The Augusta Chronicle won 30 awards, including nine for first place, at the Georgia Press Association’s annual meeting Saturday.
The Chronicle also won second place in the state for general excellence among the state’s largest newspapers.
Michael Holahan won three first-place awards in sports, features and Web photography. Emily Rose Bennett won best news photo for her image of Zander Richardson saluting the casket of his father, Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson.
Former Chronicle photographer Corey Perrine won first place in photo essay for his package that captured the struggles of Bob Gordon and wife Anita as they faced a neurological disease.
The Chronicle’s annual Masters Tournament section won first place in special issues. Another Masters-related section, on the tournament’s 75th anniversary, won third place in the category.
The newspaper swept the three places in sportswriting, with Scott Michaux taking first with his profile of Phil Mickelson and his 2010 Masters win; Wayne Staats winning second for his coverage of the attack on Warren County football coach David Daniel by a Hancock County player after an Oct. 14 game; and Chris Gay winning third for his story on top-ranked LSU’s dismantling of the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2011 SEC Championship Game.
Tracey McManus won first place in education coverage for her story on Glenn Hills High School’s unique efforts to reach out to troubled students. Kyle Martin won first in feature writing, for his story on the central role Augusta industry played for the Confederacy.