Golden Isles Magazine had a notable year in terms of recognition. The publication received both state and national honors for editorial and design content, earning awards from The Georgia Press Association and the FOLIO: Eddie & Ozzie Awards contest. 


First up, the Georgia Press Awards. Held each year on Jekyll Island, the convention brings together newspapers from across the state to honor the best of the best when it comes to journalism in Georgia. 


The Brunswick News Publishing Company, which owns and produces Golden Isles Magazine, received an impressive list of accolades, across all categories, including the highly-coveted General Excellence Award, reserved for the best newspaper in the state. 


On the magazine side, GIM received multiple awards including two first-place accolades. The top finishes were for Best Magazine Cover Design for July/August 2020. The Photographer was Parker Alexander who shared his stunning image of Village Creek Landing; it was designed by Terry Wilson.


Editor Lindsey Adkison also won a first-place award for Best Magazine Commentary. 


GIM received a second-place finish for Best Magazine In-House Photography and Editor Lindsey Adkison received a third place award for Best Magazine Original Writing.


In the fall, the publication was recognized at the FOLIO Awards held in New York City. Golden Isles Magazine won an Ozzie (design) honorable mention for the cover design for its September/October 2020 issue, Portraits of the Artists, designed by Terry Wilson and photographed by Bobby Haven. The model was Yvonne Grovner, a basket weaver from Sapelo Island.


It also received an Ozzie honorable mention for the January/February’s Past, Present and Future issue for cover design. Terry Wilson was the designer and Tamara Gibson was the photographer. Reiki master Iman Ali was the model.


The publication received an Eddie (editorial) honorable mention for a full issue — January/February 2021 — in the city and regional category. 


While the magazine has received its fair share of GPA and FOLIO Awards in the past, this year’s winnings proved even more meaningful considering that all of this content was generated during the oppressive crush of the coronavirus pandemic.


Many of the stories were created and images captured during the early lockdowns, creating an unprecedented set of challenges when it came to both photographing and reporting. 

But, says Editor Lindsey Adkison, the entire team stepped up to overcome those obstacles. 


“To say that producing a magazine in 2020 is a vast understatement. Not only were we facing the logistical challenges of closures during the first lock down, but we were also deeply concerned for the health of all of staff, freelancers, as well as our sources,” Adkison says.


“It was a truly monumental task, one that makes this recognition all the more rewarding. We treasure our responsibility to share the stories of this community. We are so incredibly grateful to everyone, especially our readers, who have supported us along the way. You are the reason we do what we do.”


Publisher Buff Leavy agrees. After such a difficult period, Leavy feels the honors are all the more precious. 


“Receiving this recognition for 2020 is outstanding. We are grateful to the community and our advertisers for the essential and strong support that was necessary to pull off publishing incredible editions one after the other in such a challenging year,” he says. 


“Lindsey continues to amaze with her incredible talent and direction in capturing the essence of the Golden Isles through story telling and photography.”