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It was a good Saturday afternoon in Nashville, Tenn., for Washington City Paper. When the 2014 Association of Alternative Newsmedia awards were announced at the group’s annual convention there, two City Paper staffers won first-place awards for their work last year, and a package we put together on D.C.’s changing marijuana laws got second-place honors.

Staff photographer Darrow Montgomery was awarded first place for photography at a paper with circulation greater than 50,000. To see the award-winning photos, click here or on the image above (taken not far from the security perimeter on the day of President Barack Obama‘s second inauguration last January).

Housing Complex reporter Aaron Wiener was awarded first place for individual blog.

And our Pot Issue from last October was the runner-up for best special section at a paper with circulation greater than 50,000. The winning entry was an issue of Creative Loafing Atlanta that was guest-edited by Rep. John Lewis.

Congratulations to Montgomery and Wiener, and to all the winners in all the categories.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery