The Chieftain and editor Ellen Morris Bishop were awarded first place in sports photography by the Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism competition.

Bishop’s photograph of Joseph Charter School high school basketball, “Carson Littlepage is stripped of the ball,” received the top honor in sports action photography in the small newspaper category, which includes papers with up to 15 reporters.

Judges narrowed 1,300 entries down to 250 winners, recognizing reporters, photographers, designers, editors and more throughout the region, which includes Washington and Oregon, as well as Alaska, Idaho and Montana.

The contest is administered by volunteer members from SPJ Western Washington and Oregon.

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