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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.]

Demain_Dube

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.

FNPMC : Lorsque vous écrivez pour L’actualité, quel processus suivez-vous pour puiser les idées de votre nouvel article? Trouvez-vous votre inspiration en consultant des professionnels de la santé, des études, d’autres médias, ou d’autres sources?

123bebeCatherine Dubé : J’explore les petits et grands sujets de société qui sont dans l’air du temps, à la recherche d’un angle neuf. Toutes les sources sont bonnes, qu’ils s’agissent de médias d’ici ou de l’étranger, d’événements publics comme des conférences, ou encore de publications spécialisées. Les personnes que j’interviewe me mettent souvent sur des pistes inédites.

Je trouve ainsi des informations très intéressantes qui ont échappé au regard des journalistes de quotidiens, submergés par le flot continu des nouvelles.

L’an dernier, alors que je devais faire le portrait de l’hypnotiseur Messmer, un artiste populaire au Québec, j’ai découvert que son approche faisait l’objet d’une controverse; cet article est en quelque sorte devenu une enquête sur l’hypnose, faisant la part des choses entre le vrai et le faux, et mettant en lumière les dangers de la technique lorsqu’elle est mal utilisée.

Le processus de recherche et de rédaction que j’utilise pour mes articles publiés dans L’actualité, où j’ai été embauchée il y a deux ans, est assez semblable à celui que j’utilisais à Québec Science, où j’ai travaillé les dix années précédentes. C’est l’angle d’attaque qui est différent : plus scientifique pour Québec Science, plus social et grand public pour L’actualité.

FNPMC Quelle importance attribuez-vous au fait de remporter un Prix du magazine canadien? Et que pouvons-nous entrevoir pour l’avenir : quels sujets et enjeux suscitent actuellement votre intérêt?

Catherine Dubé : Un prix est le couronnement de nos efforts, la reconnaissance qu’on a atteint notre objectif.

Personne ne se sent obligé de lire un magazine pour être au courant de l’actualité. Les journaux, la télévision et les nouvelles en continu sur le Web nous livrent une rude compétition. C’est à nous, artisans des magazines, de proposer des histoires inédites, des angles nouveaux et surprenants pour nous rendre indispensables aux yeux du grand public.

L’écriture est aussi une clé : elle doit être soignée et fluide. Si le lecteur a autant de plaisir à me lire que s’il lisait un roman, le pari est gagné. C’est toujours un défi, car mon but ultime est d’expliquer des enjeux complexes et souvent abstraits. Je dois trouver les histoires humaines à travers lesquels ces enjeux s’incarnent et les raconter habilement. Même après toutes ces années, ce n’est pas plus facile qu’avant… La différence, c’est que je le fais mieux !

Je publierai dans quelques semaines un très long reportage sur le monde de la justice. Le résultat sera publié sous forme de mini-livre, encarté dans le magazine, un nouveau format que nous proposons aux lecteurs depuis l’an dernier et qui connaît un beau succès.

Catherine Dubé est journaliste au magazine L’actualité. Elle est nominée pour 3 Prix du magazine canadien cette année. Un merci tout spécial à Avary Lovell pour l’interview avec Catherine.
[The English version of this interview will be published tomorrow on the Magazine Awards blog.]

De nos archives, par Catherine Dubé :
Demain, des centres à 7$ par jour pour les vieux? (Prix d’or, Santé et famille, 2011)
Marmot 2.0 (Prix d’or, Société, 2010)
1,2,3…bébés? (Prix d’argent, 2010, Santé et médécine)
Vive le mangeur libre (Prix d’or, Mode de vie, 2009)
Grippe A(H1N1) – Tout savoir (Prix d’argent, 2009, Santé et famille)
Des synapses et des lettres (Prix d’argent, Société, 2008)
Péril à la ferme (Prix d’argent, Article hors categorie, 2007)

Off the Page, avec :
Pascale Millot
Jonathan Trudel
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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.

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.

“In the Shadow of the Oilsands” by Ian Willms, This Magazine (Mar/Apr 2011)

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.

