44th Annual International Regional Media Association Awards

Each year, the International Regional Media Association recognizes the best in regional magazine journalism, photography, illustration, and design. Entries are evaluated by a panel of expert judges from across North America. Active members of IRMA are eligible to enter and the awards are announced each year at the annual IRMA Conference. Now in its 44th year, the Awards were announced on Friday, June 14, 2024, at a Gala Reception in Charlotte, NC.

AND THE WINNERS ARE …

Judges awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Merit Awards in 43 Categories. The Gold winners and runners up are listed by category below.

Magazine of the Year
(Circulation 34,999 or Less)

“Oklahoma Today is a well-rounded magazine in terms of subjects covered. An immense amount of work obviously goes into each piece of each issue.” — IRMA Awards Jury

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Honorable Mention

Magazine of the Year (Circulation 35,000 or More)

“Each issue of New Mexico Magazine reads like a love letter to New Mexico’s unique culture, diversity, activities and places. I found myself day-dreaming of visiting and looking up similar events and activities in my state. Great writing, and beautiful, clean, elevated design.” — IRMA Awards Jury

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Honorable Mention

Public Issues

Gold
Adirondack Life
“Billion Dollar Bet”

Brian Mann

Silver
Cottage Life
“Talk of the Towns”
Philip Preville

Bronze
Arizona Highways
“Back to the Beginning”
Annette McGivney

Historic Feature
(34,999 or less circulation)

Gold
KANSAS! Magazine
“City of Sorrow”
Will Haynes

Silver
Adirondack Life
“Cold War Hot Spots”
Tim Rowland

Bronze
Oklahoma Today
“Oklahoma’s Dark Poet of Crime”
Jim Logan

Historic Feature
(35,000 or more circulation)

Gold
Texas Highways
“Prison Rodeo”
Cat Cardenas

Silver
Cottage Life
“On the Shores of a Lake Just Like Yours or Mine”
Katherine Laidlaw

Bronze
New Mexico Magazine
“Ancient Enigmas”
Kate Nelson

Merit
Arizona Highways
“What a Place to Call Home”
Kathy Montgomery

Nature and Environment
(34,999 or less circulation)

Gold
Acadiana Profile,
“Billion Dollar Bet”
Kevin Rabalais

Silver
Louisisana Life,
“Shell Game”
Kevin Rabalais

Bronze
Oklahoma Today,
“Tales From the Dark Side”
Gordon Grice

Merit
Yukon, North of Ordinary
“Looking after the Land Together”
Rhiannon Russel

Nature and Environment
(35,000 or more circulation)

Gold
New Mexico Magazine
“To Catch a Runner”
Elizabeth Miller

Silver
Cottage Life
“In Search of Life Below”
Sasha Chapman

Bronze
Texas Highways
“Small Wonders”
Christopher Collins

Recreation Feature

Gold
Adirondack Life
“Zero to Jackrabbit”

Paul Greenberg

Gold
Texas Highways
“Home is Where You Park It”
Sarah Hepola

Silver
New Mexico Magazine
“Choose Your Adventure”
 Julian Dossett, David Gomez, Elizabeth Miller, Jim O’Donnell

Bronze
Cottage Life
“The Last Flight of the Ariel V”
Naomi Buck

Merit
Yukon, North of Ordinary
“A Place Where Everyone Belongs”
Christopher Tse

Travel feature

Gold
Texas Highways
“Wind Advisory”
Lauren Hough

Silver
Arizona Highways
“A Long Strange Trip”
Morgan Sjogren

Bronze
Mountain Home
“Winey Dogs Allowed”
Lilace Mellin Guignard

Art and Culture Feature

Gold
Oklahoma Today
“Moonlight on the Osage”
Mason Whitehorn Powell

Silver
Texas Highways
“Women of Outlaw Country”
Natalie Weiner

Bronze
Down East
“The World Through Kaleidoscope Eyes”
Will Grunewald

 

Merit
Arizona Highways
“According to Custom”
Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi

Merit
New Mexico Magazine
“Both Sides Now”
Molly Boyle

Merit
Yukon, North of Ordinary
“It’s Hot Up Here”
Hayley Ritchie

General Feature
(Circulation 34,999 or less)

