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Winners of the First Annual Bear World Magazine Awards Announced!

Last night the winners were announced for the highly anticipated inaugural Bear World Magazine Awards sponsored by Growlr and Mistr. Hosted by our Editor in Chief John Hernandez and drag sensation Kimmi Moore, the awards were streamed on YouTube and across social media platforms. If you haven’t seen it yet or do not want any spoilers be sure to check out below before reading any further!

At times poignant but more often silly, funny and irreverent, our two hosts guided us through a celebration of the bear community and the diverse and multifaceted people that make it up. Awards were presented in ten categories and voted on by you, the readers of Bear World Magazine. With over 12,000 bears participating in the vote we are proud to announce the winners as follows:

Best Bear Personality

Big Dipper

Guillermo Diaz

Jonny McGovern

Lucy Stoole

Roulette Delgato WINNER

Best Bear Retailer

Wolfstryker Leather

Cub & Bare

Bear-tastic WINNER

Den Loungewear


Burly Shirts

Best Bear Representation in the Media

Brian Sims

Dexter Mayfield

Guy Branum

Harvey Guillen

Joshua R. Pangborn WINNER

Yamil ‘Yam Yam’ Arocho

Best Bear Bar

Lone Star Saloon San Francisco

Rockbar New York City


Kings Arms London

Le Stud Montreal

Ty’s New York City

Best Bear Musician

Benjamin Koll

Big Daddy Karsten

Big Dipper

Dapper Dan Midas


Roulette Delgado

Best Bear Club Night

Club Chub





Bear Milk – WINNER

Best Bear Activist

Nikki Wireman

Sunny Haynes

TJ Ngoma

Verity Smith WINNER

Best Bear Event

Beef Dip

Urban Bear

International Bear Convergence

Sitges Bear Week WINNER

Provincetown Bear Week

Bear, Bikers & Mayhem

Best Bear Adult Performer

Hunter Scott

Justin West WINNER

Leo McLoud

Oscar Bear

Seattle Dad

Will Angell

Best Bear Adult Studio

Stocky Dudes

Natural Born Breeders

Bear Films WINNER

Guy Bone

Hot Older Male

House of Angell

In addition to these ten categories, Ali Lopez was recognized as the first ever Bear World Icon; while Adam Rodriguez-Routt was given the first Bear World Trailblazer Award. Both men appear on our November digital front cover as representatives of the first group of Bear World Magazine Award winners. Each winner will receive a specially designed statuette from renowned bear artist SantiYago Delgado.

John and Kimmi kept the show moving along with quips, barbs and skits galore, but the two took a moment to slow things down for an In Memoriam segment that honored the lives of several bears who’ve passed that left their mark on bear culture. The bears memorialized were:

Doug Langway – Creator of the Bear City Franchise, Writer and Director.

John Burrows – Founder of Provincetown Bear Week

Geoge Unda – Actor, Where the Bears Are

Ryan Shay – Writer and Educator

Bryan Knights – Comic Book Creator and Adult Actor

Javier Vergara – President MADBEAR and owner of Bear Bar Madrid

Ash Christian – Actor and Producer

An image of the Bear World Magazine Award statuette sculpted and designed by SantiYago Delgado.

The show closed out with the news that the Bear World Magazine Awards will return next year as a live event to be held during Provincetown Bear Week! We will of course keep you updated as details emerge!

BWM Staff

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