2021 WNPA Better Newspaper Contest winners

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Better Newspaper Contest 2021

Presented Oct. 8, 2021 following the 134th Annual Meeting of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association

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2021 Better Newspaper Contest CONTENTS 2021 Contest Facts

JUDGES: Kentucky Press Association BNC COMMITTEE Committee Members

Caralyn Bess, Chair, Columbia Basin Herald Patrick Grubb, The Northern Light Teresa Myers, Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Fred Obee, WNPA Janay Collins, WNPA

NUMBER OF ENTRIES BY DIVISION Advertising: 177 entries

Special Sections: 63 entries News: 980 entries Photography: 163 entries Digital: 17 entries General Excellence: 48 entries Participating Newspapers: 51

CONTEST PERIODS

Regular Contest Eligibility: Published April 1, 2020—March 31, 2021 Tourism Special Sections Eligibility: Published by May 31, 2021 General Excellence Issues: Published weeks of Sept 13 & 20, 2021, plus Publisher’s choice

CIRCULATION GROUPS

Circulation Group 1 – up to 2,399 Circulation Group 2 – 2,400-3,399 Circulation Group 3 – 3,400-9,499 Circulation Group 4 – 9,500 +

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

About this publication

This publication was edited, designed and produced by the WNPA staff, Executive Director Fred Obee and Member Services Director Janay Collins. The betterbnc.com website is provided and hosted by SmallTownPapers (smalltownpapers. com). Printing was donated by the Wenatchee World.

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Advertising Ad of the Year Groups 1-4

Second Place

First Place

Caralyn Bess & Dana Moreno Come in We’re Open Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

HMAC Team The Weston Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Dana Moreno Grant County Health District Holiday Tips Columbia Basin Herald

Single Advertiser, Smaller than 1/2 Page Groups 1&2 First Place

Ryan Edwards Cascades Outdoor Store Methow Valley News

Second Place

Lindsay Smithberg & John Jaeger Port Townsend Vineyards Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Casey Clark Ruby’s Store Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Groups 3&4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Wings Over Water The Northern Light

Our 2021 sponsors!

Rainier Powers Port Townsend Wood Workers Show Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Rainier Powers & Josh Hamilton Presidents Day Port Townsend Leader

Single Advertiser, 1/2 Page or Larger Groups 1&2 First Place

Ryan Edwards Winthrop Ace Hardware Father’s Day Methow Valley News

Second Place

Molly Omann & Harmony Liebert New Dungeness Nursery Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Ryan Edwards Winthrop Ace Hardware Holiday Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Ferndale Lube The Northern Light

Second Place

Molly Ernst & Ruth Lauman Peace Arch Real Estate The Northern Light

Thank you!

Tyler Whitworth

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Advertising Community Service (Combined, News & Advertising)

First Place Cheney Free Press Paul Delaney, DeeAnn Gibb, Walter Willand, John Myers & Roger Harnack Malden Babb Fire Second Place Columbia Basin Herald Caralyn Bess & Dana Moreno Senior Picnic Third Place Northwest Asian Weekly Han Bui, Assunta Ng, John Liu, George Liu & Ruth Bayang Community Mural Contest Single Advertiser, 1/2 Page or Larger Groups 3&4 Third Place

Dana Moreno Adams County Development Council Columbia Basin Herald

Branding Ad Groups 1&2 First Place

Lindsay Smithberg & Brenda Jorgens Robin Callahan Designs Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Ace Hardware Bainbridge Island Review

Third Place

Molly Omann & Harmony Liebert Paragon Dermatology Sequim Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Nimbus Real Estate The Northern Light

Second Place

Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Packers Kitchen + Bar The Northern Light

Third Place

Doug De Visser, Molly Ernst & Julie Chan Birch Bay Budz The Northern Light

Use of Small Space Groups 1-4 First Place

Ruth Lauman & Molly Ernst Water Wisely Schedule The Northern Light

Groups 3&4 First Place

Rainier Powers, Jessica Heron & Josh Hamilton Business Owners Day Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Melt Message and Body Bainbridge Island Review Rainier Powers & Jessica Heron Ground to Perfection Port Townsend Leader

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

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Women in Business Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Help Vashon Stay Connected Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Who’s Who on Vashon Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

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Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Mt. Baker Ski Area The Northern Light Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar A Taste of Blaine The Northern Light

Ad Campaign Groups 1-3 First Place

Caralyn Bess & Dana Moreno Come in We’re Open Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Molly Omann & Lara Stanton Lodge Chiropractic Sequim Gazette

Third Place

HMAC Team Skaug Bros. Carpet One Floor & Home Spillabration Columbia Basin Herald


Advertising Ad Campaign Group 4 First Place

Molly Ernst & Doug De Visser Birch Bay Square The Northern Light

Second Place

Tim Heitzman Glen Cove Repair Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Tim Heitzman Key Peninsula News House Campaign Key Peninsula News

Color Ad, Full Page Groups 1-4 First Place

Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Sotheby’s, Marie Sinclair Bennett Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Theresa Murray & Will Adams Dirt Cheap Cycle Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Cindy Ducich & Tracy Long Federal Way Rotary Scholarships Federal Way Mirror

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

HMAC Team Adopt a Pet Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

HMAC Team Easter Services Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Ruth Lauman & Louise Mugar Custom Rx Shoppe The Northern Light

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

Ryan Edwards Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop Methow Valley News

Second Place

Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Bainbridge Crystal Healing Bainbridge Island Review

Third Place

Molly Omann & Brenda Jorgens Coldwell Banker Real Estate Bainbridge Island Review

Groups 3&4

Groups 3&4

First Place

First Place

Dana Moreno Shop & Dine Local Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Rainier Powers & Josh Hamilton The Leader is the only newspaper in the galaxy Port Townsend Leader