Gold
Adirondack Life
“Staying Grounded”
Bill McKibben

Silver
Yukon, North of Ordinary
“Built to Last”
Mark Kopke

Bronze
Louisiana Life
“The Rush of Chasing Haints”
Cheré Coen

General Feature
(Circulation 35,000 or more)

Gold
New Mexico Magazine
“Coming Home”
Bill Shapiro

Silver
Texas Highways
“Redemption Songs”
Katie Gutierrez

Bronze
Arizona Highways
“It’s Looking Up Downtown”
Lawrence W. Cheek

Reader Service

Gold
New Mexico Magazine
“Up, Up, and Away”
Lynn Cline, Julian Dossett, Bryce Risley

Silver
Cottage Life
“Summer Time and the Livin’ is Sneezy”
Jackie Davis

Silver
Texas Highways
“A Texas Botanical Guide”
Robyn Ross

Bronze
Adirondack Life
“An Acre of Dreams”
Paul Greenberg

Profile
(Circulation 34,999 or less)

Gold
Wyoming Wildlife
“Fishing with Coach”
Robert Gagliardi

Silver
Mountain Home
“Torch Singer”
Lilace Mellin Guignard

Bronze
Acadiana Profile
“Chris Stafford”
David Cheramie

Bronze
Oklahoma Today
“Being There”
Megan Rossman

Profile
(Circulation 35,000 or more)

Gold
New Mexico Magazine
“Both Sides Now”
Molly Boyle

Silver
Arizona Highways
“The Grand Master”
Matt Jaffe

Bronze
Texas Highways
“Pancho Claus”
Danielle Lopez

Hed & Dek

Gold
Arizona Highways
“Dam Shame”
Robert Stieve

Silver
Acadiana Profile
“Getting Smoked”
Melanie Warner Spencer

Bronze
Louisiana Life
“Top Fun”
Melanie Warner Spencer

Essay

Gold
Cottage Life
“Long Range Forecast”
Katharine Hayhoe and Alex Newman

Silver
Texas Highways
“Open Road: We Were Known For Our Rivers”
Kimberly Garza

Bronze
Adirondack Life
“Building Fences”
Lisa Bramen

Bronze
Mountain Home
“Rye Rebels”
Jimmy Guignard

Merit
Arizona Highways
“Learning on the Fly”
Kelly Vaughn

Column

Gold
Mountain Home
“Glory Hill Diaries”
Maggie Barnes

Silver
Oklahoma Today
“Sounds Like Oklahoma”
Preston Jones

Silver
Cottage Life
“Cottage Q&A”
Jackie Davis

Silver
Arizona Highways
“Editor’s Letter”
Robert Stieve

Bronze
Adirondack Life
“Short Carries”
Annie Stoltie

Department

Gold
Cottage Life
“Waterfront”
Editor: Jackie Davis; Art Direction: Taylor Kristan

Silver
Louisiana Life
“Natural State”
Kevin Rabalais

Bronze
New Mexico Magazine
“Originals”
Molly Boyle, Elizabeth Miller, Jim O’Donnell, Steven St. John, Minesh Bacrania

Merit
Texas Highways
“Open Road”
Texas Highways staff

Food Feature

Gold
Texas Highways
“Fired Up”
Marcela Fuentes

Silver
Down East
“Blasts from the Past”
Will Grunewald and Down East staff

Bronze
New Mexico Magazine
“Viv la Cocina!”
Molly Boyle

Merit
Oklahoma Today
“Where There’s Smoke”
Karlie Ybarra

Special Focus

Gold
New Mexico Magazine
“100th Anniversary Issue”
New Mexico Magazine staff and contributors

Silver
Texas Highways
“The Outlaw Issue”
Texas Highways staff and contributors

Bronze
Adirondack Life
“The Night Issue”
Annie Stoltie, Lisa Brament, Mark Mahorsky, Adirondack Life contributors

Home and Garden

Gold
Cottage Life
“On the Sun-Drenched Rocks”
Photographer: Liam Mogan;
Writer: Eric Mutrie; Alysha Vandertogt (editor), Taylor Kristan (art director)

Silver
The Bermudian
“29th Annual Building and Interior Design Awards”
Art Director: Linda Weinraub; Writer: Annabel Cooper

