Sarasota Magazine Wins 23 Florida Magazine Association Annual Charlie Awards


Sarasota Magazine won 23 awards at the Florida Magazine Association’s annual Charlie Awards in 2021. The winners were announced Friday, July 16 at the annual banquet at the Westin in Sarasota. Sarasota Magazine was the top winner among all magazines for number of awards, with 10 first Charlie prizes, 10 silver prizes and three bronze prizes.

The Charlie Awards recognize the best in journalism, design and marketing based on a panel of out-of-state magazine and newspaper professionals and academic journalism professionals.

This is the third consecutive year that Sarasota Magazine received the most awards of any magazine in the competition.

“It’s been a tough year for everyone, and we’re honored and proud to produce some of the best lifestyle content in Florida,” said Susan Burns, editor of the magazine. “We excelled in all categories; in particular, our magazine dominated the design awards. We are also very proud that over the past two years our website has been named. No. 1 in the state for our broadcast size.

“I’m grateful to our employees, freelancers, advertisers and readers for helping us create such wonderful stories about a place we love,” Burns said.

And now here’s a quick look at our long list of our FMA awards! *

10 Charlie Prize

Better writing: Civil Service Cover, “A Line in the Sand,” Isaac Eger

Better writing: Service functionality, “Doors open”, Ilene Denton

Better writing: Titles of the stars, Sarasota Magazine Staff

Design excellence: Traditional illustration, “A line in the sand”

Design excellence: Best Cinematography, Single Image, “The IMG Effect”, Everett Dennison

Design excellence: Best design, typography, “The Elephant Polka”, Gigi Ortwein

Digital excellence: Magazine website,, Sarasota Magazine Staff

Better publicity: Client: Alliance des Arts, Michael Cronin

Best Special Theme or Issue Number: “For the love of the arts”, Kay Kipling, Lauren Pritchard, Sarasota Magazine Staff

Best overall: Design

10 silver rewards

Better writing: Feature film, “I will never leave”, Elizabeth Djinis

Better design: Using Photography, “The Greatest Shores on Earth”, “Travel to the End of Florida”, “Parks to Play”

Better design: Typography, “Coloring Her World”, Gigi Ortwein

Better design: Cover, April, Gigi Ortwein

Better design: Article, “Ultimate Insider’s Guide”, Gigi Ortwein

Design excellence: Best photography, essay / photo series, “Natural wonders”

Design excellence: Best Photography, Cover, May-June, Gigi Ortwein

Design excellence: Best Traditional Illustration, Cover, September-October, Gigi Ortwein and Chanelle Nibbelink

Best overall: Writing

Best overall: Review

Three bronze prizes

Design excellence: Best photo illustration, “Go Figure”, Gigi Ortwein

Best photography: Image of a single department, “Destined to play”, Joe Lipstein (All consumers)

Digital excellence: Social Media, Megan McDonald (All consumers)

* Unless otherwise indicated, the prize was awarded for our broadcast category.

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