Cahill wins first in Photo Portfolio division of GPA’s Better Newspaper Contest

by | June 12, 2019 11:25 am

On May 30 through June 1, the Georgia Press Association (GPA) gathered for its 133rd annual convention at Jekyll Island Club Hotel, and The Blade returned home with four awards from various categories of the Better Newspaper Contest.

Judging for this year’s contest was conducted by the South Carolina Press Association. Publications from across the state submit their best advertising and editorial works. Entries are categorized by the publication’s circulation, and the top three entries are honored. Newsroom editor Whitley Clifton attended the banquets on Friday and accepted the awards on behalf of the newspaper.

Bill Cahill, public information officer for Swainsboro Fire Department and freelancer for The Blade received first place in the Photo Portfolio division. This particular part of the editorial contest calls for up to 15 photographs from a single photographer for judging. About Cahill’s work, the judge remarked, “It’s unusual to award first place for a portfolio consisting of just spot news photos, but it’s hard to argue with the quality of these images. Many could be spot news prizewinners on their own. Together, they make up an amazing group of news photos.”

Additionally, The Blade received first place in the Motor Vehicle category of the advertising contest. The judge’s called this particular graphic an “outstanding ad.”

Other awards included The Blade’s Social Section, which received third place in the Lifestyle Coverage category, and Halei Lamb’s editorial columns entitled “Six things I never thanked my softball mom for,” “Who you’ll be,” and “Duck, duck, goose,” which received third place in the Lifestyle – Feature Column division.

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