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BNCWINNERS2020 133rd Year • Oct. 9, 2020

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2020 Better Newspaper Contest CONTENTS

2020 Contest by the numbers

JUDGES: New York Press Association BNC COMMITTEE Caralyn Bess, Chair, Columbia Basin Herald Patrick Grubb, The Northern Light Roger Harnack, Cheney Free Press Fred Obee, WNPA Janay Collins, WNPA

Web: 20 entries General Excellence: 40 entries Participating Newspapers: 51

CONTEST PERIODS Regular Contest Eligibility: Published April 1, 2019—March 31, 2020 Tourism Special Sections Eligibility: Published April 1, 2019—May 31, 2020 General Excellence Issues: Published Sept 15 & 22, 2019 plus Publisher’s choice CIRCULATION GROUPS Circulation Group 1 – up to 2,500 Circulation Group 2 – 2,501-4,999 Circulation Group 3 – 4,500-11,000 Circulation Group 4 – 11,001 and up

NUMBER OF ENTRIES BY DIVISION Advertising: 133 entries Special Sections: 93 entries News: 887 entries Photography: 247 entries

Advertising Division ...................................3-5 Special Sections ...............................................6 News Division ............................................7-19 General Excellence .......................................8-9 Photography Division ..............................20-23 Digital Division ..............................................23

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Advertising Ad of the Year Groups 1-4

Third Place

Terry Hamberg Roslyn Labor Day Weekend Northern Kittitas County Tribune

First Place

Dana Moreno & Team Coldwell Banker, Blake Rollins Columbia Basin Herald

Groups 3&4

Second Place

First Place

Dana Moreno & Team 2019 Senior Picnic Columbia Basin Herald

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Birch Bay The Northern Light

Third Place

Second Place

Rainier Powers THING Festival Port Townsend Leader

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Semiahmoo Shore The Northern Light

Third Place

Single Advertiser (Sale/Event) Smaller than 1/2 Page Groups 1&2

Rainier Powers Howell’s Sandwich Company Port Townsend Leader

First Place

Terry Hamberg Mountain Voices Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Casey Clark Swiftwater Cellars Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Raquee Rivera & Marleen Martinez Edible Garden Tour Bainbridge Island Review

Groups 3&4 First Place

Rainier Powers Nifty Fiftys Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Semiahmoo The Northern Light

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Branding Ad Groups 1-4 Third Place

Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Saint Antony’s Central Kitsap Reporter

Single Advertiser (Sale/Event) 1/2 Page or Larger Groups 1&2 First Place

Terry Hamberg Kittitas Books Northern Kittitas County Tribune

First Place

Rainier Powers Hulbert Construction Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Kristin Siemion Fox Hall Events Center The Northern Light

Third Place

Raquee Rivera & Brittany Tatro Sotheby’s, Claudia Powers Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Raquee Rivera & Brittany Tatro Coldwell Banker, Barb McKenzie Bainbridge Island Review

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Advertising Community Service Groups 1-4

First Place Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst Athletic Hall of Fame The Northern Light Second Place Dana Moreno & Team Senior Picnic Columbia Basin Herald Third Place Job Wise Free Movie Sunnyside Sun Use of Small Space Groups 1-4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Crab Dinner The Northern Light

Second Place

Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Teams Alsted Real Estate Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Michelle Nedved Priest River Glass Newport Miner

Multiple-Advertiser Ad, 1 or 2 Full Pages Groups 1-4 First Place

Ileana Martinez Great Prosser Balloon Rally Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

Delicia Frost, Bonita Green, Allen Diers & Jeremy Fink Christmas in the Gorge Skamania County Pioneer

Third Place

Ruth Lauman, Molly Ernst, Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Holiday Harbor Lights The Northern Light

Ad Campaign Groups 1-4 First Place

Lloyd Mullen Port Townsend Paper Port Townsend Leader

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Second Place

Tim Heitzman Glen Cove Repair Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Tim Heitzman Key Peninsula Community Services Key Peninsula News

Color Ad, Full Page Groups 1-4 First Place

Raquee Rivera & Brittany Tatro Sotheby’s, Claudia Powers Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

David Boehmke Line & Lure The Reflector

Third Place

Ruth Lauman & Kristin Siemion Samson Estates Winery The Northern Light

Color Ad, 1/2 Page or Larger Groups 1-4 First Place

Raquee Rivera & Brittany Tatro Sotheby’s, Marie Bennett Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Custom Rx Shoppe The Northern Light

Third Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Destination Cultus The Northern Light

Color Ad, Smaller than 1/2 Page Groups 1&2 First Place

Raquee Rivera & Marleen Martinez Ace Hardware Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Raquee Rivera & Harmony Liebert Sequim Food Bank Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Jeremy Fink & Cathy Kane Spring Fling East County Journal

