Border Mail staff have been recognised by the Rural Press Club of Victoria.
Photographer Mark Jesser recently took out the top prize in the best news photography category for an image taken outside Wangaratta court in challenging conditions.
Shana Morgan was commended for her story, "Love vote", in the best print news story category, which was won by former Border Mail journalist Natalie Kotsios.
Acting editor Julie Coe said the hard work and talent of Jesser and Morgan had been recognised.
It's unpredictable. You don't know what you're going to get.Photographer Mark Jesser on taking crime photos
"Our newsroom has never worked harder to deliver news for both print and digital platforms," she said.
"It's great to see that work ethic and dedication to excellence for our readers recognised and rewarded."
Jesser said it was positive to be recognised by those in the industry.
The 27-year-old, who has worked for Australian Community Media for six years, said the challenges of taking crime photos was what made it attractive.
"It's always unpredictable," he said.
"You don't know what you're going to get.
"It's very raw, you're documenting life.
"There's nothing crafted about it."