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Ten years of Front Page of the Year – here’s a look back at our previous winners

It’s now ten years since we at HoldtheFrontPage launched our Front Page of the Year poll, so to mark the milestone we thought we’d take a look back at the previous winners of the annual readers’ vote.

The North West Evening Mail won our inaugural contest in 2013 with its front page featuring 1,200 images of local people made into a mosaic of a baby’s face, published as part of a  campaign to save maternity services at a local hospital.

Reading Today’s victory in the 2023 poll was the fifth time the prize has gone to a weekly newspaper, following the successes of the Luton News (2014), Fife Free Press (2016), Warrington Guardian (2017) and Derry Journal (2022.)

Other winners have included the Bournemouth Echo (2015), the Blackpool Gazette (2018), the Dundee Evening Telegraph (2019), Scottish Sunday title The National (2020), and Reach plc daily titles who published a joint splash in 2021 calling on the government to deliver its spending plans for railways including the now-abandoned HS2.

The Dundee Evening Telegraph also won our ‘best front page of the 21st century’ poll carried out in 2020 to mark the 20th anniversary of HoldtheFrontPage, which first went live in February 2000.

Here are all the previous winners with links to our orginal stories announcing each year’s result.


2013 North West Evening Mail – Hear Our Voices

North West Evening Mail campaign.pdf

2014 Luton News – Fan-tastic!




2015 Bournemouth Echo – For You, Harry

Bournemouth Man United front

2016 Fife Free Press – High Street closures

Fife shops


2017 Warrington Guardian – Remembering Viola Beach

Warrington Viola 1

2018 Blackpool Gazette – Jimmy Armfield

The front page of yesterday's Gazette


2019 Dundee Evening Telegraph – One a Week

The evening Telegraph has run an ongoing campaign highlighting alcohol and drug abuse

The evening Telegraph has run an ongoing campaign highlighting alcohol and drug abuse


2020 The National – Scotland’s Future Was Stolen By Westminster

National McCrone

2021 Reach plc daily titles – Trainspotting

How the design looks on The Journal's front page

2022 Derry Journal – Never Forget

Derry J Sunday

2023 Reading Today – The Ofsted Problem

Reading Ofsted

Best of 21st Century (voted in 2020) Dundee Evening Telegraph – Beyond Belief

Dundee award winner