Archive | May 2012

Meet the NMA Finalists for Beauty

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards are coming up on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. This year our judges selected 4 finalists in the new visual category Beauty, sponsored by L’Oréal Canada.

And the 4 finalists are:

“Strict Compulsive Obsessive Controlled Beauty” – Fashion Magazine. Art Direction by Maarten Sluyter and Lesa Hannah; Photography by Gabor Jurina; Styling by Caitlan Moneta.

“Killer Scents” – Filler Magazine. Art Direction by Ryan Johnson. Photography by Natasha V.

“Mane Attraction” – Flare. Art Direction by Tanya Watt. Edited by Carlene Higgins. Photography by Chris Nicholls. Styling by Zeina Esmail.

“Fragrances” – Sharp. Art Direction by Adam Taylor. Photography and Styling by Adrian Armstrong.

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Finalists announced for PWAC Editor of the Year

Congratulations to Rob Kelly, Jennifer Reynolds and Diana Swift, who’ve been named the three finalists for the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) award for Editor of the Year.

Diana Swift is the Editor in Chief of Canadian Health; Jennifer Reynolds is the Editor in Chief of Canadian Family; and Rob Kelly is the Editor in Chief of Lawyer Weekly.

All were nominated by their peers, as members of PWAC submitted recommendations to a three-member judging panel, based on criteria that includes editing and communications skills, the ability to bring out the best in writers, and the fairness of pay rates and contracts. The winner will be announced at the PWAC luncheon on June 8 at the Courtyard Marriott, part of MagNet 2012.

Meet the NMA Finalists for Best Single Issue

Next Thursday — June 7 — the NMAF will reveal the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year there are 5 finalists in the integrated category Best Single Issue, sponsored by Mag+.

This award goes to the magazine that has published the best single issue of the year in terms of the overall quality and originality of the content and its relevance to the intended readers.

For 2011 the nominees are:

“Protecting Our Water” by Canadian Geographic (June, 2011)

About this issue of Canadian Geographic:
The June 2011 issue of Canadian Geographic is a call to arms to all Canadians: paying more attention to our water is already vital, and will become even more important in the years ahead. This edition explores issues such as the campaign to restore Toronto’s Don River, Lake Winnipeg’s algae problems, and the mounting development pressure in the Yukon’s Peel River watershed, perhaps the most pristine in Canada. The editors have included an action guide inspiring readers to get involved in protecting watersheds where they live. The issue also spreads out a photo essay documenting shoreline cleanup in Nova Scotia, and a profile of water scientist Monique Dubé.

“Our Biggest Issue Ever” – Maclean’s (May 16, 2011)

About this issue of Maclean’s:
Who could have predicted that a Canadian federal election delivering a majority government, a royal wedding that became a global event and the assassination of the world’s most loathed terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, would all take place within a single week? Not Maclean’s, but they didn’t miss a beat covering this remarkable week in news in a way that ensured none of these three momentous events would be short-shifted. The issue—the biggest in Maclean’s’ 106-year-history—is a tour de force for a week like no other.

“Undiscussibles” – Rotman Magazine (Spring 2011)

About this issue of Rotman:
We have all participated in conversations where we keep critical information, feelings, or ideas to ourselves, for a wide variety of reasons. “Undiscussables” are more than just sensitive topics: they can be incredibly disruptive to trust and to the whole process of getting work done. Rotman believes that leaders must do more to get tough, uncomfortable issues onto the table for discussion. In the spring 2011 issue, the goal was to enable readers to lift the veil on the undiscussables in their organizations and to provide some tools for dealing with difficult issues in productive ways.

“The North Poll” – Up Here (April/May 2011)

About this issue of Up Here:
The cornerstone of the April/May 2011 is the exclusive North Poll–a national survey the magazine commissioned whose results reveal how dramatically ignorant southern Canadians are about the geography and culture of the territories. As Up Here‘s first-ever national survey, the North Poll was picked up by thousands of media outlets nation-wide, including dozens of newspapers and online news sites, and a plethora of radio shows. Anticipating public attention, the magazine strove to make the entire issue its best.