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)

Complete the National Magazine Awards Survey

Did you attend the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala on June 7? Please take 2 minutes to complete this survey concerning some of the changes to this year’s awards program and event. We need your feedback to help us continue to fulfill our mandate to support and promote creators in the Canadian magazine industry. The National Magazine Awards program is for the industry by the industry.

http://35magawards.questionpro.com/

If you did not attend this year’s awards gala, we will be issuing a survey in the coming weeks to gather your feedback as well.

The Winners of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards!

The winners of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at a gala at The Carlu in Toronto. [Version française] [List of Winners PDF] [View the Photos]

Maisonneuve was named Canada’s Magazine of the YearPrint at the conclusion of the awards presentation. The Montreal-based, English-language quarterly of arts, culture and ideas was nominated for a total of 9 NMAs this year, and added a Silver award in the category Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article to the prestigious Magazine of the Year award, which it also won in 2004.

TodaysParent.com, the online companion of Today’s Parent magazine, was named Magazine of the Year—Digital. Heather Robertson received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. Liam Casey was named Best New Magazine Writer and The Coveteur was named Best New Visual Creator (see more below).

The Walrus led all magazines with 6 Gold and 6 Silver awards. This is the 8th consecutive year in which The Walrus has either had the most or tied for the most Gold awards, and the seventh time during that span in which they’ve won the most total awards (Gold and Silver combined).

The Grid – new to the NMAs this year after launching in May 2011 – won 4 Gold and 2 Silver awards. Toronto Life won 4 Gold awards and 1 Silver, followed by Report on Business (3 Gold, 4 Silver), L’actualité (3 Gold, 2 Silver), explore (3 Gold, 1 Silver), Sportsnet (2 Gold) and The New Quarterly / Arc Poetry Magazine (2 Gold).

Top Award-Winning Magazines at the 35th National Magazine Awards:

Magazine Gold Silver HM
The Walrus 6 6 20
The Grid 4 2 11
Toronto Life 4 1 19
Report on Business 3 4 23
L’actualité 3 2 17
explore 3 1 15
Sportsnet 2 0 2
The New Quarterly /
Arc Poetry Magazine
2 0 1
Maclean’s 1 2 15
Flare 1 2 0
Eighteen Bridges 1 1 8
Cottage Life 1 1 7
Maisonneuve 1 1 7
Canadian House & Home 1 1 6
Elle Canada 1 1 3
More 1 1 3
Event 1 1 1
Canadian Art 1 1 0
Fashion Magazine 0 2 1

Also winning a Gold award were Chatelaine, Châtelaine, DesignLines Toronto, Québec Science, Ryerson Review of Journalism, Sharp, This Magazine, Today’s Parent and Urbania.

Winning one Silver award were Canadian Business, Canadian Family, Canadian Geographic, enRoute, Fiddlehead, Nuvo, Ottawa Magazine, The New Quarterly and Up Here.

NOTABLE WINNERS
Leading all individual winners with 3 Gold awards was Art Director Vanessa Wyse of The Grid, who swept the all three of the design categories Magazine Covers, Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article, and Art Direction for an Entire Issue. In each case the celebrated article/issue was The Grid’s May 19, 2011 issue “Got Spunk?” This is the first time that one publication has swept these three categories since 1998 (Shift magazine).

The most decorated individual article of the evening was “Where Asbestos is Just a Fact of Life” by John Gray and Stephanie Nolen (Report on Business), which was nominated for a record 5 awards and won Gold in Business, Silver in Politics & Public Interest, and Honourable Mention in Health & Medicine, Investigative Reporting, and Science, Technology & the Environment.

The article “Camping 101” by Kevin Callan and Ryan Stuart in explore was a double Gold winner in the integrated category Single Service Article Package and the written category How-To. This is the third straight year that explore has won Gold in Single Service Article Package, and the third time overall that the magazine has won Gold in How-To.

The award for Best Single Issue went to “Gros” from Urbania, the Montreal-based arts quarterly which won this award for the second year in a row.

