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Announcing the winners of the 36th National Magazine Awards!

Tonight the National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) presented the winners of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at The Carlu, presented by CDS Global, and hosted by Canadian actor Zaib Shaikh. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 47 categories, after the NMAF’s 250 volunteer judges evaluated 2000 submissions from nearly 200 Canadian consumer magazines.

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Magazine of the Year

The coveted award for Magazine of the Year went to Corporate Knights. Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year was awarded to Cottage Life, UPPERCASE and Urbania.

The award for Tablet Magazine of the Year went to Canadian House & Home for their “Colour Issue” from March 2012.

The award for Magazine Website of the Year went to Hazlitt, the online literary magazine published by Random House Canada.

Renowned Canadian editor, teacher and mentor Stephen Trumper was presented with the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The winner of the award for Best New Magazine Writer was Sierra Skye Gemma, for her story “The Wrong Way” published in The New Quarterly.

Top Winning Magazines at the 36th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine

Gold

Silver

HM

L’actualité

6

0

18

The Grid

5

2

15

The Walrus

4

2

17

Hazlitt

3

0

1

Report on Business

2

5

13

Maisonneuve

2

3

9

Maclean’s

2

2

16

Corduroy

2

0

0

Toronto Life

1

4

24

Sportsnet

1

2

7

Eighteen Bridges

1

1

8

Canadian House & Home

1

1

5

Explore

1

1

4

Reader’s Digest

1

1

2

The Feathertale Review

1

1

0

Québec Science

0

2

1

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AWARDS
The article “Building with the Brigadier” (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith—about the SNC-Lavalin investment in Libya—was the most celebrated individual article of the 36th National Magazine Awards, winning two Gold Awards, in Business and in Investigative Reporting, as well as Silver in Politics & Public Interest.

The Gold award for Best Single Issue went to The Feathertale Review (“Issue 9”), the Toronto-based independent arts magazine. The Silver went to Toronto Life (“The Loneliest Man in Toronto”).

The Gold award for the best Magazine Cover of the year went to Adbusters for their fast food satire “Are We Happy Yet?” by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue. “Issue 45” of Maisonneuve by Anna Minzhulina took the Silver award.

The new online literary magazine Hazlitt, in addition to winning Magazine Website of the Year, also took the Gold awards for Magazine Website Design and for best Online Video, the latter for the first installment of their interview series “Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh.”

Journalist Catherine Dubé of L’actualité won her eighth National Magazine Award with a Gold in Service: Health & Family, for “Faut-il interdire le cellulaire à l’école?” – one of six Gold awards won by L’actualité, the most of any magazine.

Journalists from L’actualité also won Gold in Politics & Public Interest (“Jason, le missionaire de Harper” by Alec Castonguay); in Service: Personal Finance & Business (“La guerre des retraites est commencée” by Annick Poitras); in Profiles (“L’étoffe d’un premier ministre?” by Noémi Mercier); in Photojournalism & Photo Essay (“Au coeur d’Attawapiskat” by Renaud Philippe); and in Spot Illustration (“Papa souffre, moi aussi” by Gérard Dubois).

The Grid led all publications with 7 total awards, including 5 Gold Awards: in Editorial Package: Web for their feature “Are You Going to Eat That?”; in Single Service Article Package for “The Grid Guide to Getting Hitched”; in How-To for “The Grid Guide to Buying a Condo”; in Creative Photography for “Truckin’ A!” by Angus Rowe MacPherson; and in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article, for “Chef’s Guide to Toronto” by Vanessa Wyse.

Corduroy, an independent style and fashion magazine based in Toronto, won Gold for Art Direction of an Entire Issue (“Issue 10”) and in Fashion (“ten covers x ten models”), with art direction by Peter Ash Lee.

Writer Chris Turner led all individuals with four nominations and won Gold in Travel for “On Tipping in Cuba” in The Walrus. Mr. Turner has now won nine National Magazine Awards.

The Walrus won 6 total awards including 4 Gold: in addition to the Travel category, also winning Gold in Illustration (“Apocalypse Soon” by Sam Weber); in One-of-a-Kind (“What Would Tommy Douglas Think?” by Tom Jokinen); and in Society (“Fade to Light” by Dave Cameron).

In Words & Pictures the Gold award went to “On Thin Ice” in Canada’s History, by Terry Mosher (a.k.a. Aislin), Mark Reid and Michel Groleau.

Writer Alison Motluk won Gold in Health & Medicine for her story “Is Egg Donation Dangerous?” in Maisonneuve. For Ms. Motluk this is her third National Magazine Award. The Montreal quarterly’s other Gold award came in the category Best Short Feature, for “Notes from the End of the War” by Jonathan Montpetit.

In Fiction the Gold went to Alberta novelist Caroline Adderson for her short story “Ellen-Celine, Celine-Ellen” published in Canadian Notes & Queries. Former Governor General Literary Award winner Patrick deWitt won the Silver for “The Looking-Ahead Artist” in Brick.

In Poetry the Gold winner was former Governor General Literary Award winner Karen Connelly for her poem “The Speed of Rust, or, He Marries” in Geist. Sue Goyette won the Silver for her series of “Fashion” poems in Prairie Fire.

The story “Whale Rising” by Jeff Warren in Reader’s Digest was a double winner, taking Gold in Science, Technology & Environment and Silver in Essays.

