2013 Contest winners

2013 MPA BETTER NEWSPAPER CONTEST WINNERS

PHOTOGRAPHY/DESIGN (399 entries)

NEWS PHOTO (39 entries)
Weekly 1 (11)

1. Ben Holbrook, The Republican Journal, “School bus rollover drill,” June 28, 2012

2. Bill Pearson, The Piscataquis Observer, “Ribbon cutting,” June 6, 2012

3. Anne Berleant, Castine Patriot, “Sack race,” July 12, 2012

Weekly 2 (11)

1. Steve Fuller, The Ellsworth American, “Helicopter high-wire,” Aug. 23, 2012

2. Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times, “Military funeral flag holders,” Oct. 20, 2012

3. Bane Okholm, The Courier-Gazette, “Keeping hold of the kid while voting,” Nov. 8, 2012

Daily/Weekend (17)

1. Joe Phelan, Kennebec Journal, “Man and dog by burned-out house,” Nov. 13, 2012

2. Gabe Souza, Portland Press Herald, “Same sex marriage passes, ladies celebrate with a kiss,” Nov. 6, 2012

3. Michael G. Seamans, Morning Sentinel, “Woman gasps upon entering burned-out house,” Jan. 18, 2013

SPOT NEWS PHOTO (36 entries)
Weekly 1 (9)

1. Rich Beauchesne, The York Weekly, “Deer at the lighthouse,” Feb. 19, 2013

2. Jenna Beaulieu, Fiddlehead Focus, “Fiery wall comes down,” Oct. 10, 2012

Weekly 2 (10)

1. Dean Kotula, The Ellsworth American, “Winter Harbor home destroyed,” April 19, 2012

2. (tie) Kathy McCarty, The Star-Herald, “Crash on the highway,” July 25, 2012

2. (tie) Robert Levin, Mount Desert Islander, “Fenced in,” Aug. 30, 2012

3. Dominik Lobkowicz, The Lincoln County News, “Boothbay barn burns,” Jan. 10, 2013

Daily/Weekend (17)

1. Russ Dillingham, Sun Journal, “Dude needs a smoke after crashing his car,” Feb. 24, 2013

2. Kevin Bennett, Bangor Daily News, “Bang! You’re arrested,” Oct. 8, 2012

3. Linda Coan O’Kresik, Bangor Daily News, “Fire and ice,” Jan. 25, 2013

SCENIC PHOTO (47 entries)
Weekly 1 (16)

1. Ben Holbrook, The Republican Journal, “HMS Bounty arrives in Belfast Harbor,” Aug. 9, 2012

2. Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News, “Spring delicacies vary,” May 30, 2012

Weekly 2 (15)

1. Gary Dow, Boothbay Register, “A tidal pool,” April 26, 2012

2. (tie) Ken Waltz, The Courier-Gazette, “Breakwater blast,” May 24, 2012

2. (tie) Dick Broom, Mount Desert Islander, “Don’t look back,” July 5, 2012

3. Beth A. Birmingham, The Courier-Gazette, “Blanketed by clouds,” Feb. 26, 2013

Daily/Weekend (16)

1. Carter McCall, Bangor Daily News, “A flock of pigeons,” Jan. 5, 2013

2. Tim Greenway, Portland Press Herald, “Snow blows and drifts,” Feb. 9, 2013

3. Michael G. Seamans, Morning Sentinel, “The Old 470 steam locomotive,” Aug. 22, 2012

PEOPLE PHOTO (46 entries)
Weekly 1 (14)

1. Deb Cram, York County Coast Star, “Baby Zoe,” July 19, 2012

2. Lisa Wilcox, Aroostook Republican & News, “Past meets future,” Oct. 20, 2012

3. Jenna Beaulieu, Fiddlehead Focus, “Fort Kent fireman,” May 24, 2013

Weekly 2 (15)

1. Joseph Cyr, Houlton Pioneer Times, “What a clown,” June 2, 2012

2. Tessie Dubois, St. John Valley Times, “Joe’s auto,” April 26, 2012

3. Kim Lincoln, The Courier-Gazette, “Sumthin’ fishy,” Aug. 9, 2012

Daily/Weekend (17)

1. Troy R. Bennett, Bangor Daily News, “Doggie smooches,” Feb. 12, 2013

2. Amber Waterman, Sun Journal, “Oh my god, who does your hair?” May 12, 2012

3. John Ewing, Portland Press Herald, “Dominican baby in town for heart surgery,” May 1, 2012

PICTURE STORY (28 entries)
Weekly (14)

1. Earl Brechlin and Robert Levin, Mount Desert Islander, “Cottage and Maine,” Sept. 6, 2012

2. Stuart Hedstrom, The Piscataquis Observer, “Who let the dogs out,” Jan. 30, 2013

3. Paula Roberts, The Lincoln County News, “Midcoast Nutcracker,” Dec. 6, 2012

Daily/Weekend (14)

1. Michael G. Seamans, Morning Sentinel, Family tries to cope after losing their home to a fire, Nov. 13, 2012

2. Brian Feulner, Bangor Daily News, Family spends the winter in a tent, Jan. 25, 2013

3. Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News, “Ice harvest,” Feb. 5, 2013

FEATURE PHOTO (44 entries)
Weekly 1 (10)

1. Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News, “Sledders,” March 6, 2013

2. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “May Day delight,” May 10, 2012

3. Stuart Hedstrom, The Piscataquis Observer, “For war and peace,” July 4, 2012

Weekly 2 (14)

1. Hilary Ribons, Boothbay Register, “Student driver,” May 24, 2012

2. Dean Kotula, The Ellsworth American, “Painter painting,” Sept. 20, 2012

3. Scott Mitchell Johnson, The Star-Herald, “Spuddy and the motorcycle,” April 4, 2012

Daily/Weekend (20)