HMAC Team Skaug Bros. Carpet One Floor & Home Spillabration Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Theresa Murray & Will Adams Brady Trucking Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Third Place

Use of Clip Art Groups 1&2 First Place

Lindsay Smithberg & Brenda Jorgens Hear for Life Audiology Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Casey Clark Central Cascade Embroidery & Screen Printing Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Will Adams Adding to the history & legacy of Mason County Shelton-Mason County Journal Han Bui & Assunta Ng Congratulations NW Asian Weekly Northwest Asian Weekly

Most Original Idea Groups 1-4 First Place

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah Vashon Be Prepared Gratitude Project Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Will Adams & Dave Pierik Cream of Local Scoop Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Third Place

Groups 3&4

Humorous Ad Groups 1-4

Ryan Edwards Ulrich’s Pharmacy Methow Valley News

Raquee Rivera & Brenda Jorgens Hear for Life Audiology Bainbridge Island Review

First Place

Dana Moreno Grant County Health District Trick or Treat Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Cindy Ducich, Tracy Long & Rudi Alcott Best Burger Contest Federal Way Mirror

Third Place

Doug De Visser & Molly Ernst Lil’ Sprouts Child Care The Northern Light

Newspaper House Ad Groups 1&2

First Place

HMAC Team Skaug Bros. Carpet One Floor & Home New Cabinets Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Theresa Murray & Will Adams Vander Wal’s Garage Shelton-Mason County Journal

Youth-Oriented Content Groups 1-4 First Place

First Place

Doug De Visser & Louise Mugar Bay Builders The Northern Light

Walter Willand Count on us for your local news Cheney Free Press

Second Place

Ileana Martinez It’s no joke! Sunnyside Sun

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Rhonda Hundertmark & Michelle Havist Read it wherever you are La Conner Weekly News

Will Adams Backyard Explorer Shelton-Mason County Journal Dave Pierik Crafty Time Shelton-Mason County Journal

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Special Sections Second Place

Staff Vacationland 2021 Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Cindy Ducich, Olivia Sullivan, Tracy Long, Andy Hobbs & Rudi Alcott Explore Federal Way Federal Way Mirror

Lifestyle/Culture Special Sections Groups 1&2 First Place

Staff Builder’s Guide 2021 Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Paul Delaney, DeeAnn Gibb & Roger Harnack Go West Plains Business Guide Cheney Free Press

Third Place

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

Daralyn Anderson & Analise Hannah COVID-19 Guide Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Cindy Ducich, Tracy Long, Olivia Sullivan & Andy Hobbs Celebrate Literacy Month Federal Way Mirror

Third Place

Staff The New Norm Columbia Basin Herald

Tourism Special Sections Groups 1&2 First Place

Raquee Rivera & Drew Herman Olympic Peninsula Visitors Guide Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Staff Explore! Central Cascades Visitors Guide Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Staff Methow Home 2021 Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Staff Now & Then The Newport Miner

Second Place

Rainier Powers & Donna Etchey Lifestyle Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Emily Lindblom, Luke Whittaker & Edward Stratton Coast River Business Journal Chinook Observer

Event/Festival Special Sections Groups 1-4 First Place

Staff Holiday Wish Book 2020 Northern Kittitas County Tribune

Second Place

Mary Fields & Conor Dowley Giving Tuesday Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Third Place

Groups 3&4

Community Guide Special Sections Groups 1-4

Briana Alzola & Colette Weeks Explore Anacortes Anacortes American

First Place

Patrick Grubb, Louise Mugar, Doug De Visser & Ruth Lauman Waterside 2021 The Northern Light

Ileana Martinez & Job Wise Graduation 2020 Sunnyside Sun

First Place

Raquee Rivera, Steve Powell, Brenda Jorgens & Priscilla Wakefield Bainbridge Island Almanac Bainbridge Island Review

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Second Place

Mandi Johnson, Colleen Smith, Tate Thomsen, Laura Kussman & Diane Craig The Book 2021 Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Staff Moses Lake Magazine Columbia Basin Herald

Special Section Covers Groups 1-4 First Place

Jason Hummel, Doug De Visser, Oliver Lazenby, Patrick Grubb & Louise Mugar Mount Baker Experience Fall/Early Winter 2020 The Northern Light

Second Place

Grant Gunderson, Doug De Visser, Ian Haupt, Patrick Grubb & Louise Mugar Mount Baker Experience Spring 2021 The Northern Light

Third Place

Staff Health & Wellness 2020-2021 Methow Valley News


News 2021 SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR

2021 NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR

2021 FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

First Place Taylor Newquist The Statesman-Examiner Second Place Mark Krulish Bainbridge Island Review Third Place Jason Cruz Northwest Asian Weekly

First Place Richard Walker Anacortes American Second Place Janice Nesamani Northwest Asian Weekly Third Place Eric Rosane Nisqually Valley News

First Place Patrick Webb Chinook Observer Second Place Peggy Wendel Stanwood Camano News Third Place Andrew Hamlin Northwest Asian Weekly

News Story, Long Group 1

News Story, Short Groups 1&2

First Place

First Place

Peggy Wendel Farm & forest forever Stanwood Camano News

Bill Reynolds Outdoor petty thefts on rise around town La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Group 2

Groups 3&4

Aaron Kunkler Calif. man causes false Antifa scare Snoqualmie Valley Record

Ken Park Firehouse North Kitsap Herald

Patrick Shelby Winery launches harvest operations Sunnyside Sun

Patrick Shelby Grandview’s peaceful protest Sunnyside Sun

First Place

First Place

Ann McCreary Cougar comes calling in Twisp neighborhood Methow Valley News

Conor Wilson New county mental health and detox center The Northern Light

Second Place

Second Place

Matthew Nash Court ruling goes in favor of MAT clinic Sequim Gazette

Conor Wilson Local law enforcement experiencing hiring changes The Northern Light