Sportsnet took the Gold in Editorial Package: Print, for “Sports that can kill.” Québec Science won Silver for “50 défis pour 2050.”

Emma Teitel of Maclean’s won the Gold award in Columns. Ms. Teitel won Honourable Mention last year in the category Best New Magazine Writer.

Six of the ten finalists in the new category Blogs were from Maclean’s, with the blog “Science-ish” by Julia Belluz—a former winner of the National Magazine Award for Best Student Writer—winning Gold. Paul Wells won the Silver for “Inkless Wells.”

In Portrait Photography the Gold went to “Never Left Art School,” a series of portraits of artist Douglas Coupland by Mark Peckmezian for Montecristo.

The new French-language literary magazine Nouveau Projet won its first National Magazine Award for “Faux self mon amour” by Fanny Britt in the category Personal Journalism.

Eighteen Bridges gained ten nominations and won Gold in Humour for “The Hairs about our Secrets” by Jessica Johnson.

Toronto Life led all publications with 29 nominations, winning a Gold in Arts & Entertainment for “Something Borrowed” by Leah McLaren.

The new Globe & Mail magazine Globe Style Advisor won its first National Magazine Award, a Gold in the category Beauty for “Lady Obscura.”

Also winning Gold Awards:

Visit magazine-awards.com for the complete list of winners and to download the commemorative 36th National Magazine Awards Gold Book.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION
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Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine of the Year

The most prestigious award bestowed by the National Magazine Awards Foundation is Magazine of the Year. This year our jury nominated four titles from entries across the country in both official languages. The award for Magazine of the Year goes to the magazine that in 2012 most consistently engaged, surprised and served the needs of its readers.

There’s just one more week until the biggest night in Canadian magazines — the National Magazine Awards gala is Friday June 7 at the Carlu.
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Here are this year’s four nominated magazines for Magazine of the Year…

1. Corporate Knights

Founded in 2002, Corporate Knights tirelessly works to shine a light on sustainable businesses and government practices through a mix of news, analysis, commentary, features and original research. Known for their much-anticipated rankings that measure the sustainability performance of various institutions, the magazine also follows the same environmental and social standards it celebrates. In 2012 it became the first business magazine to become a Certified-B Corporation.  After the arrival of a new editor-in-chief and designer/senior art director, 2012 also saw a revitalization of the magazine’s look and feel. Over the year, Corporate Knights attracted top-notch freelancers and illustration talent as well as launched a new digital magazine app, enabling them to build their global subscriber base.

Corporate Knights is nominated for a total of 3 National Magazine Awards, including for Illustration and for Editorial Package. Discover more at corporateknights.com.

2. Cottage Life

Over the past 25 years, Cottage Life has had the chance to report on topics as diverse as cottagers themselves. In the magazine’s signature warm, light-hearted voice, it continues to inform, entertain and inspire with long-form features, profiles, integrated packages, service stories and engaging visuals and design. 2012 was no exception in realizing its mission to enhance and preserve the quality of cottage living. Both informative and fun, its 25th anniversary series was fruitful with highlights such as a commemorative essay series by renowned Canadians about beloved cottage activities and components, a feature looking into the future of cottaging (“2050: A Cottage Odyssey”), and many strong how-to and service pieces.

Cottage Life is nominated for a total of 10 National Magazine Awards, including for Best Single Issue, Words & Pictures, Single Service Article Package, How-To, Service: Health & Family, Homes & Gardens, and Art Direction of a Single Article. Discover more at cottagelife.com.

3. UPPERCASE

Now in its fourth year, UPPERCASE seeks to nurture and inspire the creative community with works sparked by design, illustration, photography and craft. Many subjects and contributors are subscribers first and the magazine works to promote the talent of its readership. Stocked in over 150 Anthropologie stores in North America, the magazine has continued to grow its subscriber base in Canada and beyond. In making a move toward theme-based issues, UPPERCASE has generated an eclectic mix of content while maintaining its sense of play and creativity, and its award-winning design continues to inspire its readers.

UPPERCASE is nominated for a total of 2 National Magazine Awards, including for Art Direction of an Entire Issue. Discover more at uppercasemagazine.com.

4. Urbania

2012 a été une année particulière pour Urbania, trimestriel produit par l’agence de création Toxa. Chaque numéro porte sur un thème particulier, tel que l’hiver, les Parisiens, les anglophones, en mettant l’accent sur les gens et leur histoire. La publication s’est étendue à de nouvelles plates-formes numériques, à la télé Web et à des événements communautaires, courtisant la fidélité de ses lecteurs de façons inspirées et novatrices. Urbania est également nominé dans la catégorie Dossiers thématiques. Découvrir plus au urbania.ca.

2012 was a special year for Urbania, the thrice-annual magazine produced by the creative agency Toxa. Each issue had a special theme—Winter, Parisians, Anglos—focusing on people and their stories, while the brand expanded to new digital platforms, web-tv and community events, engaging its readers in spirited and innovative ways. Urbania is nominated for a total of 2 National Magazine Awards, including for Editorial Package. Discover more at urbania.ca.

