Western Producer Takes Home Multiple Awards at AAEA
It was a big night for Western Producer staff Aug. 7 at the American Agricultural Editors’ Association conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. William DeKay was named photographer of the year for the third year in a row, and also won the prize for photo of the year along with 12 other awards. Art director Michelle Houlden took two firsts and a second in the design categories. Barb Glen, livestock editor, and markets editor D’Arce McMillan — both members of the Producer’s editorial board — took first and second respectively in the editorial opinion category.
The AAEA presents awards for the best in agricultural writing, photography, design, new media and communications every year at its annual conference. The AAEA was founded in 1921.
The Western Producer was the only Canadian agricultural publication to win awards at this year’s AAEA conference. Michael Raine, managing editor, has attended numerous AAEA awards events and said this was one of the most competitive contests he had ever experienced.
“Competing in an open North American market and overcoming the challenges naturally posed by regional understanding, The Western Producer did not fail to impress the judges and AAEA members,” said Raine from Albuquerque. Editor Joanne Paulson was delighted but not surprised by the number of awards taken by Producer staff, and noted that the paper is considered a premier publication in Canada, the U.S. and even further afield. “Every day, as editor, I experience and appreciate the excellence of the staff. It is wonderful when their work is recognized by their wider peer group,” said Paulson.