- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Alexander Hunter’s eye-catching illustration of Redskins coach Joe Gibbs captured top honors for The Washington Times in the Virginia Press Association Awards announced yesterday.

“This is such a fun piece of art, one can’t help but smile when looking at it,” VPA judges said of Mr. Hunter’s cover illustration for the 2005 Redskins Season Preview section of The Times. “Great likeness of Gibbs, great idea and great execution.”

Mr. Hunter’s first-place award in the illustration category was one of six VPA honors won by The Times for 2005. In addition, Mr. Hunter’s daily artwork in The Times was recognized with a Best in Show award.

The Times was recognized in the general makeup category with a second-place award, with judges praising the newspaper’s overall design as “sophisticated … appealing and very reader friendly.”

Also earning VPA recognition for The Times:

cJoe Oliva Ganoza won second place for specialty sections design. Judges called his designs for the Friday Show section “bold and eye-catching.”

• Daniel Rosenbaum took third place in the sports news photo category with a baseball photo that judges called “a masterpiece of storytelling,” and also a third-place award in spot news photography for coverage of a peace protest.

• The Times’ sports pages earned third-place honors for what VPA judges called the staff’s “stellar coverage of the Nationals’ opener,” including “strong photography,” as well as coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament.

— Robert Stacy McCain

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