Congratulations to all the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest winners! By my count, EO Media Group brought home 44 awards in total.

The Daily Astorian brought home the award for best increase in circulation among any daily in Oregon. We celebrate two first places, four seconds and two thirds. A good showing.

The East Oregonian won General Excellence again, while the Hermiston Herald took second in their category. Capital Press won for Best Target Audience in the Associate Member category.

We’re very proud of our team!

A slideshow of winners is here: http://bit.ly/2a4i4my

The Daily Astorian

Jerry Latham Mail Tribune Award – The Daily Astorian – for highest increase in circulation of any daily newspaper in Oregon

Best Special Section or Issue – First Place – The Daily Astorian – Our Coast 2015 – Rebecca Sedlak, John Bruijn, Joshua Bessex, Staff

Best Sports Photo – First Place – The Daily Astorian – Gulls punish Astoria – Joshua Bessex

Best Feature Photo – Second Place – The Daily Astorian – Seagulls pound the net – Joshua Bessex

Best Graphics – Second Place – The Daily Astorian – Port of Astoria reveals stormwater treatment upgrade plan – Alan Kenaga

Best Sports Photo – Second Place – The Daily Astorian – Come sail away – Joshua Bessex

Best Sports Story – Second Place – The Daily Astorian – Captains Positive – Patrick Webb

Best Lifestyle Coverage – Third Place – The Daily Astorian – Goonies fans turn out for bonfire – Erick Bengel

Best Page One Design – Third Place – The Daily Astorian – Daily Astorian page design – Matt Vann, Laura Sellers, Derrick DePledge

Blue Mountain Eagle

Best Graphics – First Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – ‘An apocalypse’ Canyon Creek Complex fire map – Alan Kenaga

Best Graphics – Third Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – The state of New Idaho – Alan Kenaga

Best Page One Design – First Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – Best Eagle front pages – Randy Wrighthouse

Best Writing – Second Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – Program assists folks in the ‘golden years’; Sociable toddler progressing well a year after brain injury; and ‘Grateful for my dance with cancer’ – Cheryl Hoefler

Best Feature Photo – Second Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – Together. Forward. – Angel Carpenter

Best Spot News Coverage – Second Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – ‘AN APOCALYPSE’ – Angel Carpenter

Best Enterprise Reporting – Third Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – DEQ fumes – Blue Mountain Eagle Staff

Best News Photo – Third Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – Together. Forward. – Angel Carpenter

Best Special Section or Issue – First Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – Blue Mountain Eagle Explore Guide – Blue Mountain Eagle Staff

Best Writing – Third Place – Blue Mountain Eagle – Team Spirit; Lampton gets 30 years in prison; and HAY FEVER rolls into town – Angel Carpenter

Capital Press (Associate Member Contest)

Target Audience – First Place – Capital Press – April 24, Sept. 4, Oct. 16 full editions – Staff

Writing – First Place – Capital Press – An Economic Splash, Buying Local, What’s Cooking – Eric Mortenson

Graphics – First Place – Capital Press – Dry Times – Alan Kenaga

Design – Second Place – Capital Press – March 27, June 12, Sept. 25 full editions – Randy Wrighthouse,Alan Kenaga

Writing – Second Place – Capital Press – One Washington,Two Sides; Wolves are Back; Troubled Waters – Don Jenkins

Graphics – Third Place – Capital Press – Irrigation Shifting – Alan Kenaga

Writing – Third Place – Capital Press – Courting the National Vote, Going Robotic, A Different Role – Mateusz Perkowski

Sweepstakes Award for highest overall score

East Oregonian

General Excellence – First Place – East Oregonian – East Oregonian – Staff

Best Feature Photo – First Place – East Oregonian – Fatally Low Flows – E.J. Harris

Best Writing – First Place – East Oregonian – Death with dignity – Kathy Aney

Best Spot News Coverage – First Place – East Oregonian – City Hall Explosion – Phil Wright,E.J. Harris,Kathy Aney,Antonio Sierra

Best Page One Design – First Place – East Oregonian – Sept. 22; Oct. 8; Oct. 22 – Drew Langton,Daniel Wattenburger

Best Feature Story: Personality – Second Place – East Oregonian – Artist rides life’s waves – Kathy Aney

Best News Photo – Second Place – East Oregonian – City Hall Explosion – E.J. Harris

Best Coverage of Business and Economic Issues – Third Place – East Oregonian – There’s Always Next Year – George Plaven

Best Headline Writing – Third Place – East Oregonian – Lights, Camera, Crashin; Huff, puff, pass; Kitz quits; Roasted; Roots to leaves, Echo loves its trees; Massive gift keep clock shop ticking – Daniel Wattenburger

Best Photo Essay – Third Place – East Oregonian – Visiting Ghosts – E.J. Harris

Best Special Section or Issue – Third Place – East Oregonian – Pendleton Round-Up Magazine – Staff

Hermiston Herald

General Excellence – Second Place – The Hermiston Herald – Hermiston Herald General Excellence entry – Staff

Best Local Column – First Place – The Hermiston Herald – Tammy Malgesini: Inside My Shoes – Tammy Malgesini

Best Sports Story – Third Place – The Hermiston Herald – More than a game – Sam Barbee

Wallowa County Chieftain

Best Spot News Coverage – First Place – Wallowa County Chieftain – Grizzly Bear Complex Fire – Steve Tool,Kathleen Ellyn

Best Sports Story – Second Place – Wallowa County Chieftain – Hooking Silver – Kathleen Ellyn

Best Feature Photo – Third Place – Wallowa County Chieftain – Fancy Shawl Dance – Kathleen Ellyn

Best Special Section or Issue – Third Place – Wallowa County Chieftain – 2015 Wallowa County Visitors Guide – Staff