Bronze
Adirondack Life
“Dartbrook Rustic Goods”
Photographer: Carrie Marie Burr; Writer: Annie Stoltie

Editorial Package

Gold
Texas Highways
“A Texas Botanical Guide”
Writer: Robyn Ross; Illustrator: Lucy Rose (illustrator); Texas Highways staff and contributors

Silver
New Mexico Magazine
“Calm, Cool and Connected”
Writer: Molly Boyle; Photography: Tira Howard

Bronze
Cottage Life
“How to Win at Winter”
Cottage Life staff and contributors, Taylor Kristan (art director)

Merit
Avenue
“Get Out There: A Guide to Summer in the Mountains”
Writers: Shelley Arnusch, Jacquie Moore, Andrew Penner
Contributors: Jared Sych (photography), Jarrett Sitter (illustrator), Steve Collins (Creative Director), Shelley Arnusch (editor)

Merit
The Bermudian
“The Bermudian for Kids”
Editor: Tina Stevenson; Art Director: Linda Weinraub

Illustration, Feature or Series

Gold
Kansas! Magazine
“Notorious”
Torren Thomas

Silver
Arizona Highways
“Who Shot First?”
Sam Ward

Bronze
Texas Highways
“Fault Lines”
James Weston Lewis

Bronze
Wyoming Wildlife
“Movement Matters”
Mario Noche

Bronze
New Mexico Magazine
“In Relation to All Things”
Shout

Merit
Cottage Life
“In Search of Life Below”
Meegan Lim

Illustration, Spot

Gold
Texas Highways
“Speaking Of: George Saunders”
Peter Strain

Silver
Adirondack Life
“Camping 101″Mike Reddy

Bronze
Oklahoma Today
“Scream Queen”
JJ Ritchey

Merit
Acadiana Profile
“La Butte des chiens”
Sarah Willia

Single Photo

Gold
Arizona Highways
“Schnebly Hill Monsoon”
Sonny Parker

Silver
Adirondack Life
“A Different View”
Rodney Smith

Bronze
Cottage Life
“Jump Tower Photography”
Daniel Ehrenworth

Photo Series
(Circulation 34,999 or less)

Gold
Yukon, North of Ordinary
“Icons of the Alpine”
Sonny Parker

Silver
Louisiana Life
“Hog Wild”
Kevin Rabalais

Bronze
Oklahoma Today
“Cocktail Couture”
Lori Duckworth

Photo Series
(Circulation 35,000 or more)

Gold
Arizona Highways
“Flavor of the Months”
Jeff Kida (photo editor)

Silver
Texas Highways
“Prison Rodeo”
Bill Kennedy

Bronze

New Mexico Magazine
“Family Gathering”
Tira Howard

Portrait Photo

Gold
Texas Highways
“Keeping the Faith”
Christ Chavez

Silver
New Mexico Magazine
“Keeping the Faith”
Minesh Bacrania

Bronze
Arizona Highways
“William the Conqueror/Henry Gray”
William Allard

Portrait Series

Gold
Oklahoma Today
“Where There’s Smoke”
Valerie Wei-Hass

Silver
Texas Highways
“United in Motion”
Christ Chavez

Bronze
Avenue
“Wakefield Brewster: Poet for the People”
Steve Collins

Print Calendar

Gold
New Mexico Magazine
“Artist Calendar”
Doug West

Silver
Louisiana Life
“Culinary Calendar”
Stanley Davis, Eugenia Uhl, Sarah George, Ashley McLellan

Bronze
Cottage Life
“Cottage Life Calendar”
Jackie Davis, Kathleen O’Hare, Taylor Kristan, Michelle Kelly, Cottage Life staff and contributors

Cover
(Circulation 34,999 or less)

Gold
Kansas! Magazine
“Notorious”
Illustrator: Torren Thomas; Contributors: Shelly Bryant (art director); Andrea Etzel, Nathan Pettengill, Kalli Jo Smith (editors)

Gold
Yukon, North of Ordinary
“Icons of the Alpine”
Photographer: Sonny Parker, Contributors: Manu Keggenhoff (creative director); Amy Kenny (editor)