Groups 3&4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Semiahmoo The Northern Light

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Scampi Osteria Italian Cuisine The Northern Light

Third Place

Columbia Basin Herald & HMAC Teams Porterhouse Steakhouse Columbia Basin Herald


Advertising Use of Clip Art Groups 1-4 First Place

Ruth Lauman, Molly Ernst & Doug De Visser Black Forest Steak House The Northern Light

Second Place

Terry Hamberg Carpenter House Museum & Art Gallery Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Rainier Powers Chamber of Jefferson County Port Townsend Leader

Newspaper House Ad Groups 1&2 First Place

Jana Stoner Tribune Newspaper Sold Here Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Jana Stoner & Terry Hamberg Find the Good Stuff in Your Tribune Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Terry Hamberg Harvest These Opportunities Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Groups 3&4 First Place

Lloyd Mullen Newest Public Art Installation Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Tim Heitzman A Winning Proposition Key Peninsula News

Most Original Idea Groups 1-4 First Place

Terry Hamberg Buddy’s Buddies Pet Giving Tree Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Casey Clark In Memoriam 2019 Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Youth-Oriented Content Groups 1-4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Bay Builders The Northern Light

Second Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar The Borderite Report The Northern Light

Third Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Birch Bay Waterslides The Northern Light

Third Place

Casey Clark Roslyn Library Fundraiser Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Humorous Ad Groups 1-4 First Place

Terry Hamberg & Jana Stoner Roslyn Doggie Olympics Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Terry Hamberg Boulet Theatre Productions Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Rainier Powers Elevated Ice Cream Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Tim Heitzman Pat & Diane Thank You Key Peninsula News

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Special Sections Third Place

Pili Linares, David Hamilton & Sharon Newman-Adjiri Visitor’s Guide 2019 Snoqualmie Valley Record

Lifestyle/Culture Special Sections Groups 1&2 First Place

Staff Methow Home 2020 Methow Valley News

Second Place

Shawna Dixon & Laura Foster Living on the Peninsula: Tribes Today Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Staff Health & Wellness 2019-20 Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Topical, In-Paper Special Sections Groups 1-4 First Place

Dee Camp Road to Recovery Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Ruth Lauman, Molly Ernst & Louise Mugar Back to School The Northern Light

Third Place

Patrick Shelby & Ileana Martinez Mat Classic XXXII Sunnyside Sun

Tourism Special Sections Groups 1&2 First Place

Aly Siemion, Louise Mugar, Doug De Visser & Ruth Lauman Pacific Coast Weddings 2020 The Northern Light

Second Place

Raquee Rivera, Bryon Kempf, Nick Twietmeyer, Brian Kelly & Bob Smith Upbeat Fall 2019 Port Orchard Independent

Third Place

Team Voice of the Pend Oreille River Valley Newport Miner

Special Events/Festivals Sections Groups 1&2 First Place

Staff Pioneer Days 2019 Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Staff Methow Valley Summer 2019 Methow Valley News

Second Place

Staff Methow Valley Winter 2019-20 Methow Valley News

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Staff Washington’s Central Cascades 2019-20 Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Groups 3&4 First Place

Aly Siemion, Louise Mugar, Doug De Visser & Ruth Lauman Waterside 2019 The Northern Light

Second Place

Team Tourism Guide 2020 Columbia Basin Herald

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Evan Caldwell & Kathy Boyd Stanwood Camano Fair 2019 Stanwood Camano News Staff Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Groups 3&4 First Place

Team County Fair & Roundup Rodeo 2019 Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Staff Centrum Music Festival Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Staff Wooden Boat Festival Port Townsend Leader

Community Guide Sections Groups 1-4 First Place

Staff Methow Made 2019 Methow Valley News

Second Place

Team Progress Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Staff Whidbey Almanac 2020 Whidbey News-Times

Special Section Covers Groups 1&2 First Place

LaShelle Easton Methow Home 2020 Methow Valley News

Second Place

Walter Willand Outdoors 2019 Cheney Free Press

Third Place

Ileana Martinez Wedding Book 2020 Sunnyside Sun

Groups 3&4 First Place

Christina Poisal & Sue Stevenson Strawberry Festival 2019 North County Outlook

Second Place

Pili Linares & Analise Hannah Eastside Gives Bellevue Reporter

Third Place

Grant Gunderson, Doug De Visser & Oliver Lazenby Mount Baker Experience Winter 2020 The Northern Light


News 2020 SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR

2020 NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR

2020 FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

First Place Justin Johnson Shelton-Mason County Journal Second Place Taylor Newquist The Statesman Examiner Third Place Michael Dashiell Sequim Gazette

