Adirondack Life Wins 9 Regional Magazine Awards

Adirondack Life won a total of nine awards—one gold, four silver and four bronze—at the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) conference, presented in Banff, Alberta, on October 16. The awards honored work from 2016.

Brian Castner’s “Three Days in the Santanonis” (Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors), about an arduous trek with his young sons, took Gold in the Travel Feature category. The judges commented, “Loved every word, phrase, sentence, and paragraph of this piece. Heart pounding for those young boys, feeling the hunger in their bellies, and the excitement, terror and pride so beautifully described in this adventure.”

High Profile” (October), Annie Stoltie’s look at our enduring fascination with Adirondack fire towers, was the Silver winner in the General Feature category. The judges called it “a beautiful example of how to take a commonplace object that people might walk past a hundred times in their life but never really stop to see, and elevate [it] to an object of historical reverence.” Stoltie’s Short Carries essays—”A Piece of the Park” (June), “Why They Stay” (August) and “Seasonal Disorder” (December)—also won Silver in the Column category, with judges praising them as “evocative and convincing commentary that entrances a reader into feeling a vested interest in the subject at hand.”

James Odato won Silver in the Public Issues category for “Aaron Mair” (December), about the first African American president of the Sierra Club and his efforts to bring more people of color to the Adirondacks.

Niki Kourofsky earned a Bronze award in the Essay category for “Valentino and Me” (February), about her fascination with an old roadhouse in a town with ties to the silent-film heartthrob and his lover. The judges called it “an intriguing vignette, skillfully presented.”

Janice Kun received a Bronze in the Single Illustration category for “Vanishing Acts” (June).

Art director Kelly Hofschneider was the Bronze winner for overall art direction in the over-30,000-circulation category.

Yvonne Albinowski’s “Freeze Frames” (April), about the Schroon Lake Ice Fishing Derby, won Silver in the Portrait Series category, as well as Bronze in the Portrait Photo category. One of the judges commented, “This isn’t necessarily a subject I would be interested in, but this presentation, the surreal landscape, and personal look at the people involved is hard to pass by at a glance.”

The magazine also received two awards of merit, and was a finalist for Magazine of the Year.

IRMA has 35 member magazines from Arizona to Missouri to British Columbia. It was established in the 1960s to help regional magazine publishers, editors and art and circulation directors share ideas.