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Burnaby, New West reporters claim seven B.C. awards

Gold, silver and bronze came home from the 2023 Ma Murray Community News Media Awards.
Jennifer Gauthier's shot of winter fun on Burnaby Mountain claimed silver for spot news in the 2023 Ma Murray Community News Media Awards.

​Staff from the Burnaby NOW and New Westminster Record newsroom came home with a big haul of hardware from the 2023 Ma Murray Community News Media Awards.

The awards were presented in a Zoomcast last night (Thursday, May 4), and staff from the combined Now/Record newsroom took home seven awards.

Video-journalist and reporter Abhinaya Natesh, who joined the NOW and Record last year, claimed three awards.

She was a double winner in the Multimedia Feature Story category, claiming gold for her feature on the beauty of cricket featuring Burnaby’s IndCan cricket club, followed up with a bronze for her Record article on the world-renowned Indian classical arts couple Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha and their Mushtari Begum Festival.

Natesh also claimed silver in the New Journalist of the Year category.

The NOW and Record’s freelance photographer Jennifer Gauthier also came home with three awards, making it a silver sweep across three categories: silver for Spot News (for the winter photo seen above); silver for Sports, for her shot of Olympic champion Damian Warner wowing the crowd at Swangard Stadium; and silver for Photo Essay with her photographic storytelling of the Royal City Youth Ballet returning to the Massey Theatre stage with The Nutcracker.

Burnaby NOW reporter Lauren Vanderdeen also claimed a silver award in Portrait/Personality Photo, for her shot of Burnaby high schooler Casey Lo who won the city’s youth environmental award for her leadership in community gardens.