Vegas Seven received 17 awards, including seven first-place honors, in the Nevada Press Association’s 2015 Better Newspaper Contest, announced October 2 at the Sparks Nugget. After five and a half years of publication, Vegas Seven has now won a total of 97 NPA awards in the urban weekly category.
Photographer Anthony Mair, who has been with the magazine since its launch, took home two first-place plaques. Other winners were art director Ryan Olbrysh for his imaginative work on Vegas Seven covers and David G. Schwartz for his insightful Green Felt Journal column. “The Last Words of Tupac Shakur,” by former staff member Sean DeFrank, was named Best Feature Story. By far the most-read story in the magazine’s online history, the story garnered national and international attention when it was published May 21, 2014. Vegas Seven’s Best of the City 2014 was named the Best Special Section, and the magazine’s sales team took first in Advertising General Excellence.
Best Feature Story, “The Last Words of Tupac Shakur,” Sean DeFrank.
Best Illustrated Photo, “Warning NSFW!,” Anthony Mair.
Best Local Column, Green Felt Journal, David G. Schwartz.
Advertising General Excellence, Vegas Seven.
Best Special Section (Editorial), Vegas Seven, Best of the City 2014
Best Page One Design, Ryan Olbrysh.
Best Portrait, “Below the Surface,” Anthony Mair.
Best Feature Story, “A Tale of Two Dreamers,” Steve Bornfeld.
Best Entertainment Writing, Xania Woodman.
Best Sports Feature, “The Making of a Hall of Famer (Greg Maddux),” Sean DeFrank.
Best Local Column, Politics, Michael Green.
Best Special Section (Editorial), Intriguing People 2015.
Best Web Site, DTLV.