The Observer News group, which includes The SCC Observer and The Current, was awarded the greatest number of editorial and graphic design awards at the Community Publishers of Florida (CPF) Awards for Excellence contest held Sept. 18-20 in Orlando.
Of the 26 awards earned by The Observer News, nine were first place winners.
Mitch Traphagen received 14 plaques for stories and photographs; three were first place honors.
Lisa Stark took third place for her “Flat Stanley” feature.
In the graphic arts division, Creative Director Chere Simmons took home ten honors, five of which were first place, along with a Judge’s Choice award.
Graphic artist Jason Martin won two awards in the advertising division, one first place and one second place.
CPF reaches approximately 3.8 million homes each week throughout Florida. The Observer News group has been a member of the organization since the 1980s. Members range from small, independently owned publications to shopping guide divisions of major communications companies.
The common denominator is that each publication is distributed free of charge to the market it serves.