2016 BNC Awards of Excellence Winners

Presented June 2017

Sue Gawlak Best Local Editorial Sponsored by: St. Albert Gazette
  1. Fort Macleod Gazette for "Bitter business as usual for council"
    Credits: Frank McTighe
  2. Deh Cho Drum for "Accountability needed in Cholo investigation"
    Credits: April Hudson
  3. Ponoka News for "A great responsibility"
    Credits: Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye
Best Feature Story by a Local Writer Sponsored by: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  1. Okotoks Western Wheel for "Prairie Passion"
    Credits: Krista Conrad
  2. Innisfail Province for "Tiger who claws from the heavens - Exiled but forever resolute"
    Credits: Johnnie Bachusky
  3. Olds Albertan for "Homegrown - Danielle, she's from Olds"
    Credits: Joseph Ho
Higher Education Writing Award Sponsored by: University of Alberta

Winner: Olds Albertan for "Student provides dental care in Ecuador"
Credits: Doug Collie

Excellence in Education Writing Sponsored by: Lethbridge College
  1. High River Times for "Log cabin build teaches students new skills"
    Credits: Paul Krajewski
  2. Sherwood Park News for "A new kind of spin class"
    Credits: Sarah Comber
  3. Cochrane Eagle for "Students ready to build futures"
    Credits: Jenna Dulewich
Best Habitat Conservation Story Sponsored by: Ducks Unlimited Canada
  1. Cochrane Eagle for "Future of wild horses in limbo"
    Credits: Lindsay Seewalt
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook for "Parks studying connectivity in 40 Mile Creek "
    Credits: Tanya Foubert
  3. Sherwood Park News for "Biosphere designation OK'd"
    Credits: Megan Voss
Best Special Sections and Supplements Award Sponsored by: Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
  1. St. Albert Gazette for their "Graduation Supplement"
  2. Lacombe Express for "Culture & Harvest Festival"
  3. Ponoka News for their "Ponoka Stampede Supplement"
Healthy Communities Journalism Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Spruce Grove Examiner for "They exude a lot of empathy and patience"
    Credits: Marcia Love
  2. Morinville Free Press for "Morinville family manages rare diagnosis in six-year-old"
    Credits: Cynthia Wandler
  3. Shootin' the Breeze for "Service Dog Joins Alexis for a New Beginning"
    Credits: Erin Fairhurst
Gordon Scott Memorial Award for Best Feature Column by a Local Writer Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Taber Times for "Saturday's concert more than being Hip"
    Credits: Greg Price
  2. Sundre Round-Up for "Small town victory against big government"
    Credits: Simon Ducatel
  3. Fort Saskatchewan Record for "Why it's important to remember the 'Christ' in Christmas"
    Credits: Omar Mosleh
Arts and Culture Writing award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Lacombe Express for "The Central Alberta man behind the airbrush"
    Credits: Ryan Wellicome
  2. Okotoks Western Wheel for "Okotoks filmakers"
    Credits: Tammy Rollie
  3. St. Albert Gazette for "St. Albert Children's Theatre celebrates 35 years of play"
    Credits: Anna Borowiecki
Best Environmental Writing Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. St. Albert Gazette for "Trashing Morinville"
    Credits: Kevin Ma
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook for "Debate rages over wolf bounties"
    Credits: Cathy Ellis
  3. Spruce Grove Examiner for "Drop in fish numbers prompts call for investigation"
    Credits: Marcia Love
Sports Writing Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Bow Valley Crag & Canyon for "Canmore Eagles junior A hockey team"
    Credits: Russ Ullyot
  2. Jasper Fitzhugh for "The Yak Attack"
    Credits: Paul Clarke
  3. Westwind Weekly News for "Bulldog bows out"
    Credits: J.W. Schnarr
Best Agriculture Supplement Sponsored by: Genome Alberta
  1. St. Paul Journal 
  2. Coaldale Sunny South News
  3. Taber Times 
Excellence in Creative Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for "Caroline Supplies"
    Credits: Shelly Safronetz, Jean Vos
  2. Wainwright Star/Edge for " Wainwright Golf Glub-Grand Opening"
    Credits: Carrie Baumgartner
  3. Shootin' the Breeze for "Fox Theatre has ice cream and doughnuts!"
    Credits: Shannon Robison
Creative Use of Colour in Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Wainwright Star/Edge for "Vivid Photography"
    Credits: Carrie Baumgartner
  2. Claresholm Local Press for "Flu shots"
    Credits: Amanda Zimmer
  3. St. Albert Gazette for "MDO"
    Credits: Nell Piche, Lori Mitchell
Ad Campaign Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Wainwright Star/Edge for "Armstrongs Clothing - Not Just the Classics"
    Credits: Carrie Baumgartner
  2. Claresholm Local Press for "Look who's reading the Local Press"
    Credits: Amanda Zimmer, Skyler Mantler
  3. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for "Everything H2O water and hottub"
    Credits: Shelly Safronetz, Jean Vos
Best Local News Story Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. St. Albert Gazette for "Big Lake blaze creates towering inferno"
    Credits: Kevin Ma
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook for "Shooting incident suspect arrested"
    Credits: Jordan Small
  3. High River Times for "Downtown changes prompt business owners' opinions"
    Credits: Kevin Rushworth