Dominique Forget of L’actualité led all writers with 5 nominations for 5 different articles, and won Gold in Service: Personal Finance & Business (“Impôts: la colère monte”).

Paul Wilson was perhaps the most unique writer celebrated, as he won both Gold and Silver in the category One-of-a-Kind for “Adrift on the Nile” (The Walrus) and “The Archivist” (The Walrus).

The Gold award in the integrated category Words & Pictures went to the editorial team at Toronto Life for “Going Mobile.”

The new magazine Eighteen Bridges won its first National Magazine Award when Don Gillmor was named the Gold winner in Arts & Entertainment (“All In”). The article, also nominated in Personal Journalism, examines the great career of the late Paul Quarrington, a 5-time NMA winner. This is Gillmor’s 10th National Magazine Award. Eighteen Bridges had 10 nominations this year.

VISUAL CATEGORIES
Illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler won Gold in Spot Illustration (“Post-Secondary Distress” in More) and Silver in Illustration (“Death of the Salesman” in Canadian Business). This is Eggenschwiler’s second Gold for Spot Illustration, and he now holds 5 National Magazine Awards. Selena Wong (“Meet You at the Door”; The Walrus) won her first National Magazine Award after winning the Gold for Illustration.

In Photojournalism & Photo Essay, the Gold award went to “In the Shadow of the Oilsands” by Ian Willms, published in This Magazine. Donald Weber took the top prize in Creative Photography for “Quniqjuk, Qunbuq, Quabaa” in Canadian Art. DesignLines won its first-ever National Magazine Award with a Gold in Still-Life Photography for “From: To:” by Naomi Finlay. Photographer Daniel Ehrenworth took the Gold award for Portrait Photography for “Project Privacy” in Cottage Life. He won the Silver in this category last year.

In the Fashion category, Flare won Gold for the third year in a row, and in fact swept Gold and Silver. Photographer Chris Nicholls, art director Tanya Watt and stylist Fiona Green took Gold for “Your Majesty.” The same photographer/art director duo joined stylist Elizabeth Cabral in winning Silver with “Nature of Prints.”

For the first time this year, Beauty was awarded as a separate category from Fashion, and Sharp won the Gold for “Fragrances” (Art Direction by Adam Taylor; Photography by Adrian Armstrong).

The Homes & Gardens category saw a sweep by Canadian House & Home, with “Among the Treetops” winning Gold (Mandy Milks, Michael Graydon, Suzanne Dimma) and “Mindfully Minimal” taking Silver.

WRITTEN CATEGORIES
Economist Pierre Fortin won Gold in Columns for his regular column “Économie” in L’actualité. This is the third year that Fortin has won Gold in this category (he also won in 2003 and 2007), which matches Robert Fulford and Benoît Aubin for the most all time in Columns.

In Editorial Package, Toronto Life (“The Digital Issue”) and The Grid (“A Chef’s Guide to Toronto”) tied for the Gold award.

What You Don’t Know About Stephen Harper” by Paul Wells and John Geddes (Maclean’s) took the Gold award for Politics & Public Interest.

In the Humour category, Scott Feschuk won his second National Magazine Gold Award for “A Reading from the Book of Tebow” (Sportsnet). In fact, Feschuk defeated himself in this category, as he was also nominated for two other articles this year in Humour.

Brett Popplewell’s article “The Team that Disappeared” won Gold in Sports & Recreation for Sportsnet, which in its first year at the NMAs (after launching in September 2011) received 4 nominations, including one of three finalist spots for Magazine of the Year (Print)

Alison Motluk won Gold for Investigative Reporting (“A Political Meltdown”; The Walrus). Motluk won Silver in this category last year.

The Walrus swept the Society category, with Katherine Ashenburg’s “The Long Goodbye” winning the Gold. Also from The Walrus, “Madam Premier” by Lisa Gregoire won Gold in Profiles.

Catherine Dubé won her 7th National Magazine Award when she took Gold in the category Service: Health & Family (“Demain, des centres à 7$ par jour pour les vieux?”; L’actualité).

