National Magazine Awards Foundation announces the Nominations for the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards

TORONTO, May 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) announced the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards nominations today, including the three finalists for Magazine of the Year (Print) and Magazine of the Year (Digital), the winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, and the three finalists for Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Visual Creator.

Visit to view the list of all nominations and read the complete articles of each finalist.

"The word 'magazine' is in flux but the level of talent in our industry continues to leave me awestruck," said Arjun Basu, president of the NMAF. "On this, the 35th anniversary of the National Magazine Awards, we celebrate the present and look forward to an exciting future. I invite everyone to the celebration on June 7th. It's always a great party."

From nearly 2,000 individual entries nationwide, the NMAF's 228 volunteer judges nominated a total of 362 submissions from 81 different Canadian magazines for awards in 45 written, visual, integrated and special categories. The Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced in Toronto on June 7, at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, sponsored by CDS Global, L'Oréal Canada, TC Media, Reader's Digest Foundation, and others.

The three finalists for the coveted award Magazine of the Year (Print) are Maisonneuve, Outdoor Canada and Sportsnet.

For the category Magazine of the Year (Digital) the finalists are (The Grid), (Today's Parent) and (Toronto Life).

The winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is Heather Robertson.

Leading all Canadian magazines with 34 nominations is The Walrus, followed by Report on Business (30), Toronto Life (24), L'actualité (22) and explore (19).

Top Nominated Magazines for the 35th Anniversary National Magazine Awards:

Magazine Written Integrated Visual Special Total
The Walrus 25 2 7 0 34
Report on Business 21 1 6 2 30
Toronto Life 16 3 4 1 24
L'actualité 22 0 0 0 22
explore 15 2 2 0 19
Maclean's 12 5 0 1 18
The Grid 4 4 8 1 17
enRoute 2 3 7 0 12
Eighteen Bridges 10 0 0 0 10
Cottage Life 4 2 3 0 9
Maisonneuve 5 0 3 1 9
Canadian House & Home 0 1 7 0 8

There are 14 magazines nominated for National Magazine Awards for the first time: Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Health & Lifestyle, DesignLines Toronto, Eighteen Bridges, Filler, Focus, Global Brief, Listed, Montecristo, Pulp, Ricardo, Sharp, Sportsnet and The Grid.

For the first time in National Magazine Awards history, a single article has been nominated in 5 different categories: "Where Asbestos is Just a Fact of Life" by John Gray and Stephanie Nolan (Report on Business) is nominated in the categories Politics & Public Interest, Business, Health & Medicine, Investigative Reporting, and Science, Technology & the Environment.

Dominique Forget of L'actualité is nominated for 5 articles in 5 different categories, the most among writers this year.

The article "Mostly Awesome with Brief Periods of Terrible" by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall (explore) is nominated in three categories, as are "Suicide Notes" by Liam Casey (Ryerson Review of Journalism) and "A Pipeline Runs Through It" by Nathan Vanderklippe (Report on Business).

Other writers garnering 3 individual nominations include Valérie Borde, Scott Feschuk, Don Gillmor, Lisa Gregoire, Chris Nuttall-Smith, Danielle Stanton, and Chris Turner.

Among visual-category nominations, art director Vanessa Wyse of The Grid won 9 nominations in the categories Magazine Covers, Art Direction for an Entire Issue, and Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article.

Illustrator Byron Eggenschwiler is nominated 4 times for his work in Canadian Business, More and Up Here.

Photographer Chris Nicholls of Flare has 3 nominations in the Fashion category and a fourth in Beauty, while photographer Daniel Ehrenworth is nominated a total of 3 times in the categories Conceptual Photography and Portrait Photography in Canadian Business, Cottage Life and Toronto Life.

Vying for the award of best Magazine Cover of 2011 are Canadian Business, enRoute, Report on Business, The Grid (nominated twice), The Walrus, Toronto Life, This Magazine, Urbania and Vancouver Magazine.

There are five finalists for the award for Best Single Issue: Canadian Geographic ("Protecting Our Water"); Maclean's ("Our Biggest Issue Ever"); Rotman Magazine ("Spring 2011"); Up Here ("The North Poll, May 2011"); and Urbania ("Gros").

