Missoulian photography editor Kurt Wilson has won first place in the photography portfolio category of the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest.
The award was announced Saturday in Seattle.
Wilson's top honor was based on a collection of 10 photographs published throughout the year, and recognized photographic excellence in a diversity of subjects.
The competition is open to newspapers published in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska and is broken down by circulation. The Missoulian competes in the 25,001 to 65,000 circulation range.
Wilson also took third place in the news photography category for a single photograph of a black bear falling from a tree toward a group holding a net in downtown Missoula.
Missoulian sports writer Bill Speltz was also awarded a third place, his in the sports feature story category.
The portfolio award was the second time Wilson's work has been recognized as the best in the region, the first time being in 2006.