Named a record-breaking year, the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) announced the Showcase finalists for the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards. 27 Alberta magazines hold nominations (a significant increase from last year); Western Living and Avenue Calgary are tied at an impressive 17 nominations, Alberta Venture follows closely with 16, and Avenue Edmonton and Swerve close in third with 15 nominations.
Alberta Views, Avenue Edmonton, and New Trail are the three Magazine of the Year contenders.
Among the individual nominees, many of these talented AMPA Showcase finalists are also National Magazine Award winners.
NMA winner Omar Mouallem leads all writers with 6 nominations: He’s nominated twice in Profiles for his work in Alberta Venture, once in Service: Lifestyle, once in Feature Writing: Short and twice in Feature Writing: Long.
Tadzio Richards (a finalist in the Alberta Story category, for his piece “End of the Line” published in Alberta Views) was successful at the 2007 NMAs, winning Gold in the category of Investigative Reporting and Silver for Science, Technology, and the Environment.
John Ulan, NMA winner a year ago in Portrait Photography, was nominated for Photography: People and Portraiture.
Daniel Wood has a long track record of winning NMAs, starting in 1987 with an Honourable Mention and Silver wins in 1995, 1996, 2002, and 2003. At this year’s Alberta Magazine Awards, Daniel is a finalist in the category of Photograph: People and Portraiture.
Marcey Andrews, art director of New Trail—a Gold NMA winner in 2014—is nominated in a impressive slew AMPA categories this year, including: Art Direction for a Single Issue, Cover, Feature, Design, and Editorial Package.
Congratulations also goes out to to Hudson Christie, winner of the 2015 NMA award for Best New Magazine Illustrator and 2016 finalist in the Best Cover category at the AMPA Awards.
Previous NMA award-winning creators and current AMPA finalists also include Lisa Gregoire (Essay), Tyee Bridge (Feature Writing: Long and Service: Lifestyle), Marcello Di Cintio (Feature Writing: Long and Profile), Martin Tessler, Clinton Hussey and Evaan Kheraj (Photography: Essay or Series) and Graham Roumieu (Illustration).
The complete list of finalists can be found here.
Aside from the 21 Showcase Awards—rewarding creators of everything from infographics to fiction to digital presence—there are three achievement awards: Anders Knudsen won the Achievement in Publishing Award, Brnesh Berhe is Volunteer of the Year, and Editor of the Year went to Curtis Gillespie, a director of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
The AMPA Achievement Judges had this to say of Curtis’ editing work:
“His love of great writing and storytelling inspired him to provide both emerging and established writers the space to tell compelling and thought-provoking stories at a time when the arena for such content was dwindling.”
(The full blurb can be found here.) Curtis’ editing aptitude is also highlighted by his many NMA wins: he snagged 14 Honourable Mentions between 2000 and 2014, Silver awards in 1999, 2000, and 2013; and Gold awards in 1999 and 2013 for his work in Eighteen Bridges, Western Living, Toronto Life, Saturday Night, New Trail and more.
The NMAF wishes all finalists good luck. Award winners are announced March 3, at the 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards Gala in Calgary. The gala takes place on the first day of the Alberta Magazines Conference.
Special thanks to Leah Edwards for her reporting on this story.