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Sunday, July 22, 2018

AWARD-WINNING

The Observer is the most award-winning weekly newspaper in Waterloo Region. Recognized for over 100 industry awards over the past two decades, our accolades represent every facet of newspaper production.

The Observer is no stranger to those in the Canadian Newspaper industry. Known for it’s consistent award-winning coverage over the past two decades, The Observer has racked up a respectable amount of awards recognized by our peers within Ontario and across Canada. We’re proud to continue this tradition for years to come.


 

OCNA

Ontario Community Newspaper Assoc.


 

CCNA

Canadian Community Newspaper Assoc.

INDUSTRY ACCOLADES

TOTAL INDUSTRY AWARDS: 118

1996

Woolwich Chamber of Commerce Award Entrepreneurs of the Year

1999

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best Feature Writing
  • 2nd – Best Original Ad Idea
  • 2nd – Best Education Writing

2000

OCNA Awards

  • 4th – General Excellence Award
  • 1st – Best Local Retail Layout
  • 1st – Best Vertical Product
  • 2nd – Best Process Colour

2001

OCNA Awards

  • 4th – General Excellence Award
  • 2nd – Best Agriculture Story
  • 3rd – Best Columnist
  • 3rd – Best Creative Artwork
  • HM – Best Technically Enhanced Photo

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best Ad Design

2002

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence Award
  • 1st – Best Use of Ad Service

CCNA Awards

  • 2nd – Best Ad Design
  • Blue Ribbon Winner

2003

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence Award
  • 3rd – Best Use of Process Colour
  • 3rd – Best Agricultural Writing

CCNA Awards

  • Blue Ribbon Winner

2004

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best Historical Writing
  • Best Idea – Publisher’s Award

2005

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – Local Retail Layout
  • 3rd – Technically Enhanced Photo
  • 1st – Columnist of the Year – Steve Galea
  • 3rd – Best Spot News Photo
  • 3rd – Humour Columnist of the Year – Steve Galea
  • HM – Original Ad Idea – Where’s Elmer – Scott Arnold

2006

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – Business & Finance Story
  • 1st – Education Writing
  • 2nd – Feature Writing
  • 3rd – Best Rural Story
  • 3rd – Best Columnist – Owen Roberts
  • 1st – In House Promotion

2007

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – General Excellence Award
  • 2nd – Education Writing
  • 2nd – Best Creative Advertising
  • 1st – Humour Columnist – Steve Galea
  • HM – Feature Writing

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best In-House Ad Campaign
  • 3rd – Best Web Site Design

RNAO Awards  Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario

  • 1st – Best In Depth Feature – Vanessa Moss

2008

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – Health & Wellness Writing
  • 1st – Humour Columnist – Steve Galea
  • 2nd – Feature Writing
  • 2nd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)
  • 2nd – Photo Illustration

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best Community Website

2009

OCNA Awards

  • 2nd – General Excellence
  • 2nd – Best Rural Story
  • 2nd – Columnist of the Year
  • 1st & 3rd – Humour Columnist of the Year – Steve Galea
  • 1st – Best Community Website
  • 2nd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)

CCNA Awards

  • 2nd – Best All Around Newspaper
  • Blue Ribbon Award

2010

OCNA Awards

  • 2nd – General Excellence
  • 2nd – Best Editorial
  • 2nd – Sports & Recreation Story
  • 2nd – Spot News Photo
  • 3rd – Best Front Page
  • 1st – Use of Process Colour
  • 3rd – Best Community Website
  • 3rd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)
  • 1st – Humour Columnist – Steve Galea

CCNA Awards

  • 2nd – General Excellence
  • 1st – Environmental Writing
  • Blue Ribbon Award

COPA (Canadian Online Publishing Awards)

2011

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 3rd – Best Sports Section
  • 2nd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)

CCNA Awards

  • 2nd – Best All Around Newspaper
  • 2nd – Best Front Page
  • Blue Ribbon Award

2012

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 1st – Best Heritage Story
  • 2nd – Best Photo Layout
  • 3rd – Best In-House Promotion
  • 1st – Best Use of Colour
  • 3rd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)
  • HM – Best Feature Writing
  • HM – Best Humour Columnist

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best All Around Newspaper
  • 1st – Best Editorial Page
  • 2nd – Best Front Page
  • 2nd – Best Feature Writing
  • Blue Ribbon Award

2013

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 2nd – Best Sports Section
  • 3rd – Best Health & Wellness Story
  • 3rd – Best Local Retail Layout

CCNA Awards

  • 2nd – Best All Around Newspaper
  • 1st – Best Front Page

2014

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 1st – Humour Columnist of the Year (Steve Galea)
  • 1st – Use of Process Colour (Jake Stallard)
  • 3rd – Feature Writing (Elena Maystruk)
  • 3rd – Best Community Newspaper Website

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best National Editorial – Steve Kannon
  • 3rd – Best Editorial Page
  • Blue Ribbon Award Winner

2015

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 1st – Best In-House Promotion (Patrick Merlihan)
  • 2nd – Humour Columnist of the Year (Steve Galea)
  • 3rd – Best Community Newspaper Website

CCNA Awards

  • 3rd – Best Community Newspaper Website

2016

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – Best Editorial (Over 10,000 circ.) – Steve Kannon
  • 2nd – Best Feature Writing – Whitney Neilson
  • 3rd – Best Sports Section (Observer Staff)
  • 3rd – Best Creative Ad (Jake Stallard)
  • 2nd – Best Original Ad (Jake Stallard)
  • 3rd – Best Community Website

2017

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – Education Writing
  • 2nd – Best Sports Section
  • 3rd – Best Community Website
  • HM – General Excellence (Circ 12,500-24,999)