“Gros” – Urbania (Winter, 2011)

About this issue of Urbania:
With its special “Fatness” issue, Urbania investigates a question considered taboo in Quebec: Is it okay to be fat? The editors have made a concerted effort not to give voice to the nutritionists and healthy-living zealots who would tell us for the umpteenth time that in order to be healthy and happy we must eat less and exercise more. Instead, in words and pictures, they present the voices of “les Gros,” and in the process of researching the flip side of fatness, Urbania has discovered a world where being large is celebrated, where there are indeed happy, healthy “Gros.”

The winner of Best Single Issue will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Meet the NMA Finalists for Best New Magazine Writer

We’re getting ready to celebrate the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards on June 7 at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto. Among the many great nominees this year are 3 finalists for the special award Best New Magazine Writer, which is generously sponsored by L’Oréal Canada.

This award will go to a writer whose early work in magazines (print or digital) shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award is open to students and magazine writers with a maximum of two years’ experience in professional journalism.

Click on the images to read the full text of each of this year’s three finalists:

“The New Paparazzi” by Emma Teitel, for Maclean’s

What the judges said about Emma Teitel:
What a voice Emma Teitel has! Well researched and beautifully paced, her story of the Facebook generation is rich with personal insight. Her writing is full of bravura; authoritative and punchy. Writing a column in a national magazine is a remarkable achievement, especially for someone so young. She is clearly a natural for this style of journalism.

“Suicide Notes” by Liam Casey, for the Ryerson Review of Journalism

What the judges said about Liam Casey:
In a rare combination of eloquent personal journalism and meticulous reporting, Liam Casey has confronted a highly charged question that has been dodged for so long – the practice in newsrooms of non-reporting of suicide. With tremendous honesty he has put himself inside the story of the pain of depression, and emerged with a strong commentary on journalism. Not many writers have made such an impact with one of their first pieces.

“Not All Smurfs and Sunshine” by Matthew Scianitti, for the Ryerson Review of Journalism

What the judges said about Matthew Scianitti:
With formidable storytelling chops Matthew Scianitti brings a complicated character – Chris Jones – to life. He combines diligent reporting with an effortless prose style, and deftly mimics the style of his interview subject. He has demonstrated a strong capacity for crafting a profile. A delight to follow, his work is a telling description of a bright young writer.

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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L’Oréal Canada has developed three programs in Canada under its Education Philanthropic Pillar, for grade school, high school, and university students:

1. Grade school — Actua’s National Girls Mentorship Program:
Inspiring girls in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET), L’Oréal Canada and Actua’s National Girls Mentorship Program was established in 2003 as a result of a noted decrease in female participation in co-ed camps. This program is a set of specialized initiatives designed to proactively increase the engagement of girls in SET studies and careers, and to provide girls with their first opportunity to meet “real life” scientists and engineers.

2. High School — Project Talent
Partnering with the Montreal School Board, L’Oréal Canada’s Project Talent is now in its third year of reaching out to high school students with learning difficulties and who are at high risk of dropping out. The goal is to encourage these students to stay in school by giving the experience of learning through the arts.

3. University — L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship Program for Women in Science
L’Oréal Canada believes that the world needs science and science needs women. Today, however, women represent only 20% of scientific researches in the private sector, and in certain disciplines such as math, the number to only 12%. L’Oréal Canada annually awards fellowships to four exceptional Canadian researchers with the support of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO through its “For Women in Science Fellowships” Program.

These three programs enable talented young people from various backgrounds to fulfill their potential for excellence and promote equal opportunities for all Canadian youth. For more information, visit www.loreal.com.

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Quebec Magazine Award winners announced

Friday night in Montreal Magazines du Québec announced the winners of the Grands Prix 2012, the Quebec Magazine Awards.

The award for Magazine of the Year was shared between Les Débrouillards and L’actualité. Clin d’oeil won for best website.

