SEATTLE -- Tri-City Herald staff members won 10 awards in the 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.
Among the awards received this year are three first-place trophies for reporting, photography and online photo galleries.
"Our entire newsroom is proud of our award winners' achievements because they represent what we do every day: Work hard to produce excellent journalism in a community we care about," said Executive Editor Laurie Williams.
The awards were announced Saturday at a banquet in Seattle.
Andy Perdue, interactive media director, won top honors in health reporting for his monthlong series, "Faces of Cancer."
Photographer Kai-Huei Yau took first place in photo portfolio that showcased a variety of his work for the year.
The photography staff -- photo editor Bob Brawdy and photographers Paul T. Erickson, Richard Dickin and Yau -- also won a first-place award in the online gallery/slideshow category for the "Faces of Cancer" series.
Brawdy's photo "Family dog at a fatal house fire" also placed second in news photography.
Erickson picked up a second-place award in feature photography for "Santa's helper," and third place in the photo page-story or essay category on the "Easy swing band."
Dickin won second place in photo portfolio showcasing a series of his work last year.
Yau also won took third place in online commentary for his blog "Behind the fold."
Former Herald reporter Jacques Von Lunen received a third-place award in education reporting for "Lingering legacy," a story about how Washington
State University Tri-Cities was dealing with allegations that a former employee created a hostile environment for staff and students.
Copy Editor Shannon Hofstad won third place in page design for a series of Atomictown covers.
The Herald staff competed with newspapers of general circulation from 25,001 to 65,000 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.