JAY - Adirondack Life won a total of 10 awards-one gold, five silver and four awards of merit-at the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) conference, presented in Baltimore, Md. on Sept. 30. 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.
Bill Killon's overhead shot of a man in a guideboat 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).
Art Director Kelly Hofschneider received silver honors in overall art direction. She also won silver for art direction of a single feature for "Michigans."
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.
"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.
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). 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).
"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.
Finally, Adirondacklife.com, re-launched in March 2013, was given an award of merit in the Companion Website category.
"The regional magazines in this trade association are iconic publications, such as Arizona Highways, Down East, Oklahoma Today and Cottage Life," Creative Director Elizabeth Folwell said. "All of us understand how important it is to convey the beauty and complexity of our regions to readers who wish to stay connected with places they love. In Adirondack Life, we engage our audience through a real mix of impressive imagery, thoughtful journalism and even humor. The assortment of high awards shows the range of topics we present, the advice we give and the appreciation we have for local culture, local landscapes, local food and local recreational opportunities."