Arizona DOT magazine receives 20 awards from IRMA

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) magazine, Arizona Highways, recently received 20 awards from the International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) conference. The magazine celebrated its 90th anniversary last year.

arizona-highways-cover_crop“The magazine’s strong showing at the IRMA awards this year underscores the nearly 93 years of publishing excellence at Arizona Highways magazine,” Publisher Win Holden said. “I was pleased that the magazine’s creative team received recognition in every major category of publishing: writing, design, photography and illustration.”

The magazine received five first-place Gold Awards, seven Silver Awards, four Bronze Awards and four honorable mentions. In 2014, it received 16 IRMA awards and in 2013 it garnered 11 awards.

This year’s awards are listed below.

Gold Awards

  • Editor’s Letter: Robert Stieve
  • Single Photo: Ben Coan, Let There Be Light, October
  • Magazine Photographer of the Year: David Muench, December
  • Graphic: Eric Hanson, On the Road Again, May
  • Special Focus: 90th Anniversary Issue, April

Silver Awards

  • Headline and Deck: Robert Stieve, She Knows Dam Well, March 2015
  • Essay: Craig Childs, The Long Deep Trails of Water, June
  • Magazine Writer of the Year: Annette McGivney
  • Portrait Photo: John Sherman, Table of Contents, August
  • Portrait Series: Scott Baxter, Their Souls Blend in a Soft Whisper, March
  • Illustration: Jon Foster, Of Prehistoric Proportions, May
  • Companion Website:

Bronze Awards

  • Public Issues: Annette McGivney, For Land’s Sake, July
  • Profile: Kathy Montgomery, Sir David, December
  • Reader Service Article: Noah Austin, Robert Stieve and Kelly Vaughn Kramer, Weekend Getaways, January
  • Department: The Journal

Awards of Merit

  • Historical Feature: Kayla Frost, Of Prehistoric Proportions, May
  • Nature and Environment Feature: Annette McGivney, Ba’cho, August
  • Art Direction of a Single Story: Barbara Glynn Denney, Jeff Kida and Keith Whitney, The Blue, July
  • Cover: Barbara Glynn Denney, Salt River Canyon, November