Repeat award for great Outdoors

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A BORDERS-based magazine has scooped a national award for the second successive year.

Scotland Outdoors, which is produced in Peebles, won Best Small Publishing Company magazine at a glitzy 2010 PPA Scottish Magazine Awards ceremony in Glasgow earlier this month and was also highly commended in the overall Scottish Magazine of the Year category.

18/11/10. Bank of Scotland, Kelso. Picture Shows: Ian Collins (Bank of Scotland).

18/11/10. Bank of Scotland, Kelso. Picture Shows: Ian Collins (Bank of Scotland).

The annual awards acknowledge the highest standards in all aspects of magazine publishing. With categories that cover a wide range of disciplines across consumer, business and customer publishing, the awards provide an opportunity for publications to gain industry recognition for outstanding achievement over the past 12 months.

“We are extremely pleased to have been recognised in this way and are delighted to have again picked up such a prestigious accolade,” saind Scotland Outdoors editor Richard Rowe.

“We have seen a fantastic response to the magazine since launching two years ago and it’s hugely encouraging to receive this kind of recognition from industry peers.”

Published quarterly, the magazine explores Scotland’s outdoor riches with features on walking, adventure travel and sports, wildlife, ecology and other outdoor-oriented topics. “I always joke that we are trying to be a National Geographic for Scotland,” added Mr Rowe.

The judges praised Scotland Outdoors for its strong editorial, inspiring photography and innovative approach to growing circulation at what is a difficult time for the magazine market.

Unfortunately, the snowy conditions meant Mr Rowe was unable to attend the awards ceremony, but the magazine’s Edinburgh-based designer Matt McArthur was on hand to collect the award from the PPA judges and event host, comedian Craig Hill.