Gold and Silver awards will be handed down on June 7 in 23 written categories, 12 visual categories and 5 integrated categories. All other finalists will receive Honourable Mention. Winners will also be celebrated in 5 special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best New Visual Creator, Best New Magazine Writer, Magazine of the Year (Digital), and Magazine of the Year (Print).

Visit to view the list of all nominations and read the complete articles of each finalist.


The three finalists for the award Best New Magazine Writer are Emma Teitel, "The New Paparazzi (Maclean's); Liam Casey, "Suicide Notes" (Ryerson Review of Journalism); and Matthew Scianitti, "Not All Smurfs and Sunshine" (Ryerson Review of Journalism).

Liam Casey's article "Suicide Notes" is also nominated in the written categories Health & Medicine and Society. Matthew Scianitti's article "Not All Smurfs and Sunshine" is also nominated in the category Profiles.

The three finalists for the award Best New Visual Creator are graphic designer Trevor Melanson, for various digital interactive features in Canadian Business, photographer Andrew B. Myers for "Solar" in Report on Business, and the design trio The Coveteur for their work "Gifts" in Report on Business.

Trevor Melanson's work also garnered a nomination in the category Best Multimedia Feature.

To read more about the awards Best New Visual Creator and Best New Magazine Writer, and to view the work of the nominees, visit


The NMAF's most prestigious individual prize since its inception in 1990 is The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. This year, the NMAF is honoured to name Heather Robertson as the recipient for her exceptional contributions to the Canadian magazine community.

Over the course of a 40-year career in journalism, Heather Robertson has been a prolific and award-winning writer, news reporter, and television and radio producer. Her work in magazines has included regular contributions to publications including Saturday Night, Equinox, Elm Street, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Canadian Forum, Canada's History, Weekend, The Canadian, and Maclean's. As class representative in Robertson v. Thomson, which reached the Supreme Court in 2006, Robertson brought suit on behalf of a group of fellow freelance writers whose work was being reproduced on certain electronic databases without permission or reimbursement. Robertson's work and leadership secured a large settlement in one of the most important copyright cases in recent Canadian history, with $11-million awarded to the writers involved. Robertson has since led the charge in a similar suit, Robertson v. ProQuest et al., resolved in 2011 with another multimillion-dollar settlement benefiting Canadian freelance writers. 

To read more about Heather Robertson and the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, visit


There are 3 finalists for the category Magazine of the Year (Digital), awarded to a digital magazine or magazine website that successfully fulfills its editorial mission by representing the highest journalistic standards and effectively serving its intended audience by maximizing the possibilities afforded by the digital medium:

There are 3 finalists for the category Magazine of the Year (Print), the coveted award that concludes the awards presentation on June 7, and which is awarded to the magazine that during 2011 most consistently engaged, surprised and served the needs of its readers. And the finalists are:


Outdoor Canada


The NMAF will present Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards at the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards gala, June 7, 2012 at the Carlu in Toronto, presented by CDS Global. For tickets and other information visit

Congratulations to all the nominees!


The National Magazine Awards Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage as well as financial support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport that facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario's cultural media industries including: book and magazine publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, and sound recording industries.

The NMAF is also proud to thank L'Oréal Canada for its support of Canadian magazine creators. L'Oréal Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of L'Oréal Group, the largest cosmetics company in the world. Headquartered in Montreal, L'Oréal Canada had sales of over $900 million in 2011 and employs more than 1,200 people. The company's prestigious portfolio of over 30 brands includes L'Oréal Professionnel, Redken, Kérastase, Matrix, PureOlogy, shu uemura Art of Hair, L'Oréal Paris, Garnier, Maybelline New York, Essie, Ombrelle, Lancôme, Giorgio Armani, Yves Saint-Laurent, Biotherm, Kiehl's, Ralph Lauren, shu uemura, Diesel, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Cacharel, Guy Laroche, Paloma Picasso, Maison Martin Margiela, Clarisonic, La Roche-Posay, Vichy,  SkinCeuticals, Roger & Gallet and The Body Shop.


The National Magazine Awards Foundation is a bilingual, not-for-profit institution whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the content and creation of Canadian print and digital publications through an annual program of awards and national publicity efforts.


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