The Florida Magazine Association held its annual Charlie Awards ceremony in Ponte Vedra Beach last week, recognizing dozens of top Sunshine State publications for excellence in writing, design, photography, marketing and more. Sarasota Magazine took home 20 awards, including nine first-place Charlie Awards—the fourth straight year in which the publication earned the most overall awards.
"What I find most impressive about our showing is the breadth of categories in which the magazine was recognized," says editor in chief Cooper Levey-Baker. "We were honored for our design and writing, as well as our digital presence and our advertorial and advertising design work. Congratulations to all of our employees and freelancers for all their hard work, and congratulations to all of the many other impressive Florida publications honored by the association."
Here's a list of all of our award-winning work from 2021*:
Best Writing, In-Depth Reporting: "The Invaders," Isaac Eger
Best Writing, Service Feature: "Nice Slice, Baby!," Cooper Levey-Baker
Best Photo Illustration (All Consumer): "You Can't Keep a Good City Down," Gigi Ortwein
Best Photography, Cover: "Ultimate Guide to Boating," Everett Dennison
Best Photography, Single Department Image: "On Guard," Chad Spencer
Best Design, Cover: "You Can't Keep a Good City Down," Gigi Ortwein
Best Design, Feature: "Nice Slice, Baby!," Gigi Ortwein
Best Overall, Writing: Sarasota Magazine, Staff
Best Overall, Design: Sarasota Magazine, Gigi Ortwein, Lauren Pritchard
Best Design, Department: "Essential Intelligence," Gigi Ortwein, Lauren Pritchard
Best Advertisement, For a Client: "We Stand for the Arts," Lauren Pritchard
Best Special Theme or Show Issue: For the Love of Our Arts, Kay Kipling, Lauren Pritchard
Best Column (All Consumer): "From the Editor," Susan Burns
Best Traditional Illustration (All Consumer): "20 Years Later," Gigi Ortwein, Antoine Doré
Best Design, Typography: "Tourist Time Warp," Lauren Pritchard
Best Design, Feature: "Museum Road Trips," Lauren Pritchard
Best Digital, Social Media: Sarasota Magazine, Megan McDonald
Best Advertorial, Story or Section: Arts and Culture Guide, Lauren Pritchard, Kay Kipling
*Unless otherwise indicated, the prize was awarded for our circulation category.