A story about hummingbirds in the June 6, 2012 issue of the MV News was awarded third place for best environmental story by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention.

A story about hummingbirds in the June 6, 2012 issue of the MV News was awarded third place for best environmental story by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.

The Methow Valley News collected 20 awards – including eight first-place awards – for advertising, writing and photography at the recent Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) annual convention in Olympia.

Awards are presented in four circulation categories. The News is in category II (circulation of 2,751 to 5,000). Judging this year was by members of the Tennessee Press Association. Unless otherwise indicated, the awards were for category II newspapers.

• Third place, categories I and II combined, advertising campaign for a single advertiser: Advertising staff members Callie Fink and Linda Day, for ads created for Old Schoolhouse Brewery.

• Second place, tourism/community guide special sections: News staff, for Methow Valley Winter 2012-13.

• First place, lifestyle/culture special sections: News staff, for Methow Home 2013.

• Second place, lifestyle/culture special sections: News staff, for Made in the Methow 2012.

• Second place, best health or medical story: Reporter Marcy Stamper, for a story about local drug and alcohol use among teens.

• Third place, categories I and II combined, best environmental story: Reporter Laurelle Walsh, for a story about hummingbirds.

• Third place, best business news story: Editor Don Nelson, for a story about Zumiez Inc.

• Second place, best government reporting: Stamper, for a story about the local impact of federal budget cuts.

• Second place, best general feature story/short form: Nelson, for a story about a retired drug-detecting dog.

• Third place, best story on the arts, categories I and II combined: Walsh, for a story about poems placed around the Methow Valley.

• First place, best sports news story: Reporter Mike Maltais, for a story about a perfect game by a Liberty Bell High School pitcher.

• Second place, best sports news story: Maltais, for a story about the state wrestling meet.

• First place, best editorial: Nelson, for an editorial about a notorious developer relocating to Okanogan County.

• First place, best topical columns, groups I, II, III and IV combined: Solveig Torvik, for her column Hello?

• First place, best spot news photograph: Stamper, for her photo of a local vigil service after the school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

• First place, portraiture: Photographer/designer Sue Misao, for her photo of a woodlands firefighter.

• First place, pictorial: Walsh, for her photo of hot air balloons over the valley.

• First place, photo essay: Misao and Nelson, for photos from the Arts Fest.

• Third place, photo essay: Misao, for photos of a wildlands fire camp.

• Third place, best sports feature photo, categories I and II combined: Freelance photographer Scott Terrell, for a photo at the state wrestling tournament.

The News also won 20 awards last year.

WNPA is a newspaper trade organization which represents about 130 community newspapers in Washington state.