Chatham Daily News sports reporter wins provincial photography award

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Mark Malone, longtime sports writer for the Chatham Daily News, received provincial recognition for his talent behind the goal for the third time.

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Malone won a 2021 Ontario Newspaper Awards for sports photography (less than 25,000 prints), for a photo he captured of Chatham Diamonds base runner Camden Blackburn stretching to beat a tag during an attempt to out on first base during a Baseball Ontario Minor Bantam Playoff game at Fergie Jenkins Field at Rotary Park on August 22, 2021.

Judge’s comments note: “From the tension in the baserunner’s outstretched arm to the waiting glove looming inches above, there is fabulous tension in the moment Mark Malone captured for the Chatham Daily News .”

This is the third time Malone has won an ONA in the sports photography category. He won back-to-back provincial awards in 2018 and 2019.

Malone won a provincial award for his news writing skills last year when he won the best news writing spot (less than 25,000 prints) for his coverage of a fatal accident in July 2020 which cost the life to a seven-year-old girl and sent her two siblings to the hospital.

He also received provincial sports writing recognition for a feature he wrote in 2002 about the 1934 Chatham Colored All-Stars being honored by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Stewart C. Hartline