1. Andy Molloy, Kennebec Journal, “Bull charge,” Dec. 27, 2012

2. Jeff Lagasse, Journal Tribune, “Roar of the past,” April 4, 2012

3. Gregory Rec, Portland Press Herald, “Gym dandies,” Jan. 5, 2012

SPORTS PHOTO (50 entries)
Weekly 1 (16)

1. Mark Haskell, The Camden Herald, “Muddy collapse,” Oct. 25, 2012

2. Jane Mavor Small, Aroostook Republican & News, “Sleepers’ Cole Jackson,” July 25, 2012

3. Jessica Brophy, Island Ad-Vantages, “Camden Classic racers on view,” Aug. 9, 2012

Weekly 2 (17)

1. Paula Roberts, The Lincoln County News, “Taking one for the team,” Sept. 6, 2012

2. Paula Roberts, The Lincoln County News, “Championship celebration,” Feb. 28, 2013

3. Mark Haskell, The Courier-Gazette, “Mud-splattered,” Oct. 25, 2012

Daily/Weekend (17)

1. Michael G. Seamans, Morning Sentinel, “Winslow High School catcher Mike McLaughlin,” June 5, 2012

2. Gordon Chibroski, Portland Press Herald, “Greely teammates joyously greet Daniel Cimino,” June 14, 2012

3. Amber Waterman, Sun Journal, “Torrey Charnock tackles catcher MeKae Hyde,” July 25, 2012

ILLUSTRATION (17 entries)
Weekly (6)

1. Michelle Snowden, The Ellsworth American, “Now hiring,” Feb. 21, 2013

2. Ashley Carter, Mount Desert Islander, “A Chimney Pond Christmas,” Dec. 20, 2012

3. Dennis Michaud, Fiddlehead Focus, Fiddlehead Focus nameplate, Dec. 27, 2012

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Michael Fisher, Maine Sunday Telegram, “It’s the economy, stupid,” Sept. 2, 2012

2. Michael Fisher, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Republicans,” Dec. 16, 2012

3. Sharon Wood, Kennebec Journal, “D-Day,” June 6, 2012

GRAPHIC (18 entries)
Weekly (2)

1. Michelle Snowden, The Ellsworth American, “Story of the century,” April 12, 2012

2. Barbara Tedesco, Mount Desert Islander, “Bobbistock”

Daily/Weekend (16)

1. Eric Zelz, Bangor Daily News, “The Penobscot River restoration project,” June 11, 2012

2. Michael Fisher, Maine Sunday Telegram, “The lobster supply chain,” Aug. 12, 2012

3. Heather McCarthy, Sun Journal, Lewiston’s crime rate, Nov. 4, 2012

SPECIALTY PAGE DESIGN (27 entries)
Weekly (15)

1. Laura Snyder Smith, York County Coast Star, “Living,” Oct. 25, 2012

2. Laura Snyder Smith, York County Coast Star, “Living,” Sept. 6, 2012

3. Christine Dunkle, The Camden Herald, “Arts & Entertainment,” Dec. 20, 2012

Daily/Weekend (12)

1. Susan Broadbent, Sun Journal, b plus, “Bats,” July 1, 2012

2. Heather McCarthy, Sun Journal, b plus, “Reef madness,” Sept. 23, 2012

3. Susan Broadbent, Sun Journal, b plus, COMMENTS: “Applicants behaving badly,” May 20, 2012

FRONT PAGE DESIGN (39 entries)
Weekly 1 (14)

1. Laura Snyder Smith, The York Weekly, Feb. 6, 2013

2. Christine Dunkle, The Republican Journal, Aug. 16, 2012

3. Christine Dunkle, The Camden Herald, Nov. 1, 2012

Weekly 2 (12)

1. Debbie Post, The Courier-Gazette, Feb. 7, 2013

2. Michelle Snowden, The Ellsworth American, Oct. 25, 2012

3. Barbara Tedesco, Mount Desert Islander, Nov. 8, 2012

Daily/Weekend (13)

1. Brian Robitaille, Maine Sunday Telegram, Jan. 27, 2013

2. Becky Bowden and Eric Zelz, Bangor Daily News, June 12, 2012

3. Judy Long and Eric Zelz, Bangor Daily News, Nov. 7, 2012

SECTIONS (52 entries)

EDITORIAL PAGE (19 entries)
Weekly (13)

1. Staff, The Courier-Gazette, May 3, May 10, Oct. 25, 2012

2. Staff, The Camden Herald, May 3, May 10, 2012, Feb. 21, 2013

3. Staff, The Ellsworth American, May 3, May 10, Aug. 30, 2012

Daily/Weekend (6)

1. Staff, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, April 29, May 11, 2012, Feb. 17, 2013

2. Staff, Sun Journal, “Perspective,” April 29, May 6, June 17, 2012

3. Robert A. Long and Bob Mentzinger, The Times Record, May 4, May 11, 2012, Feb. 7, 2013

SPORTS SECTION (21 entries)
Weekly (15)

1. Jay Pinsonnault, The York Weekly, Sept. 12, 2012, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, 2013

2. Ken Waltz and Mark Haskell, The Camden Herald, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, 2013

3. Wayne Rivet, The Bridgton News, Feb. 7, Feb. 14, March 7, 2013

Daily/Weekend (6)

1. Staff, Sun Journal, Dec. 30, 2012, Feb. 3, Feb. 16, 2013

2. Staff, Maine Sunday Telegram, June 17, 2012, Feb. 3, Feb. 10, 2013

3. Staff, Morning Sentinel, Nov. 11, 2012, Feb. 6, Feb. 15, 2013

BUSINESS SECTION (8 entries)
Weekly (5)

1. Staff, Aroostook Republican & News, Oct. 10, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 2012

2. Joseph Cyr and Gloria Austin, Houlton Pioneer Times, July 11, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 2012

3. Scott Mitchell Johnson and Kathy McCarty, The Star-Herald, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 2012, Feb. 6, 2013

