Community Newspaper Group leads in nominations for PANPA Awards

Fire Breathing Spider. Picture: Andrew Ritchie, Western Suburbs Weekly
Fire Breathing Spider. Picture: Andrew Ritchie, Western Suburbs Weekly

COMMUNITY Newspaper Group photographer Andrew Ritchie is the most nominated entrant in this year’s PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards.

Ritchie’s photos of a fire breathing-spider that was part of the Arcadia concert, a collaboration between dancers and athletes, mature-aged belly dancers and Perth’s annual Polo in the Valley all caught the eye of the judges for the Portrait, Features and Lifestyle and Sport categories.

Sport and Dance. Picture: Andrew Ritchie, Guardian Express.

Fellow CNG photographer Jon Hewson joins Ritchie in the Sport – Community category with a photo of a Rockingham Senior High School basketball team that was heading to the nationals, and snapper Martin Kennealey is up for the News – Community section with a touching image of Cowan MHR Anne Aly with her family.

Rockingham College Basketballers. Picture: Jon Hewson, Weekend Courier

Special publications editor Arylene Westlake-Jennings is among four finalists for the coveted Hegarty Scholarship that recognises the management potential in young news media executives.

Polo. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

Westlake-Jennings was also a finalist for the scholarship last year.

Belly Dancers. Picture: Andrew Ritchie, Wanneroo Times

Winners will be announced on September 6 in Sydney.

Community Finalists• – Anne Aly. Picture: Martin Kennealey, Wanneroo Weekender, News Corp Australia