First Place Carolyn Bick Northwest Asian Weekly Second Place M. David Meyer Northwest Asian Weekly Third Place Kelly Moyer Camas-Washougal Post-Record

First Place Sara Thompson Key Peninsula News Second Place Luciano Marano Bainbridge Island Review Third Place Kai Curry Northwest Asian Weekly

News Story, Long Groups 1&2

Group 2

First Place

Jim Fossett Moving a Horse Barn Northern Kittitas County Tribune

First Place

Kelly Moyer Camas Principal on Leave Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Eric Rosane & Paul Dunn The Loss from Flood is Immense Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Paul Dunn Residents Count Their Losses After Flooding Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Eric Rosane Intimidating Behavior Investigated Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Marcy Stamper Rendezvous Fire Caused by Burning Debris Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

Group 3

Zoe Deal Apprehensions Rise at the Canadian Border The Northern Light

First Place

Dana Kampa Fire District’s Alleged Racist Remarks Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Dee Camp Reports: Fire Cause Undetermined Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

M. David Meyer Chinese American Veterans Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Third Place

Jami Makan Canadians Increasingly Face Five-year Bans The Northern Light

Group 4

First Place

News Story, Short Group 1 First Place

Anne Basye Smelt Derby Extinct La Conner Weekly News

Olivia Sullivan Community Remembers Murdered Teen Federal Way Mirror

Second Place

Cameron Kast The Big One The Reflector

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Steve Hunter Sister Seeks Safer Intersection Kent-Covington Reporter

Zoe Deal Fatal Collision at Border The Northern Light

Group 4

First Place

Haley Ausbun Failing to Keep Them Down Renton Reporter

Ken Stern Local Run on Hand Sanitizer La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Colleen Smith Man Drowns in Mountain Lake Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Cameron Kast Rare Corpse Flower Blooms The Reflector Rick Bannan Casino Closes Overnight The Reflector

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General Excellence Group 1 First Place

Bainbridge Island Review

Brian Kelly & Luciano Marano Second Place

Ferndale Record Brent Lindquist, Calvin Bratt & Hailey Palmer

Third Place

Stanwood Camano News Evan Caldwell, Kathy Boyd & Peggy Wendel

Group 2 First Place

Chinook Observer

Matt Winters Second Place

Anacortes American

Briana Alzola, Richard Walker, Monique Merrill & Colette Weeks Third Place

Methow Valley News Staff

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General Excellence Group 3 First Place

Columbia Basin Herald Team

Second Place

North Kitsap Herald

Nick Twietmeyer, Tyler Shuey, Mark Krulish & Ken Park Third Place

Mukilteo Beacon

Paul Archipley

Group 4 First Place

Marysville Globe

Steve Powell & Douglas Buell Second Place

The Reflector Eric Schwartz

Third Place

Kent-Covington Reporter Mark Klaas, Steve Hunter, Marie Skoor & Danielle Chastaine

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News Breaking News Story Groups 1&2 First Place

Paul Dunn An Evacuee’s Story Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Elizabeth Shepherd & Susan Riemer Tacoma Police Kill Vashon Man Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Marcy Stamper Longtime Valley Resident Detained Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Patrick Grubb Directive to Detain Iranian-Americans The Northern Light

Second Place

Michael Whitney Former Mill Burns Snohomish County Tribune

Third Place

Michael Heinbach Fanning Found Guilty of Murder Shelton-Mason County Journal

Health or Medical Story Group 1 First Place

Bill Reynolds Celebrate Opening of Dental Clinic La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Evan Caldwell Long-term Care Challenges Hit Home Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Colleen Smith Recovery in Community Making a Difference Islands’ Sounder

Group 2

First Place

Ashley Ahearn Learning to Ask for Help Methow Valley News

Second Place

Paul Dunn Seniors Cautious as Virus Spreads Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Terry Hamberg & Jana Stoner For the Love of Lily Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Group 3

First Place

Carmen Jaramillo Mental Health: Breaking the Cycle Port Townsend Leader

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Second Place

M. David Meyer New Health Care Model Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place

Evangeline Cafe COVID Survivor Urges Cooperation Northwest Asian Weekly

Group 4

First Place

Ray Miller-Still Mom & Me Medical Clinic The Courier-Herald

Second Place

Cameron Kast PTSD Horse Program The Reflector

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still St. Elizabeth Workers Picket The Courier-Herald

Environmental Story Group 1 First Place

Heather Spaulding Bear Searches Islands for a Mate Journal of the San Juan Islands

Second Place

Peggy Wendel Whale Deaths Spike Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Evan Caldwell Unlocking Leque Stanwood Camano News