Daily/Weekend (3)

1. Staff, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, June 17, Nov. 3, Nov. 6, 2012

2. Patrick Gabrion, The Times Record, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, 2012

3. Robyn Burnham, Journal Tribune, Feb. 12, 2013

FEATURE SECTION (12 entries)
Weekly (9)

1. Letitia Baldwin, The Ellsworth American, “Arts & Leisure,” June 28, 2012, Feb. 28, March 7, 2013

2. Staff, Mount Desert Islander, Arts, July 19, 2012, Feb. 28, 2012, March 7, 2012

3. Dagney C. Ernest, The Courier-Gazette, “Arts & Living,” April 5, 2012, Feb. 28, March 7, 2013

Daily/Weekend (3)

1. Staff, Sun Journal, bPlus section, July 1, 2012, Feb. 24, 2013, March 3, 2013

2. Staff, Portland Press Herald, Food & Dining, June 27, 2012, Feb. 27, March 6, 2013

3. Daryl Madore and Rachel Shelly, The Times Record, “Ticket,” Oct. 12, 2012, March 1, March 8, 2013

ADVERTISING/CIRCULATION (177 entries)

LOCAL AD (25 entries)
Weekly (17)

1. Heidi Anderson-Belcher and Jody McKee, The Camden Herald, “Fresh off the farm,” Nov. 1, 2012

2. Dennis Michaud, Fiddlehead Focus, “Fort Kent Ski-Doo,” Nov. 21, 2012

3. Bob Gray, The Original Irregular, “Coplin Co-op,” Summer 2012

Daily/Weekend (8)

1. Bridgit Cayer and Sam Wood, Bangor Daily News, “Is your identity safe,” April 21, 2012

2. Michele Dwyer and Mark Bergelin, Bangor Daily News, “Give the gift of sight,” November 2012

3. Sam Wood, Bangor Daily News, “There’s more value with Varney,” March 2, 2013

CAMPAIGN OR SERIES (14 entries)
Weekly (9)

1. Gary Dow, Boothbay Register, “Announcing our new website,” July 12, July 19, July 26, 2012

2. Tessie Dubois, Holly Hardwick and Staff, St. John Valley Times, “1,2,3, Punch,” April 4, May 30 and Aug. 1, 2012

3. Staff, Houlton Pioneer Times, “Shop at home,” 52 weeks through June 20, 2012

Daily/Weekend (5)

1. Shelley Sund, Bangor Daily News, “Recipe contest,” June 16, July 14, Aug. 4, Sept. 5, 2012

2. Michele Dwyer, Bangor Daily News, “American Folk Festival,” June 8, June 16, July 7, July 20, July 28, Aug. 10, 2012

3. Matt Sargent and Amanda Everatt, Kennebec Journal, “Stuff,” April 21, Aug. 11, Sept. 15, 2012

SUPPLEMENT/SPECIAL SECTION (34 entries)
Weekly 1 (13)

1. Staff, The Original Irregular, “Whiteout!” 2012-13

2. Staff, The Original Irregular, “Maine Mountain Summer,” 2012

3. Staff, York County Coast Star, “Christmas Prelude,” Nov. 29, 2012

Weekly 2 (10)

1. Staff, Mount Desert Islander, “Out & About,” June 28, 2012

2. Christine Dunkle, The Courier-Gazette, “Riding the Rails,” May 17, 2012

3. Staff, The Ellsworth American, “Mary Dow Center for Cancer Care,” Jan. 17, 2013

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Bridgit Cayer and Beth Grant, Bangor Daily News, “Holiday wrapper,” Nov. 22, 2012

2. Bridgit Cayer, Bangor Daily News, “Home traditions,” November 2012

3. Advertising Staff, Kennebec Journal, “Business Journal,” Nov. 3, 2012

BEST SUPPLEMENT COVER (23 entries)
Weekly (17)

1. Barbara Tedesco, Mount Desert Islander, “College of the Atlantic,” Aug. 16, 2012

2. Laura Snyder Smith, York County Coast Star, “Bring on the bling!” March 28, 2013

3. Heidi Murphy, The Original Irregular, “Maine Mountain Snowmobiling,” 2013

Daily/Weekend (6)

1. Michele Dwyer, Bangor Daily News, “A day of remembrance,” Nov. 9, 2012

2. Sam Wood and Bridgit Cayer, Bangor Daily News, “Perspective,” April 21, May 12, 2012

3. Leo Baillargeon, Sun Journal, “Lewiston Auburn Film Festival,” March 29, 2013

BEST NIE IDEA (6 entries)
Weekly (6)

1. Staff, The Ellsworth American, “Community yard sale,” Feb. 23, April 5, April 19, 2012

2. Staff, The Piscataquis Observer, “Newspapers in Education’s special edition,” March 27, 2013

3. Staff, Aroostook Republican, “Newspapers in Education’s special edition,” March 27, 3013

Daily/Weekend

NO ENTRIES

IN-PAPER CIRCULATION PROMO (14 entries)
Weekly (12)

1. Deborah Tucker, Mount Desert Islander, “Have the Island news right in your back pocket,” June 7, 2012

2. Staff, The Ellsworth American, “There’s new place to buy your American,” June 14, July 5, 2012

3. Debbie Gantnier and Holly Hardwick, St. John Valley Times, “Still running out to fetch the paper,” Oct. 3, 2012

Daily/Weekend (2)

1. Michelle Cote, Journal Tribune, “We (heart) our seniors,” Sept. 5, 2012

2. Roger Quandt, Mike Theriault, Sun Journal, Gas giveaway contest” June 1-14, 2012

SELF-PROMOTION (18 entries)
Weekly (12)

