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Landmark wins pair of statewide awards

For the second year in a row, The Landmark has gamered some statewide awards for journalism.

A photo by Bill Hankins earned The Landmark first place in the Missouri Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest. Public announcement of the awards was made Saturday at the press association's annual convention in the Lake of the Ozarks.
Hankins' photo won in the category of Best Feature Photograph for weekly newspapers. It shows Ann Kipper decorating a memorial cross she placed near Interstate 29 north of Platte City where her daughter, Crystal, disappeared after her car broke down in 1997. The picture, which originally ran in The Landmark in July of 2000, is reprinted in this week's issue.

The Landmark and Hankins also won first place in the statewide contest for Best Photo Package for a special Landmark People section entitled Not Just Horsing Around. It featured the Wild Rose Equine Center, located near Camden Point.

An honorable mention award for Best Feature Photograph went to The Landmark for a silhouette photo that Hankins took of fans sitting on the hillside at a local high school football game.