Awards

2018: Sun showered with journalism, Sunshine awards

The Anna Maria Island Sun earned seven statewide awards for reporting and photography in print and online at the Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper Contest on Aug. 10, 2018.

First place awards

  • Staff writer Joe Hendricks, First Amendment Defense, for “Bradenton Beach Sunshine Violations.” Hendricks also won the statewide Jon A. Roosenraad award for First Amendment Defense.



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  • Columnist Sean Murphy, Humorous Column, for “Uncle George’s Zipper Parade.”


Second place awards

  • Cartoonist Steve Borggren, Original Local Editorial Cartoon, for “To Die For,” depicting red tide victims.



  • Staff writer Cindy Lane, Online Slideshow, for “Flippers and Feathers,” featuring photos and information about manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and shorebirds.

Third place awards

  • Staff writer Cindy Lane, Photo Series in One Issue, for “Surf’s Up,” featuring West Coast Surf Shop summer surf campers.

Sun earns 17 state awards

The Anna Maria Island Sun has earned 17 awards in the Florida Press Club’s 66th Excellence in Journalism Competition, including five first place trophies for opinion writing, breaking news photography, feature photography and sports photography and cartooning.

From left, Sun staffers Tom Vaught, Cindy Lane, Monica Simpson, Steve Borggren, Mike Field and Kristin Swain.

The awards, presented at Hotel Indigo in Sarasota on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 are:

Opinion Writing

Mike Field, 1st place, The ‘Big M’
Mike Field, 3rd place, The mayors have it right

Breaking News Photography

Tom Vaught, 1st place, Soggy Monday Blues

Mike Field, 2nd place, Red tide continues to plague AMI

Tom Vaught, 3rd place, First day of school

Feature Photography

Maggie Field, 1st place, Silver Sunset

Maggie Field, 2nd place, Meltdown

Joe Sambito, 3rd place, Holiday Moon

Sports Photography

Monica Simpson, 1st place, Redemption

Cartooning

Steve Borggren, 1st place, Beautiful sunrise

Steve Borggren, 2nd place, Brick road

Steve Borggren, 3rd place, Ghost tour

Special Awards – That is so… Florida

Cindy Lane, 2nd place, Eat more octopus

Government News Writing

Kristin Swain, 2nd place, Turn back time

Headline Writing

Mike Field, 2nd place, Houndfish

Pat Copeland, 3rd place, Pooh-pooh

Front Page Design

Ricardo Fonseca, 3rd place, Rays


Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest

 2016

FPA trophy 2016First place

  • General Excellence, Staff

“There is a lot to like about this newspaper. The front page design is unusual but very inviting. The paper is chock full of everything – solid, comprehensive coverage of the community, including arts and sports. Love the info graphics and treatment of the editorial page. Paper is well designed – fun and engaging treatment of every page – and loaded with ads. I would subscribe to this paper in a heartbeat. Nice work.”

  • Original Local Editorial Cartoon, Steve Borggren, “No app for that”

“Steve Borggren has a talent for finding irony and wry humor in news events and everyday life. Especially liked his cartoon about a parent telling her kids to get out in the yard to hunt for Easter eggs rather than look for an ‘app for that’ on their phones.”

POLITICAL CARTOON 3-23-2016Second place

  • Best Headline, Pat Copeland, “Commission pooh-poohs peeing in public.”

“Playful alliteration helped draw readers into what might have been just another story about a city commission meeting.”

  • Breaking News Story, Joe Hendricks, “Webb challenges voter’s eligibility”

“Points for recognizing a story that’s not sexy but it is important – especially when the newspaper takes note of it.”

“This is a great little story about immortalizing a local legend – Ol’ Hitler, the biggest, meanest, scariest hammerhead ever to scare people out of the water. Well done with plenty of local color. A story that people will keep talking about.”

Third place

  • Local Government Reporting, Pat Copeland, “Stirring the pot”

“Well written story covering all sides of this issue – great headline – lots of compelling arguments to help the public understand.”

  • Best Headline, Mike Field, “You ain’t nothing but a houndfish.”

“Fun headline. Elvis would approve!”

  • Overall Graphic Design, Ricardo Fonseca and Mike Field

“Less flashy, but a nice, solid design, with very well-designed graphic elements.”

