National Magazine Awards Foundation Announces The Winners of the 32nd Annual National Magazine Awards

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - The National Magazine Awards Foundation (NMAF)
announced the winners of the 32nd 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 40 written, visual, integrated and special
categories. 79 different magazines from across Canada comprised the more than
300 total nominations this year.
    AlbertaViews 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 - AlbertaViews along
with Canadian Business and Spacing - for this prestigious award from 37
nominations nationwide in this category.
    About the winning magazine, the judges noted: "Unabashedly of, for, and
about Alberta, AlbertaViews is also packaged and presented so compellingly
that it commands universal attention. It is an impassioned and authentic voice
that demands to be heard. AlbertaViews is defining what idea-driven and
socially driven magazines should be."
    Toronto Life led all winning magazines with 4 Gold and 5 Silver awards
from 27 nominations, while The Walrus landed the most Gold awards with 5 (plus
1 Silver for 6 total). Explore magazine also won 6 (4 Gold, 2 Silver). Other
multiple Gold winners include enRoute (2 Gold, 3 Silver), Swerve (2 Gold, 2
Silver), Malahat Review (2 Gold, 2 Silver), and Report on Business (2 Gold).
    Also winning multiple awards were L'actualité (1 Gold, 3 Silver),
Maclean's (1 Gold, 3 Silver), Glow Magazine (1 Gold, 2 Silver), and Canadian
Business (3 Silver). Cottage Life, Maisonneuve, Québec Science and Outdoor
Canada each won a Gold and a Silver award.
    Writer Chris Koentges was the most celebrated individual winner this
year, winning an impressive 2 Gold and 2 Silver awards, including a sweep of
Gold and Silver in the category One of a Kind, for "L.A. Torn Mad with
Footsteps" (Up! Magazine) and "Driving Mary Siegel" (Swerve). Koentges's
article "Helen Koentges" (Swerve) won Gold in Health & Medicine and Silver in
Personal Journalism.
    J.B. MacKinnon was also a double Gold winner, grabbing the top prize in
Columns and in Science, Technology & Environment for his work in explore
magazine. MacKinnon is now an eight-time National Magazine Award winner.
    Photographer Clay Stang dominated the Portrait Photography category,
winning Gold ("The Second Coming of Peter Lougheed"; Report on Business) and
Silver ("K'Naan"; Toronto Life). Photographer Natasha V similarly swept the
category Still-Life Photography, with her work ("Global Scents" and "Best in
Beauty") winning Gold and Silver, respectively, for Glow magazine.
    Other highlights of the individual awards included the award for best
Magazine Cover going to Toronto Life (Jessica Rose, Art Director), while
enRoute won the award for best Art Direction for an Entire Issue (Reanna Evoy,
Art Director). Québec Science (Raymond Lemieux, editor) won Gold for the best
Editorial Package. The September issue of Azure magazine won Gold in this
year's new category, Best Single Issue.
    The Walrus captured the Gold for Art Direction for a Single Article
("Part One: A Legend is Born"); Driven magazine won Gold in Fashion & Beauty
("Prêt à Parcour"); Toronto Life won for Editorial Packaging for a Single
Service Article ("Best of Fall"); and The Walrus also took Gold in Words &
Pictures ("Our Faces, Our Selves").
    Ian Brown won his 12th National Magazine Award (Gold, Best Short
Feature), and David Macfarlane's award (Gold, Profiles) was also his 12th.
Trevor Cole won his 9th National Magazine Award (Gold, Business); Noah Richler
won his 7th (Gold, Travel); Jonathan Trudel won his 5th (Gold, Service: Health
& Family); Duncan Hood won his 5th (Gold; Service: Personal Finance &
Business); and Chris Turner won his 4th (Gold, Essays).
    Other individual Gold winners were Chris Nuttall-Smith (Arts &
Entertainment); Andrew Tibbetts (Fiction); Stacey Haines (Homes & Gardens);
David Zimmer & Jane Rodmell (How-To); Bruce McCall (Humour); Jillian Tamaki
(Illustration); Jean-Yves Girard (Investigative Reporting); Alex Leslie
(Personal Journalism); Roger Lemoyne (Photojournalism & Photo Essay); Sine
Querays (Poetry); Paul Wells (Politics & Public Interest); Peter Valing
(Society); David Leach (Sports & Recreation); and Byron Eggenschwiler (Spot

