Climate Magazine was honored with multiple prizes for writing and photography in the 43rd annual San Francisco Peninsula Press Club Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards, collecting 11 awards including six first-place prizes. Climate’s Creative Director Jim Kirkland led the way, garnering six of the awards in the magazines and trade publications category for his distinctive design work and photography for Climate.
In a departure from years past, the awards were presented Sept. 17 in an online ceremony in accord with current Covid-related restrictions. A total of 226 entries was received, and the judging was done by four press clubs in other parts of the country.
Kirkland won awards for design or photography to illustrate stories on cruising, making it in radio, ghost hunting, California’s mounting pension problem, and tattoo art. Kirkland’s striking layout for a story about managing pain won second place for cover design.
In the feature story category of a serious nature, writer Vlae Kershner received first place for his story on preparing for the possibility of wildfire on the Peninsula. Second-place in that category was awarded to Don Shoecraft, for his feature about longstanding issues surrounding immigration to America.
Climate Editor Janet McGovern won first place in the environment/nature report category for her story about the evolving contribution of sewage treatment plants to creating a cleaner San Francisco Bay.
Food writer Emily Mangini collected a first-place award in the columns-features category, and history writer Jim Clifford received a second-place award.