This entry was cute and funny, but also informative and entertaining. Good writing – nice work.”

  • Community History, Cindy Lane, “Tourism slogans, logos evolving”

“Loved the topic, and it was presented in a very stylish way.”

  • Outdoor and Recreation, Cindy Lane, “Saving seashells on the seashore”

“Picking up shells on the beach is probably one of the most popular seaside recreations there is. But this story went well into the science and conservation of shelling. A story you should read before you reach for that sand dollar.”

  • Editorial Award, Cindy Lane, “Respect the wildlife”

“It’s refreshing to see the newspaper use its power to remind the locals of their responsibilities to help protect the environment.”

  • Sports Photo, Monica Simpson, “Two little wrestlers”

“With apologies to the many other great entries in the category – beware of photos with cute kids – this one stole the show.”

  • Portfolio Photography, Tom Vaught, “Shamrock shiver,” Scared of Santa”

“Loved the shot of Elvis in the water on New Year’s Day for the annual ‘Shamrock Shiver.’ And a dramatic news photo of workers trying to cap a water leak in Anna Maria.”


Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest 

2015

First place
  • Tyler Kapela: Spot News Photo, “Twister Hits Skyway.”

    Twister at Sunshine Skyway
    -Tyler Kapela
  • Steve Borggren: Editorial cartoon
POLITICAL CARTOON 3-18-2015
– Steve Borggren
Second Place
  • Ricardo Fonseca: Front Page Makeup, “Twister Hits Skyway”

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  • Monica Simpson: Sports Photography, “Little Flag Footballers”

    Youth football
    – Monica Simpson
  • Pat Copeland: Headline Writing, “One pool, two pools, old pool, new pools”
Third Place

Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism

2015

  • Steve Borggren: Editorial Cartooning
  • Maggie Field: Feature Photography
  • Maggie Field: General News Photography
  • Mike Field: Opinion Writing
  • Mike Field: General News Photography
  • Cindy Lane: Commentary Writing – Coast Lines: Holy maternity season, bat mom!
  • Cindy Lane: Headline Writing – “Turtles at loggerheads with tourists”
  • Cindy Lane: Feature Writing
  • Cindy Lane: General News Photography
  • Cindy Lane: Photo Illustration (2)
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  • Tom Vaught: Breaking News Writing

Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest 

2014

First place
  • Cindy Lane: State and Local Tax Reporting (The Florida TaxWatch Award), for a series of stories on Manatee County’s efforts to collect resort taxes. The judges said: “Well written and researched, the series of stories raised awareness of the tax issue.”
  • Steve Borggren: Original, Local Editorial Cartoon titled “Remaining assets,” which depicted the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s struggle to stay afloat financially. The judges commented: “Getting an image to hit its viewer immediately is hard. This cartoon captured the mood and the concept of the issue with simplicity. Well done.”
Second Place
  • Joe Hendricks: Local Government Reporting, for continuing coverage of efforts to remove the Bradenton Beach mayor from office through “forfeiture of office” procedures. The judges commented: “Well-written reports and extensive coverage on forfeiture of office proceedings. Throughout the writings, the reporter kept opinion out of his stories and thoroughly explained possible outcomes … ”
  • Mike Field: Best Headline, for the headline “Granny Get Your Gun,” a story about an Anna Maria Island grandmother who brandished her handgun and confronted a burglar in her house. “Great headline for this story,” the judges said.
  • Cindy Lane: Outdoor and Recreation Reporting, for a series of stories on local efforts to save pelicans and turtles from becoming entangled in abandoned fishing line. “Reporter Cindy Lane is a true friend of nature. Her fine reporting spotlights important protection awareness issues for readers,” the judges wrote.
  • Cindy Lane: Serious column, (The Sally Latham Memorial Award), for her Coast Lines column titled “Respect the manatee’s river,” which expressed concerns over the course chosen for a power boat race in the Manatee River. The route was scheduled to cut directly through an area where manatees mate. After the column was published, the course was altered to avoid the area. Judges commented: “This column dealt with a hot local subject and offered alternatives and solutions.”
  • Cindy Lane: Community History, for a story about the U.S. Army searching for old explosives on the beaches in and around Egmont Key. Judges comment: “Great lead image, and an interesting tale.”
Third place
  • Sun staff: Overall General Excellence. “The Sun presents its local reports colorfully and with great detail. A good variety.”
  • Cindy Lane: Portfolio Photography, (The Robert J. Ellison Award), for a series of photos on a variety of subjects. “The photographer has a good eye for her subjects.”
  • Cindy Lane: Spot News Photo, for her photo titled “Blessing all creatures great and small” on a blessing of the animals ceremony at a local church. The judges called this “A great feel good photo.”
  • Cindy Lane: Breaking news story, about a local fisherman who took his court case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and won, “U.S. Supreme Court considers Yates fish case.” – “Good local story with a tie to the Supreme Court.”
  • Mike Field: Feature photo of a mother and daughter taking selfies at sunset on Anna Maria Island. “Candid view of a fun moment,” the judges said.

