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Sun Times journalists, photographers and editors again have excelled in a statewide better weekly newspaper contest, bringing home five awards, three of them first places.

The awards were presented Friday at a function in Orlando by the Florida Press Association, a trade group of publication companies.

* Steve Stefanides won a first-place trophy for an editorial piece on lessons to be learned from the Ferguson, Mo., shooting tragedy;

* Quentin Roux won first two place trophies -- one each for his photographic coverage of the Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team’s visit to Marco and for creative headline writing.

* The Sun Times won two second places as well -- one for website excellence in online news at marcoislandflorida.com and the other a sports feature photograph by Quentin Roux of a pitcher with the young Marco Hurricanes girls’ softball team. The awards bring Roux’s haul to 35 during his 18-year tenure on Marco, which include first places in business, feature, serious column, humorous column, obituary, travel and education writing; and also for photo galleries, feature photos and portfolio photography.

Close to 2,000 entries were received from 70 publications throughout Florida.

“Our staff received the statewide recognition it deserves,” said Joe Taylor, Sun Times editor. “Our print work was singled out as the best there is, plus our daily digital news coverage at marcoislandflorida was lauded by the judges as well.

“Sun Times readers turn to us for the best local news of our community,” said Taylor. “Quentin and Steve have no equals on Marco in print and online media and now our Florida colleagues have acknowledged it.

“We won more awards than any other Marco publication because we’re not only the best weekly publication -- the Sun Times is the most respected daily breaking news source online as well,” the editor said.

See more details of the awards in the July 30 issue of the Marco Island Sun Times.

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