Photos featured in a Style Weekly cover story on ashtanga yoga instructor Robbie Norris and his program teaching inmates in the Richmond City Jail were among those that won a national first-place award for Photographer Scott Elmquist.
Other photos included in the award-winning portfolio covered subjects as wide-ranging as Richmond anarchists, a baptism held in the James River and coverage of Virginia Commonwealth University's showing in the 2011 NCAA tournament.
This recognition marks the fifth win for Elmquist in the AltWeekly Awards competition, held by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Award-winners were announced June 8 during the association's national conference in Detroit.
The competition, which was judged by luminaries in the journalism field from across the country, included competition from 90 member publications in the United States and Canada, submitting more than 1,100 entries. Style competes in the 50,000-and-under circulation division.
In a division that included all member publications regardless of circulation, Style Weekly Creative Director Ed Harrington received national honors for his cartoon, "The HR Department," which runs regularly in Style. The cartoon, which takes a sardonic, slightly demented perspective on life in the modern office, bested the Boston Phoenix's "Failure," and took second place to the syndicated strip "Slowpoke" by Jen Sorensen.
Senior Contributing Editor Edwin Slipek also brought home recognition for his work as Style's architecture critic. He won third place in the arts-criticism category for publications with a circulation of 50,000 or fewer.
Slipek's portfolio of work featured commentary on urban planning, architecture and public spaces in Richmond, including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' sculpture garden, a downtown parking deck and the lessons learned — or not — from the Richmond Coliseum.