Third Place

Third Place

Garth Meyer What’s next for the Manning Bridge Whitman County Gazette

Group 3

First Place

Sam Fletcher A near-century of remediation Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Dee Camp Inslee gives forbidden fruit Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Nick Twietmeyer Summer season a mixed bag for local fishermen Port Townsend Leader

Gordon Weeks Dueling protests clash Shelton-Mason County Journal

Group 4

First Place

Alex Bruell Buckley teen’s death inspires helmet law The Courier-Herald

Second Place

Olivia Sullivan Ex-coach teaches again after misconduct allegations Federal Way Mirror

Third Place

Grace McCarthy Black Lives Matter rally addresses racism in Blaine The Northern Light

Breaking News Story Groups 1&2 First Place

Elizabeth Shepherd More COVID cases at school Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Marcy Stamper Twisp River fire destroys home Methow Valley News

Third Place

Patrick Shelby Train and semi-truck collide near Mabton Sunnyside Sun

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General Excellence Group 1 First Place Stanwood Camano News

Evan Caldwell, Peggy Wendel, Jenny Baehm, Janae Brown & Anita Hedahl

Second Place Okanogan Valley GazetteTribune Gary DeVon, Laura Knowlton & Bill Peligo

Third Place Bainbridge Island Review

Steve Powell, Tyler Shuey, Mark Krulish & Ken Park

Group 2 First Place Methow Valley News Staff

Second Place Sequim Gazette

Michael Dashiell, Matthew Nash, Conor Dowley, Drew Herman & Kathleen Golding

Third Place Northern Kittitas County Tribune Staff

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General Excellence Group 3 First Place Chinook Observer

Matt Winters, Ashley Nerbovig, Brandon Cline, Luke Whittaker & Jeff Clemens

Second Place OmakOkanogan County Chronicle Staff

Third Place The Newport Miner Staff

Group 4 First Place The Reflector

Cameron Kast, Rick Bannan, David Boehmke, Eric Schwartz & Eric Trent

Second Place Key Peninsula News

Lisa Bryan, Ted Olinger & Tim Heitzman

Third Place Auburn Reporter

Carol Greiling, Robert Whale, Andy Hobbs & Rudi Alcott

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News Breaking News Story Groups 3&4 First Place

Dee Camp Cold Springs fire Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Environmental Story Group 1 First Place

Kelly Moyer Cleaning up ‘crown jewel’ of Camas Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Brian Soergel What sank the Alumaweld? Edmonds Beacon

Second Place

Katie Hayes Driver strikes family en route to funeral Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Third Place

Health or Medical Story Group 1 First Place

Laura Kussman Amputation has not held Jacob Hansen back Islands’ Sounder

Second Place

Tyler Shuey Mental health Bainbridge Island Review

Third Place

Mandi Johnson Unapproved ‘vaccine’ causes a stir Journal of the San Juan Islands

Group 2

First Place

Briana Alzola Families meet through glass at hospital Anacortes American

Second Place

Steve Powell Eco death Bainbridge Island Review Anne Basye The scoop on cow power La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Richard Walker Partnership led to $64 million in site cleanups Anacortes American

Second Place

Ann McCreary Water bank would lock up Columbia Basin Methow Valley News

Third Place

RaeLynn Ricarte Beedazzled The Statesman-Examiner

Groups 3&4 First Place

Chris Rurik Rocky Creek Preserve Key Peninsula News

Marcy Stamper Health in the COVID era Methow Valley News

Second Place

RaeLynn Ricarte Lessons from a difficult journey The Statesman-Examiner

Third Place

Third Place

Groups 3&4 First Place

David Pan Mukilteo family raises awareness about suicide Mukilteo Beacon

Second Place

Laura Guido Donor deceived Woodinville Weekly

Third Place

M. David Meyer Caregiver vaccine Northwest Asian Weekly

Becky Chan Clean fuel Northwest Asian Weekly Emily Gilbert Madrona to make way for bigger McDonald’s Whidbey News-Times

Business News Story Group 1 First Place

Evan Caldwell A time of stress & anxiety Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Bob Smith Samantha Smith to open ‘Revival’ gift store Port Orchard Independent

Third Place

Anne Basye Farmers facing COVID-19 Impacts La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Marcy Stamper Restaurants’ recovery lacks key ingredients Methow Valley News

Second Place

Eric Rosane 600,000 servings of eggs donated Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Elizabeth Shepherd Sawbones reduces its workforce Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Group 3

First Place

Don Gronning Area businesses struggling The Newport Miner

Second Place

M. David Meyer Businesses sidelined by CHOP Northwest Asian Weekly

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News Business News Story Group 3 Third Place

Brandon Cline Cottage Bakery changes hands Chinook Observer

Group 4

First Place

Ian Haupt Board game company sees big sales increases The Northern Light

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Valkommen to the REKO market The Courier-Herald

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Directory of Native businesses published The Courier-Herald

Education Story Group 1 First Place

Anne Basye Online music classes have different rhythm La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Kelly Moyer ‘Small, but mighty’ preschool co-op Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Third Place

Bill Reynolds Seniors show drive during graduation week La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Eric Rosane Families challenged by virtual school Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Matthew Nash SHS Class of 2020: Strength in unity, community Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Marcy Stamper Superintendent rips state’s vaccination plans Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

Janice Nesamani Fewer International student enrollments Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Alli Patton Schools dig deep to the root of learning Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Justin Johnson Eyes on student engagement Shelton-Mason County Journal

