The Capital Press swept the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association awards contest for its division.

Competing against other associate members, the Capital Press won first-place awards in each of the five award categories.

In the target audience category, the newspaper was honored on its level of interest, relevance, creativity and commitment to its audience.

Photographs of the aftermaths of Washington’s 2014 Carlton Complex fire taken by reporter Dan Wheat were judged based on their news value/human interest quality, originality and imagination, composition, and photo technical quality.

Reporter Eric Mortenson received honors in the writing category. Two stories — “Ag tells its story,” and “Rural Oregon, Meet Portland” — were centerpiece stories that focused on efforts to bridge the rural/urban divide. A third concerned the debate over growing canola in the Willamette Valley.

In the design category, three issues of the Capital Press from February, May and October were judged on the basis of the use of headlines, effective use of photography, content, makeup, and typography.

Capital Press graphic artist Alan Kenaga received first-place honors for his graphic explaining drought conditions in 2014. He also won second- and third-place awards for graphics explaining the ag census and the impact of 2014 election results on farmers and ranchers.

As a result of its five first-place finishes, the Capital Press received the Sweepstakes Award.