Jon Williams, a graphic artist and photographer for Real Change News in Seattle, won the first-place sweepstakes award in Washington Press Association's annual Communications Contest.
Aaron Burkhalter, a reporter for Real Change News, was awarded second place.
Winners of the sweepstakes prizes, which are accompanied by a check and a small cash award, are determined by the number of awards received and placings (first, second, third or honorable mention).

In the college division, students from Everett Community College were awarded first place in the sweepstakes competition. The school's scholarship fund will receive a cash donation in recognition of the award, with a request that the money be used for students pursuing careers in journalism or communications. Students from the University of Washington Tacoma placed second.

The awards in the Communications Contest, recognizing work done in 2014, were presented at WPA's annual luncheon at the Museum of Flight. Marty Wolk, assigning editor for NerdWallet and a former reporter and editor for Reuters, MSN and other media outlets, was the keynote speaker.

The full results of the contest are posted here.


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