Group 2

Group 4

First Place

Krisa Bruemmer KP students win first place for writing & art Key Peninsula News

First Place

Garth Meyer Thin Blue Line flag matter arises in Palouse Whitman County Gazette

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Government Story Group 1

Groups 3&4

Grace McCarthy Bus drivers, cafeteria workers may be cut The Northern Light Grace McCarthy School service employees to be furloughed The Northern Light

Marcy Stamper County’s health officials are targets of threats Methow Valley News

First Place

First Place

Aaron Kunkler Snoqualmie’s mine-resistant armored vehicle Snoqualmie Valley Record

Second Place

Bill Reynolds ‘Locals Only’ sign debated as COVID-19 cases climb La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Matthew Nash Sequim mayor draws national spotlight Sequim Gazette

Steve Powell More evidence requested for police-court facility Bainbridge Island Review

Brandon Cline Mail-in voting safe, secure, transparent Chinook Observer

Second Place

Ashley Nerbovig PUD commissioner touched woman without consent Chinook Observer

Third Place

Angelica Relente Local control for reopening plans Columbia Basin Herald

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News

Crime & Court Story Groups 1&2

Second Place

M. David Meyer Elder abuse Northwest Asian Weekly

First Place

RaeLynn Ricarte New law allows prisoners to request a new sentence The Statesman-Examiner

Third Place

Ashley Nerbovig Pacific County joins national protests Chinook Observer

Second Place

Mike De Felice Training was inadequate for restraint chair use Port Orchard Independent

Group 4

First Place

Rick Bannan Demonstrators call for racial unity The Reflector

Third Place

RaeLynn Ricarte Bar complaint filed against prosecutor The Statesman-Examiner

Second Place

Rick Bannan Groups call for resignation of county council chair The Reflector

Group 3

First Place

Brian Kelly Local musician’s killer gets 68 months in prison Port Townsend Leader

Third Place

Oliver Lazenby Shell station gives away milk and bread The Northern Light

Second Place

Gordon Weeks Three teens rescue deputy Shelton-Mason County Journal

Election Story Groups 1&2

Third Place

First Place

Jeff Clemens Officials allege bear feeder is back at it Chinook Observer

Ken Stern Bill Bruch’s two judgments for fraud La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Group 4

Kelly Moyer Campaigning in a time of COVID Camas-Washougal Post-Record

First Place

Steve Hunter Group demands city leaders defund Kent police Kent Reporter

Third Place

Steve Hunter Police chief grilled about controversial arrest Kent Reporter

Groups 3&4

Kelly Moyer Voters to decide fate of Camas school levies Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Two local men arrested for child porn The Courier-Herald

Social Issue Story Group 1 First Place

Patrick Shelby Sunnyside vehicle encampment Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

Mazey Servin-Obert & Evan Caldwell Leading the way Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Kira Erickson Trust supports island charities South Whidbey Record

Group 2

First Place

First Place

Don Gronning Voter fraud suspected with one ballot The Newport Miner

Eric Rosane Protests gain momentum overnight Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Ashley Lodato Anonymous but not alone Methow Valley News

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Richard Walker Teens lead silent march to support Black Lives Matter Anacortes American

Group 3

First Place

Emry Dinman We’re surviving Columbia Basin Herald

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Jason Cruz Washintonians write postcards to Georgia Northwest Asian Weekly Kai Curry Marilyn Strickland Northwest Asian Weekly

Sports News Story Group 1 First Place

Doug Flanagan Camas graduate signs with San Francisco Giants Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Mark Krulish Coaching legend dies at age 80 Bainbridge Island Review


News Sports News Story Group 1 Third Place

Patrick Shelby Grizzlies denied homecoming win Sunnyside Sun

Group 2

First Place

Andy Nystrom Legendary hoops coach Ed Pepple dies at 88 Mercer Island Reporter

Second Place

Michael Dashiell School closure ends spring prep seasons Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Marcy Stamper Forest Service closes areas to snowmobiles Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Justin Johnson Climbers in Evergreen XC title Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Justin Johnson Reclaiming the Cup Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Dee Camp WIAA sets sports seasons Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

COVID-19 Coverage Group 1 First Place

Evan Caldwell Vaccine provides hope Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Kelly Moyer Painter finds inspiration in desolate downtown Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Third Place

Mike De Felice Pandemic spurs a literary family affair Port Orchard Independent

Group 2

First Place

Eric Rosane Man welcomed home after fighting COVID-19 Nisqually Valley News

Second Place

Michael Dashiell Siblings make face masks for healthcare workers Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Richard Walker Virus takes toll on singing group Anacortes American

Group 3

Third Place

First Place

Patrick Webb Covid hits home for English expatriate Chinook Observer

Second Place

David Pan Mukilteo company joins fight against COVID-19 Mukilteo Beacon

Third Place

Brian Soergel Rosewood Court care home hiding something? Edmonds Beacon

Group 4

Ray Miller-Still Nurses went three weeks without N-95 masks The Courier-Herald

Art Reviews Groups 1&2 First Place

Bob Smith Female musicians breaking the barriers Port Orchard Independent

Second Place

Ken Stern ‘Marley’ La Conner Weekly News

First Place

Third Place

Second Place

Groups 3&4

Grace McCarthy After outbreak, Stafholt receives first vaccine doses The Northern Light Rick Bannan Inslee orders new COVID-19 restrictions The Reflector

Ken Stern ‘The Cold Millions’ La Conner Weekly News

First Place

Andrew Hamlin ‘Coming Home Again’ Northwest Asian Weekly

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News Art Reviews Groups 3&4

General Feature Story, Long Group 1

Second Place

First Place

Stacy Nguyen ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Northwest Asian Weekly

Kelly Moyer Teens honored for lifesaving rescue Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Third Place

Second Place

Kirk Boxleitner ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Shelton-Mason County Journal

