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Spokesman-Review staff take home multiple Associated Press photo awards, including Cowles Cup

From staff reports

Spokesman-Review photographers bundled up the awards in the 2016 Associated Press Northwest photo contest, announced Wednesday.

Photographer Colin Mulvany won the Cowles Cup trophy, awarded each year since 1952, for his photographs of 8-year-old transgender girl Rachel White. The Cowles trophy is named for William Hutchinson Cowles, former publisher of The Spokesman-Review. Mulvany also won first place in the photo story category and first place in the portrait category for that same project.

Lindsey Wasson from the Seattle Times won the Blackburn Award, named for a photographer for the Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington, who was killed in the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Mulvany also won second place in the feature photo category for his photo “Joy Ride.”

Photographer Dan Pelle took three awards: third place in the feature photo category for his photo “Slice of Banana Split Life;” second place in the sports category for his photograph “Rounding Third Heading Home;” and second place in the news category for his photo “Good Samaritan.”

Tyler K. Tjomsland won first place in the news category for his photo “Nature’s Toll.” He also won third place in the photo story category for his project “Rural Aging.”

Kathy Plonka won second place in the portrait category for her photo of human rights activist James Meredith.

Full list of winners among larger news outlets:

Judged by the staff of the Nashville Tennessean

Sweepstakes awards:

The Cowles Cup – Being Rachel – Colin Mulvany, The Spokesman-Review

Blackburn Award – Snowboard Silhouette – Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times

Feature:

1st – Snowboard Silhouette – Lindsey Wasson, The Seattle Times

2nd – Joy Ride – Colin Mulvany, The Spokesman-Review

3rd – Slice of Banana Split Life – Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review

Sports:

1st – Bobbled Ball – Genna Martin, Seattlepi.com

2nd – Rounding Third Heading Home – Dan Pelle, The Spokesman Review

3rd – Untitled – Sy Bean, The Seattle Times

News:

1st – Nature’s Toll – Tyler Tjomsland, The Spokesman-Review

2rd – Good Samaritan – Dan Pelle, The Spokesman-Review

3rd – Untitled – Sy Bean, The Seattle Times

Portrait:

1st – Transgender Girl – Colin Mulvany, The Spokesman-Review

2nd – Human Rights Activist – Kathy Plonka, The Spokesman-Review

3rd – Victorian – Genna Martin, Seattlepi.com

Multiple / Photo Story:

1st – Being Rachel – Colin Mulvany, The Spokesman-Review

2nd – Pig Harvest – Genna Martin, Seattlepi.com

3rd – Rural Aging – Tyler Tjomsland, The Spokesman-Review

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