Alec Castonguay, a reporter for L’actualité, received the Prix Jean Paré, the most prestigious individual award for the top magazine journalist of the year. Sylvain Bédard of TC Media won the special award for Volunteer of the Year.

Marie-Hélène Proulx won two awards for her reporting in Jobboom, in the categories Reportage (>50,000 circulation) and Editorial Package.

Grands Prix winners that are also nominees for the 35th National Magazine Awards include:

Quand je serai plus là, qui va s’occuper de mes poissons?” by Pascale Millot (Québec Science), winner in Reportage (<50,000 circulation); and “Parti sans bruit” by Anne Marie Lecomte (Châtelaine), winner in Columns/Essays.

Noémi Mercier, André Ducharme, Isabelle Ducas and Isabelle Arsenault were among the other individual winners. View the full list of winners.

Meet the NMA Finalists for Photojournalism

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards are coming up on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. This year our judges selected 3 finalists in the category Photojournalism & Photo Essay, sponsored by CNW Group.

Here are this year’s nominees (click on the image to view the complete essays):

“Bretton (Two Men and a Mountain)” – Report on Business. Photography by Christopher Wahl

“In the Shadow of the Oilsands” – This Magazine. Photography by Ian Willms

“Amazon of the North” – The Walrus. Photography by Eamon Mac Mahon

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Meet the NMA Finalists for Single Service Article Package

The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards are just around the corner (June 7, to be exact, at the corner of Yonge and College Streets). This year there are 6 finalists in the integrated category Single Service Article Package, sponsored by Impresa Communications, Ltd.

This award will go to a single service article that displays superior packaging of visual and written components–including but not limited to annotations, illustrations, photography, sidebars and captions–and that reflects collaboration by the editorial team.

For 2011 the finalists are:

“Thrifty Ideas” – Canadian House & Home

“Grill Guide: Great Grilled Fish & Seafood” – Cottage Life

“Restaurant Trends” – enRoute

“58 Ways to Do Summer Better” – explore

“Camping 101″ – explore

“A Chef’s Guide to Toronto” – The Grid

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Meet the NMA Finalists for Words & Pictures

Sixteen days from now (on June 7) the NMAF will reveal the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year there are 7 finalists in the integrated category Words & Pictures, sponsored by CDS Global.

The award for Words & Pictures will go to an article that relies for its impact on the successful integration of text and visuals as inseparable elements.

For 2011 the finalists are:

“A Happy Makeshift Vision” – Cottage Life (George Bowering, Kim Zagar, Derek Shapton, Penny Caldwell, Blair Eveleigh)

“What’s the Story, Morning Glory?” – enRoute (Jean-François Légaré, Ellen Himelfarb, Alexandra Forbes, Nathalie Cusson, Angus Fergusson, Susan Campos, Sasha Seymour)

“Signs of Literary Life in Vancouver” – Geist (Michal Kozlowski, Mauve Pagé, Rebecca Dolan, Mary Schendlinger)

“Japan: Special Report” – Maclean’s (Nancy Macdonald, Nicholas Köhler, Stephen Gregory, Mark Stevenson, Erica Alini, Kate Lunau)

“Toronto’s Waterfront Is…” – The Grid (Lara Zarum, Jacqueline Perlin, Vanessa Wyse, Nikki Ormerod, Diana Monge, Nana Arbova, Laas Turnbull)

“Portraits of the War” – The Walrus (Joanne Tod, Brian Morgan, Amy Macfarlane)

“Going Mobile” – Toronto Life (Nicholas Hune-Brown, Christine Dewairy, Lee Towndrow, Sarah Fulford, Mark Pupo)

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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National Magazine Awards early-bird ticket deadline is today

Get your tickets today for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, and save! After May 18, the ticket price goes up fifteen dollars (from $135 to $150).

Why, with that extra 15 bucks (and a few coins from underneath your sofa cushion) you could buy a newsstand copy of each of our three finalists for Magazine of the Year and enjoy a nice weekend reading in the park.

So get your early-bird tickets and have a happy weekend!

Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine of the Year–Digital

Three weeks from today–on June 7–the NMAF will announce the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year there are 3 finalists in the special category Magazine of the Year–Digital, which is sponsored by the Government of Canada.

The award for Magazine of the Year–Digital will go to a Digital Magazine or Magazine Website that successfully fulfills its editorial mission, represents the highest journalistic standards and effectively serves its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the digital medium. These include excellence of content, interactivity, rich media, design, navigation, and social media.

For 2011 the 3 finalists are:

What the judges said about TheGridTO.com
The online companion site of The Grid delivers on its mandate by connecting communities and empowering users with compelling content. This is a site that knows exactly what it wants to do in life: capture Toronto at the street level. It’s loaded with content yet easy to navigate, and creates a two-way street with readers by inviting them to submit their own news and photos.

What the judges said about TodaysParent.com
The website of Today’s Parent makes it easy for stressed-out moms and dads to find the information and resources they need. The layout is clean, exudes calmness, and utilizes various typeface styles to direct the reader to different features. In branding, it’s perfectly aligned with its print parent and creates added value for its users with interactivity, relevance and overall quality.

What the judges said about TorontoLife.com
In style and in quality, the online companion to Toronto Life is unmistakably a partner of the print magazine, while confidently stepping out on its own with dynamic web-only content and engaging interactivity with users. Its blogs, social media and news stories are set in an architecture that is optimal for user experience, while expressing the brand at every point of contact.

The winner of Magazine of the Year–Digital will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Ralph Benmergui to host 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala

The National Magazine Awards Foundation announced today that veteran broadcaster, journalist and comedy host Ralph Benmergui will be the Master of Ceremonies at the 35th anniversary NMA gala on June 7, at the Carlu in Toronto.

Throughout his career Ralph has journeyed from TV to radio and print journalism, and delved into the worlds of current affairs and variety programming. A former host of CBC Radio’s Prime Time and several CBC-TV variety shows including Friday Night! with Ralph Benmergui and Benmergui Live, he was for many years the morning voice of JazzFM91, Canada’s premier Jazz radio station.

The five-time Gemini nominee was also the executive producer of SmartAsk, the CBC-TV quiz show, and Stuart Maclean’s Christmas special. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Japan Prize for Best International Youth Programming.

Ralph has also hosted an array of comedy specials including Seriously Funny in Canada and Punchlines in the Sand, and also appeared on Just for Laughs. He’s written for The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and The Mark.

Currently he and his wife, journalist Cortney Pasternak, are developing New Sabbath Project, creating community one meal at a time. The proud father of four is also engaged in the Freedom 85 plan, which places him in the enviable position of working somewhat begrudgingly until he draws his last breath.

Tickets for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards are on sale now. The early-bird deadline is Friday May 18 — order now and save.

{Photo credit: Frank Nagy}

Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Covers

On June 7 the NMAF will announce the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. One of the most coveted prizes is that of Magazine Covers. Previous winners include Weekend Magazine, Quest, The Idler, Shift, Equinox, Saturday Night and Azure, among others.

For 2011 there are 10 finalists for the National Magazine Award for best Magazine Cover:

“Blackberry is Toast / A Toast to Blackberry” – Canadian Business – Art Direction by Una Janicijevic; Contributors: Jason Logan, Ronit Novak, Shanghoon

This is the third time that Canadian Business has been nominated for Magazine Covers.

“Earn Your Stripes on Canada’s Wildest Slopes” – enRoute – Art Direction by Nathalie Cusson

enRoute has now been nominated nine times for Magazine Covers; they won Gold in 1994.

“Jeff Mallett” – Report on Business – Art Direction by Domenic Macri

This year marks the eighth Magazine Covers nomination for Report on Business and seventh for Art Director Domenic Macri since 2003. They won Gold in 2005 and 2009.

“Got Spunk?” – The Grid – Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

Launched in May 2011, The Grid  has been nominated for seventeen total NMAs in its first year at the awards, including twice for Magazine Covers.

