Last night in Halifax the Atlantic Journalism Awards were announced. In the categories exclusive to magazines, Saltscapes took the prize for Best Cover for “Million Dollar Legs” (Jan/Feb 2012).
The award for Best Profile Article went to Herald Magazine (“Graham Day,” by John DeMont).
And the award for Best Atlantic Magazine Article went to Progress Magazine (“To the Manor Born,” by Marjorie Simmins).
In the general print categories, Atlantic Business Magazine won for Arts & Entertainment (“Six Men, Two Dories and the North Atlantic,” by Stephen Kimber).
In addition to the awards open to all print, broadcast and online media in Atlantic Canada, the AJAs also bestowed a number of student awards:
PROVINCE OF NOVA SCOTIA SCHOLARSHIP
Georgena Holley, Nova Scotia Community College, Dartmouth
BELLALIANT PRIX D’EXCELLENCE EN JOURNALISME
Danielle Bilodeau, Université de Moncton
ATLANTIC LOTTERY CORPORATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Khairunnisa Intiar, St. Thomas University
EMERA ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Natascia Lypny, University of King’s College
NALCOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Flavio Nienow, College of the North Atlantic
AJAs STUDENT PRIZE OF EXCELLENCE
Geordie Carragher, Holland College
CNW GROUP PRIZE OF EXCELLENCE
Blair Barrington, Nova Scotia Community College
AJAs STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Brad Perry, New Brunswick Community College
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 is completing graduate studies in journalism at Ryerson University. He has contributed to Maisonneuve, the National Post, Chart 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 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 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.”
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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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
Off the Page is an exclusive series produced by the NMAF that reaches out to former National Magazine Award winners to find out what their awards have meant to them and what they’re up to now. As we prepare for this year’s NMA bash, we catch up with National Magazine Award-winning photographer Ian Willms.
NMAF: Last year you won the Gold National Magazine Award for Photojournalism & Photo Essay for “In the Shadow of the Oilsands” published in This Magazine. How has winning this award helped you expand your career?
Ian Willms: The NMA is a big award and I’m extremely grateful to have won it. I’m sure it has done quite a bit to promote my work and lift my profile as a documentary photographer. Above all else, I’m happy that this award brought the story to more viewers.
NMAF: What advice, either professional or artistic, would you give to current and future Photojournalism & Photo Essay NMA candidates?
Ian Willms: Stay true to the vision that you have for your work. It’s so easy to lose that in the editorial realm. Take the time necessary to do the work that matters to you, in the way that you believe it needs to be done; even if it’s not profitable.
NMAF: Since winning the NMAF Gold award, what photography projects have you completed?
Ian Willms: I’ve been working on a photo essay that explores the religious oppression of Mennonites in Europe and Russia during the 16th-20th centuries. The work is called “Why We Walk” and can be seen at www.ianwillms.com/whywewalk.
Ian Willms is a freelance photographer based in Toronto. You can view his work at ianwillms.com. His work has been exhibited extensively in Canada and around the world, and he’s currently a member of the Boreal Collective and Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent.
Special thanks to Jordanna Tennebaum for the interview with Ian. Tomorrow on the Magazine Awards blog we’ll throw the spotlight on this year’s finalists for Photojournalism & Photo Essay.
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]
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]
Don’t miss the event of the year when the magazine industry gathers at the Carlu in Toronto on Friday, June 7, 2013 to celebrate the very best in Canadian magazines. BUY TICKETS
Early-Bird tickets (available until May 17) are $140 and include the industry reception and hors d’oeuvre, table seating in the concert hall, dinner and the show, plus dessert. (Regular price, after May 17: $160.)
Discount tickets for $95 are also available for seating in the Balcony or Round Room, including the reception, hors d’oeuvre, awards show and dessert.
Doors open at 6pm for the industry reception in the Grand Foyer of The Carlu, with bar service and hors d’oeuvre. At 7:30pm, dinner is served in the Concert Hall and the Awards Presentation commences. Following the conclusion of the awards ceremony, the gala will continue with dessert and bar service till late.
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Today Canadian Business Press announced the finalists for the 59th annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards in 24 written, visual, digital and special categories for Canadian business-to-business magazine publishing.
The KRW Awards have 2 divisions for Magazine of the Year this year. The 3 finalists for Magazine of the Year – Professional are CAmagazine, Marketing and Up Here Business. The finalists for Magazine of the Year – Trade are Oilweek, Renovation Contractor and Salon Magazine.
Also this year the KRW Awards added a category for Best New Journalist, and those finalists are:
- Katie Keir, “When Good Partners go Bad,” Advisor’s Edge
- Regan Reid, “Gold Rush,” Canadian Insurance Top Broker
- Stephanie Brooks,” The Great Divide,” Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters 20/20
Check out the complete list of KRW nominees.
Earlier this week the Western Magazine Awards announced the nominees for its 31st year honouring excellence in Canadian magazines from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
The leading nominated magazines include Vancouver Magazine, Eighteen Bridges, BC Business, Alberta Views, Up Here, Western Living and Prairie Fire.
The 3 finalists for Best New Magazine are Coast Mountain Culture Magazine, Homes & Living Magazine Vancouver and Interlake Arts, Life & Leisure Magazine.
The 5 finalists for Best New Writer are:
- Sherry Wong, “Dandelion,” Prism International
- Melissa Molloy, “The Accuser and Us,” Profiles West
- Carly Wignes, “Treaty Troubles,” The Tyee
- Rosemary Anderson, “A Running Start,” Trek
- Stacey McLachlan, “The Bounty Hunter,” Western Living
Check out all the WMA finalists.
The WMA Lifetime Achievement Award this year will go to Paul and Audrey Grescoe.
This year’s WMA Gala is Friday June 21 at the Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside, hosted by Jo-Ann Roberts, the CBC radio host and currently the Harvey Southam Guest Lecturer at University of Victoria. Tickets go on sale on May 6 at WesternMagazineAwards.ca.