The Laker/Lutz News received 15 awards for advertising design and photography at the annual conference of Community Papers of Florida in Orlando Sept. 18 and Sept. 19.
The advertising design and production team of Stefanie Burlingame and Diane Kortus teamed up to receive one award; Burlingame and Carolyn Bennett paired up to receive two awards; Burlingame snared four awards on her own; an agency-produced ad was honored and The Laker/Lutz News received an award for a holiday theme page with multiple ads. All together, the newspaper received three first-place, four second-place and two third-place advertising awards. Advertisers from local businesses whose ads were recognized include J. Joseph’s Salon, ME Hobbies, Harder Law Group, City Grill Sports Bar, Jan’s Wine and Boos II, Victory Lane Motorcars and Connerton.
The photography and layout team of Fred Bellet and Matt Mistretta received four awards and Bellet snared two more. The awards included three for first place, two for second place and one for third place.
Winning photo spreads included a profile of Tibetan Monks at Pasco-Hernando State College and World War II veterans at a Memorial Day event in Zephyrhills. Individual photos honored were of a skydiver competition in Zephyrhills, an elementary school student and a WWII plane.
There were 573 entries submitted in the 2015 Awards of Excellence competition sponsored by Community Papers of Florida, an industry association made up of free community newspapers and magazines.
Published September 23, 2015