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Arizona Highways magazine wins 16 awards for excellence

Arizona Highways magazine wins 16 awards for excellence

July 2, 2024

ADOT publication honored by International Regional Media Association

PHOENIX – Arizona Highways, the world-renowned magazine highlighting Arizona’s scenery and stories, earned a total of 16 awards for excellence in visuals, writing and production at the recent annual conference of regional magazines from across North America.

The magazine, published by the Arizona Department of Transportation, won three first-place Gold Awards from the nonprofit International Regional Media Association. A panel of magazine industry experts judges its annual awards competition. 

What a true honor it is to be recognized by our industry peers for the incredible work done by the Arizona Highways team,Arizona Highways Publisher Kelly Mero said.

Arizona Highways received the following awards:


  • Headline & Dek: Robert Stieve, “Dam Shame”
  • Single Photo: Guy Schmickle, “Schnebly Hill Monsoon” 
  • Photo Series (35,000 or more circulation): “Flavor of the Months”


  • Website of the Year
  • Magazine Photographer of the Year (35,000 or more circulation): Joel Hazelton
  • Travel Feature: Morgan Sjogren, “A Long Strange Trip”
  • Profiles (35,000 or more circulation): Matt Jaffe, “The Grand Master”
  • Column: Robert Stieve, June, October and November 2023
  • Illustration: Sam Ward, “Who Shot First?”


  • Public Issues: Annette McGivney, “In Hot Water”  
  • General Feature (35,000 or more circulation): Lawrence W. Cheek, “It’s Looking Up Downtown” 
  • Portrait Photo: William Allard, “Henry Gray”
  • Overall Art Direction (35,000 or more circulation): August, October and November 2023


  • Historic Feature (35,000 or more circulation): Kathy Montgomery, “What a Place to Call Home”
  • Art & Culture Feature: Sunnie R. Clahchischiligi, “According to Custom” 
  • Essay: Kelly Vaughn, “Learning on the Fly” 

Founded in 1925, Arizona Highways is dedicated to promoting travel to and through the state of Arizona. In addition to the world-renowned magazine known for spectacular landscape photography, Arizona Highways publishes travel guide books, calendars and other products to promote travel in Arizona. The magazine has subscribers in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

Learn more at arizonahighways.com and irmamagazines.com.