Nathan Vanderklippe’s “A Pipleline Runs Through It” (Report on Business) won Gold in Science, Technology & the Environment. The same article also won Honourable Mention in Business and in Travel.

Charles Wilkins won his 3rd Gold National Magazine Award, this year taking the top prize in the Travel category for “The Big Blue” in explore.

The article “Quand je serai plus là, qui va s’occuper de mes poissons?” by Pascale Millot from Québec Science was the Gold winner in Health & Medicine.

The Gold award in Personal Journalism went to Anne Marie Lecomte for “Parti sans bruit” (Châtelaine).

Chris Nuttall-Smith won Gold in Service: Lifestyle for “Where to Eat Now” in Toronto Life. This is Nuttall-Smith’s 4th individual National Magazine Award.

In the category Best Short Feature—under 2000 words—there was a tie for Gold between Heather O’Neill (“When Your Mother is a Stranger”; Chatelaine) and JJ Lee (“On the First Time He Told a Girl She Was Beautiful”; ELLE Canada).

In 2011 the literary magazines The New Quarterly and Arc Poetry Magazine published a joint issue, and from the pages of this issue Alice Major won Gold in the Essays category (“The Ultraviolet Catastrophe”) and Matthew Holmes won Gold in Poetry (“The Failing of Purity”).

Event magazine – the thrice-yearly literary review from Douglas College – swept the awards in the Fiction category for the second consecutive year, with Bill Gaston (“Four Corners”) winning Gold and Wayde Compton (“The Instrument”) taking the Silver.

DIGITAL ACHIEVEMENT
Today’s Parent (TodaysParent.com) won the award for Magazine of the Year—Digital. The judges lauded the site’s clean layout, which 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.

For the second consecutive year, The Walrus magazine won the Gold award for Best Digital Design for its companion site WalrusMagazine.com. FashionMagazine.com took the Silver.

The popular TorontoLife.com production “TIFF.to,” which covers the annual Toronto International Film Festival, won the Gold for Best Multimedia Feature. FashionMagazine.com’s “At the Shows / Spring 2012” won Silver.

BEST NEW CREATIVE TALENT
Liam Casey won the award for Best New Magazine Writer for his article “Suicide Notes” in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. Said the NMAF judges: “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.”

The award for Best New Visual Creator went to The Coveteur, for its photography layout “Gifts” in Report on Business. Said the NMAF judges: “A tasteful curation of photographs that succeed 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.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Heather Robertson received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement during the presentation of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR—PRINT
Winner: 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. Maisonneuve recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and over the past decade it has won 18 National Magazine Awards, including now two wins (2004 and 2011) for Magazine of the Year.

The other two finalists for Magazine of the Year—Print were Outdoor Canada and Sportsnet.

Visit www.magazine-awards.com to read more about this year’s winners. [List of Winners PDF]

35th anniversary National Magazine Awards are sponsored by:

Tonight: The 35th Anniversary National Magazine Awards

What: The 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards
Where: The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto [MAP]
When: 6pm (Reception); 7:30pm (Awards presentation)

Have a ticket?
If you purchased a ticket and did not request it to be mailed, you can pick up your ticket at the Will-Call tables in front of the elevators at The Carlu. There are separate ticket tables for judges’ tickets.

Need a ticket?
Tickets are available for purchase at the door: $85 / $175 incl HST. Credit cards, cash and cheques accepted.

Not able to come?
Follow our twitter handle @NatMagAwards and #NMA12 for live tweets throughout the show. Keep it right here on this blog for a full recap of the awards and all the winners (sometime after 11pm ET).

The Nominees?
Read all about them. Read them all.

The Master of Ceremonies?
Ralph Benmergui

A Message from Arjun Basu, President of the NMAF

Tomorrow we gather to celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine publishing at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards. [Version française ci-dessous]

There are more magazines being published today than there were a year ago. More print. More digital. More everything. Every stat out there tells us that people are reading more. And that includes magazines.

The industry has been running from something, change perhaps, for the last few years, all the while running toward something as well, you could call it the future, and we’ve been doing it without thinking. There has been fear. Surely. And the flip side of fear is opportunity.

