National Magazine Awards Foundation announces the winners of the 39th annual National Magazine Awards

TORONTO, June 10, 2016 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) presented the winners of the 39th annual National Magazine Awards at a gala this evening in Toronto at the Arcadian Court, presented by CDS Global, and hosted by author, public speaker and 9-time National Magazine Award winner Chris Turner. 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. Visit magazine-awards.com to view the complete list of winners and read the full text of all winning articles.

"The most important mission of the National Magazine Awards is to celebrate Canadian creators," said Joyce Byrne, president of the NMAF. "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."

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR
Maisonneuve magazine was the biggest winner of the evening, awarded the prestigious title of Magazine of the Year (for the third time since 2004) and winning a total of 4 Gold Medals and 1 Silver Medal following 18 nominations. Maisonneuve is a quarterly, English-language arts and culture magazine published in Montreal. The National Magazine Awards jury said of Maisonneuve:

"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."

Maisonneuve also won Gold Medals in Health & Medicine ("Worth the Risk" by Alison Motluk), Photojournalism & Photo Essay, and Best New Magazine Photographer (both for "The Maidan" by Marta Iwanek). The magazine won Silver for Best Magazine Cover ("TV We Hate Issue").

Honourable Mention for Magazine of the Year went to Canadian Geographic, Caribou, and Nouveau Projet.

BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER
Gold Medal: Desmond Cole, "The Skin I'm In" (Toronto Life)
Honourable Mention:
Karen Ho, "A Daughter's Revenge" (Toronto Life)
Kat Shermack, "The Tenant from Hell" (Toronto Life)
Richard Kelly Kemick, "Playing God" (The Walrus)

BEST NEW MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPHER
Gold Medal: Marta Iwanek, "The Maidan" (Maisonneuve)
Honourable Mention:
Ted Belton, "Fringe & Fluff" (FILLER Magazine)
Hannah Eden, "Face Time" (Up Here)
Luis Mora, "The Sex Ed Revolution" (Toronto Life)

BEST MAGAZINE BRAND
Gold Medal: Ricardo
Honourable Mention: Cottage Life, Spacing

BEST MAGAZINE COVER
Gold Medal: "Hurry Up and Die Already" (Maclean's)
Silver Medal: "TV We Hate Issue" (Maisonneuve)

BEST SINGLE ISSUE
Gold Medal: "What it's like to be Connor McDavid right now" (Sportsnet)
Silver Medal: "The ICYMI Issue" (Flare)

FOUNDATION AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
Kim Pittaway
Award-winning writer, former Chatelaine editor, teacher and mentor, Kim Pittaway received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, recognizing her career contribution to Canadian magazines and her inspiration to creators. Read more about Kim Pittaway and the Outstanding Achievement Award at magazine-awards.com/oa.

TOP WINNERS AT THE 39TH ANNUAL NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Magazine

GOLD

SILVER

HM

The Walrus

4

3

13

Maisonneuve

4

1

13

L'actualité

4

1

11

Toronto Life

3

5

18

Maclean's

3

3

12

Eighteen Bridges

3

1

4

Globe Style Advisor

3

1

4

Sportsnet

2

1

13

Ricardo

2

0

2

Hazlitt

1

2

12

Report on Business

1

2

9

Chatelaine

1

1

6

Air Canada enRoute

1

1

4

New Trail

1

1

3


Won 1 Gold: CNQ Canadian Notes & Queries, Cottage Life, ELLE Canada, The Feathertale Review, Vallum, Western Living


Won 2 Silver: Flare


Won 1 Silver: BuzzFeed Canada, Canadian Business, DTK Men, MoneySense, Oxygène, Prairie Fire, sub-Terrain, THIS Magazine


First-time NMA winners: BuzzFeed Canada, DTK Men, Oxygène

SPECIAL GUESTS AT THE 39TH NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
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 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.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 39TH NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS
Writer Desmond Cole was the top individual winner of the evening (3 medals), winning a Gold Medal for Best New Magazine Writer as well as Silver Medals in Essays and in Personal Journalism for his stirring essay "The Skin I'm In," about police discrimination against black men, published in Toronto Life. The piece also won Honourable Mention in Politics & Public Interest.

Photographer Marta Iwanek won the Gold Medal in Photojournalism & Photo Essay, and was named Canada's Best New Magazine Photographer, for "The Maidan" (Maisonneuve).

Journalist Valérie Borde won 2 National Magazine Awards from 4 nominations for her work in L'actualité: a Gold Medal in Business ("Le virage vert de la Chine") and a Silver Medal in Service: Lifestyle. Valérie Borde has now won 8 National Magazine Awards in her career.

Acclaimed author Russell Smith won the NMA Fiction Gold Medal for "Raccoons" published in CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries.

Author and poet David McGimpsey won the NMA Poetry Gold Medal for "The High Road" in Vallum magazine.

Photographer Hudson Hayden won the Gold and Silver medals in Still-Life Photography for two different pieces in Globe Style Advisor—Gold for "Butcher Crop." For Globe Style Advisor this was its first NMA Gold Medal, and it also won two others: in the categories Portrait Photography and Spot Illustration.

Art Director Marcey Andrews won 2 NMAs for her work directing "The Future of Everything" issue from New Trail. This issue won a Gold Medal in Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article and a Silver Medal in Art Direction of an Entire Issue. The issue also won Honourable Mention in Magazine Covers and Editorial Package.

Journalist Jonathan Trudel won his eighth National Magazine Award with a Gold Medal in Sports & Recreation, for "Laurent chez les grands" (L'actualité).

Journalist Alison Motluk won her fifth National Magazine Award with a Gold Medal in Health & Medicine, for "Worth the Risk" (Maisonneuve).

Illustrator Jillian Tamaki won her fifth National Magazine Award with a Gold Medal in Words & Pictures, for "Our Ever-Changing Moods" (The Walrus).

Astronaut Chris Hadfield won a National Magazine Award in an honourary fashion: Chris Hadfield was the guest editor of Maclean's "Space Issue," which won the NMA Gold Medal for Editorial Package. 

Hockey superstar Connor McDavid was the cover model for the Gold Medal-winning Best Single Issue from Sportsnet.

For a complete list of winners in all categories, visit magazine-awards.com.

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.

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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

The NMAF thanks its presenting sponsor CDS Global, supporter of the annual National Magazine Awards since 1989.

The NMAF thanks its event partners TC Transcontinental Printing, Reader's Digest, Air Canada Media, Rolland Enterprises, Red Point Media, Impresa Communications, CNW Group, Oliver & Bonacini, The Office of Gilbert Li, Very Good Studios, and Steven Goetz Storytelling.

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

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.

SOURCE National Magazine Awards Foundation

For further 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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