2021 NDNA Better Newspaper Contest Winners

Due to the convention being postponed until October 14-16, 2021 (to be held at The Lodge in Deadwood, SD in conjunction with SDNA), it was decided the NDNA contest awards would be revealed when we were originally supposed to have the spring convention on May 7th.

The "NDNA Special Awards" were presented at 1 p.m. May 7th, 2021 via a live Zoom conference, and all other award categories are now revealed on this page, and your newspaper will also receive an email with the winner's lists. Everything for the "2021 NDNA Better Newspaper Contest winners" is included on this page!

Hopefully you were able to make the live Zoom presentation of the "NDNA Special Awards" and the NDNA / NDNAEF elections.  Don't fret if you didn't make it however, we have the award winners and the presentations listed below, as well as a few extra items that would normally be available for you to view at convention.  The NDNA and NDNAEF Board election results will be posted as news stories at https://www.ndna.com/news/

There are two ways for you to view this year’s award winners. See the links below for the traditional winner's lists (rich text format or PDF), or see the digital presentation link below for an interactive format.

Congratulations to all our contest winners, and thank you to our judges from Wyoming this year!

Stay tuned for more information on the postponed joint convention coming in October.

Hope to see you there! 


A few extra notes:


THANK YOU, MATT! We wish we could have given Matt Von Pinnon a proper send-off as he completed his year as president of NDNA. But since we still couldn't do it in person at this time, here’s our virtual thanks, complete with a copy of the caricature given with our deep gratitude. Thanks for your leadership, Matt! Click HERE to send him your personal thanks.


• Longevity pins will be mailed by May 14 to all who requested. See the recipient list here.

• All NDNA Better Newspaper Contest awards will be mailed by May 14.


And finally, the CONTEST WINNERS!

Again, if you are interested in viewing or downloading the winners lists, please click a link below to view the winner information in your browser, or right-click on the link to save a copy to your computer. We hope you can share this contest winner's information with your entire staff.

With this year's style of presentation at the very bottom of this page, you can watch from start to finish by using the arrows at the bottom of the presentation window, or by using the arrows on your keyboard. There is also the option to click on just the division you are seeking (News, Photography, Advertising, or Special). You can also select a particular circulation group or the "extras" listed once you enter a division.



Winners Lists: Rich Text Version

Winners Lists: PDF Version


Special Acknowledgements & Awards (shown on live Zoom conference on May 7th, 2021)


2021 NDNA Better Newspaper Contest Awards Presentation
(includes complete contest winner information for the News, Editorial, Photography, Advertising, Digital, and Special Awards categories.)

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