Peggy Wendel Dog paddling Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Steve Powell PairTree adoption matching service Bainbridge Island Review

News of the Weird Groups 1&2 First Place

Evan Caldwell A mammoth find Stanwood Camano News

Group 2

First Place

RaeLynn Ricarte The battle never ends The Statesman-Examiner

Second Place

Andy Nystrom Islander rescues owl stuck in soccer net Mercer Island Reporter

Second Place

Paul Dunn Yelm grad restores sports car to its former glory Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Kira Erickson Hopping around the Christmas tree South Whidbey Record

Third Place

Paul Dunn ‘She is giving me the gift of life’ Nisqually Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Robert Whale Death care facility to open Auburn Reporter

Second Place

Kira Erickson Art pieces snatched from sculpture garden Whidbey News-Times

Third Place

Emily Gilbert Winging it Whidbey News-Times

News Headline Group 1 First Place

Bill Reynolds & Ken Stern New La Conner High football coach ready to tackle job La Conner Weekly News

Second Place

Anne Basye & Ken Stern Online music classes have different rhythm La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Bill Reynolds & Ken Stern La Conner High seniors bask in Friday Night Lights La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Don Nelson Halloween is a mere ghost of itself Methow Valley News

Second Place

Don Nelson Dirty words Methow Valley News

Third Place

Don Nelson Restaurants’ recovery lacks key ingredients Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Group 3

First Place

Andrew Hamlin Man turns trauma into messages of love Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Luke Whittaker Treasured experience Chinook Observer

Third Place

Cheryl Schweizer A hero’s parade Columbia Basin Herald

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Grace McCarthy Birch Bay feels absence of part-time residents The Northern Light

Joel Martin A man for all seasonings Columbia Basin Herald

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Rick Bannan ‘It’s time to break orbit’ The Reflector Ian Haupt & Kyra Planetz Park hosting 20 cross-border weddings a week The Northern Light


News General Feature Story, Short Group 1 First Place

Patrick Shelby Hops harvest propels around the clock operations Sunnyside Sun

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Ken Stern Wood currency holds up Tenino La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Bill Reynolds Ryan Booth back from India La Conner Weekly News

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Doug Flanagan Learning on the road Camas-Washougal Post-Record

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Peggy Wendel Taking flight Stanwood Camano News

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Bill Reynolds Church members stay home La Conner Weekly News

Groups 3&4 Patrick Webb Meet Frank Lehn Chinook Observer

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Cathy Kane Lance Scogin East County Journal

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Gordon Weeks Celebrating 70 Years Shelton-Mason County Journal

Caleb Galbreath Chicken whisperer Key Peninsula News

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Gordon Weeks Shelton community leader battling COVID Shelton-Mason County Journal

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Michael Whitney Zion Lutheran Church undergoes big renovation Snohomish County Tribune

Second Place

Jami Makan Grandparents visit grandson through chainlink fence The Northern Light

Third Place

Jami Makan Local captain rescues fully grounded boat The Northern Light

Doug Flanagan Farming possibilities Camas-Washougal Post-Record Tyler Shuey Community embraces Eagle Harbor Book Co. Bainbridge Island Review

First Place

Paul Dunn Helping ‘loved ones’ for 29 years Nisqually Valley News

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Michael Dashiell Kendall dies at age 99 Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Paul Dunn Heart 2 Heart Homecare is a labor of love Nisqually Valley News

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Michael Whitney Owners of British pub look to retire Snohomish County Tribune

Second Place

Ray Miller-Still Enumclaw authors explain how to write The Courier-Herald

Animal Feature Story Group 1

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Colleen Smith Environmentally conscious laundry services Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Group 4

Diana Zimmerman Sea lion follows high water to Grays River Wahkiakum County Eagle

First Place

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Luke Whittaker Tangled up in blue Chinook Observer

Rizanino Reyes Support local flower farms Northwest Asian Weekly

First Place

Business Feature Story Group 1

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Olivia Sullivan Couple’s love story inspires Hallmark movie Federal Way Mirror

Second Place

Sophia Aldous Thrift store not thrifty in generosity The Newport Miner

Conor Wilson Importing company moves items across border The Northern Light

First Place

Andy Nystrom Embracing families with rare diseases Mercer Island Reporter

Second Place

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Colleen Smith Crossing state lines to find forever homes Islands’ Sounder

Third Place

Patrick Shelby Dottie leaves instructive pawprint behind Sunnyside Sun

Group 2

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Richard Walker State enlisting public in battle with hornets Anacortes American

Second Place

Questen Inghram Wolf Hollow rescues over 200 animals Anacortes American

Third Place

Don Nelson OkanDogs steps up for a different kind of rescue Methow Valley News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Chris Rurik When the silver salmon return Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Assunta Ng Sportswear to masks Northwest Asian Weekly

Kira Erickson Farm promoting genetic diversity, a flock at a time Whidbey News-Times

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News Animal Feature Story Groups 3&4 Third Place

Patrick Webb Bunny angel: Rabbit rescue touches hearts Chinook Observer

History Feature Story Group 1 First Place

Peggy Wendel Explosion of science Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Peggy Wendel The parallels to polio Stanwood Camano News

Third Place

Bill Reynolds 1964 ballpark naming ceremony La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Richard Walker Final days for old Anacortes fish plant Anacortes American

Second Place

Richard Walker 135-year-old house destroyed by fire Anacortes American

Third Place

Ashley Lodato Home at last Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

Dee Camp Pard Cummings Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Second Place

Charles Featherstone Lucky strike Columbia Basin Herald

Third Place

Gordon Weeks Cruising The Gut Shelton-Mason County Journal

Group 4

First Place

Dan Clouse The Chinook Jargon Pocket Dictionary Key Peninsula News

Second Place

Cameron Kast Mount St. Helens: A source of history and tradition The Reflector

Third Place

Anna Brones Women who dared Key Peninsula News

Arts Story or Feature Group 1 First Place

Doug Flanagan Pushing through to create works of art Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Second Place

