This photo by William Wilczewski of the action during a Rio Rico-Coolidge softball game last spring won first place in the Best Sports Photograph category.
File photo/William Wilczewski
In the Best Sports Photograph category, Wilczewski again took top prize for a photo of a RRHS softball player putting a tag on a sliding Coolidge High runner during a play at third base. He took third place in the Best Sports Column category with “There’s a time and place for everything – except a smoke,” in which he praised Ricky Maytorena Sr. for texting him so many updates on his Intermediate Little League All-Star baseball team that he didn’t have time to smoke a cigarette.
Prendergast won first place in the Best News Feature Story category for “Immigration takes center stage,” a package of stories on three immigration- and border-related events held in Nogales during two days in June 2013. He also won first place in Best Sustained Coverage or Series for series of stories published January-March in which he recounted his experience attending the Border Patrol Ambassadors Academy.
In the ANA’s Excellence in Advertising contest, Bolaños and NI advertising representative Carmen Ibarra won first place in the Best Paid Color Ad Series category for the “You Have the Power” campaign they put together on behalf of the County Attorney’s Office. Bolaños also won second place in the Best On Line Ad (Static) division for the “You Have the Power” campaign, and deserves most of the credit for the NI’s second-place finish in Page Design Excellence.
Publisher Manuel C. Coppola said, “Here I am, a newspaper man in the business of communicating, and I can’t find the words to say how proud I am of our successes at ANA thanks to Curt, Priscilla, William, Carmen and Managing Editor Jonathan Clark, who are passionate about what they do. I wish there were awards for all the members of this team including our display and classified advertising representatives, business office personnel, the circulation manager, newspaper carriers, right down to the person who labels our mailed copies. It’s like a time piece; all the parts have to tick with precision edition after edition to produce a quality newspaper our readers and advertisers can enjoy and be proud of.”
Both the Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising competitions were judged by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. The NI competed in the divisions for non-daily papers with circulations under 3,500.