The Tampa Tribune and sister paper Centro were honored with 10 awards at the 2014 Sunshine State Awards in Miami Beach Saturday.
The awards, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists Florida and the South Florida Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, were presented during an event at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.
Tribune photographer Andy Jones won first place in breaking news photography for his photo of a tranquilized bear in midair as it fell from a tree onto a tarp held by wildlife officers. Former Tribune reporter Michelle Bearden won first place for religion reporting.
Second-place honors went to Richard Mullins for consumer reporting; Elaine Silvestrini for non-deadline reporting on tax fraud; Chris Urso for breaking news photography; and Michael Servidio for the infographic Sapp: Inside the number 99.
Military reporter Howard Altman won three third-place awards, in the series category for Special Operations: Afghanistan and Beyond, in non-deadline reporting for military suicides, and for beat reporting on the military community.
The Tribune’s design staff won third place for design of the paper’s front page.
Juan Carlos Chavez of Centro won second place for Periodista del Año. Myriam Silva-Warren won second place in the same category.
The Tribune received its honors in the large paper division, while Centro’s were in the Spanish Language division.