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click to enlarge Style photographer Scott Elmquist received a best in show for his photograph of a grieving family at a vigil following the murder of 41-year-old Paul Gray.
  • Style photographer Scott Elmquist received a best in show for his photograph of a grieving family at a vigil following the murder of 41-year-old Paul Gray.

In its 30th anniversary year, Style Weekly became the state's most-honored publication for work in its category at the Virginia Press Association's awards ceremony in Roanoke on Saturday.

Style was named best publication in its specialty division, winning the sweepstakes for earning the most points from a combination of writing, photography, artwork and presentation awards.

A modern-day look at the ripples of the Civil War, "Richmond at War: 150 Years Later," received the VPA award for journalistic integrity and community service for specialty publications.

"It gave meaning to the significance of Richmond's role in the war and the emancipation," wrote judge Robert Giles, former editor and publisher of The Detroit News and former curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

Giles noted in part the series' highlighting of the historic places and buildings that remain, and of the women whose war efforts may have been overlooked. "And it gave a thoughtful assessment," he wrote, "of how Richmond still fights the Civil War and how 'regional politics have pitted the city against itself and the neighboring counties.'"

The five-part series last year, written by Melissa Scott Sinclair, Edwin Slipek and Peter Galuszka, also earned the division's best in show award for writing.

Along with 10 awards for his photography, Style's Scott Elmquist won his sixth consecutive best in show for a photo showing friends and family members of a Richmond homicide victim holding a public candlelight vigil.

In first-place writing awards, Scott Bass won for his feature writing portfolio; Vernal Coleman won in public affairs for his cover story on police grappling with domestic violence; Don Harrison won in arts writing for fleshing out the musical influence of the Smith family; Melissa Scott Sinclair won for her health, science and environmental portfolio; Jack Lauterback won in column or commentary writing for his biweekly feature, "Punch Drunk"; and Style's annual Bar Guide (Lauterback, Slipek, Jason Roop, Bobby Kruger, Hilary Langford) won its second consecutive first place for leisure and lifestyle writing.

Other first-place awards included cover design, led by former art director Jeff Bland; multimedia feature report for the 2011 Music Issue, led by Harrison; and online video, for a feature produced by Roop and Lauterback as part of the Richmond Artsie Awards ceremony.

In the advertising portion of the VPA contest, Tonie Stevens and Joel Smith won best in show and best of the best for a promotion of Style's 16 Under 16 awards. Graphic artists Chris Mason and Kira Jenkins and senior account executive Toni McCracken also led the advertising team to six first-place awards.

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