photographerOn May 30, 2014, the 65th annual National Newspaper Awards were handed out in Toronto. While not surprisingly, the large urban dailies and the two national dailies took the bulk of the awards, photographers at the Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal took the bulk of the photo awards: Feature Photo (Leah Hennel), News Photo (Shaughn Butt), and Sports Photo (Amber Bracken).

The Calgary Herald won two awards on its own – Breaking News (team entry) and Feature Photo (Leah Hennel) – and teamed up with the Edmonton Journal to win in the Investigations category (team entry). Karen Kleiss, Darcy Henton, Stephanie Coombs, Darren Francey and Paula Simons, Calgary Herald/Edmonton Journal, for an investigation spanning four years that produced stunning revelations about the deaths of children in Alberta’s foster care system an issue still in the news today.

The Journal also won in the News Photo category (Shaughn Butts) and the Calgary Herald in the Breaking News category for coverage of floods that swept across southern Alberta.

2013 National Newspaper Award for Feature Photo of the Year

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Blake Wartenbe catches his wife Desiree as she jumps over flowing water in a flooded downtown Calgary, Alberta on June 21, 2013. Photo by Leah Rae Hennel/Calgary Herald

2013 National Newspaper Award for News Photo of the Year

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Five patients are evacuated from a high rise fire in an apartment building in Edmonton on June 16, 2013. Two patients were listed as critical by an EMS official. Photo by Shaughn Butts/ Edmonton Journal

2013 National Newspaper Award for Feature Photo of the Year

Jelena Mrdjenovich's blood flies as she hits Melissa Hernandez, right, in the main event on KO Boxing's Double Jeopardy card at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday, May. 31, 2013.  Mrdjenovich won the WBC World featherweight title despite the fight being stopped for her cut. Photo by Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

Jelena Mrdjenovich’s blood flies as she hits Melissa Hernandez, right, in the main event on KO Boxing’s Double Jeopardy card at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alta. on Friday, May. 31, 2013. Mrdjenovich won the WBC World featherweight title despite the fight being stopped for her cut. Photo by Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

The National Newspaper Awards are open to daily newspapers, news agencies and online news sites approved for entry by the NNA Board of Governors. Sixty-nine finalists were nominated in 22 categories, selected from 1,206 entries published in 2013. Of 57 organizations to submit entries, 22 had nominations for the prestigious awards. See more at: www.nna-ccj.ca/news