Staff members of The Chapel Hill News and The Durham News have been recognized by the North Carolina Press Association for their work.
Editor Mark Schultz was presented with the Hugh Morton Photographer of the Year award for community newspapers for work published in The Chapel Hill News.
This award, sponsored by The High Country Media Group, honors the late Morton, former owner of Grandfather Mountain. It recognizes a photographer's body of work for the contest year.
“This photographer has a wonderful eye for composition,” the judges said of Schultz’s work. “Overall, these images show a remarkable sensitivity to the people in the world around us.”
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Schultz received two other photography awards from the NCPA. He took first place for general news photography for photographs of a prayer vigil for Jose Ocampo that appeared in The Durham News and and shared a third place award with correspondent Jim Kenny for use of photographs, also for The Durham News.
Staff photojournalist Harry Lynch won second place for feature photography for his photos in The Durham News of a boy and Blue Morpho butterfly at the Museum of Life and Science.
Former staff writer Gloria Lloyd won first place for feature writing for her Chapel Hill News story, “Lincoln dressmaker has local ties,” about an exhibit of Elizabeth Keckley at the Orange County Historical Museum.
The NCPA awards were presented at the organization’s annual meeting Thursday night at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC campus.