Is mom stunned by the success of the Grand Bend Strip? Unfortunately, they only take one photo at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association awards banquet in Toronto, and this is the one they sent us. From left: publisher Casey Lessard, mom Rita Lessard, OCNA president Don MacLeod, and co-owner Angela Michielsen hold the most plaques taken home by any newspaper at this year’s awards, held May 14.
The Grand Bend Strip and publisher Casey Lessard took home more awards than any other newspaper in Ontario Friday, May 14 at the Ontario Community Newspapers Association gala held in Toronto. Here are the results and judges’ comments:
3rd place – General Excellence (best overall paper), circulation under 1,999 Note: Top marks in 4 of 11 categories, including Front Page, Presentation, Photography, and Production Quality Judges Norm Park, Cindy Beaulieu, Kelly Clammer, Heather Thomson: The most eye-appealing publication in this class. No question about artistic quality and photo presentation. That is tops in the class. This paper also provides good, easy to read features with strong leads. It’s a home-spun feel-good paper with a professional flair.
2nd place – Photographer of the Year (competing with all newspapers) Judge Bill White: Strong features. Some very nice lighting.
1st place – Best Creative Advertising (under 9,999) – ad promoting Casey365.com Judge Wayne Aubert: Unexpected clean layout for the clutter of ads in a community paper.
1st place – Best Feature Photo (under 9,999) – cover photo from Parkhill fair Judge Dave White: I think the photographer made some smart decisions regarding depth of field and camera angle to help us feel this child’s pure joy. The viewer is right there with her. I really love this image.
2nd place – Education Writing – SHDHS music trip to Chicago Judge Richard Dal Monte: Great photos and a good idea going along for the ride on the band trip to the Windy City.
3rd place – Best Sports Photo – Hockey Night in Zurich dressing room photo Judge Ron Scheffler: The photographer is commended for exploring behind the scenes to reveal a closer look at those who play simply for the love of the sport.
3rd place – Best Photo Layout – Parkhill’s Five Fun Days Judge Joe Callahan: An uncomplicated layout and typography that allowed the photograph to communicate effectively.
3rd place – Best Rural Story (under 9,999) – potato farmer Marcus Koenig Judge Jake Boudrot: Well written, well researched, significant local story, with a nice layout and excellent photographs.