In this photo that ran last December in the Gazette, Santa visits with two-year-old Angelo Karavidas in the pediatric intensive care unit at Victoria General Hospital. The picture is among those nominated for a Canadian Community Newspaper Association award. Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff

Langford-based Gazette receives national recognition

West Shore newspaper staff among category finalists

Your Goldstream News Gazette has been recognized for quality work by the Canadian Community Newspapers Association.

As part of the 2017 CCNA national awards program, the Gazette was judged as one of the top six publications of its kind in the country, receiving a Blue Ribbon in the Best All-Round Newspaper category, for those with a circulation of 12,500 and above.

And two of the Gazette’s multi-talented journalists are top-three finalists in photographic categories.

Reporter Joel Tansey’s shot of a man embroiled in a police standoff that shut down Veterans Memorial Parkway for hours, which ran with a story on the incident, is a finalist for Best Spot News Photo in the 12,500 circulation and above category. The image is also a Spot News Photo finalist in the B.C.-Yukon Community Newspaper Association’s Ma Murray Awards, the winners of which will be announced later this month.

Reporter Katherine Engqvist’s poignant shot of Santa Claus leaning over a sick child’s bed at Victoria General Hospital is nominated for Best Feature Photo in the 12,500 and above category.

“These award nominations are a reflection of the work we’re doing to showcase the communities we work and live in,” said Gazette editor Don Descoteau. “We cover numerous stories and events through the year, and it’s nice to be recognized by our peers for a job well done.”

Added publisher Christine Scott: “I’m very proud of the incredibly great work our team at the Gazette does in bringing the best of community news to our readers.”

Black Press sister papers in Greater Victoria are also finalists for several CCNA awards.

Best Historical Story nominees include the Oak Bay News in the 4,000 to 12,499 circulation category, and the Peninsula News Review among papers with 12,500 circulation and above.

The Sooke News Mirror is a finalist for Best News Feature Photo and Best Sports Photo (4,000 to 12,499 circ.), and the Victoria News earned a nod for its coverage of the 2016 Royal Visit in the Best Multimedia Feature category.