St. Petersburg Times photographer Maurice Rivenbark and Real Florida columnist Jeff Klinkenberg have won national honors for their online stories about the state's compelling characters and endangered beauty.
The Society of Professional Journalists announced that Rivenbark and Klinkenberg won the Sigma Delta Chi award for nondeadline storytelling on the Web. SPJ, based in Indianapolis, has been honoring outstanding journalism since 1932.
The winning entry included stories about an adult amputee who befriended a boy who lost a leg, a man who rides a bicycle around Tallahassee in a thong bathing suit, Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher, iguana hunters and a woman who weaves Spanish moss into blankets.
Klinkenberg has been at the Times since 1977, Rivenbark since 1981. You can see their stories at links.tampabay.com.