2017 BNC Awards of Excellence Winners

Presented June 2018

Sue Gawlak Best Local Editorial Sponsored by: St. Albert Gazette
  1. St. Albert Gazette for "Detailed dysfunction"
    Credits: Trevor Howlett, Carolyn Martindale
  2. Town & Country News for "Apparently, you're not reading this"
    Credits: Rebecca Dika
  3. Taber Times for "Elections let democracy start anew"
    Credits: Trevor Busch, Greg Price
Best Feature Story by a Local Writer Sponsored by: Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  1. Olds Albertan for "Cannabis: A growing industry"
    Credits: Michelle Bartleman
  2. Town & Country News for "Beaverlodge remembers the remarkable Mr. Gingles"
    Credits: Brad Quarin
  3. Fort Macleod Gazette for "Macleod man beat fentanyl addiction"
    Credits: Frank McTighe
Higher Education Writing Award Sponsored by: University of Alberta
  1. Edmonton Examiner for "Ex-Alta 1 collects data on major space storms"
    Credits: Mitch Goldenberg
Excellence in Education Writing Sponsored by: Lethbridge College
  1. Westlock News for "Women Studies class creates firestorm"
    Credits: Olivia Bako
  2. High River Times for "Trustee remembered for his dedication to education"
    Credits: Paul Krajewski
  3. St. Albert Gazette for "STEAM-powered fun"
    Credits: Kevin Ma
Best Habitat Conservation Story Sponsored by: Ducks Unlimited Canada
  1. Okotoks Western Wheel for "Protecting the Mountain Bluebird"
    Credits: Krista Conrad
  2. Cochrane Eagle for "Fishers warned about whirling disease"
    Credits: Lindsay Seewalt
  3. Bow Valley Crag & Canyon for "Johnson Lake"
    Credits: Spencer Van Dyk
Best Special Sections and Supplements Award Sponsored by: Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
  1. St. Albert Gazette
  2. Ponoka News
  3. Taber Times
Healthy Communities Journalism Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for "A good match"
    Credits: Laura Button, Devadosan Sugirtharaj
  2. Camrose Canadian for "Meaningful Music brings spark back to seniors"
    Credits: Josh Aldrich
  3. St. Paul Journal for "'I had to be a stronger person not just for me, but for my kids'"
    Credits: Janani Whitfield
Gordon Scott Memorial Award for Best Feature Column by a Local Writer Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Camrose Canadian for "Stopping bullying starts at home"
    Credits: Josh Aldrich
  2. Cochrane Eagle for "Countering bigotry with Stoney wisdom about shared humanity"
    Credits: Warren Harbeck
  3. Rocky View Weekly for "Women are sick of being scared"
    Credits: Jessi Gowan
Arts and Culture Writing award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Jasper Fitzhugh for "Standing easy at Jasper's Legion"
    Credits: Craig Gilbert
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook for "Wigs, makeup and the frantic inspiration that syncs Morley Pride"
    Credits: Jordan Small, Aryn Toombs
  3. Olds Albertan for "Local artists do battle with brushes"
    Credits: Michelle Bartleman, Noel West
Best Environmental Writing Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Rocky Mountain House Mountaineer for "Staying ahead of the mountain pine beetle"
    Credits: Laura Button
  2. Rocky Mountain Outlook for "Bear 148 highlights human-wildlife issues"
    Credits: Cathy Ellis
  3. Cochrane Eagle for "Eco company sets up headquarters in Cochrane"
    Credits: Amy Tucker
Sports Writing Award Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Rocky Mountain Outlook for "Biathlon community remembers respected coach"
    Credits: Justin Brisbane
  2. Athabasca Advocate for "One tough 'Cookie'"
    Credits: Allendria Brunjes
  3. Sherwood Park News for "Meeting McDavid a dream"
    Credits: Shane Jones
Best Agriculture Supplement Sponsored by: Genome Alberta
  1. Taber Times
  2. Three Hills Capital
  3. Rocky View Weekly
Excellence in Creative Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Jasper Fitzhugh for "Jasper Christmas Revue"
    Credits: Melissa Morris
  2. Lac La Biche Post for "Have Your Say Forum"
    Credits: Rob McKinley
  3. Taber Times for "4-H ... 100 Years"
    Credits: Erin Lickiss, Meg Noguchi
Creative Use of Colour in Advertising Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Jasper Fitzhugh for "Women in Politics"
    Credits: Melissa Morris
  2. Taber Times for "Horizon Implements - V-Cool System"
    Credits: Chris Mykytiw, Meg Noguchi
  3. Airdrie City View for "Airdrie pink shirt day"
    Credits: Cameron Christianson, Rod Songhurst
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 "Legacy Dodge"
    Credits: Amanda Zimmer
  3. Provost News for "Anti-Drunk Driving campaign"
    Credits: Jill Sherring, Ruth Holmes, Rich Holmes
Best Local News Story Sponsored by: AWNA
  1. Athabasca Advocate for "Municipal Affairs hands down report"
    Credits: Allendria Brunjes
  2. Bonnyville Nouvelle for "Victims of crime left with more than just picking up the pieces"
    Credits: Meagan MacEachern
  3. Hanna Herald for "Bindloss ready for battle after blaze"
    Credits: Jackie Irwin