The Society for Features Journalism has recognized the Tampa Bay Times with its 2012 award for Best Section.
The Times entry in the national organization's Excellence in Features Writing Competition included issues of Floridian, Latitudes, Taste and Weekend. The stories and photographs in these sections included "If I die young" and "The gift of Florida" in Floridian; "The land Salvador Dalí never forgot" in Latitudes; the all-vegetarian issue of Taste; and Legoland in Weekend.
Times staff writer Ben Montgomery won first place in SFJ's annual contest in the series category for "Spectacle" about the 1934 lynching of Claude Neal in Marianna.
Other Times winners were Bay magazine, second place in the Niche Product category; staff writer Michael Kruse, third place in General Feature and an honorable mention in Short Feature; staff writer Lane DeGregory, honorable mention in General Feature; and critic Eric Deggans, honorable mention in Arts & Entertainment Commentary.
The Times competes in the contest's large newspaper division, which includes the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Also honored this year for Best Section were the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and the Plain Dealer in Cleveland.
SFJ says its goal is to promote "the craft of writing and innovation in lifestyle, arts and entertainment journalism."