SANTA FE — New Mexico Magazine hauled in 16 awards including five 1st place awards in addition to the honor of Writer of the Year for Managing Editor Kate Nelson in the 41st Annual International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA) Awards Presentation.
The 41st Annual IRMA Awards Presentation recognized New Mexico Magazine and its team of writers, editors, and designers for the publication’s exceptional management, writing, photography, art direction and design over the past year.
“These awards are a testament to the incredibly talented team at New Mexico Magazine,” Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer said. “Despite the seismic challenges we have faced throughout the pandemic, New Mexico Magazine continues to tell immersive stories through world-class writing, illustration, and photography.”
“I am proud to see the team at New Mexico Magazine awarded for their work,” New Mexico Magazine CEO Edward Graves said. “New Mexico Magazine has been telling the story of New Mexico for nearly 100 years and our mission is to inspire authentic experiences with its people, places, art and culture on all of our media platforms.”
Prior to earning the honor of Writer of the Year in 2021, Nelson won silver for the award in 2019. In addition to Nelson’s honor as Writer of the Year, New Mexico Magazine received silver in Overall Art Direction 35,000 or more APR under the management of New Mexico Magazine Art & Photography Director John McCauley.
In total, New Mexico Magazine secured six gold awards (1st place) four silver, four bronze, and two awards of merit. In 2019, New Mexico Magazine earned 15 awards including four gold.
The following is a complete list of the 41st IRMA awards for New Mexico Magazine:
Writer of the Year
Kate Nelson – New Mexico Magazine Managing Editor
Passion Fruit by Kate Nelson, Maria Manuela, Andi Murphy, Steve Gleydura, Elizabeth Miller, Diana Alba Soular, Douglas Merriam, and John McCauley
Sand Blast by Elizabeth Miller, Diana Alba Soular, and Maria Manuela
General Feature 35,000 or more APR
Corner of the World by Kate Nelson
Sand Blast by Elizabeth Miller, Diana Alba Soular, Maria Manuela, Tira Howard, Jameson Simpson, John McCauley, Steve Gleydura, and Kate Nelson
Voices in the Dark by Juan Bernabeu
Nature and Environment Feature 35,000 or more APR
Bloom Town by Christina Selby
Art Direction of a Single Story 35,000 or more APR
Powder Play by John McCauley
Overall Art Direction 35,000 or more APR
John McCauley – New Mexico Magazine Art and Photography Director
Destinations by John McCauley, Steve Gleydura, and Kate Nelson
Art and Culture Feature
Maisel’s Legacy by Gwyneth Donald
Historic Feature 35,000 or more APR
Grounds for Remembrance by Kate Nelson
Profiles 35,000 or more APR
Nature the Navajo Way by Andi Murphy
Cover 35,000 or more APR
The Chile Issue by Steve Gleydura, Douglas Merriam, John McCauley, and Kate Nelson
Reader Service Article
Award of Merit
Powder Play by Elizabeth Miller, Ashley M. Biggers, Daniel Gibson, and Courtney Holden
Award of Merit
Passion Fruit by Douglas Merriam
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.