In a ceremony recognizing the best work done by U.S. magazine publishers in 2018, Adirondack Life won best Full Issue among regional magazines in the Northeast at the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards in New York City on October 30. The winning July/August 2018 issue included a vacation-planning guide, a special report on the Airbnb controversy in Lake Placid and more.
Days earlier, Adirondack Life won a total of nine awards—two gold, five silver and two bronze—at the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) conference, presented in Charlotte, North Carolina, on October 28. The magazine was also a finalist for Regional Magazine of the Year in its circulation division and won two Awards of Merit. The awards, judged by a panel of industry experts from outside IRMA, honored work from 2018.
Luke Cypher’s “There Goes the Neighborhood” (July/August), which examined how Airbnb was impacting Lake Placid and other tourist towns, took Gold in the Public Issues category.
“Four Peaks” (At Home in the Adirondacks), Mark Obbie’s elegy to his favorite vacation spot and its cantankerous landlord, won Gold in the Essay category.
Justin Michau won Silver in the Photo Series category for “Cast and Crew” (Guide to the Great Outdoors), about a fly-fishing and camping trip.
Senior editor Niki Kourofsky received a Silver in the Historic Feature category for “Tree Army” (January/February), about the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Editor Annie Stoltie’s Short Carries essays won Silver in the Column category.
Mark Mahorsky won two Silvers, in Art Direction of a Single Story, for “Path Finders” (September/October), and for Overall Art Direction in the magazine’s circulation division.
Shane Mitchell won Bronze in the Profiles category for “A Dairy Tale” (November/December), about Nettle Meadow Farm and its Kemp Sanctuary.
Amy Godine won Bronze in the General Feature category for “The Closet,” about a case of segregation at a summer music camp in the 1960s. Godine also won an Award of Merit in the Art & Culture Feature category for “Just Beyond the River,” about photographer Daesha Devón Harris.
Nancie Battaglia received an Award of Merit in the Magazine Photographer of the Year category.
Adirondack Life publishes eight issues a year. It covers historical, political, social, recreational and environmental issues relevant to the six-million-acre Adirondack Park and is known for its photography.
IRMA has 34 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.
Illustration: Adirondack Life’s most recent issue, on news stands now.