Sunday Herald shares top prize at picture awards with The Guardian

The Sunday Herald has been named newspaper of the year in the Picture Editors’ Awards for the fifth time in seven years.

The Glasgow-based title shares the prize this year with The Guardian. It also picked up the award for newspaper magazine of the year.

The Newsquest-owned Herald – which has a circulation of 56,024 – has won numerous prizes for its design since it launched in 1999.

It changed from broadsheet to tabloid format in November 2005.

Herald editor Richard Walker explained the secret of the paper’s success was its choice and use of pictures.

‘Our picture editing is absolutely integral to the way we produce our newspaper,’he said.

‘There’s a great amount of discussion between our production desk, picture desk and editors to work out which pictures best tell the story.

‘The picture desk is also involved when we draw up the pages and has ample opportunity to contribute to the design process.”

The Sun and the Newbury Weekly News were jointly named newspaper websites of the year and BBC News was awarded best news website.

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