Group 2

First Place

Ashley Ahearn Fire, Drought & High Anxiety Methow Valley News

Second Place

Eric Rosane Living on the Edge Nisqually Valley News


News Environmental Story Group 2

Education Story Group 1

Third Place

First Place

Alex Brown Saving Washington’s Salmon Nisqually Valley News

Laura Kussman Kaleidoscope Outdoor Preschool Islands’ Sounder

Second Place

Groups 3&4

Evan Caldwell Early Warning Stanwood Camano News

First Place

Oliver Lazenby Donut Hole The Northern Light

Third Place

Heather Spaulding Building Dreams for All Children Journal of the San Juan Islands

Second Place

Lily Haight Discovering a Lost Wilderness Port Townsend Leader

Group 2

Third Place

First Place

Brian Soergel Coyotes on the Prowl Edmonds Beacon

Paul Dunn Yelm Rotary Book Program Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Business News Story Groups 1&2

Karl Holappa Hands-on Education Daily Record

First Place

Third Place

Marcy Stamper Practical Processing Methow Valley News

Eric Rosane Dedication Beyond Years Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Marcy Stamper Mushroom Pickers Spring Up Methow Valley News

Third Place

Matthew Nash Businesses Take Sides on MAT Clinic Sequim Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

M. David Meyer Coronavirus Fears Hurt Businesses Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Cocktail Farm The Courier-Herald

Third Place

M. David Meyer A Monument to Chinatown Returns Northwest Asian Weekly

Business Feature Story Groups 1&2 First Place

Paul Dunn Power House Motorsports Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Ralph Schwartz The New Young Faces of Winthrop Retailing Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 Group 3

First Place

First Place

Gordon Weeks Bringing Passion, Growth to Shelton Schools Shelton-Mason County Journal

Jason Cruz From Machine Learning to Cheesecakes Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Stacy Nguyen Phamily Business Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Joshua Holland Making Room for Business Northwest Asian Weekly

Group 4

Ray Miller-Still Student to Meet Dalai Lama The Courier-Herald Rick Bannan Schools Nix Sex Ed Requirement The Reflector

Government Story Groups 1&2

First Place

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Alternative Birth Options The Courier-Herald Ray Miller-Still Care for the Dead, Serve the Living The Courier-Herald Cameron Kast Where Everything Turns Out Right The Reflector

Marcy Stamper Answering the Call Methow Valley News Eric Rosane House Leader Wilcox Nisqually Valley News Michael Dashiell Citizens Seek Answer From Board Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Conor Dowley Tsunami Bats Crafting Excellence Sequim Gazette 2020 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST 11


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Government Story Groups 3&4

Election Story Groups 1&2

First Place

Brock Hires Firearms, Cash & Drugs Missing Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

First Place

Michael Dashiell Fire District 3 Candidates Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Don Gronning Cusick Audit Damning Newport Miner

Second Place

Michael Heinbach Auditor to Observe Ukraine Election Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Brent Lindquist Position 4 Truly a Toss-up Ferndale Record

Third Place

Bill Reynolds Huge Tribal Senate Upset La Conner Weekly News

Crime & Court Story Groups 1&2

Groups 3&4 First Place

First Place

Brandon Gustafson Zieve Caught with Forum Questions Mukilteo Beacon

Conor Dowley Man with Down Syndrome Arrested Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Second Place

Ruth Bayang Seattle City Elections Northwest Asian Weekly

Marcy Stamper ICE Takes Mushroom Pickers Into Custody Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

M. David Meyer Father Still Hopes To See Daughter Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Michael Heinbach Murderer Gets 35 Years Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Michael Heinbach Daring Escape from Courthouse Shelton-Mason County Journal

Group 4

First Place

Rick Bannan First Court Appearance The Reflector

Second Place

Olivia Sullivan Fire Destroys Home Federal Way Mirror

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Father Charged with Assault The Courier-Herald

Social Issue Story Groups 1&2 First Place

Ann McCreary The Methow Housing Trust Methow Valley News

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Third Place Second Place

Kelly Moyer Their Bold Voices Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Third Place

Matthew Nash A Mother & Grandmother’s Love Sequim Gazette

Group 3

First Place

Kai Curry Inventor of the Pussyhat Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Carmen Jaramillo Three Homeless Deaths Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

M. David Meyer Battleground for Taiwanese Identity Northwest Asian Weekly

Group 4

First Place

Haley Ausbun Family Mourns Son Who Lived on the Streets Renton Reporter

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Stay Woke Conference The Courier-Herald