Steve Powell Cowboy sculptor Bainbridge Island Review

Third Place

Michael Dashiell Sequim author releases ‘A Work in Progress’ Sequim Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

Patrick Webb Bay Center artist delights with scenic views Chinook Observer

Third Place

Second Place

Group 2

Third Place

Patrick Shelby The power of positive expression through art Sunnyside Sun

First Place

Matthew Nash A study in ceramics Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Michael Dashiell Music without filters Sequim Gazette

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Olivia Sullivan Elephant sculpture proposed as public art design Federal Way Mirror Andrew Hamlin Simon Tam Northwest Asian Weekly


News Sports Feature Story Group 1 First Place

Evan Caldwell The lost season Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Mark Krulish Poulsbo featured in Fitzhugh travelogue Bainbridge Island Review

Third Place

Patrick Shelby Grizzly wrestlers on a mission Sunnyside Sun

Group 2

First Place

Briana Alzola Anacortes Soo Bahk Do excels at nationals Anacortes American

Second Place

Taylor Newquist There’s no plate like home The Statesman-Examiner

Third Place

Briana Alzola Woman reaches goal of walking 2,020 miles Anacortes American

Group 3

First Place

Don Gronning Casper climbs PBR standings with Lazy E The Newport Miner

Second Place

Sports Personality Profile Group 1 First Place

Tyler Shuey Sounders goalie builds dream home Bainbridge Island Review

Second Place

Patrick Shelby Rivera, Grizzlies empowered by Friday lights Sunnyside Sun

Third Place

Mazey Servin-Obert ‘I like going fast’ Stanwood Camano News

Group 2

Mark Krulish BHS grad runs for mental health North Kitsap Herald

Second Place

Eric Rosane Yelm grad Choate talks softball Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Garth Meyer Colfax senior gets early start on college volleyball Whitman County Gazette

Groups 3&4

Third Place

Group 4

First Place

Cameron Kast La Center High grad competes in 2021 Iditarod The Reflector

Second Place

Steve Hunter T-Birds players pumped to return to play Kent Reporter

Third Place

Ted Olinger Seahawks notch historic win in Fish Bowl Key Peninsula News

Paul Dunn WWII Veteran Manley Goodwin still going strong Nisqually Valley News

Third Place

Don Nelson ‘Ranger Rick’ Lewis hangs up the hat Methow Valley News

First Place

Nick Twietmeyer Adversity no match for landscaper Port Townsend Leader

Second Place

M. David Meyer Taky Kimura Northwest Asian Weekly

Third Place

Dee Camp Mary Lees turns 100 Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Group 4

Second Place

Krisa Bruemmer Jonah Derrick, proud Unified athlete Key Peninsula News Justin Johnson Aiden Gregg ready to run Shelton-Mason County Journal

Personality Profile, Long Group 1 First Place

Diana Zimmerman WWII vet tells his story Wahkiakum County Eagle

Second Place

Bob Smith Police department’s ‘institutional resource’ retires Port Orchard Independent

Third Place

Second Place

Cameron Kast Flipping it around The Reflector

Patrick Webb Eaton era ends Chinook Observer

Justin Johnson Family tradition Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Paul Dunn First female police chief gets to work in Tenino Nisqually Valley News

First Place

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Second Place

First Place

Group 3

First Place

Jason Cruz Kaname Yonamine Asian Hall of Fame Northwest Asian Weekly

Group 2

Kim Hildenbrand Miles of stories Stanwood Camano News

Ian Haupt Hypnotherapist starts practice during pandemic The Northern Light

Third Place

Cameron Kast Battle Ground resident marks 100th birthday The Reflector

Personality Profile, Short Group 1 First Place

Colleen Smith Newspaper delivery person Jerry Carter Islands’ Sounder

Second Place

Diana Zimmerman Meet Our Seniors: Paige Mace Wahkiakum County Eagle

Third Place

Colleen Smith The sweet scent of romance and business Islands’ Sounder

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News Personality Profile, Short Group 2 First Place

Richard Walker First woman fire chief appointed Anacortes American

Second Place

Briana Alzola Schools superintendent finds his footing Anacortes American

Third Place

Questen Inghram New director of state parks from Anacortes Anacortes American

Group 3

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Comprehensive Coverage, Multiple Writers Groups 1-4

Front Page Design Groups 1&2

Jeff Clemens The deadly curve on Hwy 101 Chinook Observer Luke Whittaker Hatching 21st century plans Chinook Observer

First Place

Staff Cold Springs fire Special Edition Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Brian Kelly Fur sure Port Townsend Leader Han Bui Top local stories affecting AAPIs Northwest Asian Weekly

First Place

Michael Dashiell Fifty years of jolly times Sequim Gazette

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Second Place

Third Place

Third Place

Investigative Reporting Groups 1-4

Groups 3&4

Nina Huang Patti Warashina Northwest Asian Weekly Gordon Weeks Baptist pastor finds her calling in Belfair Shelton-Mason County Journal

Third Place

Cheryl Schweizer In the right place Columbia Basin Herald

Group 4

First Place

Staff A look back at 2015 fires Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Assunta Ng & Jason Cruz Anti-Asian hate and attacks Northwest Asian Weekly

First Place

Third Place

Third Place

Comprehensive Coverage, Single Writer Groups 1&2 First Place

RaeLynn Ricarte County Commissioners removed from office The Statesman-Examiner

Second Place

Paul Rowley Health Care District budget puts parks at risk Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Matthew Nash Sequim’s MAT clinic Sequim Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