“Beyond Gay” – The Grid – Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

“The Future of Food” – The Walrus – Art Direction by Brian Morgan

This is the seventh nomination for The Walrus in Magazine Covers since 2003. They won Silver in 2006 and 2007.

“45th Anniversary Special” – This Magazine – Art Direction by David Donald

Its 45th anniversary cover is the fourth nomination all time for This Magazine in Magazine Covers.

“The Truth about Tim Hudak” – Toronto Life – Art Direction by Christine Dewairy

Toronto Life is a four-time Gold winner for Magazine Covers, most recently in 2008. They also won the Gold here at the very first National Magazine Awards in 1977.

“Bébés” – Urbania – Art Direction by Philippe Lamarre

Urbania won Silver in this category last year, and has been nominated a total of four times since 2005.

“101 Things to Taste” – Vancouver Magazine – Art Direction by Randall Watson

For Vancouver Magazine and Art Director Randall Watson, this is their sixth nomination for Magazine Covers since 2004.

The winner will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

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Vote for Your Favourite Quebec Magazine Cover

The Quebec Magazine Awards (locally known as Les Grands Prix des Magazines du Québec) are offering mag fans the chance to vote for their favourite cover from amongst the 10 finalists for that award. You can vote up until May 14. The winner of the public vote will be revealed before the actual winner (according to the judges) at the Grands Prix gala later this month.

Meet the NMA Finalists for Art Direction for an Entire Issue

On June 7 the NMAF will announce the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year there are 10 finalists in the visual category Art Direction for an Entire Issue. This category is generously sponsored by Dollco Integrated Print Solutions.

For 2011 the finalists are:

enRoute, “The Food Issue” – Art Direction by Nathalie Cusson

enRoute and Nathalie Cusson are nominated twice in this category: for “The Food Issue” above, and for their October 2011 issue. enRoute’s Food Issue won Gold in this category in 2008.

“Big Skies”; Issue #24 of Prefix Photo – Art Direction by Underline Studio

This year marks Prefix Photo‘s tenth nomination in the category Art Direction for an Entire Issue. Under the direction of the design team at Underline Studio they won Silver four years running from 2002-2005 and Gold in 2006.

“Drexler” – Art Direction by Domenic Macri in Report on Business

This is art director Domenic Macri’s fourth nomination in this category for Report on Business. He won the Silver award last year, in addition to sweeping Gold and Silver in the category Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article.

The Grid – May 12, 2011 – Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

The Grid, which launched in May 2011, garnered four nominations for Art Direction for an Entire Issue this year, under the direction of Vanessa Wyse. In addition to the May 12 issue above, The Grid is also nominated for their May 19 issue, October 27 issue, and November 24 issue.

The November 2011 issue of The Walrus; Art Direction by Brian Morgan

The Walrus won Silver in this category in 2006.

Issue #9 from UPPERCASE; Art Direction by Janine Vangool

This is Uppercase‘s third nomination in this category in the past three years. Their inaugural issue was the winner for Art Direction in 2009.

The winner of Art Direction for an Entire Issue will be revealed June 7 at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. Tickets are on sale now.

Canadian Magazine Awards Roundup: Atlantic, Quebec, Western & more

Awards season is in full swing in Canada’s magazine industry. Earlier this week came the announcement of the finalists for the 2012 Grands Prix des Magazines du Québec – an awards program for excellence in French-language magazine publishing in la belle province.

L’actualité leads all mags with 11 nominations, including one of three finalist spots for Quebec’s Magazine of the Year. Jobboom, Québec science and Ricardo each garnered 5 or more nods. The other two finalists for mag of the year are Urbania and Les Débrouillards. Awards will be handed out in 15 categories at a ceremony later this month in Montreal. [Full list of nominees]

Meanwhile, last week we learned the finalists for the 30th anniversary Western Magazine Awards, open to publications from Manitoba westward, including the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Vancouver Review, Eighteen Bridges, Vancouver Magazine, Swerve, Alberta Views, Up Here and Western Living are among the most-nominated magazines. Winners in 30 categories will be announced June 15 in Vancouver at the Renaissance Harbourside Hotel. [Full list of nominees]

