Photography Highlighted as The SandPaper Scores in State Newspaper Contest

Feb 14, 2017
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

A picture, it is said, is worth a thousand words, which is so true in some instances.

On July 25 the Mel Rae, a Silverton cruiser yacht, washed up on the beach at 57th Street in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township. Considering there was nobody onboard, it drew a crowd of gawkers and begged many a question.

Did the owner fall overboard, making it a ghost ship? Had the yacht broken loose from its mooring and improbably drifted all the way from New York State, where it was registered? Who would treat such an expensive toy so carelessly?

The New Jersey State Police eventually located its owner. He’d experienced trouble with his yacht in Little Egg Harbor Township’s Great Bay and called for a tow but then abandoned his vessel, hitching a ride ashore with a passing boater. Meanwhile, the Mel Rae developed a mind of its own and decided to visit LBI.

The resulting SandPaper article answered the questions, but it was photojournalist Jack Reynolds' picture of the Mel Rae sitting high and dry that caught the true, what-the-hell! essence of the story.

Reynolds swept the Spot News Category in the Photography division of the New Jersey Press Association’s 2016 Better Newspaper Contest, taking first, second and third. “Great moment,” said the judge of his Mel Rae shot. “The waves crashing and the beachgoers wandering by are classic. Perfectly framed.”

Reynolds also took second in the Feature and Feature Picture Story categories, third in the Sports Feature Picture Story competition and third in the Pictorial category.

The SandPaper’s photo editor, Ryan Morrill, won four awards, second and third in the News Picture Story category and second in both the Portrait and the Illustration competitions.

There are other images besides photos. Cartoonist Leslee Ganss, whose “Artoon” has been a feature of The SandPaper’s editorial section for decades, took first and second in the Editorial division’s Graphics & Illustration category. Readers may remember her “Guide to Beach Setup” and “Fly Olympics” Artoons.

Indeed, the judges appeared pleased with the overall look of The SandPaper. The newsmag took second in both the Special Issue and General Typography and Layout of the Entire Paper categories (a shout out for typography supervisor Anita Josephson and layout supervisor Pattie McIntyre) and third in the Editorial Section Layout & Content and Feature Section Layout & Content races.

Sometimes, though, words – maybe 1,000, perhaps many more – are needed to fully explain complex issues, give major news events blanket coverage or bring the excitement of a sporting event to life. The SandPaper’s writers were up to the task in 2016.

Every single SandPaper reporter contributed to numerous pages of coverage of January 2016’s Winter Storm Jonas. They were rewarded with a second in the News Writing category.

David Biggy took second in the Sports Writing Portfolio competition, writing about the Southern Regional High School girls track and football teams as well as the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol and its victory in the Island’s lifeguard tournament. He also nailed down a second in the Best Lede category.

Section II editor Victoria Ford was second in the Arts & Entertainment Writing category for her story titled “For Original Music, Biggest Challenge Is Finding a Home.” “This extensive and detailed coverage of the local music scene clearly demonstrates the reporter’s knowledge and ability to provide perspective to the reader,” noted the judge.

Rick Mellerup earned a second in the Coverage of Elections/Politics for his stories on former LBI resident Joe Howarth, who is now an 8th District Assemblyman, a Pinelands student attending her first political rally when she took in the Bernie Sanders show in Atlantic City and details about the process behind Stockton University’s political polls.

Finally, Tim Hone, a fledgling journalist, took third in the Robert P. Kelly Award competition, given to reporters in their first year on the job, what we at The SandPaper affectionately call the Rookie of the Year Award. Hone wrote about stock car racing at Wall Stadium and an evening at the Albert Music Hall in Ocean Township.

The SandPaper advertising and production departments won 40 awards, including a dozen firsts.

Award winning sales representatives include Doreen Cramer, Andrea Driscoll, Stan Kapica, Jeff Linkous, Steve Havelka and Lee Little; graphic artists include Eileen Keller, Jason Cascais, Jeffrey Kuhlman and Adrian Antonio.

The first-place finishes were in the categories of Best Restaurant/Entertainment Ad – b&w, Best Home & Garden Ad, Best Ad for Retail Business, Best Fashion & Personal Care Ad, Best Use of Humor, Best Special Section, Best Large Space Ad – Color, Best Niche Publication/Magazine, Best Classified Pages, Best New Project, Best Advertising – Small Space and Best Small Space Classified Ad.  —Staff Report

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