Garden & Gun, a locally produced Southern lifestyle magazine, is receiving national recognition.

Not only was the publication nominated in the general excellence category of the National Magazine Awards, but it also brought home top prize at the 21st annual GAMMA Awards in Atlanta.

According to the judges: "Garden & Gun is gorgeous to look at, and a joy to hold and read.

This is a magazine that takes as its mission to capture the soul of the new South. Which it does."

In addition, Garden & Gun editors also were honored with awards for best photography, best design, best single issue and general excellence.

And for the magazine's online efforts, min magazine recognized it with the "Best of the Web: Email Newsletter" award for its "Talk of the South" e-newsletter.

"Garden & Gun magazine gets it," min wrote. "The brand's twice-weekly 'Talk of the South' feels more like a friend who thinks you 'just gotta see this."