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Hillsboro Tribune wins Oregon journalism award for best photography

HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMANDA MILES - Hilhi freshman Maddy Ellsworth hits the finish line in the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday at the Class 5A track and field state meet in Eugene last May. The photo won a second-place for best photography by the Oregon Newspaper Publisher's Association last week.The Hillsboro Tribune stood tall last week, receiving an award by the Oregon Newspaper Publisher's Association for outstanding work in the field of photography.

At the ONPA's summer convention in Silverton on July 21 and 22, the organization announced the winner's for its annual Better Newspaper Contest and Associate Member Contest, which honor the best in journalism produced in 2015 across the state.

      An associate member of the ONPA, the Hillsboro Tribune brought home a second place award in photography for former Sports Editor Amanda Miles' photo, "Spartans steal the spotlight," which captured Hillsboro High School freshman Maddy Ellsworth setting a new meet record and winning the 4x100-meter relay at the state track and field competition last May.

Along with the Tribune's big win, our sister paper the Forest Grove News-Times — which shares an editor and several staff members — brought home several awards, including a second place in the coveted General Excellence category in the 2016 Better Newspaper Contest, the highest honor in the ONPA's annual contest.

Other awards won by News-Times staff include the Tribune's photographer Chase Allgood, who brought home second- and third-place awards in photography for his work with the News-Times. Miles also won a second place photography award for her coverage of the Banks High School volleyball team winning the state title last year, and a third place award for her photo of Pacific University football player Nathan Suyematsu getting tackeled in a pre-season game last September.

Writing for the News-Times, Hillsboro Tribune reporter Travis Loose won a second-place award for "Angels in the Kitchen," a story about a Forest Grove woman who survived a heart attack thanks to quick thinking from her husband and paramedics.

Reporter Stephanie Haugen, who writes for both the News-Times and the Tribune, won a third place award for best educational coverage for her coverage of Banks High School and new state requirements about mascots. The school had been working to keep from changing its longtime athletic nickname, the Banks Braves.


Here's the full list of Hillsboro Tribune and Forest Grove News-Times winners:

Several Pamplin Media Group newspapers brought home awards from this year's contests. A full list of winners in both contests is available on the ONPA website.

Hillsboro Tribune

• Best Photography: Second place, Amanda Miles, for "Spartans steal the spotlight."


Forest Grove News-Times

• General Excellence: Second place

• Best Sports Photo: First place, Amanda Miles, for "Braves are state's best"

• Best Sports Photo: Third place, Amanda Miles, for "Pacific Comeback Falls Short"

• Best Feature Photo: Second place, Chase Allgood, for "Fire & water in Forest Grove"

• Best News Photo: Third place, Chase Allgood, for "Lefty's last shot"

• Best Educational Coverage: Third place, Stephanie Haugen, for "Mascot twist irks Banks Braves"

• Best Feature Story: Second place, Travis Loose, for "Angels in the Kitchen"