- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - The Washington Post, C-Ville Weekly and Charlottesville Tomorrow each won received two best-in-show awards for entries in the Virginia Press Association’s annual competition for writing, photography, artwork and presentation.

The awards were presented Saturday at the association’s annual meeting in Roanoke. Best-in-show prizes are presented in each of the competition’s core areas - writing, artwork, photography and news presentation.

Stephanie McCrummen of The Post won the best-in-show award in daily writing for “A Father’s Scars,” a retrospective about State Sen. Creigh Deeds, the death of his son and the quest for improvements in Virginia’s mental health care system.

The judge wrote, “Expertly written and organized. A wonderful job of storytelling. I felt like I truly got to know what this father’s life was like. An exceptional piece of writing.”

Bonnie Berkowitz earned The Post’s second best-in-show award, for “Don’t just sit there,” an informational graphic about the effects of poor posture on the body. The judge wrote, “You could spend hours with this graphic, and, naturally, I’m slumped over looking at it … The illustration and words deliver so much information, but because of how it’s compartmentalized, it is engaging and not overwhelming. The slumped posture that so many readers could relate to really delivers a message, even if you don’t read a word on the page.”

Graelyn Brashear of C-Ville Weekly was recognized non-daily writing for “From cancer center to courtroom,” about the trend toward rapid collection efforts by the University of Virginia Medical Center. The judge wrote, “This is a complicated story. You did well to keep it simple, well-organized, and honed down to the essentials.”

C-Ville Weekly’s second best-in-show was won by Justin Ide for a photo essay, “Fire Line,” about the training of firefighters at a controlled burn. The judge wrote, “Excellent work. Tells a story with a variety of shots, perspectives and emotions.”

Sean Tubbs, Maggie Ambrose and Effie Nicholaou of Charlottesville Tomorrow teamed up for a best-in-show award for online writing for their budget analysis. The judge said, “Fresh angle on the often-boring reporting about local government budgets. Nice, relevant work.”

Charlottesville Tomorrow’s second best-in-show award was for a photo, “3D Printer,” taken by Brian Wheeler. The judges cited its unique focal point and perspective.

These were the other best-in-show awards presented for work done during the 2014 calendar year:

Non-daily artwork: Keith Pfeiffer, The Commonwealth Times, Virginia Commonwealth University, for “Isis contradicts Islam,” an illustration on the editorial page. The judge wrote, “Conveys the message clearly and simply, but also very powerfully. Very well done.”

Specialty art: Matt Brown, Virginia Business Magazine, Richmond, for “Off the pace,” an illustration with a story about the state’s economy. The judge wrote, “Even if you don’t care about economics, you want to pick up the page and explore the contents. The concept was great and the use of color was very well done.”

Non-daily photography: Joe Chandler, The Gazette-Virginian, South Boston, for “Taking a tumble,” a sports action photo. The judge wrote, “Great job capturing a unique and humorous moment that you don’t see too often on the field.”

Daily photography: Erica Yoon, The Roanoke Times, for “Two-alarm fire.” The judge wrote, “A real moment of emotion captured in the glow of the fire. The woman’s hands to the face and eyes completely convey the grief. The man holding her and looking on also resonate.”

Non-daily writing: Jenay Tate, The Coalfield Progress, Norton, for her columns. The judge wrote, “Sometimes her writing is blunt; sometimes it’s allegorical; but it’s always entertaining, informative and on point.”

Specialty presentation: Richmond Magazine. The judge wrote, “There is nice typography throughout and I enjoyed the changes of pace throughout the book.”

Non-daily presentation: Nelson County Times, Lovingston. The judge wrote, “Good use of color, nice choice of stories and appropriate placement on the page. Good balance of news and features.”

Daily presentation: The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk: The judge wrote, “Outstanding design, creative, fresh and useful. Everything we’ve come to expect of the Pilot.”

The contest was judged by journalists from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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