The Utah Press Association has recognized the Southern Utah News with 14 excellence awards in the annual Better Newspaper Contest. Announced during the UPA convention in Sandy on March 22-23, the SUN was honored with five first place, seven second place and two third place awards. The competition was judged by another state association, and structured so newspapers of similar circulation compete.

The SUN won first place awards for Best News Photograph, Best Feature Photograph, Best Use of Ad Color, Best Staff Produced Ad, and Best Front Page.

Second place awards were given to the SUN in the Best Sports Photograph, Best News Photograph, Best Feature Story, Best News Series, Best Website, Best In-House Self Promotion, and Best Feature Series categories.

Third place honors were received for Best Circulation Promotion and Best General News Story.