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Regionals go head-to-head in production awards

Photographers from two regional newspapers face competition from national titles at the 2012 Newspaper Awards, which celebrate excellence in news media production.

The shortlist has been announced and will see Simon Hulme from the Yorkshire Post and John Kent from the Bristol Evening Post pitted against national newspaper photographers including The Sunday Times’ Paul Conroy and The Guardian’s Tom Jenkins in the News Photograph of the Year category.

The Regional Newspaper of the Year award has been split into two categories for the first time based on circulation.

Included in the over 25,000 section are six titles including the Bristol Evening Post, Eastern Daily Press and the Liverpool Echo. Amongst those in the under 25,000 section are the Ipswich Evening Star, the Dorset Echo and the Cambridge News.

Fighting it out for weekly newspaper of the year are titles including The Cumberland News, Wakefield Express, and The Oxford Times.

The Newspaper Awards features 19 categories designed to showcase the best in both printed and digital media. All the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday 25 April at the London Hilton.

Gary Cullum, director of the awards, said: “This year has seen a tremendous level of entry to the awards both in terms of quality and quantity, and that’s great to see in such a tough year for the industry.”

Categories in the 2012 Newspaper Awards which include regional titles are:

Regional Newspaper of the Year – sponsored by Goss International

Over 25,000 circulation
Bristol Evening Post
Eastern Daily Press
Evening Times (Glasgow)
The Irish News
Liverpool Echo
The News (Portsmouth)

Under 25,000 circulation
Cambridge News
Dorset Echo
Evening Echo (Cork)
Ipswich Evening Star
Lancashire Evening Post
North West Evening Mail

Weekend Newspaper of the Year – sponsored by OneVision

Bedfordshire on Sunday
East Anglian Daily Times
Eastern Daily Press
Liverpool Echo
Luton on Sunday
Yorkshire Post

The Environment Award – sponsored by UPM

Archant – Sustainability strategy
Guardian News & Media  – Paper Round project
MEN Media – Recycling project
WebPrint – Greenbusiness initiative
Westferry Printers – New Luton print facility

Sheffield Telegraph – Environment Awards
Yorkshire Post – Environment Awards

Weekly Newspaper of the Year – sponsored by Ferag, WRH Marketing

Cornish Guardian
The Cumberland News
Essex Chronicle
Kent Messenger
The Oxford Times
Wakefield Express
The Wokingham Times

Regional Supplement/Magazine of the Year – sponsored by Precision Colour Printing

Cambridge Business (Cambridge Newspapers)
Cambridgeshire Journal (Cambridge Newspapers)
CB Magazine (Cambridge Newspapers)
Cornwall Today (Cornwall & Devon Media)
Style (Cambridge Newspapers)
Tynedale Life (Hexham Courant)

Coldset Colour Supplement of the Year – sponsored by Sun Chemical

Best of Liverpool (Liverpool Echo)
Discover (The Sunday Telegraph)
Homes & Holidays (Sunday Mirror)
The Herald Magazine
The New Review (The Observer)
Travel (The Daily Telegraph)
Travel (The Sunday Times)

Niche Market Newspaper of the Year – sponsored by Newsprinters

All Together Now!
Angling Times
The Catholic Herald
The Countryman’s Weekly
First News

Digital Innovation of the Year – sponsored by Océ

The Daily Telegraph – Interactive supplement – Web app
The Guardian – Digital strategy
Johnston Press/Local Stars – EasyAds
One & Other – Re-imagining local news
The Pink ‘Un – Interactive initiative
SMG Media – Student media initiative

Digital News Service of the Year – sponsored by AdFast

Newspaper App of the Year – sponsored by PCS

FT web app
The Guardian iPad edition
Metro tablet edition
The Scotsman iPad app
The Sunday Times iPad app
The Times apps

News Photograph of the Year

Bristol Evening Post – John Kent
The Daily Telegraph – Sabri Elmhedwi
The Guardian – Tom Jenkins
The Irish News – Hugh Russell
The Sunday Times – Paul Conroy
Yorkshire Evening Post – Simon Hulme

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