The Post takes top honors at Society for Features Journalism Awards

2023 Siena International Photo awards for Post photojournalists

Announcement from Executive Features Editor Ben Williams, Deputy Features Editors Hank Stuever and Amanda Finnegan, Sports Editor Jason Murray, Director of Editorial Video Micah Gelman and Well+Being Editor Tara Parker Pope:

The Washington Post is the Finest in Features sweepstakes winner in the Society for Features Journalism’s Excellence-in-Feature-Writing awards, for work from several teams and departments in 2023. Our division this year includes winners from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Boston Globe, the Guardian, Seattle Times, Billboard magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer,, San Francisco Chronicle, Tampa Bay Times and more.

Here’s a quick breakdown. More details, along with judges’ comments, can be found here. First Place winners:

  • Travis M. Andrews, Style (General feature – up to 999 words)
  • Geoff Edgers, Style (Arts & Entertainment feature)
  • Sally Jenkins, Sports (Sports feature)
  • Jesús Rodríguez, Style (Feature writing portfolio)
  • Tom Sietsema, Food (Special product: spring and fall Dining Guides 2023)
  • Rachel Tashjian, Style (Arts and culture criticism portfolio)
  • Post staff, a multi-department collaboration (Special section: “50 hip-hop artists share 50 songs they love”)

Second Place:

  • Teddy Amenabar, Well+Being (Utility Feature portfolio)
  • Kent Babb, Sports (Sports feature)
  • Tim Carman, Food (Food criticism)
  • Michael Cavna, Style (General feature – up to 999 words)
  • Drea Cornejo and Jayne Orenstein, Video (Visual Storytelling)

Third Place:

  • Emily Heil, Food (Food writing portfolio)
  • Gretchen Reynolds, Well+Being (Utility Feature portfolio)
  • Dan Zak, Style (Narrative storytelling)

Honorable Mentions:

  • By The Way, Food, Dept. of Data and Weekend teams for “Best Pizza in America” (Feature series/ project)
  • Drea Cornejo, Jayne Orenstein, Video (Visual storytelling)
  • Monica Hesse, Style (General commentary portfolio)
  • Aaron Hutcherson, Food (Food writing portfolio)
  • Maura Judkis, Style (General feature – 2,500+ words)
  • Anahad O’Connor and Aaron Steckelberg, Well+Being and Graphics (Food feature)
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