Third Place

Rick Bannan Church Banners Vandalized The Reflector

Rick Bannan Controversy Over Campaign Finance The Reflector

Comprehensive Coverage, Single Writer Group 1 First Place

Peggy Wendel Stanwood Growth Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Kelly Moyer Aquatics Center Bond Proposal Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Third Place

Mandi Johnson Former Principal Accused of Sexual Offenses Journal of the San Juan Islands

Group 2

First Place

Patrick Shelby Plea for Justice Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

Marcy Stamper French Creek Road Methow Valley News

Third Place

Richard Walker City Takes On Inclusion Anacortes American

Group 3

First Place

Brian Soergel Edmonds Street Waterfront Connector Edmonds Beacon


News Comprehensive Coverage, Single Writer Group 3 Second Place

Gordon Weeks Transformative Fall for District Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

M. David Meyer Keiro Closure Saga Northwest Asian Weekly

Group 4

First Place

Ray Miller-Still Cold Case Trial The Courier-Herald

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still District Official Accused of Stealing The Courier-Herald

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Local Civil War Soldier The Courier-Herald

Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers Groups 1-4 First Place

Patrick Grubb & Jami Makan Iranian-American Series The Northern Light Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Paul Dunn & Eric Rosane Flooding on the Nisqually River Nisqually Valley News Natalie Johnson, Will Rubin, Cody Neuenschwander & Eric Schwartz Arrest After Woman Vanished Nisqually Valley News

Investigative Reporting Groups 1-4 First Place

Peggy Wendel Driving Miss Vicky Stanwood Camano News Diana Zimmerman Musician Created Memorable Memories Wahkiakum County Eagle

Group 2

First Place

Ashley Lodato Re-raising the Barn Methow Valley News

Gordon Weeks Shelton Toxic Dump Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Three Percenters The Courier-Herald

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Rick Bannan Crime in North County The Reflector

General Feature Story, Long Group 1 First Place

Peggy Wendel Keeping His Story Alive Stanwood Camano News

Don Sanderson Expert Crosscut Saw Filers Skamania County Pioneer Philip Watness Old Guys Who Build Stuff Skamania County Pioneer

Group 3

First Place

Dee Camp Moon Landing Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Joseph Pentheroudakis The Night Key Center Burned Key Peninsula News

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News General Feature Story, Long Group 3

Group 2

First Place

Marcy Stamper Perplexed by Plastic Methow Valley News

Third Place

Sophia Aldous American Ninja Warrior History Newport Miner

Second Place

Cathy Kane Senior Living: Wanda Justice East County Journal

Group 4

First Place

Third Place

Olivia Sullivan & Haley Donwerth Motorcycle Crash Miracle Federal Way Mirror

Cathy Kane Veteran Bill Evans East County Journal

Second Place

Olivia Sullivan Couple Quarantined on Cruise Ship Federal Way Mirror

Group 3

First Place

Charles H. Featherstone Cigar Box Blues Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Cameron Kast Climbing Out of Your Comfort Zone The Reflector

Second Place

Sophia Aldous Fried Chicken Flies High Newport Miner

General Feature Story, Short Groups 1&2

Third Place

First Place

RaeLynn Ricarte Kettle Falls Grouch The Statesman Examiner

Second Place

Don Nelson Two for the Road Methow Valley News

Edward Olinger Homemade Parade Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Monique Merrill Building on History Anacortes American

Groups 3&4 First Place

Lily Haight Hen Bravery Set Stage for Victory Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Olivia Sullivan Please Not My Son Federal Way Mirror

Third Place

Cheryl Schweizer Meals to Heal Columbia Basin Herald

Lifestyle Feature Story Group 1 First Place

Kelly Moyer Finding Her Bliss Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Evan Caldwell Family Footsteps Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Colleen Smith The Spinogattis Islands’ Sounder

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Group 4

First Place

Cameron Kast Lighting Up La Center The Reflector

Second Place

Bob Smith Artist Keeping Art Form Alive Port Orchard Independent

Third Place

Cameron Kast Making a Mint The Reflector

Personality Profile, Long Group 1 First Place

Kelly Moyer Turn of the Century Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Bill Reynolds Teacher Hands Off Rich Legacy La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Bill Reynolds Fisher Family Built a Long History La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Ashley Ahearn Blind Faith Methow Valley News


News Personality Profile, Long Group 2 Second Place

Paul Dunn Volunteer of The Year Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Conor Dowley Running Boys & Girls Clubs Sequim Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

Edward Olinger Phil Bauer Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Gordon Weeks A New Life in Shelton Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Brian Soergel Killer Photos: Ted Bundy Edmonds Beacon

Personality Profile, Short Group 1 First Place

Peggy Wendel A House with History Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Bill Reynolds Herrera Truly a Life-saver La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Marian Flandrick New Family Fit for a Queen Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Matthew Nash Miss Washington Junior Pre-Teen Contestant Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Julia Hart Maynard Koen Mystery Solved Sunnyside Sun

