The Sparks Tribune took home three firstplace awards, including photo of the year, at the Nevada Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, which were announced Saturday at the NPA’s annual convention held in Ely.
John Byrne’s photo “Marching for Change” was named the overall photo of the year for an entry illustrating the Women’s March in Reno on Jan. 23. The judge said the photo had “incredible impact with color and emotion.”
“It’s an honor for me to have won this award, there are a lot of great photographers in our state,” Byrne said.
Byrne also won a first place for Best Sports photo in the Community Division for a photo titled “Wolf Pack sent packing early.” He also took second in the division for a photo called “Seeing Double.”
Byrne also had a first place for Illustrated photo for an entry titled “Smoky Skies” and a second place for Feature Photo for an entry called “Water Wings.”
The Tribune took third place in Community General Excellence. Andrew Barbano was third in Community Local Column. Kayla Anderson took a third in community business feature for a story titled “Grand Opening Held for Large Cannabis Factory in Sparks” and a third place in feature writing for an article titled, “Longtime Sparks Mayor Reflects as Final Term Comes to a Close.”
Byrne and Eric Dahlberg combined for a second place in Multiple Photo Essay for a spread titled “Class of 2018.”
As part of the convention, three people were inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of the Fame: Vail Pitman, a former Nevada governor and owner of The Ely Daily Times, was honored posthumorously.
Also inducted were Holly Rudy-James, former general manager of Winnemucca Publishing and two-time president of the Nevada Press Association, and C.J. Hadley, publisher of Range Magazine and former editor of Nevada Magazine.