The Cannon Beach Gazette and its sister publication, The Daily Astorian, combined to win eight awards in the Region 10 Society of Professional Journalists contest. The Gazette won an award for third place, nonweekly publication.

The contest is the largest of its kind in the nation, with 2,300 entrants and 150 categories. “The contest covers some of the least populated areas of the United States, some of its most densely populated, and everything in between, including Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Oregon,” according to the group’s website. The Portland Business Journal won first place in the category, followed by Seattle’s Real Change.

The Daily Astorian competed in the medium category against daily print and online publications with a staff of 11 to 25. The Astorian has 11 regular full-time newsroom staffers.

In the nondaily category:

General Excellence: Third place, Cannon Beach Gazette

In the daily category:

General Excellence: Second place, staff

Arts & Entertainment: First place, Translating nature into art, Rebecca Sedlak

Arts & Entertainment: Second place, Goonies fans turn out for bonfire, Erick Bengel

Business Reporting: Second place, Cowan Dairy: A family affair, Edward Stratton

Column: Second place, In One Ear, Elleda Wilson

Editorial & Commentary: Third place, Daily Astorian editorials, Steve Forrester

Best Photo Portfolio: First place, Joshua Bessex Portfolio

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