2014 BNC Awards of Excellence Winners

Presented June 2015

Best Local Editorial Sponsored by: TELUS Corporation
  1. High River Times for Disaster recovery woes
    Credits: Kevin Rushworth
  2. Pipestone Flyer for Terror In Our Midst
    Credits: Chris McKerracher
  3. Rocky View Weekly for Enough already
    Credits: Sara Wilson
Sports Writing Award
  1. Rocky Mountain Outlook for Go Canada Go - A celebration of Bow Valley Olympians
    Credits: Justin Brisbane
  2. St. Albert Gazette for Excellence in Sports
    Credits: Jeff Hansen
  3. High River Times for Vehicle rollover claims High River Flyers team captain and close friend
    Credits: Kevin Rushworth
Higher Education Writing Award Sponsored by: University of Alberta
  1. WinnerHay River Hub for Transgender talks draw crowd
    Credits: Sarah Ladik
Excellence in Education Writing Sponsored by: Lethbridge College
  1. Hay River Hub for Thumbs down for school swap
    Credits: Sarah Ladik
  2. Taber Times for The balancing act of Mennonite integration
    Credits: J.W. Schnarr
  3. St. Albert Gazette for School is still in after 150 years
    Credits: Kevin Ma
Arts and Culture Writing award
  1. Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Punk, baker, artist mourned
    Credits: Daron Letts
  2. Deh Cho Drum for From muskox horn to fine jewelery
    Credits: Roxanna Thompson
  3. St. Albert Gazette for HOLIDAY MUSICAL brims with nostalgia
    Credits: Anna Borowiecki
Best Feature Story by a Local Writer Sponsored by: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  1. Wainwright Edge for A Life Too Short
    Credits: Kelly Clemmer
  2. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for Nephew gives the gift of a lifetime
    Credits: Sarah Maetche
  3. Jasper Fitzhugh for The Buy and Sell problem
    Credits: Trevor Nichols
Best Habitat Conservation Story Sponsored by: Ducks Unlimited Canada
  1. Fast Forward Weekly for Loggin Calgary's watershed
    Credits: Suzy Thompson
  2. Vue Weekly for Weathering the storm
    Credits: Rebecca Medel
  3. Okotoks Western Wheel for Grizzly bear bonanza
    Credits: Roxanne Blackwell
Best Environmental Writing
  1. Bow Valley Crag & Canyon for A dark night and a nightmare
    Credits: Russ Ullyot, Justin Parsons
  2. Northern Journal for Environmental/health monitoring downstream from oilsands (series)
    Credits: Meagan Wohlberg
  3. Jasper Fitzhugh for An open letter to drunken waxwings
    Credits: Niki Wilson
Healthy Communities Journalism Award Sponsored by: Cenovus Energy
  1. Vue Weekly for PTSD and silence a deadly combo
    Credits: Josh Marcellin
  2. Airdrie City View for Support available for anyone suffering with severe depression
    Credits: Christina Waldner
  3. Hay River Hub for Schools take on mental health
    Credits: Sarah Ladik
Gordon Scott Memorial Award for Best Feature Column by a Local Writer
  1. Pincher Creek Echo for Putting First Nations into perspective
    Credits: Sheri Monk
  2. Taber Times for Why we absolutely do not 'need a law'
    Credits: J.W. Schnarr
  3. Fast Forward Weekly for It's hard not to cheer for economic downfall
    Credits: Drew Anderson
Best Special Sections and Supplements Award Sponsored by: Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
  1. Wainwright Star Edge for 2014 Bridal Guide
  2. Sylvan Lake News for Tragedy to Triumph: Our Story
  3. Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Holiday Gift Guide
Best Agriculture Supplement
  1. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer
  2. The Community Press
  3. Ponoka News
Excellence in Creative Advertising
  1. Rocky Mountain Outlook for Flood thank you - one year later
    Credits: Natalie Talbot
  2. Lloydminster Source for Denham Chrysler
    Credits: Brent Michalenko
  3. Hinton Voice for Best Steak in Town
    Credits: Robin Garreck
Creative Use of Colour in Advertising
  1. Hinton Voice for Deer Season
    Credits: Robin Garreck
  2. Strathmore Times for Customer Appreciation
    Credits: Alissa Jensen
  3. Wainwright Edge for Eyes in Town Fall Special
    Credits: Terry Hunka
Ad Campaign Award
  1. Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Welcome to Yellowknife
    Credits: Staff
  2. Wainwright Edge for Armstrong's Clothing and Sports
    Credits: Carrie Baumgartner, Sherry Schatz, Kelly Clemmer
  3. Hay River Hub for Welcome to Hay River
    Credits: Staff
Best Local News Story
  1. Strathmore Standard for Pot-belly issue strikes home for Strathmore family
    Credits: Miriam Ostermann
  2. Deh Cho Drum for Lake landing terrifying
    Credits: Shane Magee
  3. High River Times for Ongoing DRP woes forces elderly couple into debt
    Credits: Kevin Rushworth