National Magazine Awards Foundation announces the nominees for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards

TORONTO, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is honoured to announce the nominees for the 39th annual National Magazine Awards, including four finalists for the prestigious award for Magazine of the Year.

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 have 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 have been nominated for the first time.

Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards will be announced at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on June 10, at the 39th annual National Magazine Awards gala presented by CDS Global. More than $50,000 in cash prizes will be awarded to Canadian creators. Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

THE NOMINEES
Toronto Life leads all magazines with 26 nominations, followed by The Walrus (20 nominations), Maclean's and Maisonneuve (18 each), L'actualité and Sportsnet (16), and Hazlitt (15). See below for an expanded table of nominated magazines.

The four finalists for Magazine of the Year, given to the magazine that most consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers, are Canadian Geographic, Caribou, Maisonneuve and Nouveau Projet.

For the award for Best Magazine Brand—presented to the publication whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through at least three platforms—the three finalists are Cottage Life, Ricardo and Spacing.

For Best New Magazine Writer, the four finalists are Desmond Cole, Karen Ho, Richard Kelly Kemick and Kat Shermack.

For Best New Magazine Photographer, the four finalists are Ted Belton, Hannah Eden, Marta Iwanek and Luis Mora.

Announced on April 28, the winner of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is Kim Pittaway, whose career contributions to Canadian magazine editing, writing, teaching and mentorship have made a critical and lasting impact on the industry. The NMAF will present Kim Pittaway with this prestigious award at the 39th annual NMA gala on June 10.

In addition to these special categories, nominees have been announced for awards in 21 written categories, 9 visual categories and 5 integrated categories.

Visit magazine-awards.com to view the list of all nominations and read the complete articles of each finalist.

Top Nominated Magazines for the 39th National Magazine Awards:







Magazine

Written

Integrated

Visual

Special

Total

Toronto Life

16

3

3

4

26

The Walrus

12

1

6

1

20

Maclean's

14

1

3

0

18

Maisonneuve

9

2

5

2

18

L'actualité

16

0

0

0

16

Sportsnet

11

4

1

0

16

Hazlitt

15

0

0

0

15

Report on Business

10

1

1

0

12

Chatelaine

4

2

2

0

8

Eighteen Bridges

8

0

0

0

8

Globe Style Advisor

0

0

8

0

8

Air Canada enRoute

5

1

0

0

6

Châtelaine

6

0

0

0

6

Cottage Life

2

1

2

1

6

Today's Parent

4

2

0

0

6

 

FIRST-TIME NOMINEES
Magazines nominated for their first National Magazine Awards include 1968 Magazine, Buzzfeed Canada, Caribou, Chloe, DTK Men, Hakai, Humber Literary Review, One Throne, Oxygène, Reel West, The Rusty Toque, and SAD Magazine.

INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS
Desmond Cole's stirring essay "The Skin I'm In," about police discrimination against black youth, published in Toronto Life, garnered 4 nominations: Essays, Personal Journalism, Politics & Public Interest, and Best New Magazine Writer.

Writer Nicholas Hune-Brown led all individuals with 5 nominations for his work published in Hazlitt, Reader's Digest, Sharp and Toronto Life. Valérie Borde (L'actualité) and Emily Landau (Toronto Life, The Walrus) are each nominated 4 times for 4 different stories. Alec Castonguay (L'actualité) and Charles Wilkins (Outdoor Canada, Report on Business) earned 3 nominations each.

CONTENT HIGHLIGHTS
New Trail won 4 nominations for their special issue "The Future of Everything," with art direction by Marcey Andrews, editing by Lisa Cook and illustrations by Raymond Biesinger.

The Report on Business story "The Deep," by Charles Wilkins, about disposing of nuclear waste, earned 2 nominations, in Business and in Science, Technology & the Environment. Charles Wilkins now has 28 National Magazine Awards nominations since 2000.

The informative "How To Do Disney (Without Losing Your Mind)" in Today's Parent is nominated for a writing award (Service: Lifestyle) and an integrated award (Single Service Article Package).

Three different stories from Eighteen Bridges landed 2 nominations apiece. Carissa Halton's community policing reportage, "A Different Kind of Simikanis," is nominated in Society and Investigative Reporting. "Breathing Holes" by Lisa Gregoire, about life and death in the Arctic, earned nominations in Essays and Personal Journalism. And "In a Dark Theatre" by Scot Morison, about Palestinian cinema, is nominated in Arts & Entertainment and Essays.

"A Daughter's Revenge," by Karen Ho in Toronto Life, about a young woman who conspired to have her parents murdered, is nominated for 2 awards: Society and Best New Magazine Writer. Fellow Toronto Life writer Kat Shermack is likewise nominated twice for "The Tenant from Hell" in Best New Magazine Writer and Investigative Reporting. Also from Toronto Life, "The Fixer," a portrait of Jian Ghomeshi's defence attorney Marie Henein, earned nominations for Profile writing (Marci McDonald) and Portrait Photography (Markian Lozowchuk).

Photographer Marta Iwanek is nominated in Photojournalism & Photo Essay and in Best New Magazine Photographer for "The Maidan" (Maisonneuve), about Ukraine's political revolution. Also from Maisonneuve, "The Home Front," about veterans with PTSD, is nominated for Portrait Photography (Ian Patterson) and Politics & Public Interest (Angelina Chapin).

"The Girls on Shit Duty," by Anna Maxymiw in Hazlitt, is nominated for Humour and Personal Journalism.

A story about the rebirth of Ugandan youth soccer, "Gulu Rises" (Sportsnet), is nominated for Travel (Ryan Dixon) and for Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article (Drew Lesiuczok).

"My Prescribed Life," published in The Walrus, about long-term anti-depressant use, earned nominations for Health & Medicine journalism (Emily Landau) and Illustration (Adrian Forrow).

Richard Kelly Kemick's story "Playing God" (The Walrus), about a young man's obsession with miniature Christmas villages, was also nominated twice, in One of a Kind and Best New Magazine Writer.

The layout and design of "Stiff Drinks" from Globe Style Advisor earned nominations in Art Direction of a Single Article (Bryan Gee) and Still-Life Photography (Hudson Hayden).

"We're Calling BS" from Canadian Business also won 2 nominations, in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article (John Montgomery) and in Spot Illustration (Graham Roumieu).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The NMAF would like to thank its sponsors including Air Canada MediaCDS GlobalCNW GroupImpresa CommunicationsVery Good StudiosO&B Events and CateringThe Office of Gilbert LiRolland Enterprises Inc., Reader's Digest FoundationRedPoint Media, TC Transcontinental PrintingYellowhouse Agency.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.

ABOUT THE 39TH NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
For it's 39th year recognizing and promoting excellence, the NMAF created a special event in November—Winners' Circle—that brought together award-winning and nominated writers, editors, publishers, art directors and visual artists for an evening of networking and learning how to leverage National Magazine Awards for a stronger career in magazines. As a result of the event, the NMAF has created a Best Practices Guide and webinar to educate and inform our community of stakeholders.

This year's National Magazine Awards gala is Friday, June 10, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Tickets are on sale at magazine-awards.com.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS FOUNDATION
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.

SOURCE National Magazine Awards Foundation

For further information: For more information about the National Magazine Awards, please contact: Émilie Pontbriand, Communications Manager, 416.939.6200, staff@magazine-awards.com, www.magazine-awards.com

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