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News Leader Pictorial up for six awards

This shot of the celebrity milking contest was the centerpiece of a Cowichan Exhibition photo spread that earned Andrew Leong a photo essay award nomination from the B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association. - Andrew Leong/file
This shot of the celebrity milking contest was the centerpiece of a Cowichan Exhibition photo spread that earned Andrew Leong a photo essay award nomination from the B.C. Yukon Community Newspaper Association.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

The Cowichan News Leader Pictorial is up for six awards in this year's edition of the Ma Murray awards.

The annual awards program honouring the best in community newspapering in B.C. and the Yukon announced its 2012 finalists this morning.

In addition to being a nominee for general excellence, the News Leader Pictorial is also up for five individual awards.

Photographer Andrew Leong was nominated for best black-and-white feature photo and best photo essay; Ashley Degraaf for best arts and culture writing; Kim Grant and Shirley Myhr for best ad design and Peter Rusland for environmental initiative

The Cowichan Valley Citizen meanwhile is a two-time nominee — the paper for best special section and reporter Kevin Rothbauer for spot news photo.

The winners will be announced April 14 in Richmond.

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