QCT journalists widely recognized with QCNA Awards

Photo: The late Terence Kerwin

Congratulations to Cassandra Kerwin, recipient of this year’s QCNA OUTSTANDING PHOTOJOURNALISM award!

It is with great pleasure that we announce several of our journalists and photographers were named winners in various categories of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association (QCNA)’s 2019 Better Newspaper Awards. The gala awards ceremony, typically held in early June at a hotel venue in the Laurentians each year, had to be cancelled this year due to the pandemic. The winners were recently announced in a press release.

We are very proud of the dedication to excellence of all our journalists and photographers.

This year’s winners are as follows:

Cassandra Kerwin was first-place winner of the BEST PHOTO ESSAY for her photos of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick that appeared on pages 1 and 4 of the March 27, 2019 edition. The QCT’s graphic designer Cheryl Stabinski was commended for her work in laying out the photos.

See complete article here: www.qctonline.com/spring-comes-marching-d-fil-de-la-saint-patrick 

Kerwin garnered a second-place award for the BEST SPORTS PHOTO, featuring cross-country skier Alex Harvey as he approached the finish line, which appeared in the same edition. 

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See complete article here: www.qctonline.com/alex-harvey-reigns-plains-abraham-0 

Cassandra won second place for the BEST FEATURE PHOTO of a cannon firing during the Historical Days on the Plains of Abraham, which appeared in the Sept. 11, 2019 edition.


Award-winning FEATURE PHOTO (1st place) by Cassandra Kerwin 

See complete article here: www.qctonline.com/historical-day-plains-abraham-city-under-siege 

On June 8, QCNA confirmed that Cassandra Kerwin is the winner of the OUTSTANDING PHOTOJOURNALISM award! 

Peter Black, probably best known for his weekly Commentary in the QCT, is also an excellent photographer. He won third place in the BEST FEATURE PHOTO category for his photo of the opera Le Vaisseau fantôme, which was taken at the Grand Théâtre and appeared in the July 31, 2019 edition.


Award-winning FEATURE PHOTO (2nd place) by Peter Black 

See complete article here: www.qctonline.com/le-vaisseau-fant-me-conquers-grand-th-tre 

Two of our regular contributors were awarded first and second place in the same writers’ category for BEST FEATURE SERIES.

Charles André Nadeau won first place for his four-part series on the “75th anniversary of the Normandy landings,” which appeared in the May 15, 22, 29 and June 5, 2019 editions.

Lise Lafond took second place for three of her weekly “Save the Planet” articles, which appeared in the Jan. 9, March 6 and Oct. 30, 2019 editions.

The QCT garnered first place in the individual newspaper awards for BEST SPORTS PAGE, featuring Cassandra Kerwin’s and Peter Black’s articles and photos of the Jeux du Québec alpine ski races, which appeared in the March 13, 2019 edition.

The QCT won another first-place award for the BEST FEATURE PAGE, featuring Cassandra Kerwin’s article and photos of the ceremony commemorating victims of the 2017 mosque shooting, which appeared in the Feb. 6, 2019 edition. 

See complete article here: www.qctonline.com/quebecers-commemorate-victims-2017-mosque-shooting  

The QCNA represents some 30 newspapers with a total combined circulation of almost 400,000. Its members effectively provide blanket local news coverage and classified advertising services for the entire anglophone community of the province of Quebec – from Ontario to the Atlantic Ocean, from the Arctic to the U.S. border.

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, North America’s Oldest Newspaper – founded in 1764 – is proud to be a part of the QCNA, keeping anglophones informed of what is happening in their local communities.



This is one of the many photos of the 2019 Défilé de la Saint-Patrick that earned Cassandra Kerwin first place for BEST PHOTO ESSAY in the QCNA’s annual Best Newspaper Awards. Her father, the late Terence Kerwin, was on the parade committee for many years and president from 2018 to 2020. She credits him for teaching her almost everything she knows about photography. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives