The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram has won 15 awards, including five first place awards, in the 2011 New England Associated Press News Executives Association competition.

The Portland papers competed against regional newspapers such as the Boston Herald, the Providence Journal and the Hartford Courant in circulation-based categories. The contest covered the year from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011.

The Bangor Daily News also won some categories, taking home eight total awards.

Three of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram winners – John Ewing, Sally Tyrrell and Brian Robitaille – also won NEAPNEA awards last year.

Here is a complete list of the Portland winners:

First place best headline: Sally Tyrrell, “Tempest in a D cup”

First place sports action photo: John Ewing, “Goalie Save”

First place sports feature (photo): Tim Greenway, “Swimming Cheer”

First place website special section: Suzi Piker, Trevor Maxwell and Greg Rec for “Did this man kill Sarah Cherry?”

First place website sports section: Suzi Piker and Bob Aube for 2011 high school basketball tournaments homepage

Second place portrait photo: John Patriquin, “Snow Face”

Second place sports page design: Jeff Hannon, “West, with barely a test”

Second place business/consumer story: Jonathan Hemmerdinger, “Seeing red (tape)”

Second place deadline sports story: Jenn Menendez, “An oh-no in Orono”

Second place sports column: Steve Solloway; “You see the joy”; “They bought what he sold and got gold in return”; “When life applies the worst hold”

Third place feature photo: John Patriquin, “Rainbow Fisherman”

Third place general news photo: Gordon Chibroski, “First Day of School”

Third place photo story: Greg Rec, “Local Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr”

Third place arts and entertainment story: Shannon Bryan, “Burlesque is really taking off”

Third place Page 1 design: Brian Robitaille, “One small step”