1. Christine Dunkle, The Republican Journal, “You don’t have to wait!” March 14, 2013

2. Staff, The Ellsworth American, “You are reading this ad,” Aug. 2, Aug. 16, Sept. 20, 2012

3. Gary Dow, Boothbay Register, “We want you!” Sept. 13, 2012

Daily/Weekend (6)

1. Shelley Sund, Bangor Daily News, “2013 Garden Show,” March 5, March 16-17, March 30-31, 2013

2. Shelley Sund, Bangor Daily News, “Marketing platforms,” June 9-10, 2012

3. Denise Vear, Kennebec Journal, “The only place to watch,” Feb. 9, 2013

BEST NEW IDEA (18 entries)
Weekly (10)

1. Terry Carlisle, The Ellsworth American, “Advertising Quarterly”

2. Staff, Boothbay Register, “Win an iPad mini,” Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, 2012

3. Staff, Fiddlehead Focus, “Print copy charity program”

Daily/Weekend (8)

1. Carla McGuire and Amanda Everatt, Kennebec Journal, “Autumn drive,” Oct. 3, 2012

2. Advertising Staff, Kennebec Journal, “Spectrum Generations,” Oct. 24, 2012

3. Larry Hubner and Staff, The Times Record, “Healthy Living magazine,” March 29, March 30-31, 2013

SPONSORSHIP PAGE (25 entries)
Weekly 1 (11)

1. Staff, Aroostook Republican & News, “National Honor Society,” April 18, 2012

2. Staff, Aroostook Republican & News, “Business Honor Roll,” Jan. 30, 2012

3. Pam Schultz, Karen Mehorter and Design Staff, The Republican Journal, “Valentine sweepstakes,” Feb. 7, 2013

Weekly 2 (10)

1. Staff, Mount Desert Islander, “Don’t drink and drive,” Dec. 27, 2012

2. Alysha Steltzer and Design Staff, The Courier-Gazette, “Rock Coast Networkers,” Jan. 10, 2013

3. Gary Dow, Kathy Frizzell and Sarah Morley, Boothbay Register, “Soft and cuddly,” March 21, March 28, 2013

Daily/Weekend (4)

1. Sandy Dyer and Melissa Logan, Sun Journal, “National Wear Red Day,” Jan. 26, 2013

2. Dave Pierce and Dawn Tantum, Morning Sentinel, “Mid-Maine Dolphins go to states!” Feb. 28, 2013

3. Randy Dutremble and Amanda Everatt, Kennebec Journal, “Halloween safety tips,” Oct. 31, 2012

ONLINE (73 entries)

NEWS BLOGGER (4 entries)
Weekly
NO ENTRIES

Daily/Weekend (4)

1. Dave Epstein, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “The Maine forecast”

2. Amy Fried, Bangor Daily News, “Pollways”

3. Steve Mistler, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “Capitol ticker”

SPORTS BLOGGER (5 entries)
Weekly
NO ENTRIES

Daily/Weekend (5)

1. John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News, “Out there”

2. Kevin Thomas, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “Clearing the bases”

3. Robin Follette, Bangor Daily News, “Robin’s Outdoors”

FEATURES BLOGGER (7 entries)
Weekly (1)

1. Daniel Dunkle, The Courier-Gazette, “Down in Front”

Daily/Weekend (6)

1. Meredith Goad, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “Maine a la carte”

2. John Golden, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “The Golden dish”

3. Karen Beaudoin, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “In the city”

NEWS VIDEO (13 entries)
Weekly (2)

1. Jesse Groening, The Ellsworth American, “Lobster and the changing market”

2. Ryan Leighton, Boothbay Register, “Watch the Blizzard of 2013 time-lapse,” February 11, 2013,

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Gabe Souza, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “Homeless in Portland”

2. Daryn Slover, Sun Journal, “Hero’s welcome”

3. Brian Feulner,?Bangor Daily News, “Married and gay”

SPORTS VIDEO (12 entries)
Weekly (2)

1. Jesse Groening, The Ellsworth American, “Sight not required”

2. Ryan Leighton, Boothbay Register, MVC Championships Seahawks X-Country,

Daily/Weekend (10)

1. Russ Dillingham, Sun Journal, “Pole position: Polewarczyk grabs TD Bank 250 title”

2. Joe Phelan, Kennebec Journal, May 28, 2012, “Touching turnout for wounded soldier”

3. Gabe Souza, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “Field of Vision”

FEATURES VIDEO (19 entries)
Weekly (7)

1. Jesse Groening, Mount Desert Islander, “Underwater hockey”

2. Jesse Groening, The Ellsworth American, “The good life on Norris Island”

3. Ryan Leighton, Boothbay Register, “Penguin plunge”

Daily/Weekend (12)

1. Brian Feulner, Bangor Daily News, “Black bear study”

2. Andy Molloy, Kennebec Journal, Jan. 19, 2013, Atlantic salmon

3. Gabor Degre, Bangor Daily News, “A tradition frozen in ice”

SPECIAL ONLINE PROJECT/SECTION (11 entries)
Weekly (4)

1. Glenn Sabalewski, York County Coast Star, Prostitution case coverage

2. Staff, The Ellsworth American, “State Instrumental Jazz Festival”

Daily/Weekend (7)

1. Staff, Bangor Daily News, Election coverage, fall 2012.

2. Staff, Bangor Daily News, “Breaking down BETR,” Feb. 11, 2013.

3. Karen Beaudoin, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “Deadly force: police and the mentally ill,” Dec. 11-14, 2012

ONLINE ADVERTISING IDEA (2 entries)
Weekly (2)

1. Staff, Fiddlehead Focus, First Place, “POWER combo”

Daily/Weekend
NO ENTRIES

WRITING (578 entries)

NEWS STORY (56 entries)
Weekly 1 (21)

1. Tanya Mitchell, The Republican Journal, “Former high school teacher accused of giving students drugs,” Feb. 14, 2013

2. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “Coyote attack injures dog,” July 5, 20123. Susan Johns, Wiscasset Newspaper, “Victim’s compassion nets Alna mugger less time,” Sept. 27, 2012

