The Almanac won first- and second-place awards for in-depth coverage, a photo essay and page design at the 2017 California Journalism Awards event held in Sonoma on Saturday, April 14.
Photographer Michelle Le took the top prize for her photo essay, "Silicon Valley's Hidden Lands," which explored photographically and with text by reporter Kate Bradshaw the Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve.
Reporter Barbara Wood took the second-place prize for in-depth reporting for "Cause for alarm?" and related stories that looked at the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's budget, spending and compensation of employees.
Designers Paul Llewellyn, Rosanna Kuruppu and Doug Young won a second-place award for front page layout and design.
Freelance photographer Natalia Nazarova won third place in the news photo category, and freelancer Ana Sophia Amieva-Wang was awarded an honorable mention in the sports feature photo category.
Designer Doug Young won an honorable mention for inside page layout and design.
The annual journalism contest is sponsored by the California News Publishers Association, and honors journalists in the state at daily, weekly and school newspapers. The initial round of judging is performed by journalists working at newspapers competing in the contest, with final judging done by out-of-state journalists.