QCT brings home armloads of awards from the QCNA Better Newspaper Competition

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Cassandra Kerwin with her Outstanding Photojournalism Award, Best Sports Photo award, a laminated version of the Best Photo, and Best Headline Writing Award (shared with two other QCT journalists). 

Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT) journalists attended the Quebec Community Newspaper Association’s annual Better Newspaper Awards ceremony in Pointe-Claire last Friday evening and came home with armloads of awards. 

The top winner of the evening was Cassandra Kerwin, who took first place in the Best Sports Photo category for her photo of Red Bull Crashed Ice skaters. The judge commented, “Readers can feel the power and intensity of the skaters. Great angle and good cropping.” Kerwin was also awarded the Outstanding Photojournalism Award for her work, based on all her photography submitted for consideration this year. 

A regular contributor to the QCT, Lise Lafond, was awarded second place in the Best Sports Photo category for her photo of a horse and driver at the St-Hubert Derby last winter. 

QCT journalists Sarah Barclay, Cassandra Kerwin and Shirley Nadeau shared the first place prize for the Best Headline Writing. The five winning headlines were: “The rain on the Plains falls mainly on the Foo Fighters,” “Dave Parker scores with his hockey-inspired music,” “Quebec City flips over Calgary Stampede pancakes,” “Comiccon characters congregate in Quebec City” and “SNACS catering: the fruit of delicious partnerships.”  

The QCT also received the 2nd place award for the Best Sports Pages, which contained two articles and photos by Cassandra Kerwin and one each by Bill Cox, Ruby Pratka, and Mitch Vandenborn. The judge commented, “Storytelling won the day for this entry – different take on what could have been same old game coverage made all of the entries by this paper very good reads.” 

QCT journalist Bethann Merkle received 3rd place recognition in the Best Environmental Story category for her article “An eel is an eel is an eel, or is it?” The judge commented that this was a “very fun story with an important environmental message about eels. Excellent use of science, clear writing and a good illustration.”  

The MCs for the evening were Karen Macdonald and Tim Sargeant of Global TV. 

Special awards were presented to Fred Ryan of the Aylmer Bulletin in recognition of his 50 years in the newspaper business and Joan Imhoff of the Gaspé Spec for her 25 years. 

Richard Tardiff, Executive Director of the QCNA said, “We’re deeply appreciative of the outstanding contributions of time, talent, effort and service on behalf of the 30 English newspapers that represent different regions in Quebec.” 

Complete results will be posted at www.qcna.org 

Congratulations to all the winners and contributors!!