Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine was honored with six awards, including being named a finalist for magazine of the year, at the 36th annual International Regional Magazine Association awards dinner Sept. 19 at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.

IRMA members include state, province, and regional publications from across the United States and Canada. The awards were for work published in 2015, judged by independent panels of experts.

“It is a pleasure to tell the stories of Maine and its people,” said John K. Hanson, publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, “and I am proud to know that the quality work of our staff, writers, and artists resonates with others in the industry."

Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, based in Rockland, Maine, has been telling stories about the coast, boatbuilders, art, and architecture for 29 years. The magazine also hosts an annual boat and home show each August on the Rockland waterfront.

MBH&H was one of three finalists in the under 30,000 circulation category for magazine of the year, which was won by Missouri Life. Other awards won by MBH&H and its writers and staff included a silver medal for a general feature in a category that included magazines of all circulation levels for a story about long-distance ocean swimming by Hodding Carter of Camden.

First place for general feature went to Adirondack Life and the bronze medal went to Down East, based in Rockport.

MBH&H writer Paul Molyneaux won a bronze for essay writing for his story about building a skin-kayak with his son. Silver in this category went to Arizona Highways and gold to Down East for an essay by Ron Currie Jr.

MBH&H’s other awards included: in categories that included magazines of all circulation levels, an award of merit for “Baskets with Spirit” by Billy Ray Simms about Native American basketmaker Jeremy Frey; an award of merit for travel feature for a story by Mimi Bigelow Steadman about Eagle Island and Admiral Peary’s home there on Casco Bay; and, in the under 30,000 circulation category, an award of merit for historic feature for a story about Kittery eagle carver John Haley Bellamy by James Craig.

IRMA is a nonprofit association composed of 35 regional magazines from across North America. Regional magazines are defined as having general interest, lifestyle or tourism editorial content about a specific region.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.