making end‐of‐life decisions with the same values as they lead their lives

North Shore News, James Weldon: B.C. aphrodisiac contains cadmium

North Shore Outlook, Sean Kolenko: Sink or Swim

Feature Article Award

Chilliwack Times, Tyler Olsen: Lost girl

Kamloops Daily News, Catherine Litt: Walking tall: She was a 78‐year‐old woman on a 426‐kilometre expedition

Monday Magazine, Danielle Pope: No Shame: Healing the Wounds

Feature Series Award

Nanaimo Daily News, Dustin Walker: Legacy of Fear

The Chilliwack Progress, Jenna Hauck & Eric Welsh: Teenager’s life turned upside down

Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Mike Howell: Riot

John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism

Keremeos, The Review, Steve Arstad: Helping for humanity’s sake

Revelstoke Times Review, Aaron Orlando: Forests ministry knew of conditions in squalid camps; workers not yet paid

Surrey, North Delta Leader, Jeff Nagel: Justice Denied

Neville Shanks Memorial Award for Historical Writing

Monday Magazine, Danielle Pope: Remember Us: Chinese Canadian vets honour the country that cast them aside

North Shore News, James Weldon: A separate peace

Revelstoke Times Review, Aaron Orlando: Does ‘Revelstoke’ meteorite hold evidence of extraterrestrial life?

Outdoor Recreation Writing Award

Campbell River Mirror, Alistair Taylor: Youths escape death in river incident & Trees and high water create hazard on the river

North Shore News, Manisha Krishnan: Going downhill ‐ fast

North Shore Outlook, Maria Spitale‐Leisk: Breathtaking Journey

Sports Writing Award

Abbotsford News, Dan Kinvig: Picking up the pieces

Langley Times, Gary Ahuja: Football fills family void

Vancouver Courier (East Side Edition), Bob Mackin: A stadium reborn


Feature Photo Award, Black & White, Over 25,000

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Andrew Leong: Drawing the boundaries

Maple Ridge‐Pitt Meadows News, Colleen Flanagan: Vigil for two young souls alike

Victoria News, Sharon Tiffin: Happy fisherman

Feature Photo Award, Black & White, Under 25,000

The Interior News, Jon Muldoon: Tubing on Tyhee

Yukon News, Justin Kennedy: Starry night

Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Reflecting face

Feature Photo Award, Colour, Over 25,000

Campbell River Mirror, Paul Rudan: Journey begins for Phillips chinook

Richmond News, Chung Chow: Taking flight … a chickadee prepares to go airborne from a cherry blossom tree in Garry Point Park

Victoria News, Don Denton: Totem gets its groove on

Feature Photo Award, Colour, Under 25,000

Eagle Valley News, Lachlan Labere: True inspiration

Salmon Arm Observer, James Murray: Watch the birdie

Shuswap Market News, James Murray: Share and share alike

Photo Essay Award

Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, Andrew Leong: The Exhibitionists

Gulf Islands Driftwood, Susan Lundy & team : Day in the Life of Salt Spring Island

Powell River Peak, Alicia Baas: Game day

Portrait/Personality Photo Award

The Chilliwack Progress, Jenna Hauck: Latimer and Tractorgrease break boundaries

Yukon News, Ian Stewart: Business portrait

Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Helicopter pilot

Sports Photo Award, Over 25,000

North Shore News, Cindy Goodman: Jammin’

North Shore News, Mike Wakefield: Fly‐by‐kite operation

Penticton Western News, Mark D. Brett: Bring her down

Sports Photo Award, Under 25,000

Coast Reporter, Justin Samson: Coastal Seshins

Gulf Islands Driftwood, John Cameron: Driven to Ride

Quesnel, Cariboo Observer, Percy N. Hébert: Great snag

Spot News Photo Award, Over 25,000

Campbell River Courier‐Islander, Dan MacLennan: Free four all

Cowichan Valley Citizen, Kevin Rothbauer: Three homes, three days, three fires

Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Dan Toulgoet: Riot

Spot News Photo Award, Under 25,000

Nelson Star, Megan Cole: Delivering a Macabre Message

Quesnel, Cariboo Observer, Percy N. Hébert: Trapped

Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Car meets motorcycle

Cartoonist Award

North Island Gazette, Lawrence Woodall: No title, on Commentary page

Powell River Peak, Wendy Brown: HST Referendum

Vancouver Courier (West Side Edition), Geoff Olson: Dog heaven


Special Section Award, Over 25,000

Abbotsford News, Dan Kinvig & Cristine MacDonald: Faceoff

Cowichan Valley Citizen, Andrea Rondeau, Lexi Bainas, Sarah Simpson & Kevin

Rothbauer: Valley food something to crow about

Surrey, North Delta, White Rock Now, Marlyn Graziano, Beau Simpson, Kim Rose & Margot Gauley: Possabilities

Special Section Award, Under 25,000

Coast Reporter, Ashley Doyle: Horizons 2011

Oak Bay News, Oliver Sommer, Penny Sakamoto, Jennifer Blyth, Tricia Stringfellow & Brian Pert: Salute to Mayor Causton

Whistler Question, Eric MacKenzie & John Magill: GranFondo Whistler

Website & Online Innovation Award

Abbotsford News, Don Barbeau & Cristine MacDonald: My Ride

Kamloops Daily News, Mark Rogers: Kamloops Daily News website

Yukon News, Mike Thomas: Yukon News

Ma Murray Community Service Award

North Shore Outlook, Staff: Back to School

Richmond News, Michelle Hopkins, Eve Edmonds & Chung Chow: Bank feeds city’s body, mind and soul

Richmond Review, Mary Kemmis: Ethel Tibbits Awards raises record amount


Newspaper Excellence Category A

Bowen Island Undercurrent (B)

• Bridge River News (G)

North Thompson Times (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category B

• Fernie Free Press (B)

• Hope Standard (B)

• North Island Gazette (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category C

• Gulf Islands Driftwood (B)

• Salmon Arm Observer (B)

• Squamish Chief (G)

Newspaper Excellence Category D

• Coast Reporter (G)

• Oak Bay News (B)

• Whistler Question (G)

Newspaper Excellence Category E

• Cowichan News Leader Pictorial (B)

• New Westminster Record (G)

• Parksville/Qualicum Beach News (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category F

• Langley Advance (G)

• Peace Arch News (B)

• Victoria News (B)

Newspaper Excellence Category G

• Abbotsford News (B)

• Kelowna Capital News (B)

• Surrey, North Delta Leader (B)