The Virginia Press Association held its virtual 2019 News and Advertising Best of the Best awards presentation on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The following awards were presented during the show. Judges’ comments are included if provided.

Sweepstakes

 

Grand Sweepstakes:

Daily 1: Northern Virginia Daily

Daily 2: The Free Lance-Star

Daily 3: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Non-Daily 2: The Tidewater News

Non-Daily 3: The Breeze

Non-Daily 4: Fauquier Times

Specialty: Style Weekly

 

News Sweepstakes:

Daily 1: Northern Virginia Daily

Daily 2: The Free Lance-Star

Daily 3: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Non-Daily 1: Washington County News

Non-Daily 2: The Commonwealth Times

Non-Daily 3: The Breeze

Non-Daily 4: Loudoun Times-Mirror

Online: Charlottesville Tomorrow

Specialty: Style Weekly

 

Advertising Sweepstakes:

Daily 1: Northern Virginia Daily

Daily 2: The Free Lance-Star

Daily 3: Richmond Times-Dispatch

Non-Daily 2: The Tidewater News

Non-Daily 3: The Star-Tribune

Non-Daily 4: Fauquier Times

Specialty: Style Weekly

 

Best in Show

 Digital Category

Daily Digital:  Peter Coutu, Tim Eberly, Gary Harki, Alissa Skelton, The Virginian-Pilot

“Use of the building map to locate when and where the shootings occurred gives a very clear picture of the incident. Excellent use of slideshow graphics and reporting detail.”

Non-Daily Digital: Randy Rieland, Laura Stanton, Kenneth Garrett, Lynn Medford, Dennis Brack and Bud Meyer, Rappahannock News

“Impressive layout and content presentation; easily navigable and leads you through the content. Striking design that keeps the reader engaged, with plenty of immersive content and embedded video and graphic elements.”

Online Digital: Jordy Yager, Charlottesville Tomorrow

“Impressive layout and content presentation; easily navigable and leads you through the content, striking design that keeps the reader engaged, with plenty of immersive content and embedded video and graphic elements.”

 Specialty Digital: Joey Tran, Lauren Baldwin, Jessica Ronky Haddad and Mandy Loy, Richmond Magazine

“This video made you feel like you were right inside the town, gives viewers lots of different voices and faces and feels very authentic. An easy first place.”

 

Daily Graphics, Illustration and Art Category

Daily Graphics, Illustration and Art: Kira Rider, Richmond Times-Dispatch

“If you ever wanted to know about the Outer Banks without reading a book, this was the story and graphic to go to. The illustration told a story in an easy to read fashion. For all of the tourists who visit this area, this should be their go-to primer on what the area is all about.”

Non-Daily Graphics, Illustration and Art: Laura Stanton, Randy Rieland and Dennis Brack, Rappahannock News

“As you rolled through the piece, you learned more and more about this problem in the community. The graphics covered about every type imaginable. If you didn’t want to read the story, the graphics told the story on their own. Excellent work!”

Online Graphics, Illustration and Art: Michael Holroyd, Charlottesville Tomorrow

“Excellent presentation that used graphics, maps and photos to talk about the subject. Very nice complement to the story itself.”

Specialty Graphics, Illustration and Art: Wes Watson, Distinction Magazine

“This illustration used subtle line drawings within the bold red background of the illustration to present many messages without overpowering the overlying theme. Excellent effort at telling a story with an illustration.”

 

Photography Category

Daily Photography: Matt Gentry, The Roanoke Times

“I couldn’t wait to read the cutline to see the outcome. The suspense was real. Great work.”

Non-Daily Photography: Ian Chini, Culpeper Times

“Depth of field is amazing, amount of subjects aren’t too much/overpowering, and perfect moment to capture what has transpired. Background setting blends in perfectly, and the natural light doesn’t overpower anything. Perfect angle to shoot it from.”

Online Photography: Ned Oliver, Virginia Mercury

“This shot is so eye catching. Great work!”

Specialty Photography: Todd Wright, Distinction Magazine

“Stunning photo.”

 

Presentation Category

Daily Presentation: Daily Press

“While other Sunday papers had striking front page designs, Daily Press was often visually interesting throughout. From the half-page sports shot on the front, to The Plot Thickens food feature, to Hampton Roads from Above, the designers went above and beyond on many pages. Excellent work!”

Non-Daily Presentation: The Breeze

“Bold and colorful. The Breeze’s design makes a statement page after page. Good stuff!”

Specialty Presentation: Distinction Magazine

“This is an attractive magazine. Nice use of typography and photos.”

 

Writing Category

Daily Writing:  News, Photography and Copy Desk, Bristol Herald Courier

“This is one of the most impressive pieces of journalism I’ve ever seen. Congratulations to the staff who worked on this––and to those who didn’t but covered for those who did. Everyone should be extremely proud of this effort.

Non-Daily Writing:  Anita Sherman, Fauquier Times

“It wouldn’t be surprising if readers of Fauquier Times search out Anita Sherman’s column before reading the front page. After all, the five minutes it takes to read [her] offering is more like a visit with an old friend over a cup of coffee, a much anticipated and sorely needed escape from a harsh, unpredictable, often chaotic world.”

Online Writing:  Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury

“This is exemplary reporting and writing. This writer took a complex issue that started out as fairly routine coverage of an environmental application and dug deeper and deeper. Her reporting exposed concerns that could have never seen daylight, and she demonstrates the value of dogged research and follow up.”

Specialty Writing:  Matthew Korfhage, Distinction Magazine

“I kept coming back to this entry and reading it again, finding more each time. The subject was outlandish, but this writer handled it in such a way that I felt repulsed and attracted to this concept of cooking at the same time. The people were real and admirable. Every detail was in the right place in the story.”

 

Advertising Category

Daily Advertising: Jane Henshaw and Michealle Hovey, The Free Lance-Star

“Like the use of black in the background to draw your eyes to the photo. The photo is an outstanding action shot.”

Non-Daily Advertising: Annamaria Ward, Fauquier Times

“Attractive and bright. Makes me want to read the ad.”

Specialty Advertising: Rachel Lee, Richmond Magazine

“Great use of colors. Crisp, clean look. Loved the incorporation of white space! Of course, the cute subject matter also helped make this my number one pick!”

The Hoosier State Press Association judged the entries. For more information about the contest results, see the awards show presentation at https://youtu.be/LE24AzBDiSw

To view other contest results released early this summer, visit the VPA’s contest gallery at http://vpagallery.com/2019/2019Winners/