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West s best in media finals
Photographer Lee Griffith, a finalist in the WA Media Awards with this picture of a boy who lost relatives in the Christmas Island boat tragedy

The West Australian has been recognised for its exceptional coverage of politics, the environment, indigenous affairs, science, health and humanitarian issues by taking 25 of the 50 WA Media Awards finalist spots announced so far.

The newspaper swept the nominations in several categories. Reports on homelessness, asylum seekers and abducted Kimberley boy Jimmy Taylor took out the all media - best social equity report category.

Katherine Fleming, Joseph Catanzaro and Steve Pennells make up the finalists list in the print - best feature writing category. Pennells, who recently received more individual Walkley Awards nominations than any other journalist, is a finalist in five categories.

Pennells is also a finalist for the Matt Price Award for best columnist, along with The West's columnist Ros Thomas and Federal political editor Andrew Probyn. Gary Adshead's coverage of the Katanning hostel abuse scandal was also acknowledged, as was Louise Burke's science articles and contributor Michael Sinclair-Jones' reports on indigenous issues.

Photographers Daniel Wilkins, Lee Griffith, Michael Wilson and Nic Ellis swept the best news photograph and best feature photographic essay categories.

Griffith's work in Pakistan and Indonesia after June's asylum seeker boat tragedy earned him recognition as a finalist in each category.

Thewest.com.au was also recognised in the best online report or series category for After the Flames, its coverage of the continued impact of the 2011 Hills bushfires and for its special Anzac Day tribute.

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Finalists yet to be announced are for best student and best new journalist or cadet, best reports in culture and art, sports, radio news or current affairs, business or finance, best illustration, cartoon or graphic and best suburban feature series. Winners will be named on November 3.