Catholic Standard wins nine 2022 Catholic Press Awards – Catholic Standard


The Catholic standard The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington’s newspaper and website received nine awards at the 2022 Catholic Press Awards announced July 7 at the Catholic Media Association’s annual conference held in Portland, Oregon this year.

Here are the 2022 Catholic Press Awards received by the Catholic standard:

A first place for the best website – newspaper, Catholic standard, Mark Zimmermann, editor. Editor Richard Szczepanowski updates the site weekly. In addition to news and features, the site includes the Black Catholic Voices multimedia series and other special series, a Junior Saints children’s section, photo galleries and commentary. The judges praised the site, sayingThis entry stands out for its strong design, which promotes cleanliness and readability by giving ample space to each news entry, emphasizing images rather than copy. The site deftly places ads discreetly, a feature that has spoiled other entries. In mobile views, well-placed bottom buttons and a clean, simple menu make navigation easy. »

A second place for best sports journalism – Sports News, for “Olympic swimming champion Katie Ledecky returns to Stone Ridge School from Sacred Heart,” Catholic standardstory of Maureen Boyle photos by Andrew Biraj. The judges commented: “Excellent. Solid work!”

Showing their devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas, people celebrated her feast day on December 11, 2022 during the annual Walk with Mary of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, holding flags of countries of the Americas and bearing a statue of Our Lady. Photos by freelance writer Mihoko Owada won second place for Best Photo Essay at the 2022 Catholic Press Awards. (CS Photo/Mihoko Owada)

A second place for the best photo report – News, for “Walk with Mary”, Catholic Standard, photos by Mihoko Owada. The judges noted, “The package features well-composed photos that clearly highlight different points of the celebration.”

A third place for the best series of multimedia packages, for the “Black Catholic Voices” series on Catholic standard website, interviews with Mark Zimmermann, photos by Andrew Biraj, videos by Geoffrey Ros and Ron Bethke. The judges commented that the series contained “important and interesting interviews”.

Angel Vargas Leon receives Holy Communion during the October 31, 2021 White Mass celebrated by Cardinal Wilton Gregory at St. Matthew the Apostle Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The annual liturgy celebrates the bonds of community that all Catholics share through their baptism. This photo by Catholic Standard photographer Andrew Biraj received third place for Best Cinematography – Sacramental at the 2022 Catholic Press Awards. (CS Photo by Andrew Biraj)

A third place for the best photographer – sacramental, for “Young people with disabilities receive communion at the white mass”, Catholic standard, photo by Andrew Biraj. The judges praised the photo saying, “The photographer captures just the right moment to portray the joy of this event. The photographer wisely focuses on the face of the main subject to make it the focal point and give meaning to the event.

London Gill, then a third-grade student at St. Michael’s School in Ridge, Maryland, drew a picture of herself smiling under her face mask for the Catholic Standard Junior Saints award-winning children’s feature on “Learning and keep the faith during the pandemic”.

  • An honorable mention for the best report on children and adolescents, “Junior Saints: Learning and Keeping the Faith During the Pandemic”, Catholic standard journal and website, writings and artwork by Catholic school students in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.
A student prays during a May 3, 2021 mass marking the 60th anniversary of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic School in Camp Springs, Maryland. This photo was part of a series of photos that won an honorable mention in the Best Photo Gallery or Slideshow category at the 2022 Catholic Press Awards. (SC Photo/Andrew Biraj)

  • An Honorable Mention for Best Photo Gallery or Slideshowfor “Cardinal Grégoire celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Saint-Philippe-l’Apôtre Catholic School”, photos by Andrew (Biraj) Rozario on the Catholic standard website.

  • An honorable mention for the best report on the celebration of a sacrament, for “In two different cities, mother and daughter share a journey of faith to become Catholics”, Catholic standardstory by Mark Zimmermann, photos by Andrew Biraj and Jaclyn Lippelmann.
Members of a District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department Honor Guard march toward St. Patrick’s Church in Washington, D.C., ahead of the annual Blue Mass on September 29, 2021, seeking God’s blessings on the people who work in law enforcement and public safety. This photo was part of a photo series from the 2021 Blue Mass that received an honorable mention at the 2022 Catholic Press Awards. (SC Photo/Andrew Biraj)

  • An honorable mention for Best Multiple Picture Package – News, for “Blue Mass honors those who “stand in danger as witnesses of hope”, Catholic standardPhotos by Andrew Biraj.

The Pregonero, the Spanish-language newspaper and website of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, received 23 Catholic Press Awards in the 2022 competition, including a third prize for Spanish Publication of the Year and a second prize for Best Website for a Spanish publication.


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