Bermudian Magazine Wins IRMA Awards

October 23, 2020

The Bermudian Magazine won three awards during the 40th annual International Regional Magazine Association [IRMA] awards presentation.

An IRMA spokesperson said, “The International Regional Magazine Association announces its 40th annual magazine awards, highlighting accomplishments in editorial, photography, art direction, design, and overall publication.

“The Bermudian Magazine won three awards at the 40th annual International Regional Magazine Association awards presentation.

“IRMA members include state, province, and regional publications from across the United States and Canada. The awards were granted for work published in 2019, and judged by independent panels of experts.

“Publisher and editor Tina Stevenson accepted the awards on behalf of the magazine.”

A Bermudian Magazine spokesperson said, “We are thrilled to win three awards at this year’s IRMA [virtual] Conference, especially considering we were up against some amazing regional magazines across the USA and Canada. It is a testament to the hard work and great talent of our small but mighty team, both in-house and freelance.”

The IRMA spokesperson said, “The Bermudian’s 2020 awards in the 35,000 or less Annual Print Run [APR] division include:

Nature and Environment Feature

“Silver – For the Love of Lobsters by Peter Backenberg, Fall 2019 issue.

The judge’s commented, “Comprehensive and informative.”

Art and Culture Feature

“Award of Merit – A Walk on the Railway Trail by Elizabeth Jones, Spring 2019 issue.

The judge’s commented, “Nice interweaving of histories while letting us tag along on this journey.”

The Art Direction of a Single Story

“Award of Merit – How Bermy Are You? by Linda Weinraub, Spring 2020 issue.

The judge’s commented, “Fun, fun, FUN! Love the watercolor elements and graphics and how they’re used throughout.”


The organisation added, “IRMA is a non-profit association composed of 25 regional magazines from across North America. Since its founding in 1960, IRMA has provided an unparalleled environment for open communication, support and trust among member magazines.

“Regional magazines are defined as having general interest, lifestyle or tourism editorial content about a specific region. Our members are Acadiana Profile; Adirondack Life; albemarle magazine; Arizona Highways; Arizona Wildlife Views; Arkansas Life; Avenue Calgary; British Columbia Magazine; Cottage Life; Delaware Beach Life; Down East: the Magazine of Maine; Downhome; KANSAS! Magazine; Louisiana Life; Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors; Mountain Home; Nebraska Life Magazine; New Mexico Magazine; Oklahoma Today; Saltscapes; Smoky Mountain Living; Texas Highways; The Bermudian; Wyoming Wildlife; and Yukon, North of Ordinary.

“To evaluate the achievements of member magazines, IRMA annually selects a panel of industry experts from outside IRMA who choose winners from the pool of submitted entries.

“The various award categories include editorial, design, and photography. Example categories include Reader Service Article, Photo Series, Art Direction of a Single Story and Magazine of the Year. Winners were announced at the annual conference on Monday October 28th hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina.”

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