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Local woman big winner among state press women

Marty van Duyne of Falmouth was named a sweepstakes winner Saturday in the Virginia Press Women’s 2013 communications contest.

The photographer and writer, who also won the award last year, tied with Patty Kruszewski, managing editor of The Henrico Citizen, for the honor. It was the first time there has been a tie in the contest in the organization’s more than half-century history.

Van Duyne was among five Fredericksburg-area winners honored at the professional organization’s annual spring conference, which was held on Saturday at Washington & Lee University in Lexington.

The others were Cathy Jett, assistant business editor at The Free Lance–Star and VPW’s immediate past president; Virginia Johnson, web content librarian for the Central Rappahannock Regional Library; writer and photographer K.J. Mushung of Stafford County; and Donna Harter Raab, executive director of the University of Mary Washington’s Advancement Campaign Initiative.

They were among 41 VPW winners in the contest, which awarded 57 first places, 45 second places, 25 third places and 21 honorable mentions in such categories as newspaper writing, public relations, advertising, photo journalism, Internet and magazine writing and books.

Entries were judged by 10 experienced journalists and public relations professionals. Those receiving first place will advance to the National Federation of Press Women contest.

The sweepstakes recipient is determined by a point system that considers the total number of entries submitted to the contest and the number and level (first, second, third, honorable mention) of awards received.

Van Duyne won first-place awards in the single photograph and sports photograph categories. She also won four second-place awards, three third-place awards and two honorable mentions.

Jett won a first-place award for specialty articles, agriculture, agribusiness, aquaculture; and one second-place award.

Virginia C. Johnson won a first-place award for blogs, nonprofit, government or educational; and one second-place award.

Mushung won first-place awards for specialty articles, food; specialty articles, green/environmental; publications regularly edited by entrant, newspaper; website edited or managed by entrant, nonprofit, government or educational. She also won three second-place awards, one third-place award and two honorable mentions.

Raab won two third-place awards.



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