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Annual Society of Professional Journalists contest honors the work of print, broadcast, photo journalists.

PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Artist Hank Pander sits in his studio in Southeast Portland in between two large oil paintings he painted depicted the scenes from the nightly protests in downtown Portland. An article about him by reporter Jim Redden took top honors this year from the Society of Professional Journalists.Portland Tribune journalists won three awards in the 2021 Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Journalism contest for writing and photography. Contest winners were announced May 18.

The contest recognizes journalists working in print, audio and video from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Montana. Award categories are judged by newsroom size.

This year's award recipients included the following Portland Tribune entries:

• Jim Redden: 1st Place, Writing, Arts & Culture reporting, "Henk Pander: Portland's painter of battles" Redden's profile of Portland-based artist Henk Pander detailed how he captured events that shook the world and Portland, from COVID-19, to protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd's death.

• Austin White: 2nd place, Writing: Sports feature, "State champ Makena Houston overcomes odds at Columbia Christian." White's feature of Boring-based high school runner Makena Houston delved into the struggles she's overcome in her personal life, after losing a parent and raising herself and a younger sibling, to becoming a dedicated, standout runner.

PMG GRAPHIC - Courtney Vaughn, John Schrag, Nick Budnick and Gabby Urenda worked  "The Long Division" of stories the examined the pandemic's impact to inequities in public schools throughout Oregon. It won 2nd Place in the Collaboration category.• Courtney Vaughn, John Schrag, Nick Budnick and Gabby Urenda: 2nd place, Collaboration, "The Long Division education series." The series of storiesexamined the pandemic's impact to inequities in public schools throughout Oregon.

Miles Vance of Pamplin Media Group, parent company to the Portland Tribune, also won 1st place in the sports feature writing category for his series on Shorty Ames.

The Newberg Graphic, a Pamplin Media Group newspaper, also picked up a 1st place award for its education coverage of the Newberg School Board's ban of LGBTQ pride and Black Lives Matter symbols.

A full list of winners can be found at:

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