First-place winners include photographer Stephen Gross, illustrator AnnaMaria Jacob, columnist Lisa Davis, and editor and associate publisher Bob Davis.
Jacob won first place for her illustration for The Star’s Ghost Writers student story competition. She said she is often able to pull inspiration from the entries.
“These kids have really vivid imaginations,” she said. “I’m glad there are contests like this to get their creativity flowing and give them room to be who they want.”
Gross, who won two first-place awards for his Veterans Day parade feature photo and a photo of Auburn Tigers receiver Sammie Coates, is content with the APA approval.
“With the sports one, I immediately saw it and knew it was a winner,” he said. “At least, I thought it was. Sometimes you just know.”
Davis’ editorial discussing the pros and cons of a state constitutional amendment that allowed Alabama to use money from the state trust for the General Fund budget offered more than a simple yes-or-no endorsement, Davis said.
“We made an attempt to explain how we ended up getting to our conclusion and offering a solution,” he said. “The value of an editorial board is the weighing of an important issue. I hope the judges recognized this piece for that.”
Other awards for The Star include:
· Laura Camper, Tim Lockette and Patrick McCreless for “Depot to lay off 500,” second-place spot news story.
· Cameron Steele for “Courts & Rehab,” third-place in-depth news story.
· Eddie Burkhalter for “Southern Flight 242,” second-place feature story.
· Al Muskewitz for “Cream of the crop,” second-place sports news in-depth coverage.
· Gross for “Freedom Riders bus, 1961, Anniston,” third-place best news photo.
· Staff for Calhoun County Business magazine, second-place best niche publication.
The remainder of the awards for this year’s contest will be announced at the APA Convention on June 22 in Destin, Fla.