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"The challenge will be to maintain and replace our aging infrastructure, while still providing uninterrupted service to the public."
- Frank Besinger  


Me, receiving the award for Second Best
Photo Illustration at the 2011 AWNA Symposium.
Girl About Town - Kimberley MasseyOn Friday, February 10th, I received an award from the Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association (AWNA) and ATCO Gas in the Best Photo Illustration in a weekly newspaper category.
I was awarded second place in the category, which received entries from weekly newspapers from all over the province, for my photo from the 2010 Coleman Community Society Pumpkins in the Park photo (as shown at right).
I found myself in impressive and intimidatingly talented company that evening, when AWNA hosted its annual symposium and awards banquet, which was attended by reporters, photographers, editors and publishers of some of the best newspapers in Alberta.
As I watched the entries into the various competition categories cross the screen (including feature, human interest, spot news, sports, multi-picture) I felt extremely proud to be surrounded by such talented and hard working individuals, let alone be in the running against them.
When I attended my first AWNA symposium during my first year as a student in the SAIT Journalism Arts program, I was certain my photography would never be good enough to even make it into a newspaper, let alone be up for several awards.
I came away from this year’s symposium feeling inspired by the work, optimism and dedication of my peers and wanting to do everything I can to deserve to be counted among them.
At times, especially when surrounded by other journalists, one can feel that they are a member of an elite club, which is hard not only to get into but even more so to succeed and do well in.
While we know this, journalism can also be a frustrating, exhausting, underappreciated and even thankless path, with the worst perpetrators of this being the journalists themselves.
We poke fun at what we all do for a living - I have, on many occasions, referred to my line of work as “taking pictures of and writing about things other people do”, or “this thing happened this one time, in case you didn’t know”.
But the fact of the matter - as pointed out by this year’s keynote speaker, Deirdre McMurdy - is that every story and every photo, no matter how “big” or “small”, is important to someone, because what we are doing is recording the history of our communities.
Story 1
Kimberley Massey photo
The Pumpkins in the Park photo.
Everything human beings do truly matters and is worthy of recognition, so as long as there is a story to tell, I will do my best to keep telling it.
The Pass Herald was also a recipient of a $1,000 award from the Alberta Fire Commissioner’s Office for our Fire Prevention Week supplement, which recognized the hard work and bravery displayed by firefighters and rescue technicians every time they take a call.
This was a joint effort on the part of every member of the Pass Herald team, one which I am proud to be part of and hope you, as readers, are proud to have serving your community.
Love, Kimberley
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