Jasper paper gets top honor

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The Herald (Jasper) won top honors in The Best of Photojournalism national picture editing contest.

The paper took first place in the Best Use of Pictures category for newspapers under 75,000 circulation. It also earned second place in the Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year team category, among other awards.

In the Best Use of Pictures category, entrants submitted four issues of their newspaper and were judged on the quality of the photographs and their display.  

Entrants in the Picture Editor of the Year team category submitted a portfolio of their work from 2010. The Herald’s portfolio consisted of daily and Saturday pages edited by Chief Photographer Dave Weatherwax, Managing Editor Justin Rumbach and Editor John Rumbach.

First place in the category went to the Los Angeles Times and third place to The New York Times.

Judges considered not only the quality of the photographs and editing but also the range and diversity of the portfolio.

The Herald’s other awards included an honorable mention in Multi-page Documentary for a Saturday feature on a family’s handling of autism, an honorable mention in Newspaper Illustrative Single Page for a Life page on uses of vegetable roots designed by Local and State Editor Jason Recker, an honorable mention in Newspaper Sports Project for coverage of boys basketball sectionals and two honorable mentions in Newspaper Front Page for Saturday features on the Boy Scouts’ 100th anniversary and a horse trainer.

The annual contest, now in its 10th year, is sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association and is hosted by Ohio University.

Click here to view the winning entries.