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MIAMI 2016: Active Interest Media writers win nine BWI awards

MIAMI — Active Interest Media scooped up nine Boating Writers International awards among three publications.

MIAMI — Active Interest Media scooped up nine Boating Writers International awards among three publications — Anglers Journal, Soundings Trade Only and Yachts International.

In the business of boating category, Soundings Trade Only associate editor Reagan Haynes won first place for the story “Bracing for Life Without Boomers” and managing editor Rich Armstrong won second place for his story on Hurricane Sandy, “The Storm That Won’t Go Away.”

Editor-in-chief Bill Sisson won first place in the columns category for his Anglers Journal column “Between Fish.”

Anglers Journal took prizes in several categories. The publication swept the fishing category, with a first-place prize for “Hired Hands” by Zach Harvey; a second-place prize for “A Way Home,” written by Bill Pike; and third place for “Northern Gravity,” by John Jinishian.

Ron Ballanti won a first-place award for Anglers Journal in gear, electronics and product tests with “Tricks of the Trade.”

Kevin Koenig won first prize in the boating profiles category for “Here Be Dragons” in Anglers Journal.

Kim Kavin won first place in boating issues, news and analysis for her story “Florida’s Aging Bridges” in Yachts International.

In its 23rd year, the BWI contest attracted 127 participants submitting 322 entries. Presentations in 15 contest categories representing $15,000 in awards were made to first-, second- and third-place scorers.

In addition to cash awards, certificates of merit were presented to writers of another 45 articles that scored within 95 percent of the third-place tallies in each category. All submissions to the contest were published in 2015.

Four active journalists judged each category.

Click here for the winners.



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