The Washington Post was among the winners of the Virginia Press Association’s 2011 journalism awards, which were presented Saturday night to newspapers that excelled in categories including writing and photography.

The Post won multiple awards, taking first place for daily education writing, feature story writing, feature series, feature writing portfolio, health/science/environmental writing, investigative reporting, public safety writing, sports writing and more.

View Photo Gallery: The Washington Post’s coverage of D.C.’s hidden royalty was honored.

The Post also won presentation and art awards.

Other winners included Style Weekly of Richmond, The News-Gazette in Lexington, Richmond Magazine, the Coalfield Progress, Suffolk Living Magazine, the Gainesville Times, the Virginian-Pilot, and Page News & Courier.

The contest was open to daily, non-daily and specialty publications and covered the 2011 calendar year, according to the VPA.

The Illinois Press Association provided journalists to judge the contest entries.