Gazette photographer Jerilee Bennett has won Best of Show in a state journalism contest for a photograph of President Barack Obama putting on his shoes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

The Gazette took 22 awards Friday evening at the annual Colorado Associated Press Editors & Reporters contest, which covered work from Sept. 1, 2011, through Aug. 31. The Gazette is in Division III, which includes newspapers with circulation over 30,000.

The Gazette took second place awards in general excellence and online general excellence.

All categories are judged together for the community service awards, and The Gazette took third place for its Child Abuse and Neglect series by reporters Barbara Cotter and Jakob Rodgers.

Bennett’s Best of Show photo took first place in the general news photo category, and she also took a third place award in that category. She also won second place for a portfolio of work.

“We are proud of Jerilee’s well-deserved achievement,” Gazette Editor Joe Hight said. “It was a great photo, among many from our photographers. All of our winners show the staff’s competitive commitment to excellence in our community. Please join me in congratulating them.”

First place awards for Gazette staff included: photographer Susannah Kay for feature photo; Cotter for feature story; columnist Bill Vogrin for news column, and photographer Mark Reis for photo illustration.

Other writing awards won by The Gazette were: reporter Wayne Heilman, third place, business story; copy editor Linda Doty, third place, headline writing; reporter Andrew Wineke, third place, investigative reporting, and columnist David Ramsey, second place, sports column.

Other photo and graphic awards won by The Gazette were: Kay, second place, feature photo; Reis, third place, feature photo; designer Christi Lechuga, second place, informational graphic; Reis, second place, photo illustration; Kay, second place, picture story/photo essay; photographer Christian Murdock, third place, portfolio; Murdock, third place, portrait/personality photo; and Reis, third place, spot news photo.