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SAconnects Magazine wins four more awards

SACONNECTS Magazine has won four Evangelical Press Association (EPA) awards for the 2018 publishing year.

EPA is a professional organization of Christian print and digital publications and the world’s largest professional organization for the evangelical periodical publishing industry. Each award is based on excellence in its category.

Since the magazine began four years ago, it has won nine EPA awards. It ranks among the top five denominational magazines in the U.S., which includes a field of 31 publications.

First Place Winner — General Article Long

Author: Hugo Bravo

“Last June, I met with Beverly L. Franklin at a local bookstore near her Rhode Island home,” said Hugo Bravo, author of “Pain, Miracles, and a New Mission.” “As I sat at a corner table (the same table that her son, the late Sergeant Michael Franklin, always preferred), I listened to this Gold Star Mother’s powerful testimony as she talked about the hidden wounds of Post–Traumatic Stress Disorder and how they frequently become deadly for people who suffer such unrelenting pain. She also talked about the miracles that have come from this, which include the advocacy work she now does in Michael’s name. Beverly’s ministry to people who serve our country and their families is an inspiration to us all.”

This was judged based on the following criteria: Idea (timeliness, appeal) | Sincerity and believability | Writing style | Takeaway value | Dramatic quality

 

Judges comment: “An outstanding profile, presented with an amazing combination of vivid detail and incredible sensitivity. Masterfully done.”

To read the article visit, saconnects.org/pain-miracles-and-a-new-mission.

Third Place Winner — General Article Short

Author: Robert Mitchell

“When we decided to publish a special issue on volunteerism, we contacted our corps in the territory and asked for stories about outstanding volunteers,” remembers Robert Mitchell, author of “Moo–tivated to Serve.” He is still amazed at how the story and photos came together. “Leaders of the Dover/New Philadelphia Corps in Ohio, submitted Eric Reip’s name. However, in the course of researching the article on Reip, we discovered that his story went far beyond mere volunteerism; it showed us how much he truly cared about people. I also had great fun writing the “Moo–tivated to serve” headline. During our production meetings, we brainstormed ideas for the photo, which was shot by staff photographer Ryan Love on Reip’s farm in Ohio.”

This was judged based on the following criteria: Idea (timeliness, appeal) | Sincerity and believability | Writing style | Takeaway value | Dramatic quality

Judges comment: “This expert author uses his skills to introduce us to a man we should all know…and emulate.”

To read the article visit, saconnects.org/moo-tivated-to-serve.

Third Place Winner — General Article Short

Original photo of subject posed in situation with controlled lighting and other conditions.

Photographer: Ryan Love

“When I take photos of people, I have conversations to get to know them better. I do this especially when I know we need a variety of photos for a feature article. This helps me understand their story and the kind of images that will best convey it. While walking with Beverly Franklin, she mentioned her four–leaf clover collection several times. I thought she had perhaps five to ten clovers. After all, who regularly finds four–leaf clovers? But when she opened her collection, they just kept coming! When she then opened a backpack pocket and a side pocket in her purse—there were more! Keep in mind—she finds these clovers by hearing her deceased son’s voice. When he tells her to stop and look down, she sees another clover! It was incredible to hear the story. I knew I needed to get a great shot of her collection. In addition to showing how impressive it was, I wanted to convey how precious and important it was to her. So rather than have her just hold the clovers, I had her gently cradle them in her hands. I shot this photo as she sat at a picnic table in the shade of her old apartment building. I lit the shot with a Canon Speedlite.”

This was judged based on the following criteria: Impact | Composition | Creativity | Technique | Appropriateness for context

Judges comment: “Well executed illustration with good lighting.”

To view this image and to read the story visit, saconnects.org/pain-miracles-and-a-new-mission.

Third Place Winner — Typography & Lettering

Use of typography and/or lettering to enhance communication and appearance.

Credits: Lea L. Greene (Publication Managing Designer), Alaina DiGiacamo (Photographer), Robert Mitchell (Editor), Reginald Raines (Art Director), Warren L. Maye (Editor in Chief)

“I wanted to draw the reader into this story by showing the handwritten letter. Correspondance can be such an old word. Who writes letters anymore? Prisoners do. Without acess to a computer or a phone, with only paper, a pen, and their faith—they write. Alaina artfully crafted this photo by layering the envelope on top of the enclosed letter. This gave the background depth and a strong composition. Robert worked with us by writing a lead so that all the pieces fell into place.”

This was judged based on the following criteria:
Creativity | Skill and execution | Appropriateness | Impact and communicative power | Use of color

Judges comment: “There are so many things I like about this spread even thought it’s very low–key, which adds to the charm. The message and content are clear without being cliche. Great job!

To view this image and to read the story visit, saconnects.org/freedom-for-the-captives-2.

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