Haliburton Echo photographer Darren Lum is one of three finalists for the Photographer of the Year award and columnist Steve Galea is up for the Humour Columnist of the Year honour in the Better Newspapers Competition run by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association.
The award nominations were announced online by the OCNA on Feb. 14.
The Echo was also given an honourable mention in the arts and entertainment category for the article “Mural brings memories to life at Highland Wood” by Jenn Watt about the art project at the long-term care home and in the best news photo category for an image captured by Darren Lum during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Hydro One expansion project on County Road 21.
The Echo’s sister paper the Minden Times is in the top three in the feature writing category for “Cat Angels save lives talk solutions” by Sue Tiffin and Tiffin also received an honourable mention for her story “Minden Seniors Shuffleboard Club going strong” in the sports and recreation story category.
The first second and third placements are revealed at a gala event April 3 in Vaughan.