2022 BNC Awards of Excellence Winners

Presented September 2023

Best Ad Campaign Award

  1. Lacombe Express with Hear Right, by Tammy Cocks (sales) Alex Streicher (creative)
  2. Rimbey Review with Who Loves ?, by Leah Bousfield
  3. Shootin' the Breeze with Blackburn Jewellers, by Jaiden Panchyshyn
  • HM - Sylvan Lake News with Are you a family in need, written by Barb Pettie (sales) Russ Carr (creative)

Best Feature Column by Local Writer

  1. Rocky Mountain Outlook with Addressing anti-Indigenous racism in Canada's health care system, written by Vamini Selvanandan
  2. Taber Times with The United States is not united - Is Canada?, written by Cal Braid
  3. Claresholm Local Press with Saying what needs saying, written by Rob S Vogt

Best Feature Story By Local Writer

  1. Town & Country News (Grande Prairie) with The flight doctor, written by Austin Payeur (Photography by Jesse Boily)
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook with Stoney Nakoda veteran remembered, revered as warrior, written by Jessica Lee
  3. Slave Lake Lakeside Leader with "Walk a lot and brush your teeth twice a day', written by Joe McWilliams
  • HM - St. Albert Gazette with What to do with a worn out sock, written by Kevin Ma
  • HM - The Pipestone Flyer with Ermineskin Residential School survivor: 'I forgave them a long time ago', written by Shaela Dansereau

Best Local News Story

  1. Rocky Mountain Outlook with Widow calls for highway twinning in Yoho National Park, written by Cathy Ellis
  2. St. Albert Gazette with Raiders have history of mismanaging complaints, claims former SAMHA board member, written by Jennifer Henderson
  3. Town & Country News (Grande Prairie) with Downtown biz owners face multiple abuses, written by Jesse Boily
  • HM - The Albertan with Inaugural Sikh motorcycle club's ride to Sundre aims to build cultural bridges, written by Simon Ducatel

Education Writing Award

  1. The Albertan with Anti-mandate rallies held at Sundre schools, written by Simon Ducatel
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook with Stoney - A look at preserving language, culture in Stoney Nakoda, written by Jessica Lee
  3. Fort Macleod Gazette with W.A. Day school "a shining light', written by Frank McTighe
  • HM - Mayerthorpe Freelancer with Community members explore Sangudo school's revitalization, childcare, written by Brad Quarin
  • HM - Lakeland This Week with St. Paul Education commits $10,000 to address racism, written by Janice Huser
  • HM - Town & Country News (Grande Prairie) with Cree offered in PWPSD, written by Austin Payeur (Photography by Jesse Boily)

Excellence in Creative Advertising

  1. Wainwright EDGE with Armstrongs Dog Days of Summer, by Carrie Baumgartner
  2. Ponoka News with Stampede Cover, by Jessica Crandall
  3. Stettler Independent with Spring Fashion, by Alex Streicher

Habitat Conservation Story

  1. The Pipestone Flyer with Proposed feedlot at Pigeon Lake worries locals about local environmental impact, written by Shaela Dansereau
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook with New study shows development, human activity threatening wildlife, written by Cathy Ellis
  3. Stettler Independent with Red Deer Polytechnic team with Stettler connection nominated for prestigious award, written by Kevin Sabo

Sports Writing Award

  1. St. Albert Gazette with Lifetime of racing lands St. Albert man in Motorsports Hall of Fame, written by Jack Farrell
  2. Lakeland This Week with Laurier Sylvestre to drop the puck at Senior Pontiacs' 70th anniversary game, written by Jazmin Tremblay
  3. Rocky Mountain Outlook with "Determined' 86-year-old Exshaw skier recovering from broken back competes at Masters World Cup in Canmore, written by Jordan Small
  • HM- Okotoks Western Wheel with Dawgs historic season coverage, written by Remy Greer
  • HM- Lacombe Express with Lacombe boxer William O'Keefe's sights are set on Olympic competitions, written by Mark Weber
  • HM- Shootin' the Breeze with Local women excel in 1,000-mile survival race on the Yukon River, written by Mia Parker

Sue Gawlak Best Local Editorial

  1. Fort Macleod Gazette with Housing issue isn't going away, written by Frank McTighe
  2. Stettler Independent with So much for innocent until proven guilty, written by Kevin Sabo
  3. Claresholm Local Press with Still a really bad idea, written by Rob S Vogt
  • HM - Shootin' the Breeze with My Little Corner, written by Shannon Peace

Best Use of Colour in Advertising

  1. Jasper Fitzhugh with Summer is around the corner, by Melissa Morris
  2. Rimbey Review with Rock n' Rimbey, by Leah Bousfield & Alex Striecher
  3. Wainwright EDGE with Golf Course Now Open, by Carrie Baumgartner
  • HM - Strathmore Times with MaxSPL Music, written by Jody Schneider

Best Agricultural Section

  1. Ponoka News with Fall's Bounty Salute to Central AB Farmers & Harvest
  2. Lakeland This Week with 2022 Breeder's Directory
  3. Shootin' the Breeze with Pincher Creek celebrates Cdn Ag Safety Week

Best Special Supplement or Section

  1. St. Albert Gazette with Passport to Summer 2022
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook with A shot at Glory
  3. Pipestone Flyer with Truth & Reconciliation
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