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Western News adds silver and gold

Penticton Western News won first and second in two categories at the BC Yukon Community Newspaper Ma Murray Awards Saturday.
Rebecca Maurer (above) reacts as fiance Hunter Rossi adjusts her gown in this 2012 picture taken by Western News photographer Mark Brett. The photo was the gold winner of the black and white feature photograph in the over 25

By Staff Writer

Penticton Western News




The Penticton Western News added some gold and silver to its  honours collection at the BC Yukon Community Newspaper Ma Murray Awards at the River Rock Casino in Richmond Saturday.

Western News photographer Mark Brett won first place in the black and white feature photo category (over 25,000 circulation) and publisher Mark Walker and co-author Cameron Bower were runners up in the Website and Online Innovation category.

Recently, the Western News was also named as one of the top newspapers in the country.

The publication placed second for best all-around newspaper (circulation 12,500 to 24,999) in the 2013 Canadian Community Newspapers Awards.

Penticton was also third for best front page and best editorial page in the country-wide competition.

Individual winners for the Western News at the nationals was sports editor Emanuel Sequeira and Brett, with a pair of second-place awards.

In Richmond Saturday, Walker and Bower's project was runner up to the submission for the Abbotsford News team's cutest pet contest.

Third place went to the Yukon News.

Brett's winning picture was of a surprised competitor in a fun event at a 2012 bridal fair.

Second place in the category went to Jenna Hauck of the Chilliwack Progress and  Colleen Flanagan of the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News was third.

Steve Arstad and Tammy Sparkes of the Keremeos Review, a Black sister publication to the Western News, took third in the sports photo (under 25,000 circulation) category.