Sarasota Magazine took home 23 awards at the 2021 Florida Magazine Association’s annual Charlie Awards. Winners were announced on Friday, July 16, at the annual banquet at The Westin in Sarasota. Sarasota Magazine was the top award winner among all magazines for number of awards, with 10 first-place Charlie Awards, 10 Silver Awards and three Bronze Awards.
The Charlie Awards recognizes the best in journalism, design and marketing based on a panel of out-of-state magazine and newspaper professionals and college journalism professionals.
This is the third year in a row that Sarasota Magazine has received the highest number of awards among all magazines at the competition.
“It was a challenging year for everyone, and we’re honored and proud to produce some of the best lifestyle content in Florida,” says Susan Burns, the magazine’s editor in chief. “We excelled in all categories; in particular, our magazine dominated the design awards. We are also very proud that for the last two years, our website was named. No. 1 in the state for our circulation size.”
“I am grateful to our employees, our freelancers, our advertisers and our readers for helping to us to create such wonderful stories about a place that we love,” says Burns.
And now, here’s a quick look at the long list of our FMA awards!*
10 Charlie Awards
Best Writing: Public Service Coverage, “A Line In the Sand,” Isaac Eger
Best Writing: Service Feature, “Open House,” Ilene Denton
Best Writing: Feature Headlines, Sarasota Magazine staff
Design Excellence: Traditional Illustration, “A Line in the Sand”
Design Excellence: Best Photography, Single Feature Image, “The IMG Effect,” Everett Dennison
Design Excellence: Best Design, Typography, “The Elephant Polka,” Gigi Ortwein
Digital Excellence: Magazine Website, SarasotaMagazine.com, Sarasota Magazine Staff
Best Advertisement: Client: Arts Alliance, Michael Cronin
Best Special Theme or Show Issue: “For the Love of the Arts,” Kay Kipling, Lauren Pritchard, Sarasota Magazine Staff
Best Overall: Design
10 Silver Awards
Best Writing: Feature, “I Will Never Go Away,” Elizabeth Djinis
Best Design: Typography, “Coloring Her World,” Gigi Ortwein
Best Design: Cover, April, Gigi Ortwein
Best Design: Feature, “Ultimate Insider’s Guide,” Gigi Ortwein
Design Excellence: Best Photography, Photo Essay/Series, “Natural Wonders”
Design Excellence: Best Photography, Cover, May-June, Gigi Ortwein
Design Excellence: Best Traditional Illustration, Cover, September-October, Gigi Ortwein and Chanelle Nibbelink
Best Overall: Writing
Best Overall: Magazine
Three Bronze Awards
Design Excellence: Best Photo Illustration, “Go Figure,” Gigi Ortwein
Best Photography: Single Department Image, “Destined to Play,” Joe Lipstein (All Consumer)
Digital Excellence: Social Media, Megan McDonald (All Consumer)
*Unless otherwise indicated, the prize was awarded for our circulation category.