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Honors: Observer staff wins state press awards

The Coastal Observer staff won 23 awards from the S.C. Press Association, including Photographer of the Year for Tanya Ackerman. The paper received the association’s President’s Cup for Excellence for the fifth straight year.

The Observer staff won nine first place awards in photography, writing and design in the 2011 competition, which was judged by the Kentucky Press Association. The awards were presented Saturday at the S.C. Press Association's annual meeting at Folly Beach.

Among the awards Ackerman received were first place for Best Pictorial for a photo of sunrise under a Pawleys Island beach house and third place in the same category for the sun rising behind a palmetto; first place for Spot News Photo for a picture of a man being comforted by a neighbor as his mobile home was repossessed; first place for Feature Photo for a picture from Grandparents Day at Waccamaw Intermediate School; first for Photo Series for the Mud Bowl at Belin Methodist Church.

She also won second for Personality Portrait for a photo of Mildred Point and third in the category for a photo of guitar maker Roy Gilbert; third for General News Photo for a picture of a family at the Lost at Sea Memorial; third for Humorous Photo for a picture of the Halloween party at St. Elizabeth Place; third for Photo Illustration that showed a couple watching a romantic movie for Valentine’s Day; third for Sports Action for a photo of a surfer.

Jackie Broach won first place for Series of Articles for “Unsafe at Home” about domestic violence. She won second in the category for stories about the 10th anniversary of 9-11. She also won first for Short Story for an article about the peach festival at St. Paul’s Methodist Church.

Broach also won second place in Profile Feature Writing for a story about a Murrells Inlet woman who broke the gender barrier on the Boston Police Department; third place in Business Reporting; third place in Lifestyle Feature Writing for a story about a Pawleys Island couple who raise chickens.

Roger Greene won first place in Lifestyle Feature Writing for a story about man caves. He won first in News Feature Writing for a story about a Waccamaw High student’s recovery from a hit-and-run accident.

Charles Swenson won first place in Photo Page Design for the cover of the Year in Photos issue. He also won third place for Feature Page Design and third place for Spot News Reporting for an article about a sailor who brought his boat into Pawleys Creek during a storm.

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