2015 BNC Awards of Excellence Winners

Presented May 2016

Sue Gawlak Best Local Editorial Sponsored by: St. Albert Gazette
  1. Stony Plain Reporter for Keep Keephills School open
    Credits: Thomas Miller
  2. Claresholm Local Press for It's time to listen
    Credits: Rob Vogt
  3. Rocky Mountain Outlook for Canmore makes housing move
    Credits: Dave Whitfield
Best Feature Story by a Local Writer Sponsored by: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  1. Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Yk’s Muslims continue to flourish after theft
    Credits: Cody Punter
  2. Fort Saskatchewan Record for Female fire fighters reflect on their first year
    Credits: Lindsay Morey
  3. Inuvik Drum for Last of the original reindeer herders
    Credits: Andrew Livingstone
Higher Education Writing Award Sponsored by: University of Alberta
  1. St. Paul Journal for Free Play
    Credits: Janice Huser
Excellence in Education Writing Sponsored by: Lethbridge College
  1. St. Albert Gazette for The toilet question
    Credits: Kevin Ma
  2. St. Paul Journal for Student brings out teaching moments of empathy
    Credits: Janani Whitfield
  3. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for Nordegg Education Centre: A community's school
    Credits: Laura Button
Best Habitat Conservation Story Sponsored by: Ducks Unlimited Canada
  1. Pincher Creek Echo for Investigation started after Water Act approval pushed past limits
    Credits: Jocelyn Doll
  2. Cochrane Eagle for Breaking the stigma of the ‘big, bad wolf’
    Credits: Jenna Dulewich
  3. Claresholm Local Press for Alberta Environment, M.D. discuss issues surrounding Pine Coulee
    Credits: Rob Vogt
Best Special Sections and Supplements Award Sponsored by: Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
  1. Lacombe Express for Light Up the Night Festival Guide
  2. Ponoka News for Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Supplement
  3. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for Christmas Greetings
Healthy Communities Journalism Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Pincher Creek Echo for "I feel again"
    Credits: Greg Cowan
  2. Shootin' the Breeze for Young couple prepare for living donor transplant
    Credits: Shannon Robison
  3. St. Albert Gazette for Patients wait for right-to-die law
    Credits: Michelle Ferguson
Gordon Scott Memorial Award for Best Feature Column by a Local Writer Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Airdrie City View for Remembering what’s real after a loss
    Credits: Dustin Ruth
  2. Deh Cho Drum for Domestic violence absent from election talks
    Credits: April Hudson
  3. Taber Times for Defending the Times — Pulp Fiction Style
    Credits: Greg Price
Arts and Culture Writing award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Consort Enterprise for Tara's Academy
    Credits: Nikayla Goddard
  2. Pincher Creek Echo for Over the hills and far away, in photos
    Credits: John Stoesser
  3. Northern Journal for Tlicho designers celebrate Aboriginal Day with fashion show
    Credits: Dali Carmichael, Candice Ward
Best Environmental Writing Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Headframe comes down. Three part series
    Credits: James Goldie
  2. Northern Journal for UNESCO to review hydro, oilsands threats to Wood Buffalo National Park
    Credits: Meagan Wohlberg
  3. St. Albert Gazette for The big green machine
    Credits: Kevin Ma
Sports Writing Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Spruce Grove Examiner for Hall of Fame smile
    Credits: Mitch Goldenberg
  2. STONY PLAIN REPORTER for One last passage to glory
    Credits: Mitch Goldenberg
  3. Fort Macleod Gazette for Jenn Wolstenholme ready for Rumble in the Cage
    Credits: Frank McTighe
Best Agriculture Supplement Sponsored by: Genome Alberta
  1. Three Hills Capital 
  2. Stettler Independent 
  3. Ponoka News 
Excellence in Creative Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Deh Cho Drum for Hay River's Premier Full-Service Hotel
    Credits: Bonnie Logsdon
  2. Eckville Echo for Eckville Co-op Grown at Home
    Credits: Shannon Smelt, Will Castro
  3. Wainwright Star/Edge for Honey Pot - Time for lunch
    Credits: Carrie Baumgartner
Creative Use of Colour in Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Wainwright Star/Edge for Wainwright EyeCare - We Love Happy Customers
    Credits: Carrie Baumgartner
  2. Yellowknife Yellowknifer for Barbecue Season is here
    Credits: Diana Mathisen
  3. Jasper Fitzhugh for Karaoke at Champs Lounge
    Credits: Laura Coulson
Ad Campaign Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Wainwright Star/Edge for Armstrongs Clothing - Not Just the Classics
    Credits: Carrie Baumgartner
  2. Strathmore Times for Real Estate Reps
    Credits: Jody Schneider, Alissa Jensen
  3. Jasper Fitzhugh for Canada Day Committee
    Credits: Laura Coulson
Best Local News Story Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Red Deer Express for Seven week trial for Brian Malley begins
    Credits: Erin Fawcett
  2. Airdrie City View for Advocate questions bullying bylaw’s effectiveness
    Credits: Christina Waldner
  3. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for Fire chief calls conditions 'grassoline'
    Credits: Laura Button