As you may have read on this blog earlier, last week the finalists for the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, celebrating excellence in B2B magazine publishing, were announced. CAmagazine, Les Affaires, Alberta Oil, Marketing and National were among the top nominees. Award winners in 20 categories will be revealed June 7 in Toronto. [Full list of nominees]

On June 6, as part of MagNet 2012, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors will present the 2012 Editors’ Choice Awards, celebrating the best in editorial achievement from the past year. Awards for consumer publications are broken down into three categories by circulation, and there are also awards for trade and custom magazine publishing.

Also held on June 6 in partnership with MagNet 2012: the ACE Awards (Awards for Circulation Excellence) and the PWAC Awards.

And over the weekend we learned the winners of the Atlantic Journalism Awards. Congrats to Saltscapes, Atlantic Business Magazine and Nova Scotia Open to the World, among the magazines who won. [Full list of winners]

Finally, the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (a.k.a. the COPAs) are now accepting submissions for their 2012 program. Early-bird deadline is June 1.

And of course, the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards will be held June 7 in Toronto, at the fabulous Carlu. Tickets are on sale now.

Meet the NMA finalists for Best New Visual Creator

Last week the NMAF announced the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. This year there are 3 finalists for the special award Best New Visual Creator. The category Best New Visual Creator is generously sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation.

This award will go to an illustrator, photographer or digital image creator whose early work in magazines (print or digital) shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award is open to students and magazine photographers and illustrators with a maximum of two years’ experience in professional journalism.

For 2011 there are 3 finalists. Click on the image to view the full work.

Trevor Melanson, for Canadian Business

What the judges said about Trevor Melanson:
With an impressive capacity to reduce, organize and visualize complex data, Trevor Melanson is an exceptional, natural talent in the digital medium. He has a unique ability to fashion raw information as engaging and editorial content for readers. His visual style is absolutely brilliant.

The Coveteur, for Report on Business

What the judges said about The Coveteur:
A tasteful curation of photographs that succeeds in magnifying the desirability of objects, The Coveteur’s “Gifts” are a perfect balance of style and composition.  The look and feel engages the viewer effortlessly, which speaks to the impressive talent of this young trio: stylist Stephanie Mark, designer Erin Kleinberg, and photographer Jake Rosenberg. We’ll be seeing lots more of their work in the future.

Andrew B. Myers, for Report on Business

What the judges said about Andrew B. Myers:
A photographer who possesses the ability to give soul to a lifeless subject, Andrew B. Myers has very honestly captured the unfulfilled promise of solar power with an empty sky, thawing snow on a monotonous field of panels, and the hint of solar flare. His approach to the subject is thoughtful, and his composition elegant and imbued with meaning.

The winner of the 2011 National Magazine Award for Best New Visual Creator will be announced at the 35th anniversary NMA gala on June 7 in Toronto. Tickets are available now.

Atlantic Journalism Award winners announced

“Rise of Generation Plus”; March 2011 cover of Atlantic Business Magazine won Gold

This weekend in Fredericton the winners of the 2012 Atlantic Journalism Awards were revealed. In the three magazine-only categories, Nova Scotia Open to the World won Gold for best article, Saltscapes won gold for best profile, and Atlantic Business Magazine won gold for best cover.

Atlantic Business Magazine also won gold in Arts & Entertainment, which like other topical categories is open to all media.

The recipient of the 2011 AJA’s Lifetime Achievement Award is the late Graham W. Dennis, owner and publisher of The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, NS. Mr. Dennis died last year at the age of 84 after spending more than 57 years with the newspaper.