Groups 3&4 First Place

Sophia Aldous New Priest Finds Home in Priest River Newport Miner

Second Place

Brandon Gustafson Making History Mukilteo Beacon

Third Place

Ted Ralston Mary Mazur, Historian Key Peninsula News

Story on the Arts Group 1 First Place

Diane Craig Fire Station Mural Project Islands’ Sounder

Second Place

Peggy Wendel A Musical Life Shines Stanwood Camano News

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News

Feature Page Design Groups 1&2

Story on the Arts Group 1

First Place

Darla Hussey Practical Processing Methow Valley News

Third Place

Mandi Johnson Deep Dive Journal of the San Juan Islands

Second Place

Group 2

First Place

Marcy Stamper All the Right Notes Methow Valley News

Second Place

Elizabeth Shepherd A Story of Hard Times & Resilience Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Rodney Harwood Jazz in the Valley Daily Record

Groups 3&4 First Place

Andrew Hamlin Mark Dacascos Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Cameron Kast Barn Quilts The Reflector

Third Place

Janice Nesamani Canvassing for Artists Northwest Asian Weekly

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Art Reviews Groups 1&2 First Place

Elizabeth Shepherd ‘She Kills Monsters’ Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Ken Stern ‘Addams Family’ La Conner Weekly News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Stacy Nguyen ‘The Grudge’ Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Stacy Nguyen ‘Yesterday’ Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place

Kai Curry ‘Birds of Prey’ Northwest Asian Weekly

Tate Thomson Street Art Island Scene Journal of the San Juan Islands

Third Place

LaShelle Easton Everyone’s An Artist Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Joel Martin Quincy City Administrator Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

David Boehmke Clark County Fair The Reflector

Front Page Design Group 1 First Place

Evan Caldwell It’s All of Ours Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Brian Kelly Just Stay Home Bainbridge Island Review


News News of the Weird Groups 1&2 First Place

Jim Fossett He’s Got a Piece of Berlin Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Matthew Nash Woman Finds ‘Price is Right’ Twice Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Colleen Smith Fire Department Saves Choking Dog Islands’ Sounder

Group 3

First Place

Oliver Lazenby Mt. Baker Slush Cup The Northern Light

Second Place

Brock Hires Pearl Harbor Art Work Discovered Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Front Page Design Group 1 Third Place

Evan Caldwell A Fairly Big Deal Stanwood Camano News

Group 2

First Place

Michael Dashiell Sequim Shuts Down Sequim Gazette

Second Place

RaeLynn Ricarte Buffaloed The Statesman Examiner

Third Place

RaeLynn Ricarte & Taylor Newquist Riding for Those Who Can’t The Statesman Examiner

Groups 3&4 First Place

Adam Rudnick COVID-19 Upends County Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Adam Rudnick Recovering Apollo 11 Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Connor Vanderweyst Green Thumbs Columbia Basin Herald

Dee Camp Small, Human-like Skull Found Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Group 4

First Place

Ray Miller-Still All Things Sasquatch The Courier-Herald

Second Place

Olivia Sullivan Elf on 320th Street Federal Way Mirror

Second Place

Jim Fossett 152 Goals Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Patrick Shelby Toppenish Elevates Community with Trophy Sunnyside Sun

Groups 3&4 First Place

Justin Johnson Crafting a Legacy Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Hailey Palmer Unbeaten Run Ended Lynden Tribune

Third Place

Casey McCarthy Time for Nine Columbia Basin Herald

Sports Feature Groups 1&2 First Place

Bill Reynolds Team Enjoyed Banner 1968 Season La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Luke Olson A Father-Son Place Daily Record

Third Place

Eric Rosane We Used to Be in the Shadows Nisqually Valley News

Sports News Story Group 1 First Place

Wayne Havrelly Papermaker Perfection Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Bill Reynolds Girls Basketball Place Second at State La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Steve Powell They’ll Be Back Arlington Times

Group 2

First Place

Michael Dashiell Wolves Race to State Championship Sequim Gazette

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News Sports Feature Groups 3&4 First Place

Steve Powell Marysville Umpire Marysville Globe

Second Place

Al Camp Town Teams Ruled a Century Ago Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Sports Personality Profile Groups 1&2 First Place

Diana Zimmerman Lee Tischer Wahkiakum County Eagle

Second Place

Michael Dashiell In for the Long Run Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Marcy Stamper A Through-hiker’s Best Friend Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Mark Krulish Cancer Won’t Stop Youngster Port Orchard Independent

