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Awards:

Best Sustained Coverage, Class 2, Colorado Press Association 2017 

Best Health Feature Story, Colorado Press Association, 2017 

Best Sustained Coverage, Class 5, Colorado Press Association, 2017 

Best Series, Colorado Press Association, 2017 

Best Photo Slideshow or Gallery, Colorado Press Association, 2017 

Best News Story, Colorado Press Association, 2016 

Photography Portfolio, Colorado Press Association, 2016 

Agriculture and Environment Reporting, Florida Press Association, 2014 

Feature Picture, Florida Press Association, 2014 Contest

Feature Picture, Florida Press Association, 2013 

Portfolio Photography, Florida Press Association, 2013 

Sports Picture, Florida Press Association, 2013 

Best Feature Photo, Local Media Association 2012 Editorial Contest

Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Excellence in Portfolio Photography, Florida Press Association, 2011

Portfolio Photography, Florida Press Association, 2011 

Sports Picture, Florida Press Association, 2011 

Best Sports Photo, Local Media Association 2011 Editorial Contest

Shanna Fortier is an award-winning photojournalist based in Colorado. She currently works as a community editor for Colorado Community Media in the Metro Denver area. Previously, she was the associate editor at the Palm Coast Observer in Palm Coast, Florida.

Shanna enjoys the intimate way of capturing the true feeling of an environment or essence of a moment through the lens of a camera. Photographing offers a unique way of looking at the world. It is her love of traveling, culture, curiosity for the unknown and desire to tell a story that drives her photography.

She has been awarded several photography and reporting awards from the Florida Press Association, Colorado Press Association and the Local Media Association, including the prestigious Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Excellence in Portfolio Photography from the Florida Press Association in the 2011 Better Weekly Newspapers Contest.

Her other journalism awards are in feature photography, sports photography, news reporting, agriculture & environmental reporting, health reporting, and sustained coverage.

Shanna Fortier knows how to provocatively capture the humanity in people. She puts you right there in the heat of the moment. Wonderful art.
— Florida Press Association judges
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