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Burnaby Now, New West Record nominated for Ma Murray Community News Media Awards

Abhinaya Natesh, Lauren Vanderdeen and Jennifer Gauthier are among B.C.'s best, as they're nominated for journalism awards at the BCYCNA Ma Murray Community News Media Awards.
Freelance photographer Jennifer Gauthier is nominated for her photo essay on the return of the Royal City Youth Ballet's Nutcracker to Massey Theatre.

The Burnaby NOW and New Westminster Record are proud to announce three of their journalists have been nominated for seven Ma Murray Community News Media Awards in 2023.

Video-journalist and reporter Abhinaya Natesh, who joined the NOW and Record last year, has two pieces nominated for the multimedia feature story award.

Her two video-journalism pieces include one for the NOW on the beauty of cricket featuring Burnaby’s IndCan cricket club, as well as her Record article on the world-renowned Indian classical arts couple Cassius Khan and Amika Kushwaha and their Mushtari Begum Festival.

Natesh is also nominated for the New Journalist of the Year Award.

The NOW and Record’s freelance photographer Jennifer Gauthier is up for three awards.

Gauthier’s photo Gaining speed is nominated for spot news photo award. Her photo of Olympic champion Damian Warner wowing the crowd at Swangard Stadium is nominated for the sports photo award.

Gaining speed: As some parts of Burnaby saw up to 30 centimetres of snow, many families headed to Burnaby Mountain to enjoy the fresh powder and toboggan under clear skies, including Doug Gilmour and 7-year-old Luke. Jennifer Gauthier/Burnaby Now

She’s also up for best 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 is nominated for the portrait/personality photo of Burnaby high schooler Casey Lo who won the city’s youth environmental award for her leadership in community gardens.

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Newly graduated Burnaby Mountain Secondary student Casey Lo won the city's youth environmental award for her stewardship and leadership with school garden projects. Lauren Vanderdeen / Burnaby Now