The Caribbean-American lifestyle journal shines and wins the eighth Florida Journal Affiliation Award

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Island Origins takes home two new Florida Magazine Association awards for creative excellence.

Island Origins Magazine, the Caribbean-American quarterly lifestyle magazine for South Florida, received the seventh and eighth awards from the Florida Magazine Association this July in Sarasota, Florida. Island Origins celebrates the best of Caribbean accomplishments, travel, art, business, cuisine, and more. The annual gala and awards honor and recognize the best work in the participating Florida magazines in the areas of editing, writing, photography, marketing, and other work.

David I. Muir, co-founder of Island Origins Magazine, accepted the award in the Best Photography category. Photo credit: Island Syndicate

At the two-day Florida Media Conference, Island Origins editor Calibe Thompson hosted a panel discussion on what it takes to become an FMA Award winner with panelists Jamie Rich, Editor of 2020 Magazine of the Year, Flamingo Magazine, and John Thomason. JES Media Managing Editor. Thompson, who is also the Secretary of the Advisory Board of the FMA, was also honored to present several of the awards at the gala and the ceremony.

Island Origins editor Calibe Thompson (right) stands with Flamingo Magazine editor Jamie Rich (left) and JES Editor-in-Chief John Thomason (center) following their panel discussion. Photo credit: David I. Muir (Island Syndicate)

Calibe Thompson presents at Florida Media Conference 2021. Photo credit: David I. Muir (Island Syndicate)

Calibe Thompson presents at Florida Media Conference 2021. Photo credit: David I. Muir (Island Syndicate)

Island Origins writer G. Wright Muir picked up a Best Opinion Letter Award for publication in the magazine’s Second Victory, attributed to her work. The winning piece, titled “Coming to America,” was a raw, personal piece that examined the Caribbean perspective on what it means to be black in America. The jury commented: “This is quality work both in personal observation and in reporting on the perspectives of others. It covers the subject in a way that provides accessible and fresh insight and articulates it for all readers. “

David I. Muir, co-founder of Island Syndicate, the publishing company of Island Origins, was recognized in the category Best Photography for his photo journal about the people and places of Santiago de Cuba.

The Florida Magazine Association is the nation’s largest state-run magazine association, creating a space for publishing professionals to network, advocate for the industry, and be recognized for their achievements. Revered as the grand prize of the Florida magazine industry, the annual Charlie Awards were presented in person at the Westin Sarasota on Friday, July 16, 2021, according to pandemic health and safety protocols. The winners become leaders each year from a group. selected writers, editors, designers, and educators outside of the state.

G. Wright Muir accepts the FMA award from Island Origins Magazine in the “Best Opinion Writing” category.  Photo credit: David I. Muir (Island Syndicate)

G. Wright Muir accepts the FMA award from Island Origins Magazine in the “Best Opinion Writing” category. Photo credit: David I. Muir (Island Syndicate)

Island Origins Magazine, launched in June 2017, is a Caribbean-American lifestyle print publication primarily distributed in South Florida. Produced quarterly by Island Syndicate, it appeals to a diverse, sophisticated mainstream audience. Learn more at islandoriginsmag.com.

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