Congratulations to the four finalists for Magazine of the Year. The winner will be revealed at the conclusion of the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video
Portrait Photography
Magazine Website of the Year
Best Single Issue
Tablet Magazine of the Year
Words & Pictures

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Meet the NMA Finalists for Words & Pictures

The National Magazine Award for Words & Pictures goes to the best example of a magazine article whose impact lies in the successful integration of text and visuals as inseparable elements, reflecting collaboration between writers, editors, visual artists and art directors. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7.
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Here are this year’s nominees…

"On Thin Ice" (Canada's History)

“On Thin Ice” (Canada’s History) – Text and illustrations by Aislin, art direction by Michel Groleau, edited by Mark Reid

"Play it Again, Sam" (Cottage Life)

“Play it Again, Sam” (Cottage Life) – Text by Jay Teitel, photography by Derek Shapton, art direction by Kim Zagar, edited by Blair Eveleigh

"Avons-nous un devoir envers eux?" (ELLE Quebec)

“Avons-nous un devoir envers eux?” (ELLE Québec) – Text by Dominique Forget, photography by Tim Flach, art direction by Nancy Pavan, edited by Louise Dugas

"For Love of Country" (enRoute)

“For Love of Country” (enRoute) – Text by Jean-François Légaré, photography by Leda & St. Jacques, art direction by Nathalie Cusson, photo editing by Julien Beaupré Ste-Marie, edited by Philippe Gohier

"5 Star Tribute" (More)

“5 Star Tribute” (More) – Text by Kim Pittaway, art direction by Faith Cochran, edited by Linda Lewis and Sarah Moore, with contributions from Shelley Frayer.

"We Built That" - Report on Business

“We Built That” (Report on Business) – Text by John Daly, photography by Cindy Blazevic, art direction by Domenic Macri, edited by John Daly

"The Six Habits of Highly Successful Art Collectors" (Report on Business)

“The Six Habits of Highly Successful Art Collectors” (Report on Business) – Text by Sara Angel, photography by Markian Lozowchuk, art direction by Domenic Macri, edited by Dave Morris and David Fielding

"Ringmasters" (The Walrus)

“Ringmasters” (The Walrus) – Text by Sean Michaels, photography by Roger LeMoyne, art direction by Brian Morgan, edited by Sasha Chapman.

"Oh, for Just One Time..." (Up Here)

“Oh, for Just One Time…” (Up Here) – Text by Margo Pfeif; photography by Lee Narraway, Eric McNair-Landry, and Sarah McNair-Landry; art direction by John Pekelsky; edited by Aaron Spitzer

Congratulations to all the nominees in Words & Pictures. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video
Portrait Photography
Magazine Website of the Year
Best Single Issue
Tablet Magazine of the Year

Meet the NMA Finalists for Tablet Magazine of the Year

This year for the first time the National Magazine Awards are recognizing excellence in tablet magazine publishing. The award for Tablet Magazine of the Year will go to a single issue of a tablet magazine that most successfully fulfills its editorial mandate, represents the highest journalistic standards and serves its audience by maximizing the possibilities of tablet publishing.

This award is supported by the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund. The winner will be revealed at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7.
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Here are this year’s three finalists for Tablet Magazine of the Year:

Canadian House & Home (The Colour Issue, March 2012). Editor: Suzanne Dimma. Art Direction: Mandy Milks and Shanna Pollard. Contributions from: Brandie Weikle and Trevor Koebel.

What the judges said: “The tablet edition of this venerable title oozes planning and creativity and is an enhancement not just of a magazine, but a media brand. Well executed, this is way more than a print product in digital form. It’s an excellent melding of medium and message that takes full advantage of its tablet form while enriching the House and Home experience with vibrant colours, immersive options and e-commerce convenience. Bright, gorgeous, immersive, fun, integrated, detailed, thoroughly thought-out.”

Maclean’s (Canada’s Best Restaurants, September 2012). Editor: Mark Stevenson. Art Direction: Erika Oliveira and Rachel Tennenhouse. Contributions from: John Cullen, Jacob Richler, Liza Cooperman, Stacy Lee Kong, Thushjanthan Sivagurunathan, Tate Young, Brian Coleman and Jeffrey Flores.

What the judges said: “This issue from Maclean’s shows what a special interest publication can do when given the power of a tablet. Restaurant stories, food and atmosphere come alive through engaging images, video and, of course, top-notch food writing. Subdued and classy. The photography and typography really complement each other, and the recipes on every page are a smart and handy touch. It’s useful, slick, and tons of fun.”

Chez Soi (Noël 100% déco, mai 2012). Rédactrice : Solange Beaulieu. Direction artistique : Nathalie d’Amour.

Ce que les juges ont dit : “Bien pensée, intuitive, et le résultat certain d’une vision multiplates-formes réfléchie, l’édition pour tablette de Chez Soi témoigne d’une perspicacité de premier ordre. L’intégration de la vidéo dans la mise en page, et l’utilisation d’images surdimensionnées à fort impact est un concept rafraîchissant. Jusqu’aux instructions pratiques, astucieuses, qui donnent le ton et laissent présager l’expérience de lecture divertissante à venir. La visite de maisons, dans l’édition pour iPad de Chez Soi  a été une merveilleuse expérience, qui donne vie au mandat de la publication, d’une manière que n’aurait jamais pu restituer l’édition imprimée. Un produit captivant et enrichissant.”