Weekly 2 (18)

1. Lisa Kristoff, Boothbay Register, “The long journey home, April 19, 2012

2. Ryan Leighton, Boothbay Register, “Stimson boat building shut down,” Sept. 20, 2012

3. Steve Fuller, The Ellsworth American, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition,” March 7, 2013

Daily/Weekend (17)

1. Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal, “Life and death,” July 15, 2012

2. Pattie Reaves and Scott Thistle, Sun Journal, “Toll plan whacks commuters,” July 8, 2012

3. (tie) Abigail Curtis, Bangor Daily News, “Mother talks about 2-year-old son’s death,” June 6, 2012

3. (tie) David Hench, Portland Press Herald, “How did you find me?” March 29, 2013

SPOT NEWS STORY (31 entries)
Weekly (18)

1. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “Guilty,” March 7, 2013

2. Jennifer Feals, Laura Dolce and Laura Snyder Smith, York County Coast Star, “Indicted on 106 charges,” Oct. 4, 2012

3. (tie) Ben Bulkelly, Boothbay Register, “Boothbay loses friends,” Nov. 1, 2012

3. (tie) Staff, St. John Valley Times, “Rossignol pleads guilty,” March 27, 2013

Daily/Weekend (13)

1. John Richardson and Staff, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Blown away,” Feb. 10, 2013

2. Staff, Sun Journal, “Late-night standoff,” June 18, 2012

3. (tie) Staff, Sun Journal, “Standoff in Auburn,” Nov. 6, 2012

3. (tie) David Hench, Portland Press Herald, “All you could see was fire,” Feb. 13, 2013

INVESTIGATIVE REPORT (25 entries)
Weekly (12)

1. Dick Broom, Mount Desert Islander, “Tax break grow on trees,” April 5, 2012, April 12, 2012

2. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “This could happen anywhere,” July 19, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, 2012

3. Stephen Fay and Jacqueline Weaver, The Ellsworth American, “EMDC acquires, spends district’s trash cash,” Nov. 1, Dec. 20, 2012

Daily/Weekend (13)

1. David Hench, Tux Turkel and Kelley Bouchard, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, “Deadly force,” Oct. 10, Dec. 9, Dec. 11, Dec. 12, Dec. 30, 2012

2. Michael Shepherd, Kennebec Journal, “Looking down the barrel of a gun,” Feb. 24, Feb. 25, 2013

3. David Hench, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Control or punishment?” March 17, 2013

ANALYSIS (32 entries)
Weekly (18)

1. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “Internet enables sex industry to grow,” Sept. 20, 2012

2. Bane Okholm, The Courier-Gazette, “Warren’s not-so-great wall,” Jan. 3, 2013

3. Stephen Rappaport, The Ellsworth American, “Lobster glut: Pending disaster,” July 5, 2012

Daily/Weekend (14)

1. Edward D. Murphy, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Number of kids taken from abuse decreases by half,” May 13, 2012

2. Daniel Hartill, Sun Journal, “Lewiston’s inmates far outpace city’s share of county jail costs,” Feb. 24, 2013

3. Tux Turkel, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Mainers still making pilgrimage for power,” Jan. 20, 2013

CONTINUING STORY (40 entries)
Weekly 1 (13)

1. Jennifer Feals and Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star, “Prostitution bust,” July 12, Aug. 30, Oct. 11, 2012. Feb. 28, March 7, 2013

2. Tanya Mitchell, The Republican Journal, “Town confirms receipt of gas terminal application,” May 17, June 21, July 12, 2012, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, 2013

3. Jessica Brophy, Island Ad-Vantages, “Lobster prices hit 2008 lows as shedders glut the marketplace,” July 5, July 12, July 19, Aug. 9, Aug. 16, 2012

Weekly 2 (14)

1. Blake Davis, Mount Desert Islander, “Elver gold rush,” March 21-April 18, 2012

2. Gail Geraghty, The Bridgton News, Avesta coverage, May 17, June 21, Sept. 27, Nov. 8, 2012

3. Sue Mello, Boothbay Register, “Local health care organizations adapt to changing landscape,” April 19, Aug. 2, Aug. 23, Sept. 13, 2012, March 14, 2013

Daily/Weekend (13)

1. Staff, Sun Journal, “Crash victim out of ICU,” Aug. 15, Sept. 16, Sept. 20, Oct. 16, Oct. 25, 2012

2. Randy Billings, Portland Press Herald, “City closes 3 waterfront businesses,” Sept. 15, Sept. 18, Sept. 20, Sept. 21, 2012

3. Nick McCrea, Bangor Daily News, “Former Orono principal ordered test answers changed,” Sept. 18, Sept. 19, Oct. 7, 2012, and Jan. 24, March 6, 2013

ARTS/LIFESTYLE FEATURE (38 entries)
Weekly 1 (14)

1. Dagney C. Ernest, The Camden Herald, “In service of the surface,” May 17, 2012

2. Laura Snyder Smith, York County Coast Star, “Fall favorites,” Sept. 27, 2012

3. Joe Foster, York County Coast Star, “Service & sacrifice,” May 24, 2012

Weekly 2 (13)

1. Suzi Thayer, Boothbay Register, “Little house on the footbridge,” Oct. 4, 2012

2. Steve Fuller, The Ellsworth American, “Chain reaction,” Nov. 1, 2012

3. Kathy McCarty, The Star-Herald, “Author finds humor in everyday life,” April 4, 2012

Daily (11)

1. Tom Bell, Maine Sunday Telegram, “People of the forest,” Sept. 30, 2012

2. Mark LaFlamme, Sun Journal, Arts/Lifestyle Feature, “Roasting his beans,” Nov. 11, 2012

3. Bob Keyes, Maine Sunday Telegram, Arts/Lifestyle Feature, “What Homer saw in Maine,” Sept. 16, 2012

FEATURE STORY (50 entries)
Weekly 1 (19)

