The Conservancy of Southwest Florida was honored by the Florida Magazine Association for its work in producing three outstanding visual presentations that showcase the organization’s environmental mission.

The Charlie Awards is a prestigious annual journalism and media competition that recognizes publishers, writers, editors, artists, photographers, printers, marketers and other professionals that demonstrate excellence in visual arts.

As a not-for-profit environmental protection organization, the Conservancy’s entries were judged against other professional associations. Its three Charlie Awards include:

  • Best advertisement (self-promotional) for Kill the Bill: The Conservancy created an advocacy piece urging supporters to demand that Florida Gov. Rick Scott remove his support for two state bills that would further erode wetlands protection and make it faster, easier and cheaper for developers to build on sensitive lands.
  • Best visitor publication for the Activity Guide 2017-18: This colorful annual publication is packed with photographs, information and maps to help Conservancy visitors navigate the 21-acre Nature Center.
  • Best special theme or show issue (bronze award) for the Estuaries Report Card: The Conservancy produced a special guide to help residents and visitors understand the health of Southwest Florida’s rivers, estuaries and bays, issuing letter grades to 10 regions on wildlife habitat and water quality.

The awards were announced in early August at the Florida Media Conference in Orlando. The Conservancy’s Catherine Bergerson, director of communications and marketing, Kate Kintz, graphic design and production manager, and Greg Willette, social media and marketing coordinator, teamed to produce the award-winning work. In the spring, the Conservancy also earned 12 awards from the American Advertising Federation for excellence in advertising and marketing initiatives.

“I continue to be in awe of the work produced by our in-house communications team,” said Rob Moher, president and CEO of the Conservancy. “Our biologists, researchers, naturalists and policy specialists deal with some extremely complicated materials and high-level analysis, and the team’s ability to compress that information into easy-to-read formats helps our community members, visitors, donors and lawmakers understand the issues at hand and take action.”

To learn more about the Conservancy and its efforts to protect Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life, visit www.conservancy.org.

About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 50-year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.