Grace McCarthy Asian giant hornet The Northern Light

Keven Graves Winging it Whidbey News-Times

Olivia Sullivan U.S. Navy punishes suicidal sailor Federal Way Mirror

Cameron Kast Ridgefield church remembers Andy Inskeep The Reflector Kyra Planetz Blaine man’s 73rd birthday celebration skydive The Northern Light

First Place

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Second Place

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Taylor Newquist & RaeLynn Ricarte Memorial Day The Statesman-Examiner

Brian Kelly PDA house of cards Port Townsend Leader

Cameron Kast Family remembers Brandan Raley The Reflector

Second Place

Michael Dashiell Steller’s Jays gather around the pumpkin Sequim Gazette

Richard Walker City’s pre-cleanup costs add up Anacortes American

Sports Page Design Groups 1-4 First Place

Staff Uncertainty for graduation Columbia Basin Herald Stacy Nguyen Lunar New Year 2021 Northwest Asian Weekly

Editorial Group 1

First Place

Colleen Smith Vacation rentals are part of larger issue Islands’ Sounder

Evan Caldwell Adapting on the fly Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Taylor Newquist There’s no plate like home The Statesman-Examiner

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Justin Johnson Reclaiming the Cup Shelton-Mason County Journal

Feature Page Design Groups 1-4 First Place

Randy Wrighthouse Tangled up in blue Chinook Observer

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Ken Stern Being a patriotic citizen La Conner Weekly News Ken Stern Creating affordable housing La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Elizabeth Shepherd Fire District should better care for its force Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber


News Editorial Group 2

Second Place

Elizabeth Shepherd School board needs to hold focused meetings Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Don Nelson Feliz covidad Methow Valley News

Group 3

First Place

Jessie Stensland No, we don’t need permission to report on meetings Whidbey News-Times

Second Place

Jessie Stensland Council doesn’t need AI software Whidbey News-Times

Third Place

Matt Winters Leadbetter name change long overdue Chinook Observe

Group 4

First Place

Andy Hobbs Why this newspaper is capitalizing Black Federal Way Mirror

Second Place

Lisa Bryan Here’s what I think about that Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Donnell Tanksley Long past time the two Americas come together The Northern Light

Editorial Cartoon Groups 1-4 First Place

Steffon Moody Renaming Maury Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Second Place

Steffon Moody Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021 Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Third Place

Brad Skiff New System Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Editorial Pages Groups 1-4 First Place

Elizabeth Shepherd & Paul Rowley Editorial Pages Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Humorous Column Groups 1-4

Second Place

Don Nelson Editorial Pages Methow Valley News

First Place

Jessie Stensland Editor’s Column Whidbey News-Times

Third Place

Michael Dashiell Editorial Pages Sequim Gazette

Second Place

General Interest Column Groups 1&2 First Place

Kevin Young Ask a Lifer The Statesman-Examiner

Second Place

Don Nelson No Bad Days Methow Valley News

Ken Stern Musings - on the editor’s mind La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Stacy Nguyen A-Pop! Northwest Asian Weekly

Topical Column Groups 1-4 First Place

Third Place

Roger Harnack Our View Whitman County Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

Solveig Torvik Hello? Methow Valley News

Second Place

Ted Olinger Another Last Word Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Ray Miller-Still Our Corner The Courier-Herald

Jason Cruz The Layup Drill Northwest Asian Weekly

Second Place

Carolyn Wiley Devils Head Diary Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Kirk Ericson These Times Shelton-Mason County Journal WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 9, 2021, BELLINGHAM, WA 19


Photography Photographer of the Year Groups 1-4

First Place Evan Caldwell Stanwood Camano News

Second Place Roger Harnack Cheney Free Press

Third Place Casey McCarthy Columbia Basin Herald

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

Matthew Nash BLM protest Sequim Gazette

Second Place

Brian Soergel Cop and protestor talk it out Edmonds Beacon

Third Place

Krisa Bruemmer Dance party Key Peninsula News

Photo Essay Groups 1&2 First Place

Patrick Shelby Train derailed Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

Michael Dashiell Wreaths Across America Sequim Gazette

Third Place

Steve Mitchell & Natalie Johnson A lot of hot air Methow Valley News

Group 3

Carrie Griffis of the Port Orchard Independent took home a first place award in the color pictorial category for Group 1.

Breaking News Photo Groups 1&2

General News Photo Group 1

First Place

First Place

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Group 4

Groups 3&4

Staff Line of fire Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Luke Whittaker & Ashley Nerbovig July 4 celebration at Long Beach Chinook Observer Luke Whittaker & Hailey Hoffman Blessings arise from catastrophe Chinook Observer

Roger Harnack Flames race across region Cheney Free Press Marcy Stamper Twisp River fire destroys home, shed Methow Valley News Garth Meyer Manning Fire destroys 2 homes Whitman County Gazette

First Place

First Place

Second Place

Second Place

Caleb Galbreath, Ed Johnson & Tina McKail Out & About, August Key Peninsula News Britta Brones, Sam Yost, Ed Johnson, Brandon McNerney, Gayle Shriner, Steve West & Cinda Baldwin Out & About, Snow Edition Key Peninsula News

Third Place

Kyra Planetz More businesses re-open for Phase 2 The Northern Light

First Place

Patrick Shelby Victor Ramos’ mother grieves for her son Sunnyside Sun Gary DeVon Black Lives Matter Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune Patrick Shelby Response signals peaceful support Sunnyside Sun

Al Camp Firefighter holds head Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Al Camp Fire at Randy’s Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Sophia Aldous Firefighters at the Club Rio fire The Newport Miner

Brian Kelly of the Port Townsend Leader took first place in the pictorial category for Groups 3&4 for this shot of a Black Lives Matter protest. WNPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST, OCT. 9, 2021, BELLINGHAM, WA 21


Photography General News Photo Group 2 First Place

Drew Lawson Covering all the bases Cheney Free Press

Second Place

Questen Inghram City gets new line for water treatment Anacortes American

Third Place

Roger Harnack Session opens Whitman County Gazette

Groups 3&4 First Place

David Pan Trick-or-Treating in the COVID-19 era Mukilteo Beacon

Second Place

Jack Kintner Love in the time of coronavirus The Northern Light

Third Place

Brian Soergel Hundreds line up for COVID testing Edmonds Beacon

Color Feature Photo Group 1 First Place

This shot of trick or treating in the age of COVID-19 by David Pan of the Mukilteo Beacon won a first place award in the general news photo category for Groups 3&4.