What the judges said: “Smart, intuitive, and an obvious result of multi-platform thinking, the team at Chez Soi brought their A-game to the tablet edition. Incorporating video into layouts and big, bold images was a fresh concept. Even the how-to instructions are clever and foreshadow the immersive, entertaining experience to follow. Touring homes on Chez Soi‘s iPad edition was a wonderful experience, bringing its mandate to life in a way that print never could. An engaging and enriching product.”

Congratulations to the three finalists for Tablet Magazine of the Year. The winner will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video
Portrait Photography
Magazine Website of the Year
Best Single Issue

Meet the NMA Finalists for Best Single Issue

The National Magazine Award for Best Single Issue rewards general excellence of an individual issue of a magazine in terms of quality of content and design, originality and relevance to its intended audience. As an integrated category this award celebrates the collaborative effort of editors, art directors and content creators in producing a successful magazine edition. The Gold and Silver winners in Best Single Issue will be revealed at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7. [INFO & TICKETS]

Here are this year’s nominees…

Cottage Life, June 2012. Editor: Penny Caldwell. Art Director: Kim Zagar. Including contributions from Blair Eveleigh, Martin Zibauer, Michelle Kelly, Liann Bobechko, Jackie Davis, Vicki Hornsby, Quinn Banting

Cottage Life, June 2012. Editor: Penny Caldwell. Art Director: Kim Zagar. Including contributions from Blair Eveleigh, Martin Zibauer, Michelle Kelly, Liann Bobechko, Jackie Davis, Vicki Hornsby, Quinn Banting and Cottage Life contributors.

About this issue: The third installment of Cottage Life‘s twenty-fifth anniversary series celebrated the unrivaled sensation of the Canadian lake swim in a cover story by Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author Joseph Boyden. The magazine’s consistent service to its hungry readers continued unabated with an installment of its regular Grill Guide (to essential sides) and a how-to for DIY boathouse builders. Page after page of some of Canada’s best magazine writers, photographers and illustrators made it an especially memorable issue.

enRoute, November 2012. Editor: Ilana Weitzman. Art Director: Nathalie Cusson.

enRoute, November 2012. Editor: Ilana Weitzman. Art Director: Nathalie Cusson. Including contributions from enRoute staff and contributors.

About this issue: enRoute’s annual look at the interconnectedness of food and travel took on new shapes for its November 2012 issue. Centered primarily upon the title of “Canada’s Best New Restaurants,” readers were invited into a nation-wide search for Canada’s top-10 new restaurants. Specific emphasis was placed upon Canadian chefs and Toronto’s burgeoning food culture. A series of delectable topics were also attended to, inclusive of sea lettuce, vermouth and international dining experiences set in Tokyo, Puerto Rico and Birmingham.

LE Must, June 2012. Redactrice: Yacka Simard. Directrice artistique: Lyne Gosselin. Avec contributions par Marjolaine Jetté, Martin Lemire, Marion Renard, Maxime Canton

LE Must, juin 2012. Rédactrice: Lyne Gosselin. Directrice artistique: Yacka Simard. Avec des contributions de Marjolaine Jetté, Martin Lemire, Marion Renard, Maxime Canton.

About this issue: LE Must‘s summer guide to “Santé alimentaire” was an exaltation of all things green; an homage to herbs, a celebration of salad. The editors curated a series of healthy recipes, including desserts, bolstered by stunning photography and practical guides to cooking and eating according to the body’s needs. Plus an in-depth look at school breakfast clubs in Quebec and a nostalgic ode to the family picnic (complete with portraits of a VW microbus).

Maisonneuve, Spring 2012. Editors: Drew Nelles, Amelia Schonbek. Art Director: Anna Minzhulina. Including contributions from Maisonneuve staff and contributors.

Maisonneuve, Spring 2012. Editors: Drew Nelles, Amelia Schonbek. Art Director: Anna Minzhulina. Including contributions from Maisonneuve staff and contributors.

About this issue: Maisonneuve’s Spring 2012 issue celebrated its ten-year anniversary. The decade-old publication–and Canada’s reigning Magazine of the Year–chose to emphasize the importance of its birthday with the addition of sixteen pages and contributions from top Canadian writers. Among the latter was Tim Falconer who authored a personal reflection into the science of music as well as Paul Gettlich who delved into the Occupy Toronto movement. Commonwealth Prize winning author Demi Y. Bechard also offered a compelling memoir regarding the criminal past of his father. And in a cross-Canada tour of Nunavut, Vancouver and Montreal Maisonneuve explored the human condition.

The Feathertale Review, Issue 9, June 2012. Editor: Brett Popplewell. Art Director: Lee H. Wilson. Including contributions from Benson Lee, Sharis Shahmiryan, Corina Milic.

The Feathertale Review, Issue 9, June 2012. Editor: Brett Popplewell. Art Director: Lee H. Wilson. Including contributions from Benson Lee, Sharis Shahmiryan, Corina Milic.

About this issue: The Featherale Review’s mandate is to provide a literary voice for a new contingent of Canadian creators while also giving rise to breakout developments in the world of art.  The single issue that was Feathertale No.9 accomplished these very goals with contributions from 33 writers and artists. A regard for timelessness was maintained throughout as the content was intended to be read as if produced at any point during the past 200 years, a nod to Edward Cave, a.k.a. Sylvanus Urban, who produced the first magazine in 1731.

The Grid, May 10, 2012. Editors: Laas Turnbull, Lianne George. Art Director: Vanessa Wyse. Including contributions from The Grid staff and contributors.

