The Camden Herald and The Courier-Gazette won numerous awards in the Maine Press Association’s 2021 Better Newspaper Contest, held virtually Nov. 13, in categories including general excellence, Freedom of Information, editorial pages, writing and photography.

The Camden Herald was the big winner, taking first place for General Excellence Print and first place for Freedom of Information. It won 28 awards including advertising general excellence.

Courier-Gazette won 30 awards.

The sports department won 26 awards in writing, design, photography and video. See the sports section for details.

The awards are as follows:

The Camden Herald

Freedom of Information, first place.

General excellence print, first place.

Advertising general excellence, second place.

The Courier-Gazette

Advertising general excellence, second place.

General excellence digital, second place.

General excellent print, third place.

Heidi Anderson-Belcher

Second place advertising campaign or series.

Shlomit Auciello

Third place opinion columnist.

Stephen Betts

First place news photo, second place spot news story, second place courts story, second place analysis, third place spot news photo and third place environmental story.

John Cross

First place best supplement cover, second place best supplement cover and second place front page design.

Christine Dunkle

Third place arts-lifestyle feature.

Daniel Dunkle

First place editorial, first place feature headline, first place investigative report, second place local columnist, Second place news photo, second place analysis, second place front page design, third place feature photo and third place business/economic story.

Barbara Dyer

Second place local columnist.

Kris Ferrazza

Third place local columnist.

David Grima

Second place opinion columnist.

Cece King

Third place food story/feature.

Jackson Long

Third place picture story.

Zack Miller

First place outdoors story.

Susan Mustapich

Second place editorial.

Sam Patten

Second place opinion columnist.

Christine Simmonds

First place news headline, second place scenic photo and third place news headline.

Dan Dunkle’s photo “Camden cheers class of 2020” wins second place news photo in the 2021 Maine Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Photo by Dan Dunkle

Stephen Betts wins first place news photo in the 2021 Maine Press Association Better Newspaper Contest for “Citizens turn out for democracy vigil.” Photo by Stephen Betts