1. Tanya Mitchell, The Republican Journal, “With help of horsepower, Copp family sells old-fashioned processes,” Sept. 6, 2012

2. Bill Pearson, The Piscataquis Observer, “Guilford artist, once blind, now selling works on Internet,” Nov. 21, 2012

3. Ben Holbrook, The Republican Journal, “Captain discusses life aboard storied ship,” Aug. 16, 2012

Weekly 2 (15)

1. Ryan Leighton, Boothbay Register, “Stear clear in Cozy Harbor,” Sept. 20, 2012

2. Wayne Rivet, The Bridgton News, “An honor long overdue,” Jan. 24, 2013

3. Tory Bonenfant, St. John Valley Times, “La grand menage,” April 18, 2012

Daily/Weekend (16)

1. Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News, “Gleaning Hancock County,” Aug. 24, 2012

2. Seth Koenig, Bangor Daily News, “Ripple of goodwill, charity,” Nov. 2, 2012

3. Randy Billings, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Court order: Whistle while you walk,” Feb. 24, 2013

LOCAL COLUMNIST (36 entries)
Weekly 1 (15)

1. Sarah E. Reynolds, The Republican Journal, “Not fade away,” Sept. 13, 2012 and “A modest Maine marriage proposal,” Oct. 25, 2012

2. L.E. Hughes, The Original Irregular, “Away with words,” July 4, 2012, Feb. 6, 2013

3. Monica Pettengill Jerkins, Fiddlehead Focus, “Heavy,” July 18, Dec. 12, 2012

Weekly 2 (10)

1. Tim Sample, Boothbay Register, “Stories I never told you,” Dec. 13, 2012, March 14, 2013

2. S. Peter Lewis, The Bridgton News, “Views from the uppermost house,” April 26, 2012, Dec. 6, 2012

3. Stephen Fay, The Ellsworth American, “Cheers,” Feb. 21, March 7, 2013

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Bill Nemitz, Maine Sunday Telegram, “In the end, that marriage certificate means a lot,” Oct. 28, 2012, and “A new American citizen knows the value of village,” Sept. 23, 2012

2. Amy Calder, Morning Sentinel, “Reporting aside,” July 7, 2012, Sept. 2012

3. Renee Ordway, Bangor Daily News, “Why are we shocked,” July 13, 2012, and “I’m sorry for misjudging Bob Carlson’s character,” Aug. 3, 2012

CRITIC’S AWARD (14 entries)
Weekly (6)

1. Earl Brechlin, Mount Desert Islander, “Following Atticus,” Sept. 6, 2012

2. Dawn DeBusk, The Bridgton News, “Blues festival rocks the region,” June 21, 2012

3. Joe Sheehan, York County Coast Star, “Sally is always a hit,” May 31, 2012

Daily/Weekend (8)

1. Bob Keyes, Portland Press Herald, “Campbell says goodbye with dignity,” Oct. 17, 2012

2. Emily Burnham, Bangor Daily News, “Penobscot Theatre’s INK is a flawed but engrossing drama,” April 1, 2012

3. Aimsel Ponti, Portland Press Herald, “Fiona Apple sings her heart out in a hot Portland show,” July 2, 2012

FEATURE HEADLINE (26 entries)
Weekly (15)

1. Letitia Baldwin, The Ellsworth American, “Barn again,” March 21, 2013

2. Monique Labbe and Tory Bonenfant, St. John Valley Times, “In one year, out the other,” Dec. 26, 2012

3. Laura Snyder Smith, The York Weekly, “Overtime laughs in 9 to 5,” Aug. 29, 2012

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Chelsea Ellis, Bangor Daily News, “What are you wading for?”

2. Brian Robitaille, Portland Press Herald, “A boom … with a view,” June 28, 2012

3. John Willhoite, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Wegman unleashed”

NEWS/SPORTS HEADLINE (35 entries)
Weekly 1 (12)

1. Jay Pinsonnault, The York Weekly, “Pitcher perfect reunion,” July 4, 2012

2. Staff, The Camden Herald, “No rules: Camden select board votes down code of conduct,” Jan. 17, 2013

3. Susan Johns, Wiscasset Newspaper, “Tee’d off,” March 14, 2013

Weekly 2 (11)

1. Stephen Fay, The Ellsworth American, “Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition,” March 7, 2013

2. Daniel Dunkle, The Courier-Gazette, “Gull droppings land on city council plate,” May 10, 2012

3. Earl Brechlin, Mount Desert Islander, “When good belfries go bad,” Feb. 28, 2013

Daily/Weekend (12)

1. Nate Thompson, Portland Press Herald, “Gronk’s owski,” Nov. 20, 2012

2. Bob Mentzinger, The Times Record, “Kids shooting kids,” Jan. 15, 2013

3. Drew Young, Bangor Daily News, “Price is right print is wrong,” Oct. 19, 2012

EDITORIAL (33 entries)
Weekly 1 (10)

1. Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star, “The ugly truth about that pretty tan,” May 31, 2012

2. Nat Barrows, Castine Patriot, “Creating a climate of the possible,” Aug. 9, 2012

3. Kelly Morgan, The York Weekly, “Cliff Walk move a step in the right direction,” Dec. 12, 2012

Weekly 2 (11)

1. Joe Gelarden, Boothbay Register, “First, do no harm,” Aug. 2, 2012

2. Earl Brechlin, Mount Desert Islander, “A sea of stars,” Sept. 20, 2012

3. Sherwood Olin, The Lincoln County News, “Rage rage against the dying of the light,” Aug. 30, 2012

Daily/Weekly (12)

