New Charles Wilkins book arose from NMA-winning story

A few years ago, Ontario native and veteran freelance writer Charles Wilkins joined the crew of an experimental rowboat expedition: 16 paddlers in the strangest-looking craft rowed across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados, becoming the first mariners to cross the ocean without the aid of sail or motor.

Mr. Wilkins published a chronicle of the voyage in Explore magazine, “The Big Blue,” which went on to win a Gold National Magazine Award for travel writing in 2012–the fifth NMA in Wilkins’ distinguished career as a writer. We featured the astounding story in our Summer Reading Series that year.

Following that success at the National Magazine Awards, Mr. Wilkins has published Little Ship of Fools: Sixteen Rowers, One Improbable Boat, Seven Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic (Greystone Books), a “rich and fascinating story of courage, community, the importance of risk in our lives, and the resilience and depth of the human spirit.”

A fascinating and hilarious read from one of Canada’s most celebrated adventure writers. Check it out at Greystone Books.

Off the Page, avec Catherine Dubé

La série Off the Page est une exclusivité produite par la Fondation nationale du prix du magazine canadien (FNPMC) et qui offre aux anciens lauréats de Prix du magazine canadien une tribune où ils sont invités à exprimer ce que leur prix a signifié pour eux et à nous dire où ils en sont aujourd’hui dans leur carrière. La série Off the Page paraîtra périodiquement dans notre blogue. Cette semaine, nous découvrons quoi de neuf avec Catherine Dubé, rédactrice du magazine L’actualité.
[The English version of this interview will be published tomorrow.]

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FNPMC : L’année dernière, vous avez remporté le Prix d’or dans la catégorie Service : Santé et famille, pour votre article « Demain, des centres à 7 $ par jour pour les vieux? », votre septième Prix du magazine canadien au cours des cinq dernières années! Qu’est-ce qui vous a incité à rédiger cet article?

Catherine Dubé (Photo par) Marie-Reine Mattera
Catherine Dubé (Photo: Marie-Reine Mattera)

Catherine DubéCette idée est issue d’une réunion de rédaction de L’actualité. Nous nous sommes demandé ce qui nous attend d’ici 10 à 20 ans : nous sommes tous des aidants naturels en sursis ! Le système de santé n’est pas préparé à prendre soin de la cohorte vieillissante des baby-boomers.

Le principal défi de ce reportage consistait à intéresser les lecteurs à ce sujet a priori pas très sexy…

J’ai fait ce que je fais toujours : illustrer l’information par de nombreux exemples concrets. Je me suis efforcée de trouver des solutions novatrices, comme les haltes répit qui ont inspiré le titre du reportage.  Continue reading

Off the Page, with photographer Ian Willms

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 (Tintype by Marek Warunkiewicz)

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.

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Promote your National Magazine Award with Cover Seals

Attention National Magazine Award-nominated and -winning magazine publishers, editors and art directors: Promote your success at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards with our official winners’ and finalists’ seals.

Adorn your covers, acknowledgement pages, promotional materials and websites with these creative designs to promote to your readers the excellence of your magazine and the writers and artists who contribute to that success.

Contact the NMAF office to request the seals in .pdf or .eps format.

The National Magazine Awards Foundation is honoured to congratulate you on your success this year.

Opening Module of the 35th National Magazine Awards

Opening Module of the 35th National Magazine Awards, June 7, 2012. Sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC). Produced by Wolfson Bell. Creative by the 35th National Magazine Awards nominees and winners.

Thank you Leif Parsons!

National Magazine Award-winning illustrator Leif Parsons created the fabulous illustration from which blossomed the entire creative look and feel of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

Leif Parsons’ highly conceptual illustrations have been used in publications including The Walrus, Esquire, Bloomberg, Real Simple, and The New York Times. With two Gold and one Silver National Magazine Award under his belt for his illustrations, he has been inspired by the works of Nicholas Bleckman, Christoph Nieman, Saul Steinberg, Philip Guston, and the artwork he sees around New York City, where he currently resides.

Thanks also to NMAF board member and The Walrus art director Brian Morgan for his creative direction on the 35th anniversary National Magazine Award illustration.

If you would like to order a copy of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards program please get in touch with us at staff[at]magazine-awards[dot]com.

35th National Magazine Awards in Pictures

The Carlu’s Concert Hall (Dean Bradley)

The National Magazine Awards Foundation gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and contributors who helped make the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala an event to remember.

Special mention to Jason Jajalla and Dean Bradley and their volunteer assistants, who captured the evening’s celebration on camera. You can view the photos of the NMA gala on our Facebook page now.

The NMAF is also proud to thank:

NMAF President Arjun Basu greets Outstanding Achievement winner Heather Robertson (Jason Jajalla)

Multimedia Design & Show Production: Wolfson Bell

Advertising & Program Design: Anna Minzhulina

Illustration: Leif Parsons

Printing: Dollco, a division of the Lowe-Martin Group

Translation: Charles Girard

Event Photography: Dean Bradley, Jason Jajalla

Outstanding Achievement Portraiture: Clay Stang

Event Exhibit: Vinyl Xpress, Inc.

Volunteer Coordination: Erin Klassen

Guests enjoy the reception and nominees’ exhibit (Dean Bradley)

Production Assistants: Joi McConnell, Aaron Lai

News Release Distribution: CNW Group

Chartered Accountants: Beckett Lowden Read

Catering: Daniel et Daniel

Flowers: Sheridan Nurseries

Venue: The Carlu

Maisonneuve editor Drew Nelles accepts the Magazine of the Year award from emcee Ralph Benmergui (Jason Jajalla)

Additional thanks to Julia De Laurentiis Johnson, Levi Nicholson, Nicolas Dagenais, our interns Wajiha Suboor and Rebecca Zanussi, and our event volunteers. And of course to all of our sponsors and partners, thank you for your support of the National Magazine Awards and the Canadian magazine industry.

Thanks and congratulations to our Magazines Week event partners at the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards and Magazines Canada’s MagNet 2012.

And to all who support Canadian magazines and their creators: Thank you from the NMAF.

Check out all the photos at the NMAF Facebook page.

Guests enjoy the chocolate fountains after the awards show (Dean Bradley)