On April 5, 2014, Richmond magazine won several awards from the Virginia Press Association, which has one of the largest annual awards contests in the country. Most notably, Richmond magazine won the 2013 Grand Sweepstakes for the Specialty category, which had 13 publications in its group. This award recognizes overall excellence in both news and advertising.
Richmond magazine also won the 2013 News Sweepstakes, as well as Best-in-Show for Art and Best-in-Show for Presentation, all in the Specialty category.
A few of the (numerous) comments from the judges:
On Presentation: "Impressive pages from cover all the way to the back page. Nicely done."
On Combination Picture and Story, as seen in Far From Downton Abbey : "Excellent photo and story combination. Excellent photographic quality, good variety of people and place photos and personality of story comes through photos."
On the R•Home Covers: "Really like the clean and modern look of the pages. Sometimes simple is best! Very nice."
On Multimedia News Report, as seen in Dreams Do Come True on Stage : "A heartwarming story about a program that could've been overlooked. Glad that it wasn't."
On Arts Writing, as seen in 16th Annual Theresa Pollak Prizes for Excellence in the Arts : "Thorough, beautiful, versatile, captured in one special edition, the dimensions of art in a community."
On Editorial Writing, as seen in Breaking the Fourth Wall , Dentists to Denver, Wild Rides , and $80 Million? Time for a Long Rain Delay : "Keeping an eye on the public purse, advocating for transparency and standing up for citizens, this publication gets it right."
On Food Writing, as seen in Are We Ready for Our Close-Up? : "Good story pondering whether Richmond is the nation's next food town. Wellresearched. Writer has a very readable style and knows how to flow facts in without making the reader feel bombarded or overwhelmed."