1. Bob Mentzinger, The Times Record, “Foes of gun control be damned,” Dec. 17, 2012

2. Kristen Schulze Muszynski, Journal Tribune, “Closure of Maine Energy will have far-reaching effects,” Dec. 28, 2012

3. Sarah Collins, Portland Press Herald, “Time to heal: U.S. needs paid sick-leave mandate,” March 27, 2013

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OPINION COLUMNIST (16 entries)
Weekly (8)

1. Jill Goldthwait, Mount Desert Islander, “State of Maine,” March 7, 2013, March 14, 2013

2. Don Eno, St. John Valley Times, “Don’s Desk,” April 4, Oct. 17, 2012

3. Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star, “Editor’s Note,” “La Dolce Vita,” Oct. 11, Oct. 18, 2012

Daily/Weekend (8)

1. Greg Kesich, Portland Press Herald, “Death of homeless woman poses hard questions,” Aug. 22, 2012 and “An early exit by Dill would shake up U.S. Senate race,” Sept. 26, 2012

2. Erin Rhoda, Bangor Daily News, “Stolen from home as a child,” Sept. 14, 2012; “Surviving sex trafficking, Oct. 12, 2012

3. Jeff Lagasse, Journal Tribune, “Evolving with the evidence” Jan. 25, 2013, and “Eloquence lost,” Feb. 15, 2013

EDITORIAL CARTOONIST (7 entries)
Weekly (4)

1. Louis Rizzo, York County Coast Star, First Place, May 17, Aug. 23, Sept. 20, 2012

2. Joe Marshall, Mount Desert Islander, Second Place, Oct. 4, 2012, Nov. 1, 2012

3. Glenn Chadbourne, The Lincoln County News, Third Place, July 12, Nov. 15, Dec. 13, 2012

Daily/Weekend (3)

1. George Danby, Bangor Daily News, First Place, May 23, 2012, March 9-10, 2013, July 14-15, 2012

2. Steve Meyers, Maine Sunday Telegram, Second Place, Aug. 19, Nov. 18, 2012, Feb. 10, 2013

3. Ernie Anderson, Sun Journal, Third Place, Dec. 2, Dec. 17, 2012

ENVIRONMENTAL STORY (33 entries)
Weekly 1 (9)

1. Daniel West, The Republican Journal, “Belfast Ecovillage, a model for the future,” May 31, 2012

2. Daniel West, The Republican Journal, “Canaries in the boreal forest,” May 31, 2012

3. Jenna Lookner, The Camden Herald, “Camden Hills Windplanners unveil wind turbine,” April 5, 2012

Weekly 2 (13)

1. Shlomit Auciello, The Lincoln County News, “Lincoln County farmers consider food labeling,” Jan. 31, 2013

2. Don Eno, St. John Valley Times, “Science engineer brings bee research to St. David,” May 9, 2012

3. Bane Okholm, The Courier-Gazette, “Warren’s not-so-great wall,” Jan. 3, 2013

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Mario Moretto, Bangor Daily News, “Is your jacket contributing to pollution?” July 13, 2012

2. Scott Thistle, Sun Journal, “Oil sands through Maine?” March 24, 2013

3. Colin Woodard, Maine Sunday Telegram, “The alewives argument,” July 8, 2012

BUSINESS/ECONOMICS STORY (30 entries)
Weekly (19)

1. Katrina Clark, Boothbay Register, “More than a mom and pop store,” Nov. 1, 2012

2. Peter L. McGuire, Advertiser Democrat, “Grover Gundrilling expands, 35 new jobs,” Nov. 21, 2012

3. Dick Broom, Mount Desert Islander, “A good soaking,” June 21, 2012

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal, “Theft on the inside,” Oct. 28, 2012

2. Eric Russell and Jessica Hall, Maine Sunday Telegram, “We’re all in the same boat,” Aug. 12, 2012

3. Whit Richardson, Bangor Daily News, “Portland area now accounts for most of state’s economy,” Nov. 23, 2012

EDUCATION STORY (32 entries)
Weekly 1 (13)

1. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “A community divided,” March 21, 2013

2. Bill Pearson, The Piscataquis Observer, “DRHS welcomes five Chinese students for spring semester,” Feb. 20, 2013

3. Sarah E. Reynolds, The Republican Journal, “Education for fire science students not all from books,” Feb. 21, 2013

Weekly 2 (9)

1. Scott Mitchell Johnson, The Star-Herald, “Fort Fairfield teen receives trumpet from Grammy-winning artist,” June 13, 2012

2. James Straub, The Ellsworth American, “Three Deer Isle-Stonington graduates are going fishing, three are Harvard-bound,” April 19, 2012

3. Lisa Kristoff, Boothbay Register, “Amber Jones’ service in Senegal,” April 19, 2012

Daily/Weekend (10)

1. Bonnie Washuk, Sun Journal, “No-home schooling,” April 22, 2012

2. Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal, “School consolidation,” Aug. 26, 2012

3. Noel K. Gallagher, Portland Press Herald, “Maine grads more ready for college than others,” Jan. 17, 2013

HEALTH STORY (34 entries)
Weekly 1 (12)

1. Kelly Morgan, The York Weekly, “Battling Alzheimer’s,” Jan. 16, 2013

2. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “Fighting for life,” July 19, 2012

3. Jennifer Feals, York County Coast Star, “It is a miracle,” May 17, 2012

Weekly 2 (11)

1. Don Eno, St. John Valley Times, “Day 44: On the road with Kearston,” Dec. 5, 2012

2. Juliette Laaka, The Courier-Gazette, “Family speaks about Tourette’s, life-changing surgery, hopes for future,” Sept. 27, 2012

3. Peter L. McGuire, Advertiser Democrat, “Minimal health education leaves students at risk,” June 21, 2012

Daily/Weekend (11)

1. Lindsay Tice, Sun Journal, “Born addicted,” July 1, 2012

2. Kathryn Skelton, Sun Journal, “Life and death,” July 15, 2012

3. Jackie Farwell, Bangor Daily News, “Pharmacists reject guns, guards in fight against drug thieves,” July 20, 2012

SPORTS (98 entries)

