It was a night to remember! The NMAF has announced the winners of the 39th annual National Magazine Awards, concluding an exciting evening celebrating Canadian creators at the Arcadian Court in Toronto–hosted by author Chris Turner–with more than 400 of Canada’s best writers, artists, editors, art directors, publishers and others in attendance. The NMAF presented Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards in 39 categories. More than $50,000 in cash prizes has been awarded to Canadian creators.
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Magazine of the Year
Jennifer Varkonyi, Publisher
Haley Cullingham, Daniel Viola, Editors
Anna Minzhulina, Art Director
Published by Maisonneuve Magazine Association
Maisonneuve fulfills its bold mandate of “banishing boring,” clearly striving to engage, inform and inspire. From its refreshing and imaginative art direction to its passionate editorial voice, the magazine feels like its constantly evolving, yet at the same time seems to connect with a sense of familiarity with its readers.
–National Magazine Awards jury
Best Magazine Brand
Best New Magazine Writer
Sponsored by Reader’s Digest Foundation
The Skin I’m In
Best New Magazine Photographer
Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement
Renowned journalist, editor, teacher and mentor Kim Pittaway is the recipient of the 2016 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, recognizing career excellence and service to the Canadian magazine industry. For her enduring dedication to the Canadian magazine industry, for the principled leadership and mentorship that has impacted the careers of many, and for her unfailing support of magazine creators, the NMAF is proud to recognize Kim Pittaway with its highest individual honour.
INTEGRATED AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS
Best Single Issue
Sponsored by Rolland Enterprises, Inc
John Intini, Editor
Brianne Collins, Art Director
What it’s like to be Connor McDavid right now
Best Magazine Cover
Sponsored by Ontario Media Development Corporation
Stephen Gregory, Art Director
Mark Stevenson, Editor
Hurry Up and Die, Already
Words & Pictures
Sponsored by CDS Global
Our Ever-Changing Moods
Jillian Tamaki, Author & Illustrator
Jonathan Kay, Editor
Brian Morgan, Art Director
Single Service Article Package
Brigitte Coutu, Editor
Caroline Blanchette, Art Director
Mélanie Roy, Émilie Folie-Boivin, Sarah Lalanne, Authors
David de Stefano, Photographer
Caroline Nault, Heidi Bronstein, Contributors
David Chau, Creator
Craig Battle, Editor
“The most important mission of the National Magazine Awards is to celebrate Canadian creators. And tonight we have reached a new milestone in recognizing and rewarding excellence to more than 300 nominees and 70 gold and silver winners at the 39th annual NMA gala. The National Magazine Awards are one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions, and even as we celebrate our 39th year we are looking forward to our 40th anniversary and beyond.”
—Joyce Byrne, president of the NMAF
WRITING AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS
Arts & Entertainment
Best Short Feature
Le virage vert de la Chine
Sponsored by Impresa Communications Ltd.
Thank you, Margaret Wente, for exposing rape culture
The Space Issue
Presented by Ontario Arts Council
CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries
Health & Medicine
Worth the Risk
Your Daily Life As A Failing Comedian
The Feathertale Review
One of a Kind
Richard Kelly Kemick
Dreams Are Boring
The High Road
Politics & Public Interest
Les partis politiques vous espionnent
Science, Technology & Environment
It’s A Hard Knock Life
Service: Family, Health & Personal Finance
The Shame Game
Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2015
Air Canada enRoute
A Different Kind of Simakanis
Sports & Recreation
Laurent chez les grands
Le vrai train du nord
VISUAL AWARDS – GOLD WINNERS
Art Direction of an Entire Issue
Sponsored by TC Transcontinental Printing
Report on Business
Art Direction of a Single Article
Sponsored by The Office of Gilbert Li
The Future of Everything
For my 10th birthday…
Owen Bruce, Photographer
Brittany Eccles, Art Director
Juliana Schiavinatto, Stylist
Contributors: Denis Desro, Liisa Winkler, Stella Winkler, Juliann H, Hannah D, Sam F, Judith Maria Bradley, Susana Hong, Simone Otis, Suzanne Campos
Homes & Gardens
Martin Tessler, Photographer
Paul Roelofs, Art Director
Nicole Sjöstedt, Stylist
Sponsored by Very Good Studios
My Prescribed Life
Photojournalism & Photo Essay
Sponsored by CNW Group
Raina + Wilson
Globe Style Advisor
The Things He Carried
Globe Style Advisor
Globe Style Advisor
To view the complete list of Gold and Silver winners and Honourable Mentions, visit magazine-awards.com/39winners
ABOUT THE 39th ANNUAL NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
More than 400 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the Arcadian Court for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala, presented by CDS Global.
Special guests were in abundance at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards. Minister of Canadian Heritage Mélanie Joly delivered a tribute via video to the evening’s nominees and winners, acknowledging the important role of Canadian magazine creators in nurturing Canadian culture. Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan of Toronto attended and delivered a welcome message to the guests, celebrating the nominees in attendance. And Member of Parliament and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, radio host Gillian Deacon and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi each delivered messages via video congratulating the nominees and winners.
The NMAF was also honoured to welcome Carolyn Vesely of Ontario Arts Council, who presented the award for Fiction; Matt Hilliard-Forde of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, who presented the award for Magazine Covers; Natalie Turvey of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, who presented the award for Investigative Reporting; Karen Luttrell of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, who presented the award for Society; and Derek Finkle of the Canadian Writers Group, who presented the award for One of a Kind.
This year, 184 Canadian magazines from coast to coast to coast—English and French, print and digital—entered the best of their editorial and design to the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 3000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators. The NMAF’s 232 volunteer judges nominated a total of 309 submissions from 84 different Canadian magazines for awards in 39 written, visual, integrated and special categories. A record 12 magazines were nominated for the first time. More than $50,000 in cash prizes has been awarded to Canadian creators.
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support its sponsors, partners and suppliers.
THANK YOU CHRIS TURNER!
The NMAF (and all guests of the National Magazine Awards) are grateful to Chris Turner for his wonderful performance tonight as host of the 39th National Magazine Awards!
Chris Turner is the author of five books and one of Canada’s leading writers and speakers on energy and sustainability. His bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope were both National Business Book Award finalists. His most recent book is How to Breathe Underwater, an essay collection, which won the W.O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize. His feature writing has won nine National Magazine Awards.
PHOTOS, VIDEOS, INTERVIEW & MORE
Check back next week for photos, videos and more from the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION
The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to foster, recognize and promote editorial excellence in Canadian publications. The annual awards are presented in June and are followed by a year-long national publicity effort and professional development opportunities. Our mandate is to support Canadian creators. Since 1977, the NMAF has helped build and sustain the careers of thousands of creators—the writers, editors, creative directors and visual artists who contribute to the vast ecosystem of Canadian culture. On June 9, the NMAF presented the first annual Digital Publishing Awards recognizing excellence in Canadian digital publications. Discover more at magazine-awards.com.
See you next year!