The Ontario Newspaper Awards celebrate excellence in journalism among newspapers outside of Toronto.

They are held once a year at a gala ceremony that brings together journalists, photographers, managing editors, publishers and sponsors.

The competition is open to the following member newspapers:

Barrie Examiner

Belleville Intelligencer

Brantford Expositor

Brockville Recorder and Times

Chatham Daily News

Cobourg Daily Star

Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

Guelph Mercury

Hamilton Spectator

Kingston Whig-Standard

The Record (Waterloo Region)

London Free Press

Niagara Falls Review

North Bay Nugget

Orillia Packet & Times

Ottawa Sun

Pembroke Observer

Peterborough Examiner

Port Hope Evening Guide

Owen Sound Sun Times

St. Catharines Standard

St. Thomas Times-Journal

Sarnia Observer

Sault Star

Simcoe Reformer

Stratford Beacon-Herald

Sudbury Star

Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal

Timmins Daily Press

Welland Tribune

Windsor Star

Woodstock Sentinel-Review.