Evan Caldwell Playing with ponies Stanwood Camano News

Second Place

Second Place

Nancy Crowell Capturing history in the making La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Third Place

Color Portrait Photo Group 1

Groups 3&4

Second Place

Third Place

Patrick Shelby Rose of resilience Sunnyside Sun

Group 2

First Place

Garth Meyer Giraffe migration Whitman County Gazette

Second Place

Ashley Lodato Done for the day Methow Valley News

Third Place

Briana Alzola Celebrating graduates Anacortes American

Groups 3&4 First Place

Casey McCarthy Winging it Columbia Basin Herald

Gordon Weeks Catching chilly air Shelton-Mason County Journal Alexandra Panagotacos Good morning, mom The Newport Miner

First Place

Paul Dunn Yelm Cinemas reopens Nisqually Valley News Matthew Nash ‘Masked’ revolution Sequim Gazette

First Place

Shawna Whelan Christmas treat Shelton-Mason County Journal

Patrick Shelby Workers pick fresh grapes into plastic-lined bins Sunnyside Sun

Second Place

Patrick Shelby Steve Pendergrass Sunnyside Sun

Third Place

Second Place

Third Place

Sarah Walls The next generation of farmers La Conner Weekly News

Group 2

First Place

Paul Dunn Prairie Lanes preps for return Nisqually Valley News

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Alli Patton Your host is the ghost Port Townsend Leader Luke Whittaker Tangled up in blue Chinook Observer

Color Pictorial Photo Group 1 First Place

Carrie Griffis Moon over Manchester Port Orchard Independent


Photography Color Pictorial Photo Group 1

Second Place

Briana Alzola Scrimmage in the snow Anacortes American

Second Place

Sarah Walls That is why they call them snow geese La Conner Weekly News

Third Place

Don Nelson Paddle boarders in river Methow Valley News

Third Place

Evan Caldwell Smoke on the water Stanwood Camano News

Groups 3&4 First Place

Maddie Timm Freshman running back powers down field Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Group 2

First Place

Ashley Lodato First light Methow Valley News

Second Place

Justin Johnson Running wild Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Al Camp, of the Omak-Okonagan County Chronicle took first place in the breaking news category for Groups 3&4.

Ashley Lodato Early risers Methow Valley News

Third Place

Ashley Lodato Prime seating Methow Valley News

Becky Chan WildLanterns Northwest Asian Weekly

First Place

First Place

Justin Johnson Reclaiming the Cup Shelton-Mason County Journal

Second Place

Color Sports Action Photo Groups 1&2

Brian Kelly Moment of truth Port Townsend Leader

Lloyd Mullen Kitesurfing the canal Shelton-Mason County Journal

Color Sports Feature Photo Groups 1-4

Third Place

Groups 3&4

Third Place

Justin Johnson Climber cheer Shelton-Mason County Journal

First Place

Second Place

Chris Johnson Runner in the fading light East County Journal

Al Camp Pearl droplets Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Third Place

Patrick Shelby Shadow boxing Sunnyside Sun

Digital Newspaper Website Groups 1-4 First Place

Grace McCarthy, Ian Haupt, Doug De Visser, Ruth Lauman & Patrick Grubb TheNorthernLight.com The Northern Light

Second Place

Steve Powell, Ken Park, Mark Krulish & Tyler Shuey KitsapDailyNews.com North Kitsap Herald

Third Place

Natalie Johnson MethowValleyNews.com Methow Valley News

Online Ad Groups 1-4 First Place

Dana Moreno Grant County Health District Holiday Tips Columbia Basin Herald

Online Photo Essay Groups 1-4 First Place

Third Place

Staff Moses Lake graduation Columbia Basin Herald

Video Groups 1-4 First Place

Questen Inghram Elwin Vernon’s Birthday Anacortes American

Roger Harnack Capitol lockdown Cheney Free Press

Second Place

Natalie Johnson & Steve Mitchell A lot of hot air Methow Valley News

Third Place

Second Place

Ruth Lauman Sunset at Semiahmoo Park The Northern Light Questen Inghram Sunken ship lifted from Guemes Channel Anacortes American

Special Interest Website Groups 1-4 First Place

Hagadone Media Washington & Columbia Basin Herald LightUpMosesLake.com Columbia Basin Herald

Second Place

Louise Mugar, Doug De Visser, Ian Haupt & Patrick Grubb MountBakerExperience.com The Northern Light

Third Place

Ruth Lauman, Doug De Visser, Zoe Deal & Louise Mugar WatersideNW.com The Northern Light

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for fixing the culvert. Hurst & Sons LLC plans to hire PACE Engineers after the culvert is fixed to look at its drainage, Romack said. It will then know whether it can replace the three damaged mobile homes or will need to remove them. “We’re just at the county’s mercy here,” he said. “You can’t really blame them either. It was a flood event and, what can you do?” It is unclear what the original drainage plans for the mobile home park were. The Chelan County Community Development Department

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