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DES MOINES | The Globe Gazette won five awards Friday at the annual Iowa Newspaper Association convention, including four by photographer Chris Zoeller.

The 2019 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests were judged by the Indiana Press Association. Winners of the 2018 Iowa Association Press Media Editors newspaper contest were also announced Friday.

The INA contest included two daily and three weekly publication divisions, divided by circulation. The Iowa APME contest had two divisions for daily publications.

Zoller's first-place award was a photo from the 2018 state track finals in the APME sports feature photo category. He won two other awards from APME: second place in spot news and third in sports action.

In the INA contest, former news editor Ashley Miller placed second in the best breaking news story category.

Zoeller placed third in best breaking news photo.

The top newspapers in 2018, according to INA, were the: Des Moines Register, Carroll Daily Times Herald, Ackley World Journal; Spirit Lake Dickinson County News, and the Sheldon Northwest Iowa Review.

AP also recognized The (Burlington) Hawk Eye with its First Amendment Award and the photo sweepstakes award. The Quad-City Times was named its member of the year.

AP also gave column and overall newswriting awards to the Des Moines Register.

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