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The Times awarded Newspaper of the Year

The Times was awarded Newspaper of the Year for 2012 whilst the Sunday Telegraph scooped the Front Page of the Year, at last night's Society of Editors National Press Awards.

The Times also took home Scoop of the Year for its investigative reporting into tax avoidance by celebrities, News Team of the Year and News Reporter of the Year.

Alexi Mostrous and Fay Schlesinger's investigation into complex schemes used by celebrities to shield their earnings from the taxman was described by the judges as "a cracking expose that had massive ramifications. Not only did it shock and anger the public it set the public agenda". The investigation also won Mostrous the News Reporter of the Year award.

"Offering impressive quality combined with superb scoops, columnists that are among the most well-known in the industry and increasingly innovative digital offerings, it is well on its way to silencing its pay wall critics," the judges said.

Its sister paper, The Sunday Times, took home the most awards of the evening - winning five prizes in a year in which the title's chief sports reporter David Walsh's 14-year investigation into Lance Armstrong and doping was finally vindicated.

Walsh won the Sports Journalist of the Year award and was also recognised in their Sports Team of the Year award.

The Foreign Reporter of the Year award was delivered posthumously to Marie Colvin, who was killed while reporting from Syria for The Sunday Times.

The Daily Mail took home three awards including Sports Photographer of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year for popular papers and The Best of Humour Award for columnist Craig Brown. Brown also continued his reign from last year in which he became the first person in the history of the awards to collect three prizes by also winning the Critic of the Year Award for his work in the The Mail on Sunday.

The international reach of the MailOnline was recognised by the top prize in the Digital Award in acknowledgement of "its willingness to tear up the formula when the story demanded it, with great use of images and video".

The London Evening Standard won Production and Design Team of the Year for ensuring that the free title has remained a quality title. It was praised for keeping evening papers alive and making a profit since becoming a free title. The Standard's Nick Curtis also took home the award for Interviewer of the Year for popular papers.

The Sunday Telegraph won two awards including Specialist Journalist of the Year and Front Page of the Year for its 'History Man' image of Mo Farah winning the men's 5,000m to claim his second Olympic Gold.

The Cudlipp Award, in honour of campaigns and investigations in any UK national newspaper, went to the Daily Mirror in recognition of reporter Brian Reade and the paper's two decade campaign for justice for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

Society of Editors executive director Bob Satchwell took home the Journalists' Charity Award, which recognises outstanding contribution to journalism.

Satchwell, who is chairman of the judges, said: "The awards are a true reflection of the brilliant journalism in UK national newspapers that are admired across the globe. The awards, rather than the Leveson report, provide the real evidence of the culture and practice of the British Press."

The full list of winners and highly commended:

Young Journalist of the Year

Winner - Andrew Dagnell, Sunday Mirror
Highly Commended - Joshi Herrmann, London Evening Standard

Business and Finance Journalist of the Year

Winner - Tom Bergin, Thomson Reuters
Highly Commended - Graeme Wearden, The Guardian

Political Journalist of the Year

Winner - Simon Walters, The Mail on Sunday
Highly Commended - Andrew Pierce, Daily Mail

Foreign Reporter of the Year

Winner - Marie Colvin, The Sunday Times
Highly Commended - Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, The Guardian and David Blair, The Daily Telegraph

ShowBiz Reporter of the Year

Winner - Gordon Smart, The Sun
Highly Commended - Mark Jefferies, Daily Mirror

Sports Journalist of the Year

Winner - David Walsh, The Sunday Times
Highly Commended - Richard Williams, The Guardian

Specialist Journalist of the Year

Winner - Sean Rayment, The Sunday Telegraph
Highly Commended - Robert Verkaik, The Mail on Sunday

Feature Writer of the Year

Winner - David James Smith, The Sunday Times
Highly Commended - Elizabeth Day, The Observer

Feature Writer of the Year

Winner - Andrew Malone, Daily Mail
Highly Commended - David Rose, The Mail on Sunday

Interviewer of the Year - Broadsheet

Winner - Lynn Barber, The Sunday Times
Highly Commended - Decca Aitkenhead, The Guardian

Interviewer of the Year - POP

Winner - Nick Curtis, London Evening Standard
Highly Commended - Jenny Johnston, Daily Mail

Columnist of the Year - Broadsheet

Winner - Peter Oborne, The Daily Telegraph
Highly Commended - David Aaronovitch, The Times

Columnist of the Year - POP

Winner - Jane Moore, The Sun
Highly Commended - Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail

Critic of the Year

Winner - Craig Brown, The Mail on Sunday
Highly Commended - AA Gill, The Sunday Times

Photographer of the Year

Winner - Phil Noble, Reuters
Highly Commended - Tom Pilston, The Times

Sports Photographer of the Year

Winner - Andy Hooper, Daily Mail
Highly Commended - Mark Pain, The Mail on Sunday

Cartoonist of the Year

Winner - Dave Brown, The Independent
Highly Commended - Matt Pritchett, The Daily Telegraph

Supplement of the Year

Winner - Observer Food Monthly, The Observer

The Digital Award

Winner - MailOnline
Highly Commended - Guardian Interactive

The Best of Humour Award

Winner - Craig Brown, Daily Mail
Highly Commended - Giles Coren, The Times

Scoop of the Year

Winner - 'The Tax Avoiders': Alexi Mostrous and Fay Schlesinger, The Times
Highly Commended - 'Foster couple lose children for being members of UKIP': Sam Marsden, The Daily Telegraph

Front Page of the Year

Winner - 'History Man', The Sunday Telegraph
Highly Commended - 'Look at all those people', Daily Mirror

News Reporter of the Year

Winner - Alexi Mostrous, The Times
Highly Commended  - Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, The Sunday Times and David Walsh, The Sunday Times

The Cudlipp Award

Winner - Daily Mirror, ‘Hillsborough’
Highly Commended - Daily Mail, ‘Gary McKinnon campaign’ and Sunday Post, ‘Puzzle firm expose’

Journalists’ Charity Award

Winner  - Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors

News Team of the Year

Winner - The Times

Sports Team of the Year    

Winner - The Sunday Times
Highly commended - The Times

Production and Design Team of the Year

Winner  - London Evening Standard
Highly commended - The Times and i

Newspaper of the Year - The Times

Source: The Press Awards

08/03/13

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