Images from a special project, "Heroin in Denver" cast light on the drug problem in the metro area.
Images from a special project, "Heroin in Denver" cast light on the drug problem in the metro area. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post)

With the Oscars arriving Sunday, it's awards season again. Although The Denver Post isn't up for any Academy Awards, it has recently taken home numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Associated Press, the Society for News Design and the Picture of the Year International program.

On Wednesday, The Post's picture-editing team won the Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing Award.

The judges praised The Post "for its consistent editing approach and dedication to photojournalism on breaking news events and extended project photojournalism," according to the National Press Photographers Association.

The NPPA also reported, "The judges cited the extraordinary coverage of the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting, the Colorado wildfires, and a special project titled 'Heroin in Denver' — a three-day series (shot by The Post's Joe Amon) on the drug epidemic in the city."

How denver post staffers fared

The Denver Post received 57 awards at the Colorado Associated Press Banquet on Friday night:

Beat reporting: Karen Augé (1st), Kevin Simpson (1st), Michael Booth, John Henderson (2nd) and Mark Kiszla (2nd)

Business story: Ray Mark Rinaldi (1st) and John Mossman (2nd)

Editorials: Vincent Carroll (1st), Curtis Hubbard (2nd) and Alicia Caldwell (3rd)


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Environmental story: Bruce Finley (1st), Mark Jaffe (2nd) and Karen E. Crummy (3rd)

Feature story: David Olinger (2nd)

General excellence: The Denver Post staff (1st)

General news photo: AAron Ontiveroz (2nd)

Headline writing: Dale Ulland (1st)

Informational graphic: Severiano Galván (1st) and Thomas McKay (1st)

Investigative reporting: Christopher Osher (1st), Jennifer Brown (2nd), Eric Gorski (2nd) and David Olinger (2nd)

News column: Vincent Carroll (2nd) and Curtis Hubbard (3rd)

Online: breaking news: The Denver Post staff (1st)

Online: general excellence: The Denver Post staff (1st)

Online: special package: The Denver Post staff (1st, 2nd and 3rd)

Photo coverage of a continuing story: The Denver Post staff (1st, 2nd and 3rd)

Picture story/photo essay: Craig F. Walker (1st)

Portfolio: RJ Sangosti (1st)

Portrait/personality: RJ Sangosti (1st)

Public service: The Denver Post staff (1st)

Series: Jennifer Brown (1st) and Christopher Osher (2nd)

Sports column: Mark Kiszla (1st)

Sports photo: John Leyba (2nd)

Sports story: Benjamin Hochman (1st), Ryan Casey (1st), Mike Chambers (2nd), Terry Frei (2nd) and Mark Kiszla (3rd)

Spot news photo: RJ Sangosti (1st) and Craig F. Walker (2nd)

Spot news story: Jennifer Brown (1st), Joey Bunch (1st), Eric Gorski (1st), Jordan Steffen (1st), Michael Booth (3rd), Kurtis Lee (3rd), Tom McGhee (3rd), Kevin Simpson (3rd) and The Denver Post staff (2nd)

The Denver Post also received 57 awards from the Colorado Press Association on Saturday afternoon:

Agriculture story: Steve Raabe (1st and 3rd)

Business feature: Mark Jaffe (1st), Steve Raabe (2nd) and Andy Vuong (3rd)

Business news story: David Migoya (1st) and Ray Mark Rinaldi (2nd)

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Cover design: Matt Swaney (1st)

Deadline news reporting: John Ingold, Kurtis Lee, Tom McGhee, Jeremy Meyer, Kieran Nicholson and The Denver Post staff (1st and 3rd)

Editorial layout and design: The Denver Post staff (1st)

Editorial special section: The Denver Post staff (1st and 2nd)

Editorial writing: The Denver Post staff

Education story: Jennifer Brown (1st) and Kevin Simpson (2nd and 3rd)

Environmental story: Karen E. Crummy (2nd) and Bruce Finley (3rd)

Feature page design: Severiano Galván (1st), T.J. Hutchinson (2nd) and Maureen Scance (3rd)

Feature photograph: RJ Sangosti (3rd)

Feature story: David Olinger (1st) and Nancy Lofholm (2nd)

Headline writing: Dale Ulland (1st)

Health enterprise story: Michael Booth (1st and 3rd), Claire Martin and Kevin Simpson (2nd)

Health feature story: Michael Booth (1st and 3rd)

Humorous column writing:Curtis Hubbard (1st)

Informational graphic: Severiano Galván (1st) and Severiano Galván and Tom McKay (2nd)

Investigative story: Jennifer Brown (1st) and Christopher Osher (2nd)

News page design: Matt Swaney (1st, 2nd) and LeAnna Efird (3rd)

News photograph: RJ Sangosti (1st, 2nd) and Helen Richardson (3rd)

News story: David Olinger (1st) and Christopher Osher (2nd)

Photography portfolio: RJ Sangosti (1st)

Public service: Eric Gorski (1st), David Olinger and The Denver Post staff (2nd)

Series: Jennifer Brown (2nd) and Christopher Osher (3rd)

Serious column writing: Curtis Hubbard (1st) and Vincent Carroll (2nd)

Sports column writing: Mark Kiszla (1st)

Sports event story: John Henderson (1st), Mark Kiszla (2nd) and Mike Klis (3rd)

Sports photograph: Helen H. Richardson (2nd)

Sports story: Mike Chambers (1st), Terry Frei (1st), Ryan Casey (2nd) and Benjamin Hochman (2nd)

Sustained coverage: The Denver Post staff (1st and 2nd)

Website-daily content: The Denver Post staff

Website-daily design: The Denver Post staff

Website-daily interactivity: The Denver Post staff

The Society for News Design has also recognized The Post's photography and design staffs.

A silver medal and judges special recognition award went to a Helen H. Richardson photograph from the Aurora shootings. The Denver Post received eight other SND awards:

Awards of excellence: John Leyba, Joe Amon, RJ Sangosti, Hyoung Chang and AAron Ontiveroz

In design, awards of excellence: Alison Borden, Matt Swaney and The Denver Post staff