Community News scores photography win at 2018 News Media Awards

Andrew Ritchie's award-winning photograph 'Cage Fighting'.
Andrew Ritchie's award-winning photograph 'Cage Fighting'.

COMMUNITY News has won the award for best sports photographer in the country at the 2018 News Media Awards in Sydney.

The organisation, which runs 12 newspapers across Perth, was up for eight awards on the night.

Our multi-award winning photographers have been recognised once again across multiple categories for their incredible skills.

Andrew Ritchie scored three nominations in the Sports Photography of the Year category, with his excellent ‘cage fighting’ snap winning on the night.

Ritchie was also highly commended for his photograph ‘driver’.

‘Driver’ by Andrew Ritchie.

Jon Hewson was highly commended by the judges in the News Photography of the Year category for ‘Mandurah Marina lights’.

Jon Hewson’s nominated photo, Mandurah Marina Lights.

The Stirling Times was nominated for Community News Brand of the Year – the only West Australian newspaper nominated in either the community, regional, daily or weekend news Brand of the Year categories.

The Times services the largest local government area (by population) in WA and the entry included coverage of the contentious ‘twin towers’ development on the Scarborough foreshore – an issue that the paper continues to cover at a level unmatched by other major media outlets.

Andrew Ritchie’s ‘swimming for gold’.

Our local government election voter turnout campaign scored a nomination for Best Community or Social-Purpose Initiative.

A partnership with SportsEdge, bringing unparalleled WAFL coverage through Footy Radio initiative both online and in print, was nominated for Innovation of the Year.

Guy Turner was also nominated for the Media Executive of the Year Award, having overseen a significant shift in the perception of Community News across the media landscape and playing a key role in a number of partnerships and collaborations since 2017.