MIAMI 2020: Boating Writers International hands out annual awards


Boating Writers International announced the winners of its annual writing contest this morning at the Miami International Boat Show.

Writers in Active Interest Media’s Marine Group took 19 awards. (Soundings Trade Only is part of the AIM Marine Group.)

Writing for Anglers Journal, Gary Reich took the top honor in the Boating Profiles category for “Perfect Patterns” and second in the Fishing category for “Rooted.”

Reich also took first place in the Gear, Electronics & Product Tests categories for “Fire and Metal,” which appeared in Outboard magazine.

Soundings executive editor Pim Van Hemmen placed first in the Boat Projects, Renovations & Retrofits category for “The Long Haul” and second in Seamanship, Rescue & Safety for “Arctic Blast.”

With Reich’s first place finish, Anglers Journal swept Boating Profiles category. Henry Hughes claimed second place for “Against the Grain, and Bill Pike picked up third for “Bait Lady.”

Anglers Journal editor-in-chief Bill Sisson placed first in the Boating Columns category for “Between Fish, and AJ contributor Zach Harvey took first in Fishing for “Grace of the Food Chain.” Callan Wink placed first for AJ in the Environmental Awareness & Education category with “Fish Pimping.” AJ contributing photographer Jay Fleming placed third in the Boating Photography category for “Dispatches from Cuba.”

Also in the Photography category, Dori Arrington placed second for “Morning Light on Peggy’s Cove,” which ran in PassageMaker.

In The Business of Boating category, Soundings Trade Only senior editor Eric Colby placed second for “Bigger, Bolder and Faster.” Outgoing editor-in-chief Michael Verdon took third for “Lifeline of the Islands.”

In Boating Issues, News and Analysis, Wendy Mittman Clarke earned top honor for “Stone Silent,” which ran in Soundings.

Power & Motoryacht digital editor John Turner earned a first and a third in the Boating Videos category for “Palm Beach 70 Commuter Contest” and “Solace 345 at Newport,” respectively.

PMY editor-in-chief Dan Harding placed first in the Boat Tests and Reviews category for “The Palm Beach 70.” PMY managing editor Simon Murray took third place in Boating Lifestyles for “Smoke on the Water.

Jeff Moser claimed third in Environmental Awareness & Education for “Cold, Wet and Hell Bent,” which appeared in Outboard.

The contest drew 299 entries from 112 participants. BWI presented awards in 15 categories, along with 45 certificates of merit.

The complete list of winners is here.


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