Dania Maxwell takes top honors in Photo / Video Contest 10/8/14

Dania Maxwell of the Naples Daily News in Naples, Fla., has been awarded top honors in SNPA's 2014 Photo Contest.

She was recognized with first-place honors in the video category, as well as the overall Grand Prize for a video titled "Little Man and the Pursuit of Happiness" – the story of a young man and his battle with brain cancer.

The SNPA Photo / Video Contest recognizes and rewards excellence in newspaper photography. As the Grand Prize winner, Maxwell receives a $1,000 prize and an engraved award.

First-place in the spot news category was awarded to Rick McFarland of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock.

The first-place sports winner was Michael Woods, Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, Fayetteville.

First-place in the feature category went to Tim Fischer of the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Midland, Texas.

View winning photos and videos and read the judges' comments.

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