Photographers Jon-Michael Sullivan and Sara Caldwell won three first-place awards each in the press association’s 2014 Better Newspaper Contest. Caldwell, who received four awards total, won photo of the year for her silhouette image of a cowboy walking his horse at the Hippodrome in North Augusta.
Other first-place winners were government reporter Susan McCord for hard news writing; Wayne Staats for sports writing; the newspaper’s annual Masters preview section for special issues; editorial cartoonist Rick McKee; Scott Michaux for sports column writing; Todd Bennett for sports photography; and Lisa Kaylor for religion coverage.
The Chronicle also won second place for general excellence.
The Columbia County News-Times won 14 awards, including first place in general excellence in the weekly newspaper category. Other first-place wins were in local news coverage, editorial page, Steve Crawford for serious column writing and Valerie Rowell for feature writing.