The Catholic Transcript has won first prize for overall excellence in the 2012 New England Better Newspaper Competition.
The competition, held each year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), draws nearly 3,000 entries from throughout the region. The NENPA awards were announced on Feb. 8.
The Transcript also earned first prizes for editorial writing, a themed or sponsored advertising page and feature photography. It took second place for a local personality profile story and third place for a local advertisement in color and for a personality photo.
The Transcript competed among biweekly, monthly and specialty publications in the five states.
In the general excellence category, it ranked higher than the New Hampshire Business Review, which took second, and Vermont Woman, which won third place.
Msgr. David Q. Liptak, executive editor, won the first-place award for editorial writing with the editorial "September 11 Recalled," which ran in October 2011.
Bob Mullen/The Catholic Photographer was awarded first place for feature photography for his photo of the entrance procession at the 50th anniversary Mass in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, published in the June 2012 issue. It was taken with a fisheye lens from a catwalk located almost 100 feet above the floor of the nave.
The June 2012 issue of the Transcript, with extensive coverage of ordinations to the priesthood and permanent diaconate as well as of priests and women religious celebrating significant anniversaries, took the high honors for a themed or sponsored advertising page.
A story about Mother Dolores Hart at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem earned a second-place award for a local personality profile.
A color ad for World Mission Sunday received third place for a color ad created for a local advertiser. A photo by Lenora Sumsky of costumed children participating in an Our Lady of Guadalupe procession won third place in the personality photo category.
The NENPA also named The Catholic Transcript Newspaper of the Year last October.