The Los Angeles Times has been awarded a Judges’ Special Recognition for use of photography in their 2012 Olympics cover pages.
From the judges:
We have a Sports section that has come up with a concept, and an idea — and chosen photography as the method to drive the story home for its readers. To do it once is one thing. To do it six times, at this level of excellence, is well beyond what we expect to give to our readers. What strikes me is the people — the photographer did a great job highlighting these athletes as people, and we see their personality shining through.