Village News affiliates collect five Press Club awards

Village News affiliates Christine Rinaldi, Nathalie Taylor, and Rick Griffin were presented with a total of five awards by the San Diego Press Club at its 39th annual Excellence in Journalism awards event held Oct. 23 at the San Diego Hall of Champions. The number of entries received by the San Diego Press Club this year was the third largest of club affiliates nationwide.

Rinaldi won a second place award in Still Photography and a third place in Photo Essay.

Her award in Still Photography was for sports coverage entitled “Warrior netters clinch league title,” published in the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News on Oct. 27, 2011.

In reflecting on the tennis coverage, Rinaldi said, “Tennis is a very fast-paced sport. I have tried to play tennis in the past, so I can really appreciate the talent and skill displayed by the Warrior team. Photographing the team in action was a wonderful experience.”

Rinaldi was presented with a third place award in Photo Essay for her coverage of Stagecoach Sunday in 2011, entitled “Old west comes alive at Stagecoach Sunday,” published last year on Oct. 6.

The photojournalist said she thoroughly enjoyed shooting the event.

‘Stage Coach Sunday is a great event,” said Rinaldi. “The kids are excited about the day and the parents are very much involved with the kids and the activities offered during the event. My biggest challenge during the event was staying out of the path of the stagecoach and horses. I wanted to get close-up shots of the horses, stagecoach, and riders, and several times found myself jumping out of the way as the stagecoach passed!”

Rinaldi has worked for the Village News as an independent photojournalist since 2007.

“Fallbrook is a wonderful town and I have truly enjoyed all of my assignments,” she said. “The assignments have given me an opportunity to interact with the community and to enjoy the many events throughout the year.”

Taylor was honored with two third place awards by the San Diego Press Club in highly competitive categories. She also took the photographs published with each of these stories.

Taking third place in the ‘Arts & Entertainment’ category was her piece covering the Pasadena Rose Parade, “Stop and Smell the Roses,” published Jan. 19, 2012.

Taylor not only described the parade, “From exotic coconut to the sensuous red rose, these floral veneers never fail to captivate their annual audience,” but float preparation, as well, “

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