    Top winners at the 32nd annual National Magazine Awards:

               Magazine         Gold     Silver      HM       Total
               --------         ----     ------      --       -----
               The Walrus         5         1        22         28
               Toronto Life       4         5        18         27
               explore            4         2        10         16
               enRoute            2         3         5         10
               Swerve             2         2         5          9
               Malahat Review     2         2         3          7
               Report on Business 2         0        17         19
               L'actualité        1         3        24         28
               Maclean's          1         3        16         20
               Glow               1         2         3          6
               Cottage Life       1         1         9         11
               Maisonneuve        1         1         8         10
               Québec Science     1         1         5          7
               Outdoor Canada     1         1         3          5
               Cdn Home & Country 1         0         4          5
               Prairie Fire       1         0         4          5
               Driven             1         0         2          3
               MoneySense         1         0         2          3
               Azure              1         0         1          2
               AlbertaViews       1         0         1          2
               Châtelaine         1         0         0          1
               Up! Magazine       1         0         0          1

    Other Silver awards went to Canadian Business (3); Canadian Running
Magazine; Financial Post Magazine; Georgia Straight; Prism International;
Queen's Quarterly; Vancouver Magazine; and Western Living.
    In the special categories, Chris Watt won the 4th annual Best Student
Writer award for his article "Iraq's Walking Dead" in the Maisonneuve. The
same article also garnered an Honourable Mention in Investigative Reporting.
The other two finalists for Best Student Writer, who were named Honourable
Mention, were Canice Leung ("Investigating Harvey"; Ryerson Review of
Journalism) and Laura Trunkey ("Pennies in my Pocket: Stories of my Brother";
Prairie Fire).
    The winner of this year's award for Best New Magazine Writer is Kris
Demeanor, for his article "Get a Real Job" in Unlimited magazine.
    At this year's National Magazine Awards gala the NMAF presented Cynthia
Brouse with the prestigious Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Brouse has been a writer, editor and journalism educator for more than 30
years and is twice a National Magazine Award winner. For more information
about Cynthia Brouse and the Foundation Award, visit
    The NMAF announced a new initiative to help promote and celebrate the
achievements of award winners: The Award-winning Creators Profile - a new
opportunity for winners to promote their work by creating profiles of
themselves on the NMA online winners archive. For more information, visit our
special site


    The 32nd annual National Magazine Awards gala recognized excellence in
Canadian magazine journalism for the year 2008. This year the NMAF received
more than 2000 submissions from nearly 200 magazines across Canada, and relied
on over 200 volunteer judges to evaluate the work in 40 categories. For more
information and to read about this year's juries, please visit
    The National Magazine Awards Foundation graciously acknowledges its
sponsors, partners and donors who contributed to making this year's National
Magazine Awards celebration a success. Special recognition is due to the
industry members who contributed to the Presidents' Collective, the Creators'
Collective and the Magazine Advertising Representatives of Canada Collective,
which each sponsored an award at this year's gala. To find out more
information about our generous sponsors and donors, please visit

    The Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation hosted a silent auction
during the National Magazine Awards, and one of the items up for grabs is a
Canadian Rockies package courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts valued at
$1500. The package includes two nights at each of the stunning Fairmont Banff
Springs, Chateau Lake Louise, and Jasper Lake Lodge. The Amber Webb-Bowerman
Memorial Foundation is a registered charity that honours the memory of Calgary
journalist Amber Bowerman. For more information, please visit

    The submissions process for the 2009 National Magazine Awards will
commence on December 1, 2009. Starting with the 2009 awards the NMAF will be
accepting submissions of online content for specific categories as well as
print. For information about rules and eligibility please visit


    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 2000 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. The
Foundation acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada
through the Canada Magazine Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

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