Silver
Adirondack Life
“Lake Love”
Carrie Marie Burr (photography), Mark Mahorsky (creative director)

Bronze
Oklahoma Today
“Killers of the Flower Moon”
Addie Roanhorse (illustrator), Lori Duckworth (photography), Walker Creative/Steven Walker (art director)

Cover
(Circulation 35,000 or more)

Gold
New Mexico Magazine
“100th Anniversary Issue”
Illustrator: Neil Jamieson; Contributors: John McCauley (art director)

Silver
Texas Highways
“The Year in Photos”
Photographer: Christ Chavez; Mark Mahorsky (creative director)

Bronze
Cottage Life
“The Cottage is Boring”
Photographer: Daniel Ehrenworth; Contributors: Taylor Kristan (art director), Michelle Kelly, Alysha Vandertogt (editors)

Art Direction of a Single Story
(Circulation 34,999 or less)

Gold
Louisiana Life
“Louisianian’s Field Guide”
Sarah George

Silver
Acadiana Profile
“25 Fun Things To Do This Summer”
Sarah George

Bronze
Adirondack Life
“Camping 101”
Mark Mahorsky

Merit
Kansas! Magazine
“Notorious”
Shelly Bryant

Merit
The Bermudian
“Ten Ways to Celebrate the Season!”
Linda Weinraub

Art Direction of a Single Story
(Circulation 35,000 or more)

Gold
Texas Highways
“A Texas Botanical Guide”
Mark Mahorsky

Silver
Cottage Life
“The Cottage is Boring”
Taylor Kristan

Bronze
New Mexico Magazine
“Burn, Baby, Burn!”
John McCauley

Overall Art Direction
(Circulation 34,999 or less)

Gold
Acadiana Profile
Sarah George

Silver
Louisiana Life
Sarah George

Bronze
Adirondack Life
Mark Mahorsky

Bronze
Oklahoma Today
Walker Creative/Steven Walker

Overall Art Direction
(Circulation 35,000 or more)

Gold
Cottage Life
Taylor Kristan

Silver
New Mexico Magazine
John McCauley, Karin Eberhardt

Bronze
Arizona Highways
Keith Whitney, Lisa Altomare, Jeff Kida

Merit
Texas Highways
Mark Mahorsky, Ashley Burch, Chris Linnen, Brandon Jakobeit

Magazine Writer of the Year

Gold
Adirondack Life
Brian Mann

Silver
New Mexico Magazine
Molly Boyle

Bronze
Louisiana Life
Kevin Rabalais

Merit
Texas Highways
Katie Gutierrez

Magazine Photographer of the Year

Gold
Texas Highways
Sean Fitzgerald

Silver
Arizona Highways
Joel Hazelton

Bronze
Adirondack Life
Carrie Marie Burr

Merit
Arizona Wildlife Views
George Andrejko

Merit
Yukon, North of Ordinary
Manu Keggenhoff

Newsletter

Gold
Cottage Life
“Family Matters Newsletter”
Writer: Penny Caldwell; Editors: Michelle Kelly, Megan McPhaden

Silver
The Bermudian
“This is the Week That Was”
Gabrielle Boyer (editor) and contributors

Podcast

Gold
Cottage Life
“The Cottage Life Podcast”
Producers, Michelle Kelly and Catherine Jheon; host, Michelle Kelly

Silver
Oklahoma Today
“The Oklahoma Today Podcast”
Contributors: Nathan Gunter, Karlie Ybarra, Megan Rossman, Ben Luschen, Bridgette Sloan (editor)

Best Social Media Presence

Gold
Cottage Life
“Cottage Life Social Media”
Cottage Life staff

Website of the Year

Gold
Texas Highways
TexasHighways.com
Contributors: Natalie Moore, Tyson Bird, Danielle Lopez, Sarah Thurmond

Silver
Arizona Highways
ArizonaHighways.com
Contributors: Robert Stieve, Kelly Vaughn, Noah Austin, Ameema Ahmed; Vicky Snow (webmaster)

Bronze
Oklahoma Today
OklahomaToday.com
Contributors: Karlie Ybarra, Ben Luschen, Megan Rossman, Nathan Gunter

Merit
The Bermudian
TheBermudian.com
Gabrielle Boyer (editor) and contributors