Second Place

Casey McCarthy Coaching Tree Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Jason Cruz Pro Wrestling Classic Northwest Asian Weekly

Sports Page Design Groups 1-4 First Place

Don Nelson Out of Session Methow Valley News Ken Stern Take Flattening the Curve Seriously La Conner Weekly News

Groups 3&4 First Place

First Place

Don Nelson A Win for Open Government Methow Valley News

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RaeLynn Ricarte Editorial Pages The Statesman Examiner

Third Place

Third Place

Editorial Groups 1&2

First Place

Carrie Rodriguez Mirror’s Role in Vetting Candidates Federal Way Mirror

Justin Johnson & Adam Rudnick Mason County Cup Shelton-Mason County Journal Connor Vanderweyst Hunter to Hunted Columbia Basin Herald

Editorial Pages Groups 1-4

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Brad Skiff Bipartisan Dead End Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Dean Miller City Hall Sits on Offer to City Manager Port Townsend Leader

Patrick Shelby & Ileana Martinez Sunnyside Opener Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

Third Place

Lloyd Mullen Learning From Tragedy Port Townsend Leader

Editorial Cartoon Groups 1-4 First Place

Brad Skiff A Match Made in Twisp Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

David Boehmke Corpse Flower The Reflector

Adam Rudnick & Kirk Ericson Editorial Pages Shelton-Mason County Journal Keven Graves, Jessie Stensland & Staff Editorial Pages Whidbey News-Times

General Interest Column Groups 1&2 First Place

Eric Schwartz Editor’s Notes Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Ken Stern Musings, On the Editor’s Mind La Conner Weekly News


News General Interest Column Groups 1&2 Third Place

Don Nelson No Bad Days Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Adam Rudnick Editor’s Desk Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Kirk Ericson These Times Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Our Corner The Courier-Herald

Newspaper Community Service Groups 1-4 First Place Roger Harnack Going Galapagos The Statesman Examiner Second Place Emry Dinman Changes at Grant Integrated Services Columbia Basin Herald

Humorous Column Groups 1-4 First Place

Ray Miller-Still Our Corner The Courier-Herald

Second Place

Sophia Aldous Sophie’s Choice Newport Miner

Third Place

Carolyn Wiley Devil’s Head Diary Key Peninsula News

Topical Column Groups 1-4 First Place

Samantha Pak On the Shelf Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Pat Paul Aqiimuk’s Kitchen La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Don Gronning Rodeo Scene Newport Miner

News Headline Groups 1&2 First Place

Staff Come Check Out Our Caboose Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Eric Schwartz The ‘Iceman’ Runneth Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Don Nelson Frozen in Time Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Charles H. Featherstone Comfy Cowch Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Cheryl Schweizer Who’s a Good Officer? Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Joel Martin Friday Knight Lights Columbia Basin Herald

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Photography Photographer of the Year First Place Roger Harnack Cheney Free Press

Roger Harnack positioned himself at the top of the hill to get this shot of a motorcyclist losing control.

Roger Harnack, a repeat winner in the Phtographer of the Year category, captured this image of a derailed train making a zigzag across the landscape.

Second Place Evan Caldwell Stanwood Camano News

Evan Caldwell’s landscape shot of a church and some daodils complemented his sports photography.

Evan Caldwell earned second place in the Photographer of the Year category with shots like this competitive swimmer.

Third Place Al Camp Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Like Harnack, Al Camp was a repeat winner in the Photographer of the Year category with shots like this. 20 2020 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST

Al Camp gets close to the action with this shot of a recreational softball league.


Photography B/W Feature, Portrait or Pictorial Photo Groups 1-4 First Place

Mandi Johnson Whales & Ship Journal of the San Juan Islands

Second Place

Matthew Nash Rooster Rides in Style Sequim Gazette

B/W Sports Photo Groups 1-4 First Place

Chris Johnson Gracie May West Plays a Ball East County Journal

Second Place

Chris Johnson Rodeo Finals East County Journal

Photo Essay Groups 1&2 First Place

Steve Mitchell Vintage Wheels Methow Valley News

Second Place

Steve Mitchell, Don Nelson & LaShelle Easton Up, Up in the Air Methow Valley News

Third Place

Steve Mitchell, Don Nelson, Marcy Stamper & Lauralee Northcott Christmas at the End of the Road Methow Valley News

Group 3

Shawna Whelan of the Shelton-Mason County Journal took first place for a Breaking News Photo with this shot of firefighters on a roof. Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Thrill of the Hunt The Courier-Herald

Breaking News Photo Groups 1-4 First Place

Shawna Whelan Venting the Flames Shelton-Mason County Journal

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Brock Hires & Al Camp Rodeo Time Can Get Crazy Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Richard Miller & Joseph Pentheroudakis Springtime Out and About Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Shawna Whelan Wild Goats Go Yonder Shelton-Mason County Journal

