The Williams Lake Tribune/ Weekend Advisor received top honours in the spot news photo category, under 25,000, at the Ma Murray Community Newspaper Awards last weekend.
Hosted by the British Columbia and Yukon Community Newspapers Association at the River Rock Casino Resort, BC North Black Press President Lorie Williston accepted the award on behalf of Tribune/Advisor Editor Angie Mindus.
“Angie is a terrific photographer, it was great to see her get the recognition she so deserves. It truly is an honour to be recognized by one’s peers,” Williston said of the award.
“I am very proud of our entire editorial team that spend countless hours covering community events throughout the region.”
Mindus won the award for her entry “Crews respond to house fire.”
The photograph depicts members of the Wildwood Volunteer Fire Department rushing to contain a fully engulfed house fire in the community of Wildwood last April.
“Good framing to show both the firefighters and the huge flames they have to contend with,” the judges said of the shot. “Definitely an eye catcher.”
Mindus worked at newspapers in Alberta before joining the Williams Lake Tribune in the early 1990s as a photographer.
Since then she has won several provincial and national newspaper awards for both her writing and photography and is raising a family in Williams Lake.
In other Black Press awards, 100 Mile House Free Press took home second place in General Excellence.
As well, longtime Williams Lake resident Bob Grainger was honoured with the prestigious Eric Dunning Award for Dedication and Service to the Community Newspaper Industry.
Grainger worked for Black Press founder David Black as his right hand man for 33 years.
See more on Grainger in Friday’s Weekend Advisor.