Winter Park, Fla. — Bonnier Corp.’s Florida Travel + Life has been named the first-ever Magazine of the Year by the Florida Magazine Association. In addition to this top honor, the magazine took five other first-place wins at the annual Florida Magazine Awards. Judges from  publications such as the Boston Globe and Newsday, and from journalism schools at Northwestern University and Syracuse University, served on the reviewing panel.


“It’s a great honor to receive the very first 2012 Magazine of the Year Award from the Florida Magazine Association, and I am very pleased and grateful that our original design, vibrant photography and inspiring content have been recognized,” said Florida Travel + Life Editor-in-Chief Patricia Letakis.


For the second year in a row, Florida Travel + Life was awarded the Best Overall Magazine award in its category, making it a finalist for this year’s Magazine of the Year award. Among the five honorees who received the Best Overall Magazine award in their respective categories, the judges selected Florida Travel + Life as the publication that best fulfilled its mission statement in the past year.


Florida Travel + Life‘s other first-place awards include: Best Overall Design, Best Overall Writing, Best Use of Photography and Best Feature. The magazine also picked up a second-place award for Best Department and a third-place award for Best Feature Design.


“Every year the Florida Travel + Life editorial team strives to present our audience with fresh content that not only motivates readers to get out and discover Florida, but arouses their curiosity to discover things they never imagined would cross their paths,” said Letakis.


The Florida Magazine Awards recognized magazines in more than 80 categories for their excellence in the areas of printing, writing and design, along with best-overall awards for digital presence, design, writing and magazine. This was the first year the Florida Magazine Association handed out a Magazine of the Year award. The awards gala was held on Aug. 17 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


Florida Travel + Life is the top resource for information on the Sunshine State, providing behind-the-scenes access to top travel destinations, hotels and resorts, restaurants, arts and culture, real-estate developments, shopping and outdoor pursuits in Florida.


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