Blaming a big mistake on the computer seems like a copout, but it is nevertheless what happened. We had a lot of technical problems running the contest this year.
The biggest issue was that some of our contest categories didn’t migrate to the judging round as they should have. We became aware of this a week prior to the awards being announced. We immediately sent the categories out to judges, but it was too late to get them done in time.
In hindsight, I should have handled this with a public announcement as soon as we found out, but I was more focused on getting things done. I am sincerely sorry for the inconvenience and hurt feelings the missing categories caused Saturday evening, and I ask you to please be understanding.
The missing categories are being judged and results will be announced here and directly to the winners as soon as we have them. Please know that we are working hard on solving the issues we had this year and will do our best to not repeat them.
Awards distribution: Our Region 10 is geographically huge with a limited number of chapters. This year, there were award banquets in Seattle and Portland. All awards for members of those two chapters (as well as freelancers and news outlets obviously located in those areas) were shipped to banquet organizers.
Everything else is arriving here in Spokane, from where it will be mailed to winners in Montana, Alaska, Idaho and Eastern and Southern Washington.
Awards will be mailed to the address we have in the online system. If you are a freelancer and submitted your own work, the award will come directly to you. If a media outlet submitted your work on behalf of you, then the award will be mailed to that media outlet.
Thank you for your ongoing support of SPJ and Region 10.
PS. Our contest requires three or more entries in a category for it to be judged – we had nearly 30 categories without enough entries. If your category was canceled for lack of entries, then you will get your money back.