The AJAs are also remarkable for their commitment to supporting excellence in student journalism; there are nine prizes/scholarships awarded to students:

Province of Nova Scotia Scholarship
Alex Haider
Nova Scotia Community College

Province of New Brunswick Scholarship
Karissa Donkin
St. Thomas University

AJAs le Prix d’Excellence en Journalisme
Marc-André LeBlanc
l’Université de Moncton

Atlantic Lottery Achievement Award
Karissa Donkin
St. Thomas University

BellAliant Achievement Award
Alex Haider
Nova Scotia Community College

Nalcor Achievement Award
Don Kettle
College of the North Atlantic – Stephenville NL

AJAs Student Prize of Excellence
Ryan Quigley
Holland College

CNW Group Prize of Excellence
Alex Haider
Nova Scotia Community College

AJAs Student Achievement Award
Jocelyn Turner
New Brunswick Community College

Read the full list of the 2012 AJA finalists and winners.

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National Magazine Awards credit-change deadline is today

This week the NMAF announced the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

Click here to view the full list of nominees [pdf].

If you are a nominee for this year’s NMAs, today is the deadline to submit your credit changes (names, titles, etc) on your nomination. After today, all information will be considered final up to and including the date of the NMA gala on June 7, with respect to program material, certificates and other gala production material.

Please contact the NMAF by 5pm Eastern Time today at staff[at]magazine-awards.com to submit your credit change.

Tickets are on sale now for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 in Toronto.

Illustration by Leif Parsons

2012 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards nominees announced

The nominees have been announced for the 58th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards — co-produced by Magazines Canada and Canadian Business Press — which celebrate excellence in Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.

CAmagazine landed the most nominations with 14, followed by Marketing, Les Affaires, Alberta Oil, National, Precedent and University Affairs. 88 volunteer judges evaluated more than 600 entries and selected 152 finalists in 20 categories representing 57 different B2B magazines in Canada.

The three finalists for the Magazine of the Year award are

Alberta Oil
Marketing
Retail News

In the special category Website of the Year, the 3 finalists are:

canadianhealthcarenetwork.ca (Canadian Healthcare Network)
finance-investissement.com (Finance et Investissement)
universityaffairs.ca (University Affairs)

See the full list of nominations at http://www.krwawards.ca/ 

The 58th annual KRW Awards will be presented on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto, just before the National Magazine Awards gala. Read all about it. Tickets will be on sale soon.

And don’t forget to get your tickets for MagNet – Canada’s premier magazines conference – June 5-8 in Toronto.

2012 MagNet Conference early-bird deadline is Friday May 4

Space is filling up fast for MagNet 2012 — the conference of the Canadian magazine industry — being held in Toronto at the Courtyard Marriot from June 5-8.

If you’ve not yet registered, there are some deals to be found:

  • Companies and individuals at the member rate can get sessions as low as $60 each once they hit 4 sessions on the same order.
  • Hotel rooms are available at the Marriott for a discounted rate of $164/night until May 6. Use the booking code CMG.
  • Check out some of the amazing sessions on offer, such as “Perfect Your Editorial to go from Better to Best in B2B,” or these great sessions feature National Magazine Award winners and board members.

MagNet takes place June 5-8 at the Courtyard Marriott in Toronto, part of Magazines Week in Canada that also includes the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, June 7 at The Carlu.

And the 35th anniversary National Magazine Award nominees are…

Today the NMAF announces the nominees for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards!

[Full Press Release]
[PDF Nominations List]
[Version française]

[Read the full text of all finalists right here]

There are 3 finalists for the category Magazine of the Year (Print), the coveted award that concludes the awards presentation on June 7, and which is awarded to the magazine that during 2011 most consistently engaged, surprised and served the needs of its readers. And the finalists are:

Maisonneuve
Outdoor Canada
Sportsnet

For the award Magazine of the Year (Digital) – awarded to a digital magazine or magazine website that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the digital medium – the finalists are thegridto.com (The Grid), todaysparent.com (Today’s Parent) and torontolife.com (Toronto Life).

