The awards were presented Friday during the annual MDDC luncheon in Annapolis.
The Herald-Mail, which publishes The Morning Herald, The Daily Mail and The Herald-Mail, submitted news and feature stories, editorials and local columns written in 2005.
Also submitted were photographs, pages and graphics that appeared in the newspapers last year.
First place, General News: Pepper Ballard for "Still feeling the impact"
First place, Investigative Reporting: Pepper Ballard for "Danger in our midst"
First place, Public Service: Staff for "Killer's Ashes," about a convicted murderer's ashes being placed at Arlington National Cemetery.
First place, Religion: Janet Heim and Arnold Platou for "'Miracle' kids"
Second place, General News: Andrew Schotz and Tamela Baker for "Memories of VE Day
Second place, Continuing Coverage: Staff for "Three killed in fire"
Second place, Series: Staff for "Holiday Heroes"
Second place, Growth and Development: Staff for "Growing pains"
Second place, Environment: Karen Hanna for "Geese leaving mess behind at former fort"
First Place, Local Column: Tim Rowland for "Critters, cowboys fare well in county emergency plan"
First Place Editorial Cartoon: Rob Rock for "Say hey babies"
Second place, Local Column: Liz Thompson for "Story's about use of taxpayer money"
First place, General News Photo: Ric Dugan for "Remembering three friends"
First place, Spot News Photo: Kevin G. Gilbert for "Manhunt"
First place, Feature Photo: Dugan for "Moon walk"
First place, Sports Photos: Dugan for "Catcher collision"
First place, Photo series: Yvette May for "Cold crisp beauty"
Second place, General News Photo: Richard T. Meagher for "Home, sweet home"
Second place, Feature Photo: Yvette May for "Back-to-school buss"
Second place, Sports Photo: Joe Crocetta for "Eye on the ball"
Second place, Sports Feature Story: Kate Coleman for "At 95, Hagerstown woman is right on par"
Design and Graphics
Second place, Headlines: Arnold Platou for "A fly-in the appointment"
Second place, Sports Page Design: Mark Keller for "How far is Seven?"