Group 4

First Place

Brandon Gustafson Man Arrested in SWAT Incident Mukilteo Beacon

First Place

Richard Walker Live Firefighter Training Anacortes American

Second Place

Patrick Shelby Memorial Day Weekend of Remembrance Sunnyside Sun

Third Place

Jacob Ford Shop With a Cop Daily Record

Rainier Powers Nina Otaki is Free Port Townsend Leader

General News Photo Group 1 First Place

Brian Kelly Grace in Isolation Bainbridge Island Review

Ray Miller-Still Getting Down & Dirty The Courier-Herald

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Leaping Lizards The Courier-Herald

Third Place

Second Place

Group 2

Ken Stern Seniors Go With A Pop La Conner Weekly News Ken Stern Blessing of Fleet La Conner Weekly News

Brian Kelly of the Bainbridge Island Review captured this photo titled Grace in Isolation and took a first place in the General News Photo category. 2020 WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST 21


Photography General News Photo Groups 3&4 First Place

Shawna Whelan Family Members React to Baptism Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Makenna Dreher Edmonds Park Fit for Everyone Edmonds Beacon

Third Place

Michael Heinbach Fanning Found Guilty of Murder Shelton-Mason County Journal

Color Feature Photo Group 1 First Place

Evan Caldwell A Fair Amount of Fun Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Peggy Wendel Silvana Fair Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Colleen Smith Orcas Homecoming Islands’ Sounder

Group 2

First Place

Jacob Ford Lima Bean Spitting Contest Daily Record

Second Place

Michael Dashiell School Spirit on Parade Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Steve Mitchell A Bang-up Day Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Lisa Bryan Tip Toland: Genuine Life in Sculpture Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Al Camp A Young Dancer at Powwow Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Chris Konieczny Key Peninsula Beekeepers Key Peninsula News

Color Portrait Groups 1&2 First Place

Don Nelson Class (of 2019) Acts Methow Valley News

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Lisa Bryan of the Key Peninsula News earned a first place award for this portrait of an artist at work in the Color Feature Photo category. Second Place

Jana Stoner A Calico’s Journey Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Third Place

Roger Harnack Dancing Boobie The Statesman Examiner

Groups 3&4 First Place

Richard Miller Mac Bryant Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Al Camp Rodeo Clown Glenn Damian of the Skamania County Pioneer picked Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle up a first place in the Pictorial category for this shot of a

Third Place

Sophia Aldous Ash Wednesday Newport Miner

Color Pictorial Groups 1-4 First Place

Glenn Damian Lightning Storm Skamania County Pioneer

Second Place

Bob Lampert Ear Today Sequim Gazette

lightning storm.

Third Place

Michael Dashiell Creek Seeks a Name Sequim Gazette

Color Sports Photo, Action Groups 1&2 First Place

Roger Harnack Nitro Nationals The Statesman Examiner


Photography Color Sports Photo, Action Groups 1&2

Groups 3&4 First Place

Connor Vanderweyst 2 to Tango Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Matthew Nash Rodeo Bareback Riding Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Chris Johnson Synchronized Celebration East County Journal

Third Place

Casey McCarthy A Perfect Ending Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Justin Johnson Final Roll Shelton-Mason County Journal

Groups 3&4 First Place

Al Camp Prepare for a Hard Landing Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Al Camp Tanner Hall Loses His Sunglasses Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Shawna Whelan Sunday Summer Kicks Shelton-Mason County Journal

Color Sports Photo, Feature Groups 1&2 First Place

Steve Mitchell Happy To Be There Methow Valley News

Second Place

Roger Harnack Your Mom Called Cheney Free Press Steve Mitchell of the Methow Valley News took home a first place award in the Color Sports Photo category for this trail runner jumping for joy.

Digital Website Groups 1-4 First Place

Aly Siemion, Louise Mugar, Doug De Visser & Ruth Lauman WatersideNW.com The Northern Light

Second Place

Aly Siemion, Kristin Siemion & Louise Mugar PacificCoastWeddings.us The Northern Light

Third Place

Team ColumbiaBasinHerald.com Columbia Basin Herald

Online Ad Groups 1-4

Video Groups 1-4

First Place

Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Beyond Fairway Tours The Northern Light

Second Place

Dana Moreno & Team Digital Subscriptions Columbia Basin Herald

First Place

Han Bui & Assunta Ng Lunar New Year Parade Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Ruth Lauman Semiahmoo Spit Kite Flying The Northern Light

Third Place

Dana Moreno & Team Talk About Subscriptions Columbia Basin Herald

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