National Magazine Awards Foundation Announces The Winners of the 31st Annual National Magazine Awards

    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF)
announced the winners of the 31st annual National Magazine Awards at the Carlu
in Toronto. The complete list of winners is online at
More than 600 guests were in attendance as the NMAF presented Gold, Silver and
Honourable Mention awards in 39 written, visual, integrated and special
categories. 76 different magazines from across Canada comprised the more than
300 total nominations this year.
    Toronto Life won the coveted Magazine of the Year award, given to the
magazine that most consistently engages, surprises, and serves the needs of
its readers. A three-member jury selected three finalists - Toronto Life along
with Maisonneuve and L'actualité - for this prestigious award from 35
nominations nationwide. About the winning magazine, the judges noted: "A
magazine that has made a considerable contribution to Canadian magazines,
Toronto Life delivers good reading, entertaining packages and strong visual
elements; a model for its class of magazines."
    The Walrus led all winners with 6 Gold and 4 Silver awards from 37
nominations. Toronto Life, in addition to winning Magazine of the Year, won 4
Gold and 2 Silver awards. Other multiple winners included Report on Business
and L'actualité (each with 3 Gold and 1 Silver), explore (2 Gold, 5 Silver),
Maclean's (2 Gold, 3 Silver), Maisonneuve (2 Gold, 2 Silver), More (2 Gold, 1
Silver) and Vancouver Magazine (2 Gold).
    Highlights of the individual awards included the award for Best Magazine
Cover going to Maisonneuve (Anna Minzhulina, Art Director), while unlimited
won the award for Best Art Direction for an Entire Issue (Malcolm Brown, Art
Director). Report on Business (Gary Salewicz, Editor) won Gold in the
categories Editorial Package and Words & Pictures, while Outdoor Canada
(Patrick Walsh, Editor) won for Editorial Packaging for a Single Service
Article, which was a new category this year.
    Writer Tadzio Richards won a Gold Award (Investigative Reporting) and a
Silver (Science, Technology & the Environment) for his article "Burning Water"
in Maisonneuve. Ellen Vanstone won a Gold award (Personal Journalism) and a
Silver (Humour) for her article "Home Sweet Hell-Hole" (Toronto Life). Geoff
Powter won a Gold and a Silver in the category Sports & Recreation for two
different articles in explore. Pierre Fortin (L'actualité) won Gold for the
second time in the Columns category. Marci McDonald won her seventh Gold
award, this year in Society, while Gerald Hannon won his fifth Gold, this year
in a new category called Best Short Feature.
    Top winners at the 31st annual National Magazine Awards:

    Magazine             Gold  Silver  HM    Total
    --------             ----  ------  --    -----
    The Walrus             6     4     27     37
    Toronto Life           4     2     23     29
    Report on Business     3     1     12     16
    L'actualité            3     1     11     15
    Explore                2     5      7     14
    Maclean's              2     3     13     18
    Maisonneuve            2     2      2      6
    More                   2     1      3      6
    Vancouver              2     0      1      3
    Québec Science         1     1      7      9
    Cottage Life           1     0      7      8
    enRoute                1     0      3      4
    Outdoor Canada         1     0      3      4

    Other Gold awards went to Chatelaine, FASHION, Malahat Review, Queen's
Quarterly, ON Nature and unlimited.
    In the special categories, the winner of this year's award for Best New
Magazine Writer is Patrick White, for his article "Red Rush" in The Walrus
magazine. Patrick also won Honourable Mention for this article in Science,
Technology & the Environment.
    Julia Belluz won the 3rd annual Best Student Writer award for her article
"I" in the Ryerson Review of Journalism. The same article also won Julia a
Silver in Profiles.
    The NMAF presented Charles Oberdorf with the prestigious Foundation Award
for Outstanding Achievement. For more information on Charles Oberdorf and the
Foundation Award, visit
    The winners of the Best New Magazine Writer, the Best Student Writer, and
the Foundation Award were announced at the annual NMAF Nominees Announcement
Party on April 29 in Montreal.
    The 31st annual National Magazine Awards gala recognized excellence in
Canadian magazine journalism for the year 2007. This year the NMAF received
more than 2100 submissions from nearly 200 magazines across Canada, and relied
on over 200 volunteer judges to evaluate the work in 39 categories.
    On Wednesday, June 11, a streaming video of the entire awards
presentation will be available online at


    The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF) is a non-profit
organization that promotes excellence in Canadian magazine journalism through
the judging and awarding of over 2,100 nominee submissions from across the
country. The NMAF recognizes the outstanding efforts of more written and
visual artists than any comparable organization on the continent, and is
supported in part by the Government of Canada (through the Canada Magazine
Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.)

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