The Society for Features Journalism has recognized the Tampa Bay Times with its 2013 award for Best Section.
The Times entry in the national organization's Best Sections contest includes copies of Bay magazine, Floridian magazine, Latitudes, Taste and Weekend.
In SFJ's 25th annual Excellence in Feature Writing competition, Leonora LaPeter Anton won first place in the General Feature category for her story "The Agony of Gretchen M." about a woman who had battled a little-known disorder that left her in a state of near-constant sexual arousal.
Kelley Benham won first place in the Series category for "Never Let Go," a three-part series about the survival of her premature baby, born barely viable at 1 pound, 4 ounces, and her exploration of the costs and ethics of extreme medical intervention.
Maurice Rivenbark also won second place in Video Storytelling for "Never Let Go."
Sean Daly won third place in Arts & Entertainment Feature for "Glen Campbell: Turmoil in the rivers of his memory."
The Times' tb-two*, written and produced by Tampa Bay area high school students, won third place in the Niche Product contest for its "Bully" and "Prom" issues.
The Times competes in SFJ's large newspaper division, which includes the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News. In the Best Sections contest, news organizations are asked to enter "the best your publication has to offer in features, lifestyle, arts and entertainment" in five sections from 2012. Also recognized this year as Best Section are the Post and the Plain Dealer in Cleveland.
All awards, which honor the craft of feature writing and editing, will be presented during the SFJ national conference this fall at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, owner of the Times.