Most-nominated magazines for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards:

Magazine

Written

Integrated

Visual

Special

Total

The Walrus

25

2

7

0

34

Report on Business

21

1

6

2

30

Toronto Life

16

3

4

1

24

L’actualité

22

0

0

0

22

explore

15

2

2

0

19

Maclean’s

12

5

0

1

18

The Grid

4

4

8

1

17

enRoute

2

3

7

0

12

Eighteen Bridges

10

0

0

0

10

Cottage Life

4

2

3

0

9

Maisonneuve

5

0

3

1

9

Canadian House & Home

0

1

7

0

8

There are 14 magazines nominated for National Magazine Awards for the first time: Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Health & Lifestyle, DesignLines Toronto, Eighteen Bridges, Filler, Focus, Global Brief, Listed, Montecristo, Pulp, Ricardo, Sharp, Sportsnet and The Grid.

For the first time in National Magazine Awards history, a single article has been nominated in 5 different categories: “Where Asbestos is Just a Fact of Life” by John Gray and Stephanie Nolan (Report on Business) is nominated in the categories Politics & Public Interest, Business, Health & Medicine, Investigative Reporting, and Science, Technology & the Environment.

Dominique Forget of L’actualité is nominated for 5 articles in 5 different categories, the most among writers this year.

The article “Mostly Awesome with Brief Periods of Terrible” by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall (explore) is nominated in three categories, as are “Suicide Notes” by Liam Casey (Ryerson Review of Journalism) and “A Pipeline Runs Through It” by Nathan Vanderklippe (Report on Business).

Other writers garnering 3 individual nominations include Valérie Borde, Scott Feschuk, Don Gillmor, Lisa Gregoire, Chris Nuttall-Smith, and Chris Turner.

Among visual-category nominations, art director Vanessa Wyse of The Grid won 9 nominations in the categories Magazine Covers, Art Direction for an Entire Issue, and Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article.

Illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler is nominated 4 times for his work in Canadian Business, More and Up Here.

Photographer Chris Nicholls of Flare has 3 nominations in the Fashion category and a fourth in Beauty, while photographer Daniel Ehrenworth is nominated a total of 3 times in the categories Creative Photography and Portrait Photography in Canadian Business, Cottage Life and Toronto Life.

Vying for the award of best Magazine Cover of 2011 are Canadian Business, enRoute, Report on Business, The Grid (nominated twice), The Walrus, Toronto Life, This Magazine, Urbania and Vancouver Magazine.

There are five finalists for the award for Best Single Issue: Canadian Geographic (“Protecting Our Water”); Maclean’s (“Our Biggest Issue Ever”); Rotman Magazine (“Spring 2011”); Up Here (“The North Poll, May 2011”); and Urbania (“Gros”).

The three finalists for the award Best New Magazine Writer are Emma Teitel, “The New Paparazzi” (Maclean’s); Liam Casey, “Suicide Notes” (Ryerson Review of Journalism); and Matthew Scianitti, “Not All Smurfs and Sunshine” (Ryerson Review of Journalism).

The three finalists for the award Best New Visual Creator are graphic designer Trevor Melanson, for various digital interactive features in Canadian Business, photographer Andrew B. Myers for “Solar” in Report on Business, and the design trio The Coveteur for their work “Gifts” in Report on Business.

Gold and Silver awards will be handed down on June 7 in 23 written categories, 12 visual categories and 5 integrated categories. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention. Winners will also be celebrated in 5 special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best New Visual Creator, Best New Magazine Writer, Magazine of the Year (Digital), and Magazine of the Year (Print).

As we announced yesterday, the winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is Heather Robertson.

[Full Press Release]
[PDF Nominations List]

CREDIT CHANGES
Important: If you are a National Magazine Award nominee, please let us know of any credit changes to your nomination no later than Friday May 4, 2012.

THANK YOU!
A grand thank you to all of our judges who evaluated this year’s entries to the National Magazine Awards. From nearly 2,000 individual entries nationwide, the NMAF’s 228 volunteer judges nominated a total of 362 submissions from 81 different Canadian magazines for awards in 45 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

THE WINNERS
The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced in Toronto on June 7, at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, sponsored by CDS Global, L’Oréal Canada, TC Media, Reader’s Digest Foundation, and others. Tickets will be on sale soon at www.magazine-awards.com. Hope to see you there!

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