Catholic New York Wins 13 Awards in Catholic Press Contest


Catholic New York received 13 awards in the annual competition sponsored by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

The awards were announced July 2 at the annual Catholic Media Conference, which took place virtually this year.

Three of the awards for editorial writing were by Mary Ann Poust. Two first-place citations included one for best editorial on a local issue, which showed the “grave” flaws of assisted suicide legislation in New York State. A second, for best editorial on a national or international issue, called for immediate action after back-to-back mass shootings.

Ms. Poust also took third place in the national or international category.

Garan Santicola earned first-place honors for best regular column on culture, the arts or leisure for selected pieces from his arts column, Beauty & Truth.

Photographer Mary DiBiase Blaich won three awards, including two for best photo story: one a third-place feature honor depicting a program with therapy horses and an honorable mention citation for sports, which captured the CYO archdiocesan cheerleading championships.

Her third prize was for a general news photo in Católico de Nueva York taken at a Mass at St. Adalbert Church on Staten Island for victims of a terrorist bombing in Sri Lanka. It was one of three honors earned for the Spanish-language section that appears monthly in Catholic New York.

Also winning photography awards were Chris Sheridan, who was cited for second place in feature photography for his image of the traditional blessing of Easter food at St. Stanislaus Kostka parish on Staten Island by Cardinal Dolan; and Maria R. Bastone who earned honorable mention for her tender photo of a young child carried by his mother at a convention of the Ghanaian Catholics.

Other Católico honors were a second-place honor to reporter Armando Machado for best news reporting on a national/international event for his story on New York pilgrims at World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Panama, and a third-place award to production manager Leah Bossio for best layout of an article on the annual Ultreya de Campo Cursillo gathering.

Honorable mention citations were also given to Catholic New York’s editorial staff for best reporting on a special age group for a summer series on Young Adult Outreach in the archdiocese, and best special supplement on a bishop’s transition for a section on the archdiocese’s new auxiliary bishops, Bishop Gerardo J. Colacicco and Bishop Edmund J. Whalen.


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