The Grid, May 10, 2012. Editors: Laas Turnbull, Lianne George. Art Director: Vanessa Wyse. Including contributions from The Grid staff and contributors.

About this issue: The Grid‘s Chef’s Guide to Toronto graced the pages of its inaugural issue in 2011, and the 2012 installment once again whetted urban appetites for the latest culinary creations and foodie trends, as well as a guide to the city’s new food trucks. The indispensable weekly guide to Canada’s largest city stimulated readers with colourful graphics on every page, a hallmark of its award-winning design. Add in a dash of Edward Keenan’s widely read column, excellent reviews and handy tips for how to become a firefighter, and you have one delectable issue.

The Walrus, November 2012. Editor: John Macfarlane. Art Director: Brian Morgan. Including contributions from Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Sasha Chapman, Rachel Giese, Amy Macfarlane, Michael Lista, Nick Mount, Paul Kim, Meredith Holigroski, Pamela Capraru

The Walrus, November 2012. Editor: John Macfarlane. Art Director: Brian Morgan. Including contributions from Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Sasha Chapman, Rachel Giese, Amy Macfarlane, Michael Lista, Nick Mount, Paul Kim, Meredith Holigroski, Pamela Capraru

About this issue: The November 2012 issue of The Walrus addressed North American politics as the U.S. breached its Presidential election. Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges addressed a pressing political question in his cover story that asked what happens to Canada if America fails?  Working alongside Hedges was photographer Alan Chin whose “A Metaphor for America” images drew sobering ties between Canada’s economy and America’s political climate. These governmental considerations were further paired with reviews of food truck booms, the dancing career of Peggy Bajer and the new $20 bill.

Toronto Life, May 2012. Editor: Sarah Fulford. Art Director: Christine Dewairy. Including contributions from Toronto Life staff and contributors.

Toronto Life, May 2012. Editor: Sarah Fulford. Art Director: Christine Dewairy. Including contributions from Toronto Life staff and contributors.

About this issue: Toronto Life‘s May 2012 issue remained true to the magazine’s established history of covering stories that matter most to Torontonians, this time via its profile of embattled mayor Rob Ford. Author Marci MacDonald followed Ford’s political trajectory with precision and a cold review of facts. A focus upon the city’s best in food, fashion and real estate was also maintained via its coverage of pop-up restaurants, spring apparel trends and chic loft conversions.

Congratulations to all the nominees in Best Single Issue. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video
Magazine Website of the Year

Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Website of the Year

The National Magazine Award for Magazine Website of the Year goes to the magazine companion website or online-only magazine that most successfully fulfills its editorial mission and serves the needs of its readers by maximizing the possibilities of web-based publishing. This award is supported by the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund. The winner will be revealed at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7.
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Here are this year’s three finalists for Magazine Website of the Year:

hazlittmag.com (Hazlitt; editor: Chris Frey)

hazlittmag.com (Hazlitt; editor in chief: Christopher Frey)

What the judges said about hazlittmag.com
Hazlitt’s minimal design style draws you in with engaging imagery and genuine voices. The stories it publishes play to the strength of the medium both in tone and technique. There is no other publication quite like Hazlittmag.com; their confidence in their mandate is an invigorating example of what Canadian magazines can be online.

macleans.ca (Maclean's; Editor: Sue Allan)

macleans.ca (Maclean’s; web editor: Sue Allan)

What the judges said about Macleans.ca
One does not come to macleans.ca and wonder what there is to read. The site does a tremendous job presenting a deep mix of news and opinion within a distinct design that ably reflects its print sibling, but does so with a uniquely digital spin. It’s an ambitious site that delivers everything from original content, clean layout and a great user experience.

torontolife.com (Toronto Life; web editor: Andrew Wallace)

torontolife.com (Toronto Life; web editor: Andrew Wallace)

What the judges said about torontolife.com:
Torontolife.com is a tremendous example of a magazine that has extended its brand online to add new and unique value to the magazine’s strengths. Where they’ve been exceptionally successful is in showcasing the unique character of the city where many other digitally native sites have failed. Extensive, well packaged, and true to its readership.

Congratulations to the three finalists for Magazine Website of the Year. The winner will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video
Portrait Photography

Meet the NMA Finalists for Portrait Photography

For this year’s National Magazine Awards the judges have selected eight finalists in the category Portrait Photography, which honours excellence in any single photograph or series of photographs of a person or persons. Gold and Silver winners will be presented at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7.
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Here are this year’s nominees…

"Never Left Art School." Photography by Mark Peckmezian for Montecristo.

“Never Left Art School.” Photography by Mark Peckmezian for Montecristo.

"Art Investing." Photography by Markian Lozowchuck for Report on Business.

“Art Investing.” Photography by Markian Lozowchuck for Report on Business.

"On His Mark." Photography by Chris Muir for Sportsnet.

“On His Mark.” Photography by Chris Muir for Sportsnet.

"Sue-Ann Levy." Photography by Markian Lozowchuk for The Grid.

“Sue-Ann Levy.” Photography by Markian Lozowchuk for The Grid.

"After Midnight." Photography by Jaime Hogge for The Walrus.

“After Midnight.” Photography by Jaime Hogge for The Walrus.

"25 Most Stylish." Photography by Francisco Garcia for Toronto Life.

