Read (or Re-read) Our Award-Winning Articles
by Lisa Bramen
Last weekend Adirondack Life‘s art director, Kelly Hofschneider, and I attended the International Regional Magazine Association’s annual conference, which was held in Baltimore. We met a lot of nice people from all over the U.S. and Canada—magazines like Maine’s Down East, Oklahoma Today, British Columbia and Texas Highways—and returned home with lots of good ideas.
We also picked up a few awards: one gold, five silver and four awards of merit. The awards honored work from 2012.
Editor Annie Stoltie earned gold in the Column category for her Short Carries essays: “Life Span” (January/February), about the Jay covered bridge; “Laying It on the Line” (May/June), a meditation on the Adirondack Park border; and “Methology” (November/December), a look at the North Country meth epidemic. This was the fourth year in a row Stoltie won either gold or silver in this category. Judges wrote, “This talented writer embraced a variety of topics, wrote fast-moving prose with depth, sensitivity, perspective.”
Bill Killon’s overhead shot of a man in a guideboat (shown at left) won silver in the Single Photograph category. The image appeared in a feature about paddling Long Lake, “Three Fine Days” (Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors). Judges commented on the “beautiful light, great angle” and elegant composition.
Kelly Hofschneider received silver honors in overall art direction for her “nice use of typography (display and body copy), wonderful images, some great opening spread designs and good use of graphic elements.”
She also won silver for art direction of a single feature for “Michigans,” with judges saying the “whimsical design and images really reflect the content.” The feature about michigans, a regional hot dog dish, also earned silver in the food category. This was a combined writing and art category; Senior Editor Niki Kourofsky was the writer. Judges called it ”a lively and light-hearted exploration of the region’s idiosyncratic answer to the chili dog” and said the “quirky illustrations and straight-forward photography perfectly match the story’s tone.”
“Ax Men” (Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors), a look at the Adirondack Woodsmen’s School at Paul Smith’s College by David Sommerstein, took silver in the Culture Feature category. Judges praised his “lively description.”
Mark Hobson received an award of merit in the Photographic Series category for his feature on Au Sable Forks, “There’s No Place Like Home” (November/December). Judges said it was a “refreshing look at home” with “everyday scenes that many people overlook.”
Another award of merit went to Mark Wilson, in the Single Illustration category, for his humorous drawing of the curious amphibian behavior that was the subject of “Newtie Show” (March/April). Judges cited his “beautiful brush work.”
Our Towns earned an award of merit in the Department category, for its glimpses of Canada Lake (September/October) and Moriah (November/December), both written by Niki Kourofsky, and Athol (May/June), by Lisa Bramen. Judges called it a simple idea, “well executed.”
Finally, Adirondacklife.com, re-launched in March 2013, was given an award of merit in the Companion Website category, for its “clean design and easy navigation.”
Congratulations to all the winners!