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Statesboro Herald earns 14 GPA awards
Photographer Scott Bryant wins eight awards
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First Place - Feature Photograph - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
    The Statesboro Herald earned 14 awards Friday during the Georgia Press Association’s annual awards banquet on Jekyll Island.
    The Herald earned a second place in the General Excellence category of the 2009 Better Newspaper Contest in Division D for papers with 8,000 and under circulation. The annual contest is run by the Georgia Press Association, which represents 34 daily and 120 weekly newspapers in the state.
    The Herald’s 14 awards included seven first place, four second place and three third place honors for work that was published in 2008. The paper, which is owned by Savannah-based Morris Multimedia, earned a General Excellence award for the sixth consecutive year.
    “I congratulate our staff for their efforts and I thank the judges for honoring our work,” said Randy Morton, publisher of the Herald. “I know our staff we’ll meet the challenges faced by our industry and continue providing the best multimedia products for our customers.”
    Photographer Scott Bryant won eight awards, including first place in five categories – News Photograph, Feature Photograph, Sports Photograph, Sports Feature Photograph and Best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Web Site.
Bryant’s image of a young girl picking up a rat for dissection at a science camp won first place in News Photograph. His shot of a girl breaking a wall of water with her hand earned first in Feature Photo. Bryant’s photo of Georgia Southern and Georgia football players flipping in unison was judged best Sports Photograph. His photo of a Georgia Southern player pleading with a referee from the same game was named Best Sports Feature. And his “Moment by Moment” audio slideshow was named best Photo Gallery on a Newspaper Web Site.
    Bryant also won third place News Photograph for his photo of the Tour de Georgia cycling race. And he swept the Sports Feature Photograph category with a second for his shot at Swing into Spring and a third place for his photo after Portal was defeated in the state basketball playoffs.
    Also, the Herald’s Phil Boyum earned a third place in Humorous Columns for a series of columns that included his “Dr. Seuss” take on the campaigns of John McCain and Barack Obama.
    In awards given to the newspaper as a whole, the Herald earned the following.
* First place:
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Special Section (Community Pride)
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* Second place:
General Excellence
Lifestyles Section
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