“25 Most Stylish.” Photography by Francisco Garcia for Toronto Life.

"Blade Runner." Photography by Carlo Ricci for Vancouver Magazine.

“Blade Runner.” Photography by Carlo Ricci for Vancouver Magazine.

"Frankly Jann." Photography by Bryan Adams for Zoomer.

“Frankly Jann.” Photography by Bryan Adams for Zoomer.

Congratulations to all the nominees in Portrait Photography. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration
Magazine Covers
Online Video

Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine Covers

A great magazine cover attracts the reader with alluring images and solid display; the perfect blend of editorial and design that makes the magazine such a unique and special medium. At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 [INFO & TICKETS] one of these 10 nominees will earn the right to be called Canada’s best magazine cover:

"Are We Happy Yet?" - Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

“Are We Happy Yet?” – Adbusters, Art Direction by Will Brown and Pedro Inoue

"March/April 2012" - Azure, Art Direction by Concrete Design Communications

“March/April 2012″ – Azure, Art Direction by Concrete Design Communications

"The New Oilpatch" - Canadian Business, Art Direction by John Montgomery

“The New Oilpatch” – Canadian Business, Art Direction by John Montgomery

"The Secret Khadr File" - Maclean's, Art Direction by Stephen Gregory

“The Secret Khadr File” – Maclean’s, Art Direction by Stephen Gregory

"Issue 45" - Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

“Issue 45″ – Maisonneuve, Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina

"Colombia" - Report on Business, Art Direction by Domenic Macri

“Colombia” – Report on Business, Art Direction by Domenic Macri

"January 12, 2012" - The Grid, Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

“January 12, 2012″ – The Grid, Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

"That Time We Beat the Americans" - The Walrus, Art Direction by Brian Morgan

“That Time We Beat the Americans” – The Walrus, Art Direction by Brian Morgan & Anita Kunz

"The Northwest Passage" -  Up Here, Art Direction by John Pekelsky

“The Northwest Passage” – Up Here, Art Direction by John Pekelsky

"July/August 2012" - Vancouver Magazine, Art Direction by Randall Watson

“July/August 2012″ – Vancouver Magazine, Art Direction by Randall Watson

Congratulations to all the nominees in Magazine Covers. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer
Illustration

Meet the NMA Finalists for Illustration

The National Magazine Awards Foundation proudly celebrates the artists whose masterful illustrative work enhances the context and impact of magazine stories. This year there are 8 finalists in the category Illustration. Gold and Silver awards will be presented at the 36th NMA Gala on June 7.
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And the nominees are…

"Diversity Report," Illustration by Gracia Lam, Corporate Knights

“Diversity Report,” Illustration by Gracia Lam, Corporate Knights

"Marques utiles," par Benoit Tardif, Infopresse

“Marques utiles,” par Benoit Tardif, Infopresse

"La diplomatie de l'or noir," par Sébastien Thibault, L'actualité

“La diplomatie de l’or noir,” par Sébastien Thibault, L’actualité

"Organes recherchés," par Isabelle Arsenault, Québec Science

“Organes recherchés,” par Isabelle Arsenault, Québec Science

"Cool Parents," by Ethan Rilly, Taddle Creek

“Cool Parents,” by Ethan Rilly, Taddle Creek

"War Games," by Barry Blitt, The Walrus

“War Games,” by Barry Blitt, The Walrus

"Apocalypse Soon," by Sam Weber, The Walrus

“Apocalypse Soon,” by Sam Weber, The Walrus

"The Writer," by Gracia Lam, Write Magazine

“The Writer,” by Gracia Lam, Write Magazine

Congratulations to all the nominees in Illustration. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Best New Magazine Writer

Meet the NMA Finalists for Best New Magazine Writer

One of the most exciting awards each year at the National Magazine Awards gala is that of Best New Magazine Writer, sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation. This award, including a cash prize of $500, goes to a writer whose early work in Canadian magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. This year, our judges have nominated three finalists, one of whom will be named Canada’s Best New Magazine Writer at the awards gala on June 7.
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And the nominees are…

Chris Hampton, for “The Place Where Art Sleeps” (Maisonneuve)

Chris Hampton

Chris Hampton is completing graduate studies in journalism at Ryerson University. He has contributed to Maisonneuve, the National PostChart Attack, and The Huffington Post.

What the judges said about it: “In evocative and entertaining prose, Chris Hampton takes the reader on a visual journey to a cloistered world where some of art’s greatest treasures lie hidden from public view. With a keen eye for detail, he makes the underground realm of high art accessible and fascinating.”

Sierra Skye Gemma, for “The Wrong Way” (The New Quarterly)

Sierra Skye Gemma

Sierra Skye Gemma

Sierra Skye Gemma is an award-winning writer and journalist. Her story “The Wrong Way” was the winner of The New Quarterly 2012 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. She is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.

What the judges said: “With a fresh voice and a strong command of style and structure, Sierra Skye Gemma digs ever deeper into the story of a lost life, writing with both edginess and verve in this meditation on the process of grieving. A terrific example of personal exposition, her story is powerful and lasting.”

May Jeong, for “The Cult of Pastor Song” (Toronto Life)

May Jeong

May Jeong

May Jeong is a graduate of the University of Toronto and now is a freelance reporter who has written for The Globe and Mail, Reuters, The New York Times and Toronto Life, among others. She lives in Kabul, Afghanistan.

