best in class

Consistent award-winning coverage for more than two decades is our promise to lead the field in community newspaper journalism. Every facet of newspaper production has received accolades over the years.

CCNA = Canadian Community Newspaper Association
OCNA = Ontario Community Newspaper Association

Industry Awards: 122

Awards Not Announced.

OCNA Awards

  • 2nd – Best Business and Finance Story
  • 3rd – Best Community Website (Over 10,000 circ & over)

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 1st – Best Community Website (12,500 circ & over)
  • 2nd – Best Sports Section (12,500 circ & over)

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – Education Writing
  • 2nd – Best Sports Section
  • 3rd – Best Community Website
  • HM – General Excellence (Circ 12,500-24,999)
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CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 1st – Best Community Website (12,500 circ & over)

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – Best Editorial (Over 10,000 circ.) – Steve Kannon
  • 2nd – Best Feature Writing – Whitney Neilson
  • 3rd – Best Sports Section (Observer Staff)
  • 3rd – Best Creative Ad (Jake Stallard)
  • 2nd – Best Original Ad (Jake Stallard)
  • 3rd – Best Community Website

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 1st – Best In-House Promotion (Patrick Merlihan)
  • 2nd – Humour Columnist of the Year (Steve Galea)
  • 3rd – Best Community Newspaper Website

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 3rd – Best Community Newspaper Website

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 1st – Humour Columnist of the Year (Steve Galea)
  • 1st – Use of Process Colour (Jake Stallard)
  • 3rd – Feature Writing (Elena Maystruk)
  • 3rd – Best Community Newspaper Website

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 1st – Best National Editorial – Steve Kannon
  • 3rd – Best Editorial Page
  • Blue Ribbon Award Winner

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 2nd – Best Sports Section
  • 3rd – Best Health & Wellness Story
  • 3rd – Best Local Retail Layout

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 2nd – Best All Around Newspaper
  • 1st – Best Front Page

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 1st – Best Heritage Story
  • 2nd – Best Photo Layout
  • 3rd – Best In-House Promotion
  • 1st – Best Use of Colour
  • 3rd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)
  • HM – Best Feature Writing
  • HM – Best Humour Columnist

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 1st – Best All Around Newspaper
  • 1st – Best Editorial Page
  • 2nd – Best Front Page
  • 2nd – Best Feature Writing
  • Blue Ribbon Award Winner

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence
  • 3rd – Best Sports Section
  • 2nd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 2nd – Best All Around Newspaper
  • 2nd – Best Front Page
  • Blue Ribbon Award

OCNA Awards

  • 2nd – General Excellence
  • 2nd – Best Editorial
  • 2nd – Sports & Recreation Story
  • 2nd – Spot News Photo
  • 3rd – Best Front Page
  • 1st – Use of Process Colour
  • 3rd – Best Community Website
  • 3rd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)
  • 1st – Humour Columnist – Steve Galea

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 2nd – General Excellence
  • 1st – Environmental Writing

Blue Ribbon Award

COPA (Canadian Online Publishing Awards) Best Overall Website Finalist

OCNA Awards

  • 2nd – General Excellence
  • 2nd – Best Rural Story
  • 2nd – Columnist of the Year
  • 1st & 3rd – Humour Columnist of the Year – Steve Galea
  • 1st – Best Community Website
  • 2nd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 2nd – Best All-Around Newspaper
  • Blue Ribbon Award

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – Health & Wellness Writing
  • 1st – Humour Columnist – Steve Galea
  • 2nd – Feature Writing
  • 2nd – Surfer’s Selection (Website)
  • 2nd – Photo Illustration
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CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 1st – Best Community Website

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – General Excellence Award
  • 2nd – Education Writing
  • 2nd – Best Creative Advertising
  • 1st – Humour Columnist – Steve Galea
  • HM – Feature Writing

CCNA Awards – News Media Canada

  • 1st – Best In-House Ad Campaign
  • 3rd – Best Web Site Design

    RNAO Award (Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario)

  • 1st – Best In Depth Feature – Vanessa Moss

OCNA Awards

  • 3rd – Business & Finance Story
  • 1st – Education Writing
  • 2nd – Feature Writing
  • 3rd – Best Rural Story
  • 3rd – Best Columnist – Owen Roberts
  • 1st – In House Promotion

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – Local Retail Layout
  • 3rd – Technically Enhanced Photo
  • 1st – Columnist of the Year – Steve Galea
  • 3rd – Best Spot News Photo
  • 3rd – Humour Columnist of the Year – Steve Galea
  • HM – Original Ad Idea – Where’s Elmer – Scott Arnold

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best Historical Writing
  • Best Idea – Publisher’s Award

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence Award
  • 3rd – Best Use of Process Colour
  • 3rd – Best Agricultural Writing

CCNA Awards

  • Blue Ribbon Winner

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – General Excellence Award
  • 1st – Best Use of Ad Service

CCNA Awards

  • 2nd – Best Ad Design
  • Blue Ribbon Winner

OCNA Awards

  • 4th – General Excellence Award
  • 2nd – Best Agriculture Story
  • 3rd – Best Columnist
  • 3rd – Best Creative Artwork
  • HM – Best Technically Enhanced Photo

CCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best Ad Design

OCNA Awards

  • 4th – General Excellence Award
  • 1st – Best Local Retail Layout
  • 1st – Best Vertical Product
  • 2nd – Best Process Colour
  • 1st – Best Ad Design

OCNA Awards

  • 1st – Best Feature Writing
  • 2nd – Best Original Ad Idea
  • 2nd – Best Education Writing

Woolwich Chamber of Commerce Award
Entrepreneurs of the Year

Industry Accolades

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The Observer has been recognized by our peers as one of the best, year after year. The Observer is no stranger within the newspaper industry in Canada, known for consistent award-winning coverage and design.