Boaz Joseph from the Surrey Leader is a finalist for the award for Feature Photo Award

More than 30 Black Press newspapers named finalists in B.C. awards

Black Press journalists named in writing, photography and online categories.

Black Press would like to congratulate all of the newspapers and journalists who have been named finalists under the 2016 Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards.

The awards recognizes the best in reporting, photography, online journalism, advertising and community contribution across B.C. and the Yukon. Winners are announced May 7.

▪   Newspaper Excellence Award, Category A:

Haida Gwaii Observer

▪   Newspaper Excellence Award, Category B:

Ladysmith-Chemainus Chronicle

Revelstoke Review

▪    Newspaper Excellence Award, Category C:

Gulf Islands Driftwood

▪    Newspaper Excellence Award, Category D:

Oak Bay News

▪    Newspaper Excellence Award, Category E:

Campbell River Mirror

Peninsula News Review

Yukon News

▪    Newspaper Excellence Award, Category F:

Abbotsford News

Cowichan Valley Citizen

Peace Arch News

▪    Newspaper Excellence Award, Category G:

Vernon Morning Star

▪    Feature Photo Award, Black & White:

Cowichan Valley Citizen, Andrea Rondeau — A hive of activity on moving day

Salmon Arm Observer, Evan Buhler — Flipping Over

Interior News, Alicia Bridges — Sir Alfred Smithers

▪    Feature Photo Award, Colour, Over 25,000:

Capital News, Kathy Michaels — Curious about water

Surrey-North Delta Leader, Boaz  Joseph — A puff of purple

▪    Feature Photo Award,  Colour,  Under 25,000:

Salmon Arm Observer, Lachlan Labere — Ruff Ride

Yukon News, Joel Krahn — Northern Lights Bonfire

Yukon News, Tom Patrick — Hanging Out

▪    Photo Essay Award:

Yukon News, Joel Krahn — First Nations Celebration

Yukon News, Peter Mather — Gathering Place

Chilliwack Times, Greg Laychak — Oh! What a night

▪    Portrait/Personality Photo Award:

Nanaimo Daily News, Aaron Hinks — Spirit Found

Yukon News, Joel Krahn — Snowshoe Maker

▪    Sports Photo Award, Over 25,000:

Goldstream News Gazette, Arnold Lim — Women’s Rugby 7s

Surrey-North Delta Leader, Boaz Joseph — Bust in the dust

▪    Sports Photo Award, Under 25,000:

Alberni Valley News, Susan Quinn — Parksville Rage pitcher Autumn Smith

Yukon News, Tom Patrick — Under Control

▪    Spot News Photo Award, Over 25,000:

Chilliwack Times, Greg Laychak — Scrapyard blaze

Langley Times, Dan Ferguson — Jose Figueroa finally goes home

▪    Spot News Photo Award, Under 25,000:

The Interior News, Chris Gareau — Main Street Fire

Yukon News, Joel Krahn — Grieving family

▪    Arts & Culture Writing Award:

Yukon News, Maura Forrest — Outfitter turned artists exhibit critiques trophy hunting

▪    Business Writing Award:

Chilliwack Times, Greg Laychak — Sto:lo getting on the brand-wagon

Yukon News, Maura Forrest — Yukon Zinc plans to axe royalties to discoverers of Wolverine deposit

▪    Columnist Award:

Abbotsford News, Andrew Holota — On Point: Political correctness charges homeless issue/Fear ourselves more than terrorism

Similkameen Spotlight, Andrea DeMeer — Old Dog New Tricks

▪    Editorial Award:

100 Mile House Free Press, Ken Alexander — IH needs to focus

Parksville/Qualicum Beach News, John Harding — Daniel’s Story

▪    Environmental Initiative Award:

Gulf Islands Driftwood, Elizabeth Nolan — Salt Spring Conservancy

Surrey Now, Tom Zillich — Farming in the heart of Newton

▪    Environmental Writing Award:

Abbotsford News, Tyler Olsen — Warming Climate

▪    Feature Article Award, Over 25,000:

Chilliwack Times, Paul Henderson — ‘I need to get out of this dump’

Parksville/Qualicum Beach News, Candace Wu — Maggy’s many challenges

▪    Feature Series Award:

Surrey-North Delta Leader, Sheila Reynolds — Caring for Kids

▪    John Collison Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism:

Abbotsford News, Tyler Olsen — Kids in Crisis part 1 and part 2

Lake Country Calendar, Kevin Parnell — Yes campaign corridor rally/Like a David vs Goliath/OKIB keeps fighting old battle

▪    Neville Shanks Memorial Award for Historical Writing:

Nelson Star, Sam McBride — The Nelson woman who HATED being famous

▪    Sports Writing Award:

Langley Times, Gary Ahuja — Remembering Ryan

▪    Ma Murray Community Service Award:

Comox Valley Record, Terry Farrell — Comox Valley Community Clean Up

Haida Gwaii Observer, Quinn Bender and Stacey Marple — Province shuts down after-death service

▪    Online Innovation Award:

Abbotsford News, Sue McMurchy — Image Wedding Magazine

Surrey Now, Amy Reid and Beau Simpson — Interactive map of Surrey shootings

▪    Special Publications Award, Over 25,000:

Penticton Western News, Staff — GATEWAY to Commerce in Penticton & Area

▪    Special Section Award, Over 25,000:

Campbell River Mirror, Michelle Hueller — Remembrance Day