What the judges said: “Fearless reporting characterizes this investigative exposé from May Jeong, who gains exclusive access to multiple sources as she pieces together a controversial narrative of fraud and sexual abuse. Immersing herself in a difficult story, she shows real courage and great promise as a writer.”

Congratulations to all the nominees in Best New Magazine Writer. The winner will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue
Photojournalism & Photo Essay

Meet the NMA Finalists for Photojournalism & Photo Essay

At this year’s National Magazine Awards gala there will be 7 finalists in the category Photojournalism & Photo Essay, sponsored by CNW Group. Yesterday on this blog we chatted with last year’s winner, Ian Willms. Today we take a look at the nominees vying for the top prize this year. Gold and Silver awards will be presented at the NMA Gala on June 7.
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"For Love of Country," photography by Leda & St. Jacques, for enRoute

“For Love of Country,” photography by Leda & St. Jacques for enRoute

"Le grand débarquement," photographie par Christian Fleury, pour Jobboom

“Le grand débarquement,” photographie par Christian Fleury pour Jobboom

"Canada's Best Restaurants," photography by John Cullen for Maclean's

“Canada’s Best Restaurants,” photography by John Cullen for Maclean’s

"Les réfugiés de Zaatari," photographie par Valérian Mazataud pour L'actualité

“Les réfugiés de Zaatari,” photographie par Valérian Mazataud pour L’actualité

"Au coeur d’Attawapiskat," photographie par Renaud Philippe pour L'actualité

“Au coeur d’Attawapiskat,” photographie par Renaud Philippe pour L’actualité

"The Jews of Morocco," photography by Aaron Vincent Elkaim for Maisonneuve

“The Jews of Morocco,” photography by Aaron Vincent Elkaim for Maisonneuve

"On the Cut," photography by Brett Gundlock for Report on Business

“On the Cut,” photography by Brett Gundlock for Report on Business

Congratulations to all the nominees in Photojournalism & Photo Essay. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Meet the NMA Finalists for:
Art Direction for an Entire Issue

Meet the NMA Finalists for Art Direction for an Entire Issue

For this year’s National Magazine Awards the jury has selected 7 finalists for the category Art Direction for an Entire Issue. This award is sponsored by The Lowe-Martin Group. The winner will be revealed at the 36th National Magazine Awards gala on June 7. [INFO & TICKETS]

Azure, September 2012. Art Direction by Karen Simpson

Azure, September 2012. Art Direction by Karen Simpson

Corduroy, Issue 10, Art Direction by Peter Ash Lee

Corduroy, Issue Ten, Art Direction by Peter Ash Lee

enRoute, November 2012 (The Food Issue), Art Direction by Nathalie Cusson

enRoute, November 2012 (The Food Issue), Art Direction by Nathalie Cusson

Globe Style Advisor, Spring 2012, Art Direction by Bryan Gee + Kate LaRue

Globe Style Advisor, Spring 2012, Art Direction by Bryan Gee + Kate LaRue

Prefix Photo, Issue 25: Land and Sea, Art Direction by Underline Studio

Prefix Photo, Issue 25: Land and Sea, Art Direction by Underline Studio

The Grid, May 10, 2012, Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

The Grid, May 10, 2012, Art Direction by Vanessa Wyse

Uppercase, Issue 13, Art Direction by Janine Vangool

Uppercase, Issue 13, Art Direction by Janine Vangool

Congratulations to all the nominees in Art Direction for an Entire Issue. The Gold and Silver winners will be revealed at the 36th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 7 at The Carlu in Toronto. [INFO & TICKETS]

Announcing the Nominees for the 36th National Magazine Awards!

Today the NMAF announces the nominees for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards!

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In the category Magazine of the Year the jury has selected four finalists:

Corporate Knights
Cottage Life
Uppercase
Urbania

Nominated for Tablet Magazine of the Year are Canadian House & Home (“The Colour Issue”), Maclean’s (“Canada’s Best Restaurants”) and Chez Soi (“Noël 100% déco”).

And the nominees for Magazine Website of the Year are Hazlitt, Maclean’s and Toronto Life.

The winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, announced on April 30, is Stephen Trumper.

Leading all magazines with 29 nominations for this year’s National Magazine Awards is Toronto Life, followed by L’actualité (24), The Walrus (23), The Grid (22), Maclean’s and Report on Business (20 each).

Top Nominated Magazines for the 36th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine

Written

Integrated

Visual

Special

Total

Toronto Life

19

4

4

2

29

L’actualité

20

0

4

0

24

The Walrus

15

3

5

0

23

The Grid

8

7

7

0

22

Maclean’s

17

1

0

2

20

Report on Business

13

3

4

0

20

Maisonneuve

10

2

1

1

14

Cottage Life

4

3

2

1

10

Eighteen Bridges

10

0

0

0

10

Sportsnet

9

0

1

0

10

enRoute

3

2

4

0

9

The New Quarterly

7

0

0

1

8

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Nine magazines are nominated for National Magazine Awards for the first time:
Chez Soi
Globe Style Advisor
(3 nominations)
Hazlitt
(4 nominations)
Infopresse
Le Must
New Trail
Nouveau Projet
(2 nominations)
Ottawa Citizen Style

Write Magazine

Chris Turner leads all individual finalists with 4 nominations in written categories for his work in Canadian Geographic, Marketing and The Walrus. Garnering 3 individual nominations are Catherine Dubé (L’actualité), Dan Robson (Sportsnet), Iain Marlow (Report on Business) and Dominique Forget (ELLE Québec, Jobboom and L’actualité).

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

The article “Building with the Brigadier” (Report on Business) by Greg McArthur and Graeme Smith has the distinction of being nominated in 3 categories: Business, Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest.

The 10 finalists for the best Canadian Magazine Cover of 2012 come from Adbusters, Azure, Canadian Business, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, Report on Business, The Grid, The Walrus, Up Here and Vancouver.

There are 8 finalists for the award for Best Single Issue: Cottage Life (“June 2012”), enRoute (“The Food Issue”), LE Must (“Santé alimentaire”), Maisonneuve (“Tenth Anniversary Issue”), The Feathertale Review (“Issue 9”), The Grid (“May 10”), The Walrus (“November 2012”) and Toronto Life (“The Loneliest Man in Toronto”).

The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine Writer are Chris Hampton (for “The Place Where Art Sleeps”; Maisonneuve), Sierra Skye Gemma (for “The Wrong Way”; The New Quarterly), and May Jeong (“The Cult of Pastor Song”; Toronto Life).

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

In addition to the new category Tablet Magazine of the Year, for 2012 the NMAF created 2 other new categories for digital content. In the new integrated category Online Video, the 5 finalists are “Balcony Makeover” (Canadian House & Home), “Les coulisses du reportage mode Icône” (ELLE Québec), “Pagelicker 01: Irvine Welsh” (Hazlitt), “Reboot on Life” (Ottawa Citizen Style), and “Toronto’s National Anthem” (The Grid).

Of the 10 finalists in the new written category Blogs, 6 are from Maclean’s, 2 from Torontoist, and 1 each from L’actualité and Today’s Parent.

Congratulations to all the finalists!
[PDF Nominations List]

Magazine of the Year Finalist

Magazine of the Year Finalist

The 36th annual National Magazine Awards Gala
Join us for the 36th annual National Magazine Awards, Friday June 7 at the fabulous Carlu in Toronto. [Tickets]

Gold and Silver awards will be handed down on June 7 in 24 written categories, 12 visual categories and 6 integrated categories. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention. Winners will also be celebrated in 5 special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best New Magazine Writer, Magazine Website of the Year, Tablet Magazine of the Year, and Magazine of the Year.

Gold winners in written, visual and integrated categories (except Best Single Issue) receive a cash prize of $1000; Silver winners $500. The winner of Best New Magazine Writer receives a cash prize of $500.

Credit Changes
If you are a National Magazine Award nominee, please let us know of any credit changes to your nomination no later than Thursday May 9, 2013.

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 251 volunteer judges nominated a total of 365 submissions from 87 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories.

Acknowledgements
The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage, as well as financial support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

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Meet the NMA Finalists for Magazine of the Year–Print

One week to go and we couldn’t be more excited! On June 7 the NMAF will announce the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards at our 35th anniversary gala. This year our esteemed panel of judges named 3 finalists in the special category Magazine of the Year–Print.

The award for Magazine of the Year–Print will go to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers.

For 2011 the 3 finalists are:

MAISONNEUVE

Maisonneuve

A broad-minded, insatiable magazine that publishes investigative journalism, long-form essays and breathtaking artwork, Maisonneuve strives to support emerging talent and present the arts and ideas of Quebec to Anglophone Canada. 2011 saw the magazine publish several high-profile investigative pieces and photo essays, and it was rewarded with nine National Magazine Award nominations.

“Monuments: The City in Three Parts” – Art Direction by Anna Minzhulina, Maisonneuve. Nominated in Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article.

“Age of the Algorithm” by Ira Basen, Maisonneuve. Nominated in Science, Technology & the Environment.

Check out all of Maisonnueve‘s NMA nominations at Maisonneuve.org.

OUTDOOR CANADA

Canada’s only national fishing and hunting magazine, Outdoor Canada is a vibrant mix of service journalism, feature stories, reportage, profiles, travelogues and expert analysis. In 2011 the magazine also hosted its second annual consumer show and redesigned its website to great acclaim. Its staff and contributors have won numerous awards, and this year Outdoor Canada is nominated for four National Magazine Awards.

“Our Greatest Waters” – Outdoor Canada. Nominated in Service: Lifestyle.

“Ultimate DIY Adventure Guide” – Outdoor Canada. Nominated in Editorial Package.

Also nominated from Outdoor Canada: “75 Whitetail Essentials” (How-To).

SPORTSNET

Sportsnet

Launched in September 2011, Sportsnet aims to be Canada’s premier general-interest sports magazine, with a mandate to tell the stories about athletes, teams and games that Canadians care most about. Committed to blending long-form magazine journalism with shorter, faster-paced stories that explore trends in the world and business of sports, the magazine is ambitious, engaging and optimistic. In its first year at the NMAs, Sportsnet garnered four nominations.

“The Team that Disappeared” by Brett Popplewell, Sportsnet. Nominated in Sports & Recreation.

“The Long Road Home” by Dan Robson, Sporsnet. Nominated in One of a Kind.

Also nominated from Sporstnet: “A Reading from the Book of Tebow” (Humour).

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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

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