Special Focus 2023

The category of Special Focus recognizes an issue in which the majority of editorial pages is dedicated to a single subject or theme, evaluated on originality, purpose, thoroughness and creativity of coverage, and presentation. This category is judged by writing and design judges.



The Border Issue – June 2022
Texas Highways
Contributors: Emily Stone, Michael Hoinski, Julia Jones, Mark Mahorsky, Ashley Burch, Christopher Linnen, Brandon Jakobeit

A truly original theme. Spotlighting the borders of Texas opens up unique opportunities in storytelling that the editorial and design team took full advantage of.
— IRMA Awards Jury



Cottage Life – Entertaining
Cottage Life
Contributors: Cottage Life staff and contributors


Arizona’s State Parks
Arizona Highways
Contributors: Robert Stieve, Jeff Kida, Kelly Vaughn, Noah Austin, Ameema Ahmed, Keith Whitney, Lisa Altomare


Being Native Being Kansan
KANSAS! Magazine
Contributors: Andrea Etzel, Nathan Pettengill, Kalli Jo Smith, Rhonda LeValdo, Jared Nally, Shelly Bryant


The Food Issue
Acadiana Profile
Contributors: Melanie Spencer, Sarah George


Conservation Issue
Louisiana Life
Contributors: Melanie Spencer, Sarah George