Sunday, March 08, 2015

Winners named in Alberta Magazine Awards

Winners were announced March 5 by the Alberta Magazine Awards. Suzanne Trudel, executive director of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA), which hosted the annual awards, said
"Collectively these individuals bring passion and insight to our unique Alberta culture and ensure that Alberta voices and stories are shared and heard throughout the province and beyond our borders." 
Achievement awards included:

Grains West was named
best new magazine
  • GrainsWest was named best new magazine, as an innovative quarterly that combines three issues focussing on the grains industry and the shaping of modern agriculture, plus a food issue every September bridging the gap between farmers and consumers. It is co-published by Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission. 
  • Steven Sandor of Avenue Edmonton was named editor of the year, The judges said "Steven is known for his leadership, his innovation, his thoughtful and challenging mentorship of writers and his dedication to maintaining their unique voice as he provides editorial guidance."
  • Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel, the publisher and editor of Lethbridge Living, was named volunteer of the year, not only for serving on the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) from 2010 to 2014, including three years as president, but also for "ngaging with post-secondary students embarking on magazine careers to lending her time and talents to initiatives aimed at creating and building a stronger Lethbridge community, from arts and culture to business and industry."
  • Chris Bird was given the Achievement in publishing award, in part for his entrepreneurial talents as the founder of Fly Fusion magazine and its multi-media spinoffs, but also as a dedicated member of the AMPA board.
Showcase winners in various categories were:

Alberta Story
Gold: Alberta Views, "Game Changer" by Arno Kopecky
Silver: Swerve, "The Fixture and the Hipster" by Jeremy Klaszus
Art Direction of a Single Issue
Gold: Georgie, issue #3 W14, Nathan Marshall art director; Aaron Pedersen photographers
Silver: Western Living, October, Paul Roelofs, art director; Naomi MacDougall, associate art director; Jenny Reed, assistant art director
Gold for magazine cover went
Western Living art director
Paul Roelofs & and photographer
Evaan Kheraj
Gold: Western Living, September, Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer
Silver: Up! Magazine, the Food Guide, Jill Foran, editor
Digital Presence
Gold: Alberta Oil, 10th anniversary tablet edition, Alberta Oil staff
Silver: Avenue Calgary, Jaelyn Molyneux, web editor; Karin Olafson, assistant web editor
Emerging Writer
Gold: Glass Buffalo, "A Tale of Two Foms", Peter Takach
Silver: Glass Buffalo, "A Paragraph", Josh Greschner
Gold: Swerve, "Children of a Lesser Santa", Omar Mouallem
Silver: Swerve, "The Gospel of Fire and Mud", Russ Peters
Feature Design
Gold: Avenue Edmonton, "Back in the Game", Pete Nguyen, art director
Silver: New Trail, "The Face of a Century", Marcey Andrews, art director
Feature Writing
Gold: Alberta Venture, "DOT-111", Tony Davis
Silver: Swerve, "A Relationship Goes Viral", Omar Mouallem
Gold: Glass Buffalo, "Pearl", Bruce Cinnamon
Silver: Prairie Journal, "The Royal Visit", Vivian Zenari
Gold award for illustration went to
Avenue Calgary and Jan Krause
Gold: Avenue Calgary, "What's Lost", Jon Krause
Silver: New Trail, Best Summer Ever, Katy Dockrill
Photograph:Landscape, Still Life & Architecture
Gold: Westworld, "Phantoms on Ice", Kurtis Kristianson, Spindrift Photography
Silver: Avenue Calgary, "Merry Little Christmas", Julya Hajnoczky
Photography: People & Portraiture
Gold: Avenue Calgary, "Cultural Movement", Jared Sych
Silver: Alberta Venture, "Laws of the Land", Joey Podlubny
Gold: Freefall, "But I'm No One", Weyman Chan
Silver: Glass Buffalo, "Frog Lake", Erika Luckert
Gold: New Trail, "Ray Muzyka's Next Chapter", Omar Mouallem
Silver: Swerve, "The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps", Marcello Di Cintio
Gold: Swerve, "It's Your Funeral", Rita Sirignano
Silver: Western Living, "Ultimate Okanagan", Neal McLennan, Evelynn Takoff, Jim Sutherland

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