•  
  •  

Conventions, Contests & Awards

ANA’s 82nd Annual Meeting & Fall Convention
October 9, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended the convention.

The press release of winners and slide show presentations are at these links below:

Better Newspapers Contest (BNC) 2021 Winners
BNC Winners Presentation

Excellence in Advertising Contest 2021 Winners
Advertising Winners Presentation

2021 Convention Photos


In the spirit of our convention theme, Facing the Future – Together, ANA brought Gordon Borrell, a nationally celebrated authority on media trends and understanding marketing and revenue opportunities available for newspapers. 

And more! … local media experts presenting seminars in journalists and Twitter, political advertising, converting press releases into editorial stories, and newspaper newsletters. Plus a special guest, Assistant Chief Wessing of the Mesa Police Department, hosting a seminar on: Crime Scene Safety & Tips for Covering the Police Department.

And not least, there were the two highly anticipated Award Ceremonies: a luncheon for the Excellence in Advertising Contest winners; and new this year, a sit-down evening dinner where we’ll announce the Better Newspapers Contest winners and Newspapers of the Year.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2021 BNC and Excellence in Advertising competitions. Newspaper, Individual and Advertising entries were judged by this year’s contest partner: Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. 

The Photographer of the Year, Story of the Year and Journalist of the Year are selected by a panel from the local Associated Press West Region Bureau – a nationally and globally trusted news source.
– Eligibility for Story of the Year are all the first-place winning entries in categories 11 to 18 which automatically compete for outstanding story of the year.
– Photographer of the Year and Journalist of the Year candidates are nominated by their publisher, managing editor or editor that include a letter explaining why the candidate should be chosen. Each entry includes samples of the nominee’s work.
ANA is appreciative that the AP news organization judges our member’s work and selects the ‘Of the Year’ honorees.

Remember to subscribe to ANA’s weekly newsletter for contest, convention and ANA news.

*Governor Stephen R. Lewis, of the Gila River Indian Community, has reinstated a mandatory mask mandate for all guests and employees at its hotels and community.



The 2020 ANA BNC and Excellence in Advertising Awards
A virtual presentation

Due to COVID-19 cautions and restrictions the Arizona Newspaper Association’s annual convention had to be cancelled and the awards ceremony reimagined. We wish to thank our members who participated in the contests, the New Mexico Press Association for judging, and everyone who helped produce the live presentation on our Facebook page. Thank you for watching our live stream event on Oct. 15, 2020.

Watch a recording of the ceremony by clicking on the window below.
If you have questions, contact: j.okeefe@ananews.com


Contest Archives
The Arizona Newspapers Association supports excellence in journalism in all its many forms. View the archived press releases for the winners in the Better Newspapers Contest and Excellence in Advertising Contest competitions.

We also recognize individuals that have fought for freedom of information with the Zenger Award and FOI Awards, and celebrate those who have made a lasting impression in Arizona journalism with our Hall of Fame awards.

Whether you entered the competitions, came to training sessions or just attended the award ceremonies, we sincerely appreciate that you help to make the contests and our annual conventions a success.


ANA Flickr Albums
Visit the ANA flickr page to see photos from our conventions and other ANA sponsored events.
Convention Pictures – 2014 through 2018

Select Flickr’s gallery icon for the best viewing experience