The PALMY Advertising Contest annually honors the best newspaper advertising in South Carolina. This contest recognizes and promotes individual efforts by advertising staffs of South Carolina newspapers, encourages creativity in advertising sales, layout and copy writing, and fosters excellence in newspaper advertising, which in turn produces maximum results for newspaper advertisers. This year's winners come from 497 very strong print and digital entries submitted by 25 SCPA member newspapers. Members of the Tennessee Press Association served as contest judges.

Congratulations winners!
View the slideshow below to see the winning ads by category. Judges' comments are included for first place winners.

President's Awards for Best Newspaper Advertising

The President's Award for Best Overall Advertising goes to one weekly newspaper and one daily newspaper, based on number and ranking of awards won, regardless of circulation. Winners will be announced Aug. 11, 2017.

DAILY WINNER: The Post and Courier
WEEKLY WINNER: The Lancaster News

Best of Show Ads
These three awards are presented for the best ad in each circulation division, regardless of category.

Winner in the Over 25,000 Division: Free Times
Sammy Lopez
Advertiser: Crescent Construction
Winner in the 8,500-25,000 Division: The Journal
Vicki Tymon and Sandy Peirce
Advertiser: Carolina Furniture & Interiors
Winner in the Under 8,500 Division: The Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County
Ashley Ghere
Advertiser: Laura's Tea Room

Awards Presentation
Now is also the time to set up an awards presentation at your newspaper. SCPA Executive Director Bill Rogers is available to come to your newspaper to present your awards at your request. Whether you want to present your awards at a brief ceremony in your newspaper's conference room or you want to take your staff out for a special event (like a luncheon), Bill can join you and present awards to your staff's winners. That way, more of your staff's winners can be honored and there will be little or no cost to you. To set up a presentation, give Bill a call at (803) 750-9561 or email him. If you'd rather us mail your awards, just say the word.

Order duplicate awards and plaque bases
Additional certificates are available for your staff and/or advertisers. The cost is $2 per certificate. We also have black wooden plaque bases available for $25 each. When ordering a base, please be sure to specify award won (first place base differs in size from second/third place base). Contact Jennifer Faulkner to place your order.

We want your photos!
Please share photos with us of your newspaper's #PALMYAwards celebrations! We'll feature them in the weekly eBulletin newsletter and on SCPA's Facebook page.