We’ve played with the shiny new toys and tried to figure out what they do. And how they change us. The scramble has been something to behold. Maybe, in a decade or so, we can all sit back and laugh.

But you know what? The delivery system doesn’t matter. Because everyone soon gets bored of that shiny new thing and then returns to demanding things that are pretty old-fashioned: Quality. Relevance. Our readers want the same thing they’ve always wanted. They might want it presented differently, but they want something that speaks to them. That entertains them. That tells them something they didn’t know. Magazines have always been about discovery. And that is truer now than ever before.

We are in an age of quality. I really believe that. We have the toys and now instead of just getting our product on the toys “just because,” we’re putting it there because that’s where it belongs. Because it makes sense. Because it’s the best way to reach our readers. Not because we “have to” be there. I believe those days are over. Thankfully.

This year’s nominations come from across the country and from across platforms. We see blogs competing against print publications. A digital slideshow competing against a more traditional photo essay. How we consume our media isn’t really important anymore. That we consume it—that’s the important thing. And we’re consuming media—Canadian media—more than ever before.

The National Magazine Awards are for you. For us. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating a job well done. I hope you enjoy the show.

Arjun Basu
President, National Magazine Awards Foundation

Mot du président

On compte aujourd’hui davantage de magazines publiés que ce n’était le cas il y a un an. Da­vantage de magazines imprimés. Davantage de magazines numériques. Davantage de tout. Toutes les statistiques confirment que la lecture est de plus en plus populaire. Et les magazines n’échappent pas à la tendance.

Depuis quelques années, l’industrie a agi à la fois en résistance à quelque chose, le change­ment peut-être, et a foncé dans quelque chose d’autre, qu’on pourrait appeler l’avenir, et nous l’avons fait sans trop y réfléchir. Il y a eu de l’appréhension. Sûrement.

Mais derrière l’appréhension se profilait une occasion. Nous avons étrenné de tout nouveaux jouets et tenté d’en mesurer le potentiel. Nous avons aussi tenté de discerner de quelle façon ces jouets nous changent. Il faut reconnaître que nous nous sommes sentis bousculés. Dans une dizaine d’années, avec le recul, peut-être nous remémorerons-nous cette période d’incertitudes le sourire aux lèvres.

Mais vous savez quoi? Le système de diffusion n’a pas de véritable importance. Parce qu’un jour ou l’autre, nous nous lasserons tous de ces nouveaux jouets et retournerons à des valeurs anciennes : la qualité; la pertinence.

Nos lecteurs continuent de rechercher ce qu’ils ont toujours recherché. Peut-être souhaitent-ils que cela leur soit présenté différemment, mais ils recherchent un contenu qui leur parle. Qui les divertit. Qui leur révèle quelque chose qu’ils ne savaient pas. La découverte a toujours été la raison d’être des magazines. Et cela vaut aujourd’hui plus que jamais.

Nous vivons une époque marquée au sceau de la qualité. Je le crois sincèrement. Nous avons nos jouets et, aujourd’hui, plutôt que de simplement diffuser nos productions sur ces jouets, «parce qu’il le faut bien», nous le faisons parce que c’est là qu’ils doivent aller. Parce que cela va de soi. Parce que c’est la meilleure façon de rejoindre nos lecteurs. Non pas parce que nous « devons » être là. Ces jours sont, selon moi, derrière nous. Et c’est bien ainsi.

Les nominations de cette année viennent de partout au pays et de diverses plates-formes. Nous voyons des blogues en compétition avec des publications imprimées. Un diaporama numérique concurrencer un reportage photo plus traditionnel. Notre mode de consommation des médias n’a plus l’importance qu’il avait. L’important, c’est que nous les consommions. Et la consommation des médias, des médias canadiens, est plus importante que jamais.

Cet événement vous est dédié. Nous est dédié. Il n’y a rien de mal à célébrer le travail bien fait. Bon spectacle !

Arjun Basu
Président, Fondation nationale des prix du magazine canadien

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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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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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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