April 14, 2018

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Virginia Press Association Announces Sweepstakes and Best in Show Awards

RICHMOND, Va.- On April 14, 2018, the Virginia Press Association held their Annual Awards Banquet. With 400 VPA members in attendance, the following awards were presented over dinner. Judges’ comments are included when provided.


Grand Sweepstakes:

Daily 1:The Daily Progress

Daily 2:The Free Lance-Star

Daily 3:Richmond Times-Dispatch

Non-Daily 1: Nelson County Times

Non-Daily 2:The Breeze

Non-Daily 3:Fauquier Times

Specialty:Richmond Magazine

News Sweepstakes:

Daily 1:The Daily Progress

Daily 2:The Free Lance-Star

Daily 3:Richmond Times-Dispatch

Non-Daily 1:Nelson County Times

Non-Daily 2:The Breeze

Non-Daily 3:Chesterfield Observer

Online:Charlottesville Tomorrow

Specialty:Richmond Magazine

Advertising Sweepstakes:

Daily 1:Northern Virginia Daily

Daily 2: The News & Advance

Daily 3: The Virginian-Pilot

Non-Daily 1:Amherst New Era-Progress

Non-Daily 2:The Tidewater News

Non-Daily 3: Fauquier Times

Specialty:Richmond Magazine


Best in Show

News- Best in Show

Daily Artwork: Dwayne Carpenter, John Owenby – Richmond Times-Dispatch

“The hand-drawn pieces set this entry apart.  Absolutely phenomenal work that sets off the page and makes the reader want to know what the article is about.”

Non-Daily Artwork:Stacy Taylor – Loudoun Times Mirror

“Excellent!  The compare/contrast of East and West and the use of varied chart types and info boxes made this the clear winner.”

Specialty Artwork:Barry Bruner – C’Ville Weekly

“Amazing work.  This piece clearly tells a story before we even look at the article.”

Daily Photography:Andrew Shurteff – The Daily Progress

“Outstanding photojournalism. Compelling images with beautiful light and composition.”

Non-Daily Photography:Doug Graham – Loudoun Now

“Perfect timing.  Horses create a shape and energy moving the eye into the photo as the dramatic sky creates movement and more energy in the frame.”

Specialty Photography: Jamey Fry and Stephanie Redding – Washington Business Journal

“Creatively superior to all the other entries. Smart play on words and perfectly executed idea.”

Online Photography: Lawrence Emerson –

“Interesting frame and situation.”

Daily News Presentation:Staff- The Roanoke Times

“Clean design.  Readers pulled into the pages.”

Non-Daily News Presentation: Dale Peskin, Trevor Bratko, Carl Lukat, Rick Wasser & Stacy Taylor – Loudoun Times Mirror

“Full of local news and photos in clear design.”

Specialty Design & Presentation:Bill LeSueur & Max March – C-Ville Weekly

“Lean, inviting design that works well for a variety of content categories.”

Daily Writing: Staff – Washington Post

“The best in show truly was difficult.  We ultimately decided that the breaking news coverage by the Washington Post of the congressional softball shooting gets the nod.

It was thorough, so much so, that it seemed every question had been asked if not answered.  All within 24 hours.

Using eyewitness sources, records and authorities, the Post gave a vivid account of what happened; detailed information on the suspect and possible motives; and info on the victims, including ongoing injury status. The Post did a superior job of quickly breaking the news and then clearly and concisely presenting it to readers all day long. It was a symphony of journalistic creation: maps, profiles, breaking updates, charts and more. Each element came together for the betterment of the whole.  Well tuned.”

Non-Daily Writing:Randy Rieland, Bud Meyer, John McCaslin, Laura Stanton, Dennis Brack &

Luke Christopher – Rappahannock News

Specialty Writing:Lisa Martin – The Crozet Gazette

“Not only was it a fascinating topic, but the writer used some nice phrasing. The story included voices from farmers, residents, scientists, victims, and animal handlers. There was a good balance of opinions and science.”

Online Writing:Don Del Rosso –

“Each article in this collection held my attention from beginning to end. They were informative, engaging and covered the story in a way I inspire to each time I write.”

Advertising Best in Show

Daily 1: “Montague Miller/Castle” Glenda Yates & Michelle Ditzler – Culpeper Star-Exponent

“Lots of great information packed into the ad.”

Daily 2:“Anderson Propane/Don’t Worry Be Toasty” Judy Moss & Gail Haynes – The Free Lance-Star

“Clever lede, and then clever selling points listed below.”

Daily 3:“The Shot/Virginian-Pilot” Janet Clouser, Sam Hundley, Randal Greenwell – The Virginian-Pilot

“Tightly and cleverly written, with a clear call-to-action and a perfect tease to make me want to hear the podcast.”

Non-Daily 1: “Southwest Virginia Community College” Carol Sue Repass – Richlands News-Press

“Simple, yet extremely effective.”

Non-Daily 2:“Big Game Ad” Jeff Martin, Scott Matthew & Jeff Clements – Courier-Record

“There was a lot to pack into this ad, and it doesn’t look crowded.”

Non-Daily 3: “Rock-N-Barbers” Annamaria Ward – Fauquier Times

“It tells you everything you need to know in just a few words.”

Specialty:“Cartwright Landscaping” Adrian Walker & Rachel Lee -Richmond Magazine

“What I love about this ad is there’s nothing word-wise that specifically says what Cartwright can do for you. The image says it, and the words add valuable information for the reader.”

Best of the Best:“The Shot/Virginian-Pilot” Janet Clouser, Sam Hundley, Randal Greenwell – The Virginian-Pilot

“Easy pick for the best in this category and the Best of the Best.”


The Alabama Press Association judged the entries.

For more information about the contest results go to: