Spokesman-Review photographer Colin Mulvany won first in sports photography in the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest for “Roughing,” a January 2012 photo showing Dylan Walchuk of the Spokane Chiefs losing his helmet in a clash on the ice with the Portland Winterhawks.
Colin Mulvany won second place in news photography in the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest for "Reflection of a Fire," which showed a fully-involved apartment building fire reflected in the windows as spectators watched from a nearby second-floor window.
Kathy Plonka won second place in portrait photography for "Boxing blue" in the Society of Professional Journalists' Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest. The photo shows Alex Love walking through the spotlight on her way to battle Taversha Norwood in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women's boxing at Northern Quest Casino.
Kathy Plonka won an Award of Excellence in sports action photography in the annual Pictures of the Year International contest for "Boxing Eye." This photo shows two women battling it out in the middleweight challengers bracket in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for women's boxing in Spokane.