 


Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism

2014

First Place
  • Cindy Lane: News Photo
  • Steve Borggren: Editorial Cartoon
Second and Third Place
  • Cindy Lane: Feature Photo (2)
    Hammerhead shark
    – Cindy Lane | Sun

     

    Royal terns
    – Cindy Lane | Sun
  • Cindy Lane: Feature Writing
  • Cindy Lane: Headline Writing
  • Cindy Lane: Commentary Writing
  • Tom Vaught: Breaking News
  • Maggie Field: News Photo
  • Maggie Field: Feature Photo
  • Mike Field: Opinion Writing
  • Mike Field: News Photo

Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest 

2013

First place
  • Cindy Lane: Local Government Reporting, for “Anna Maria Island – Filled to the gills?” about Island leaders appealing to local tourism officials to scale back marketing the destination, saying it has exceeded its capacity for absorbing tourists. Judges said she “reported well and completely on the impact of tourism on the local economy.”
  • Cindy Lane: In-Depth Reporting (non-investigative), for “Flood insurance rates soon to rise.” Judges’ comments included, “This is great journalism! It’s not an easy task to make readers interested in flood insurance rates, but you pulled it off, and you shined some light on questionable government practices.”
  • Cindy Lane: Agricultural and Environmental Reporting, for “Oil spill leaves residue of uncertainty.” Judges said the reporter “… did a fine follow-up story on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill… she showed readers how much was left undone three years later.”
  • Cindy Lane: Community History, for “Cruise the Historic River,” about the AMI Water Shuttle’s Manatee River cruise.
  • Duke Miller: Feature Photo, for “Perfect landing,” depicting a white pelican’s water landing off Cortez.

    Pelican landing
    – Duke Miller
  • Tom Vaught: Education Reporting, for “Chores No More a Winner,” detailing speech contest topics by Anna Maria Elementary School students. Judges called the story “Well written and a really good story,” and praised the reporter’s “very engaging style.”
Second place
  • Anna Maria Island Sun Staff: General Excellence, for “The search ends.” Judges noted the issue’s “Clean, attractive design,” “excellent pics,” “meaty stories” and “revenue generating ideas.”
  • Steve Borggren: Original Local Editorial Cartoon, for “Island cottages.”
  • Cindy Lane: Feature Story (non-profile), for “Insider’s Island,” a tourist’s guide to well-known and lesser-known places of interest on and offshore of Anna Maria Island.
  • Cindy Lane: Best Headline, for “Landscaping project wilts.”
Third place
  • Ricardo Fonseca, Mike Field: Overall Graphic Design, for an issue that led with the story, “Fire hits Rod and Reel.” Judges praised “Lots of entry points for readers,” and commented that “engaging demographics and strong art add to the overall flow of the content throughout the publication.”
  • Cindy Lane: Editorial Award, for “Listen to the people,” about local officials denying a marina at Long Bar Pointe but approving several thousand new homes there. Judges said: “If you are going to take leaders to task when they fail their constituents, you should commend them when they do good – this is a fine example of an editorial doing just that.”
  • Cindy Lane: Photo Series in One Issue, for “Soul surfers go to camp,” featuring Eternal Summer Surf Camp, which offers surfing lessons combined with summer Bible school for kids. Judges said “Lane had multiple entries that were impressive… she’s consistently a very good journalist with a variety of talents.”

    Eternal Summer Surf Camp 2013
    – Cindy Lane | Sun
Eternal Summer Surf Camp 2013 2
– Cindy Lane | Sun
  • Cindy Lane: Sports picture, for “Paddleboard master.”
Izzi Gomez
– Cindy Lane | Sun
  • Tom Vaught: In-Depth Reporting (non-investigative), for “Complaints prompt police search.”
  • Tom Vaught: Feature Story (non-profile), for “Boston nurses remember bombings.”

Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism

2013

First Place
  • Maggie Field: Feature Photography
Second Place 
  • Cindy Lane: Opinion Writing, “Tap tourist tax for beach,” suggesting that the county use tourism resort tax funds allocated for marketing to clean and improve the beaches that attract tourists
  • Maggie Field: General News Photography
  • Steve Borggren: Editorial Cartoon
  • Pat Copeland: Government News
Third place
  • Pat Copeland: General News
  • Pat Copeland: Community News Writing
  • Mike Field, Ricardo Fonseca (tie), Front Page Design

Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest

2012

First place
  • Maggie Field, Feature Photo, for “Bottle boaters,” capturing the fun of the DeSoto Bottle Boat Regatta in Palma Sola Bay.
  • Cindy Lane, Editorial for “Tap tourist tax for beach,” suggesting that the county use tourism resort tax funds allocated for marketing to clean and improve the beaches that attract tourists.
  • Cindy Lane, Feature Story (Profile), for “It’s a small world after all,” about neighbors and golfing buddies Jim Finn and Dick Rowse, who took an Honor Flight together and discovered they had been in the same World War II battles in Okinawa and Saipan.
  • Cindy Lane, Portfolio Photography, for “Annual mullet run is on,” a mullet roundup by commercial fishermen; “Decisions, decisions,” picturing a white egret at an arrow in the road; “Kids find summer fun on the water,” with kids learning to surf; “Rescue me,” showing lifeguards in a water rescue training exercise;
    Lifeguard Rex Beach practices rescue techniques at Coquina Beach.
    Lifeguard Rex Beach practices rescue techniques at Coquina Beach. – Cindy Lane | Sun

    and “The colors of Christmas,” featuring a poinsettia farm’s crop.

  • Tom Vaught, Spot News Photo, for “Right on cue,” picturing Tampa boaters trying to keep their boat upright during a storm in the Gulf.
Boat sinking
– Tom Vaught | Sun
Second place
  • Rusty Chinnis, Outdoor and Recreation, for “Tailor angling plan.”
  • Pat Copeland, Feature Story (Profile), for “Kelly ready for new challenges,” about Executive Director Pierrette Kelly’s departure from the Anna Maria Island Community Center after 22 years.
  • Cindy Lane, Agricultural and Environmental, for “Manatees help scientists do research,” about hearing tests on manatees at Mote Marine Laboratory.
  • Cindy Lane, Feature Photo, for “Decisions, decisions.”

    White ibis
    -Cindy Lane | Sun
  • Tom Vaught, Feature Story (Non-Profile), for “Ruling prince simply ‘The Man,’ ” about a cat that frequents three shopping centers where business owners feed him and pay for his medical care.
Third place
  • Pat Copeland, Arts, Entertainment and Review, for “Art League shocker;Island Art League closes.”
  • Pat Copeland, Local Government Reporting, for “Dogged reporting on a key moratorium proposal.”
  • Mike Field, Ricardo Fonseca, Overall Graphic Design.
  • Cindy Lane, Photo Series in an Issue for “Debby bruises Island,” showing the effects of Tropical Storm Debby on Island beaches.

    Tropical Storm Debby July 2005
    – Cindy Lane | Sun
  • Troy Morgan, Spot News Photo, for “Officials ponder beaches’ future.”

Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest

2011

First place
  • Steve Borggren, Original Local Editorial Cartoon, for “The power of eminent domain.”
  • Cindy Lane, Photo Series in One Issue, for a local version of the “12 Days of Christmas.” Judges cited “tons of creativity” and “superb layout.”
  • Cindy Lane, Arts, Entertainment and Review Reporting, for “GWTW fans will love ‘Moonlight,’ ” an Island Players review.
Second place
  • Pat Copeland, Arts, Entertainment and Review Reporting, for “Gene Aubry: Focusing on art.”
  • Maggie Field, Feature Photo, for “Anna Maria rolls out holiday carpet.”
  • Cindy Lane, Serious Column, for “No bones about it, jellyfish bad news.”
  • Cindy Lane, Outdoor and Recreational, for “Dogs just want to have fun.”
Third place
  • Steve Borggren, Original Local Editorial Cartoon, for “Segway rules and regulations coming soon.”
  • Mike Field, Editorial Award, for “An insensitive response,” a commentary on an ad campaign.
  • Mike Field, Best Headline, for “Canines raise the woof at pooch parade.”
  • Cindy Lane, Local Government Reporting, for tourism story, “Too much of a good thing.”
  • Cindy Lane, Portfolio Photography, for “Coast Lines.”
  • Troy Morgan, Feature Photo, for “100 years of the pier.”
  • Sean Murphy, Humorous Column, for “Back to school.”

Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest

2010

First place
  • Maggie Field, Feature Picture, for “Flying High,” a photo of a skateboarder at a festival in Anna Maria.
  • Mike Field and Laurie Krosney, Editorial Award, for “A Sound Plan,” about a walking and traffic plan for the city of Anna Maria and a call for unity in the community.
  • Cindy Lane, Serious Column (Sally Latham Memorial Award), for “Coast Lines: Oil Spill Draws Us – and Them – Close to Coast,” about people visiting the beaches after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill with new appreciation, and animals fleeing the spill towards the coast.
  • Sean Murphy, Humorous Column, for “Christmas with Uncle George.”
Second place
  • Cindy Lane, News Story (Gwen Stevenson Memorial Award), for “Sabine Mystery Persists,” a six-year retrospective about the events leading up to and following the disappearance of Holmes Beach hotelier Sabine Musil-Buehler.
  • Cindy Lane, Community History, for “Roots in the Water,” about volunteers at the Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez building replicas of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s longboat, used in Tampa Bay, and the boat used by Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin to escape Union troops in east Manatee County.
  • Cindy Lane, Portfolio Photography (Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award), for “Waterway Holiday,” a nighttime reflection of sailboats decorated for Christmas; “Restored Valentine House a Historic Treasure,” of a home being moved by barge down the Manatee River to the Robinson Preserve; “Oil Spill Impacts Local Tourism,” capturing dolphins following a tour boat; “Mullet Magic as Seasonal Run Begins,” a Cortez fishing boat bringing in a haul of mullet; and “Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival,” a portrait of Cortez net maker Blue Fulford demonstrating his craft.
  • Cindy Lane, Outdoor Writing, for “Locals Headed for Cocoa Surf Contest” and “AMI Takes Surf Fest by Storm,” about the 25th anniversary of the National Kidney Foundation Pro-Am Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach founded by Anna Maria Island surfers and twins Rich and Phil Salick, featuring Island surfers and musicians competing and performing there.
  • Cindy Lane, Environmental/Conservation, for “Pets Being Killed by Coyotes” and “Tempers Flare at Coyote Workshop,” about coyotes preying on Cortez pets and the dispute between owners of pet victims and coyote advocates.
Third place
  • Steve Borggren, Original Local Editorial Cartoon, for “Excuse Me Mr. Robinson.”
  • Rusty Chinnis, Outdoor Writing, for “Take a Kid Fishing.”
  • Pat Copeland, Best Obituary by a Newspaper, for “Memories of ‘Snooks’ Shared,” about the life and death at age 91 of W.H. “Snooks” Adams, Holmes Beach’s first police chief.
  • Cindy Lane, Humorous Column, for “Coast Lines: Octopi and Golf Balls – a Perfect Match,” about several local stone crab trappers who found that octopus were bringing golf balls into their traps.
  • Cindy Lane, Editorial Award, for “Expand the Preserve,” discouraging county officials from approving a golf course next to the environmentally sensitive Robinson Preserve.

Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Contest

2009

Second place
  • Cindy Lane, In-Depth News Reporting, for Port Dolphin, an offshore liquefied natural gas port scheduled to be built off Anna Maria Island
  • Steve Borggren, Original Local Editorial Cartoon
  • Sun editorial staff, Editorial
Third place
  • Cindy Lane, Investigative Reporting, for Gill Net Ban