SPORTS STORY (42 entries)
Weekly 1 (14)

1. Jay Pinsonnault, The York Weekly, “It’s a small world,” Nov. 7, 2012

3. Mark Haskell, The Camden Herald, “Raye-zor sharp: Son tosses in 23 points to beat father’s team,” Dec. 13, 2012

2. Susan Johns, Wiscasset Newspaper, “Thousands of fans descend on Wiscasset Speedway,” Oct. 25, 2012

Weekly 2 (13)

1. Mark Haskell, The Courier-Gazette, “Concussions real concern of athletes, coaches, health officials,” Dec. 27, 2012

2. Hugh Bowden, The Ellsworth American, “Bucks complete 20-0 season with state title,” June 21, 2012

3. Gloria Austin, Houlton Pioneer Times, “Houlton boys win school’s first-ever gold soccer ball,” Nov. 7, 2012

Daily/Weekend (15)

1. Glenn Jordan, Portland Press Herald, “True wins again at BAA 5K,” April 16, 2012

2. Randy Whitehouse, Sun Journal, “Batter up,” April 17, 2012

3. Bob Conn, The Times Record, “What a day for Swan, Eagles,” Dec. 24, 2012

SPORTS FEATURE (37 entries)
Weekly 1 (14)

1. Mark Haskell, The Republican Journal, “Love of diamonds: Furrow makes Little League baseball woman’s world,” Aug. 2, 2012

2. Mark Haskell, The Camden Herald, “One minute at a time: Lammi sees floor for UConn Huskies,” Feb. 28, 2013

3. Ken Waltz, The Camden Herald, “Artist Moro takes shot at creating Celtic star,” Aug. 13, 2012

Weekly 2 (11)

1. Ryan Leighton, Boothbay Register, “Grover’s swag: a family story,” Jan. 17, 2013

2. Mark Haskell, The Courier-Gazette, “McKinnon returns to city to promote adaptive sailing program,” March 28, 2013

3. Gloria Austin, Houlton Pioneer Times, “Katahdin cheerleaders breaking down barriers,” Feb. 13, 2013

Daily/Weekend (12)

1. Steve Craig, Maine Sunday Telegram, “See the world through her eyes,” Oct. 14, 2012

2. Kevin Mills, Sun Journal, “Going social,” Dec. 9, 2012

3. Ernie Clark, Bangor Daily News, “As records fall, Jonesport-Beals star player Garet Beal plays through the pain,” Feb. 1, 2013

SPORTS COLUMNIST (19 entries)
Weekly (9)

1. Carl Pepin, York County Coast Star, “Pep talk,” Oct. 11, Nov. 15, 2012

2. Ken Waltz, The Camden Herald, “Beyond the Game,” April 5, Aug. 2, 2012

3. Monique Labbe, St. John Valley Times, “As I call it,” Feb. 6, June 13, 2012

Daily/Weekend (10)

1. Kevin Thomas, Maine Sunday Telegram, “On baseball,” June 17, July 1, 2012

2. Travis Lazarczyk, Morning Sentinel, “Sidelines,” Sept. 23, Oct. 21, 2012

3. Randy Whitehouse, Sun Journal, “Huddle up,” Dec. 23, 2012, Feb. 1, 2013

SPECIAL CATEGORIES (66 entries)

BEST WEBSITE (11 entries)
Weekly (8)

1. Staff, The Ellsworth American, fenceviewer.com

2. Staff, Boothbay Register, boothbayregister.com

3. Staff, The Republican Journal, waldo.villagesoup.com

Daily/Weekend (3)

1. Staff, Portland Press Herald, www.pressherald.com

2. Staff, Sun Journal, SunJournal.com

3. Staff, Bangor Daily News, bangordailynews.com

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (9 entries)
Weekly (6)

1. Jennifer Feals and Laura Dolce, York County Coast Star, “York County Coast Star fights bid to seal prostitution case records,” Sept. 28, 2012

2. Kelly Morgan, The York Weekly, April 24, 2012, Feb. 27, 2013

3. Staff, Mount Desert Islander, “Tax breaks grow on trees,” April 5, April 12, May 17, 2012 and March 21, 2013

Daily/Weekend (3)

1. Staff, Sun Journal

2. Kelley Bouchard, Randy Billings, Colin Woodard, Maine Sunday Telegram, “Poor planning adds to foster care crisis,” March 24, 2013, “Is the Portland Fire Department overstaffed?” Jan. 27, 2013, “The profit motive you may not know about,” Sept. 2, 2012

3. Nick McCrea, Nok-Noi Ricker and Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News, April 3, 2012, Aug. 1. 2012, Oct. 7, 2012

ADVERTISING GENERAL EXCELLENCE (12 entries)
Weekly 1 (2)

1. Staff, The Original Irregular

2. Staff, Fiddlehead Focus

Weekly 2 (4)

1. Staff, Mount Desert Islander

2. Staff, The Ellsworth American

3. Staff, Boothbay Register

Daily (4)

1. Staff, Kennebec Journal

2. Staff, Sun Journal

3. Staff, Morning Sentinel

Weekend (2)

1. Staff, Sun Journal

2. Staff, Journal Tribune

GENERAL EXCELLENCE (34 entries)

Weekly 1 (11)

1. Staff, York County Coast Star

2. Staff, The York Weekly

3. Staff, The Republican Journal

Weekly 2 (10)

1. Staff, Mount Desert Islander

2. Staff, The Ellsworth American

3. Staff, Houlton Pioneer Times

Daily (7)

1. Staff, Portland Press Herald

2. Staff, Bangor Daily News

3. Staff, Sun Journal

Weekend (6)

1. Staff, Maine Sunday Telegram

2. Staff, Bangor Daily News

3. Staff, Morning Sentinel

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