Active Interest Media publications honored at BWI awards


One-year-old Active Interest Media magazine Anglers Journal swept the fishing category as Boating Writers International handed out its annual writing awards during the Miami International Boat Show.

Taking first prize was an article titled “Circling Back,” written by Barry Gibson for the Winter 2014 issue of the quarterly.

“I have never read such a deliciously crafted, accurate and humorous story describing the lifecycle of someone with an angling affliction,” judge Gary Reich said of the article in a statement. “I smiled through every single paragraph of this great fishing read.”

Winning second place was Trade Only and Anglers Journal editor-in-chief Bill Sisson for his Summer issue article titled “Another Time.” Taking third prize was “End of the Day” by Barry Gibson, which also appeared in the Summer issue.

Active Interest Media’s Marine Group, which owns titles that include Sail, Power & Motoryacht, Yachts International, Trade Only, Soundings and Anglers Journal, received 18 awards and 20 certificates of merit at BWI’s Feb. 13 award ceremony.

Presentations in 17 contest categories representing $17,000 in awards were made to first-place ($500), second-place ($300) and third-place ($200) scorers.

AIM publications also swept the Boating Profiles category. Kevin Koenig won first prize for his November story in Power & Motoryacht titled “Townsend Bell is Slowing Down.” Second place was awarded for “Iron Woman” by Dieter Loibner (Soundings, February); third place went to “More than a Woman,” by Meredith Laitos (Sail, December).

Trade Only columnist and blogger Michael Sciulla took first place in the Business of Boating category for his column titled “Undervalued Gen X is Boating’s Sweet Spot.” Trade Only writer Reagan Haynes won third place in the category for her July article “Band of Sisters.”

Peter Nielsen, of Sail magazine, won second place in the Boat/Engine Care and Maintenance category for his story “Mix It Up” and he won first place in the Technical Writing category for his May article for Sail titled “Taking Wing.”

Peter Swanson took first prize in the Boating Columns category for his Soundings Online column “Loose Cannon.” Bill Sisson took second prize in that category for his Soundings column “Under Way.”

Kim Kavin won third place for her “Spies in the Skies” piece, which ran in the December issue of Yachts International.

John Kretschmer won third place for his July story in Sail magazine titled “A Rogue-ish Wave.”

Nigel Calder won second place in the Gear, Electronics and Product Tests category for his Sail magazine story in June titled “Riding Out A Gale.”

Chris Caswell won the top prize in Boating Lifestyles for his March Power & Motoryacht story titled “Buried Treasure.”

In the Online Expressions category “Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub,” by Ben Ellison, took second place.

Soundings editor Mary South won a second-place prize in the Ethics and Environment category for her March story “Building Boats and Shaping Lives.”