Friday, June 05, 2015

Nouveau Projet magazine of the year at the National Magazine Awards

Nouveau Projet, a French-language literary and arts magazine published by Atelier 10 in Montreal was named Magazine of the Year tonight at the National Magazine Awards in Toronto. It also won gold for art direction of a single issue (“Automne/Hiver 2014”) and the words and pictures category (“La pointe des utopies”) as well a silver for editorial package (“Régénérescences”). The jury which made the gold award said
Nouveau Projet is a near-perfect symbiosis of subject matter, expert writing and exceptionally original design. It sets itself apart thanks to inspiring themes and bold covers. The magazine offers a fresh take on the genre and dares to cover topics that are virtually absent in other media. The energy of the editorial team is tangible page after page. Nouveau Projet embodies the spirit of print magazines.”
The top magazine in terms of awards was once again The Walrus, with 9 awards including 4 golds and 5 silvers. (It is the 9th time in 10 years that The Walrus has received the most awards.) Report on Business won 6 awards, including 5 gold. Today’s Parent magazine won 4 awards, all of them gold and L’actualité won 8 awards, including 3 golds. (With its 2 golds and 3 silver, Toronto Life has won 235 awards since they began to be offered in 1977 and has now overtaken Saturday Night (231).)

Maisonneuve magazine distinguished itself by winning a gold for essays, 2 silvers and the awards for best new illustrator and best new magazine writer. 

The following won 1 Gold: Azure, Châtelaine, Cornerstone, Cottage Life, Fashion Magazine, New Trail, Precedent, The Grid, The New Quarterly, Vancouver Magazine, Western Living. (It was the first NMA for Precedent.)

Winning 1 silver award were: Arc, Canadian Business, ELLE Canada, enRoute, Flare, MoneySense, NOW Magazine, PRISM International, Swerve, Sub-Terrain.
The leading winners in the awards were [click to enlarge]
As previously announced, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, the industry's highest honour, went to publisher and circulator Michael Fox (Maclean-Hunter, Rogers Publishing, Inspiring Media, Inc.)

New this year, the gold award for best magazine brand went to Cottage Life magazine, for demonstrating innovation in delivering on its mandate on at least three platforms. 
Among other highlights:
This year more than 200 magazine submitted work by more than 3,000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators and other contributors. 326 were nominated and awards were made in 43 written, visual and integrated categories, with more than $53,000 in cash prizes awarded. 

From the National Magazine Awards press release:

The Walrus led all publications with 9 National Magazine Awards, including 4 Gold awards: Science, Technology & the Environment (“The Toilet Papers” by Jeremy Keehn); Spot Illustration (“The Rising Tide” by Sébastien Thibault); Photojournalism & Photo Essay (“In Attawapiskat” by Larry Towell); One of a Kind (“The Trials of Philip Halliday” by Noah Richler). Byron Eggenschwiler won his 6th National Magazine Award, a Silver in Illustration for “Best Shot” (The Walrus). The late, iconic Canadian writer Farley Mowat was also a National Magazine Award winner this year. Mowat’s story “Lost in the Barrens,” an account of the author’s journeys through England in the 1960s, published in The Walrus, won Silver in Personal Journalism. This is the ninth time in ten years The Walrus, published by the non-profit Walrus Foundation in Toronto, has received the most National Magazine Awards.

Report on Business, published by The Globe and Mail, won 6 National Magazine Awards, including 4 Gold. The prize for best Magazine Cover went to Report on Business for “Hunter Is At It Again,” giving art director Domenic Macri his 8th National Magazine Award. Stephanie Nolen’s investigative story about a conflict between Barrick Gold and indigenous groups in Chile, “High and Dry,” was nominated in 4 categories and won Gold in Business. Eric Reguly won Gold in the Columns category (“Jobs: Optional”). Report on Business also won Gold in Infograpics (“Fare Warning”). Jake MacDonald won a Silver in Politics & Public Interest for “The Cost of Freedom,” which is his 10th National Magazine Award.

Today’s Parent won 4 National Magazine Awards, all four of them Gold, for the most successful awards show in the magazine’s history. In addition to winning Tablet Magazine of the Year for its August 2014 Books Issue, Today’s Parent also won Gold in Best Single Issue (“Back to School Issue”), Single Service Article Package (“30 Awesome Cupcakes”), and Editorial Package: Web (“Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss”). Today’s Parent is published by Rogers Publishing.

The French-language news magazine L’actualité won 8 National Magazine Awards, including 3 Golds. The powerful story “Crimes sexuels dans l’armée” by Alec Castonguay and Noémi Mercier was a double Gold winner for Investigative Reporting and Politics & Public Interest. Noémi Mercier has now won 6 National Magazine Awards. L’actualité also won Gold in Travel (“Au paradis des thés” by Marie-Soleil Desautels). Pierre Fortin won a Silver award for his “Économie” column, marking his 5th National Magazine Award in the Columns category. Valérie Borde won a Silver award in Health & Medicine for “Halte au surdiagnostic !” which is her 6th National Magazine Award.

Maisonneuve, an English-language quarterly published in Montreal, proved itself the best publication for emerging magazine talent, sweeping the awards for Best New Magazine Writer and Best New Illustrator or Photographer. Writer Genna Buck won the award for Best New Magazine Writer for “Finding a Place.” Illustrator Hudson Christie won the award for Best New Illustrator or Photographer for “A Portrait of the Artist with Testicles in Hand.” Maisonneuve also won Gold in Essays (“Water Upon the Earth” by Andrea Bennett) as well as 2 Silver awards.

Maclean’s magazine won 4 National Magazine Awards, 3 of them Gold. Its “Ottawa Shooting” special report won Gold in Editorial Package: Print. Michael Friscolanti won Gold for Best Short Feature (“My Hitchhiker, the Parliament Hill Gunman”). Maclean’s also took Gold in Online Video for “Ukraine in Crisis.”

Hazlitt, the online literary and arts magazine published by Penguin Random House Canada, won 3 Gold National Magazine Awards, including Magazine Website of the Year. Hazlitt also won Gold for Poetry (“You Must Remember This” by Richard Greene) and Arts & Entertainment (“For Kids, By Kids—But Not For Long” by Nicholas Hune-Brown.

Toronto Life won 2 Gold awards and 5 National Magazine Awards overall. Writer Lauren McKeon won Gold in Personal Journalism for “Save Me From My Workout.” Jason McBride won Gold in Profiles for “The Captive.” (Toronto Life has now won 235 National Magazine Awards since 1977, passing Saturday Night (231) for the most all-time.)

The Feathertale Review won 2 National Magazine Awards, including Gold in Humour (“Reviews of My Dreams from Last Night” by Richard Light) and the Silver award in Best Single Issue. Feathertale is an Ottawa-based literary magazine published independently by D’Artagnan, a blue monkey.

Although it ceased publishing in 2014, The Grid added one more National Magazine Award to its collection, as Danielle Groen won her 5th National Magazine Award, the Gold for Service: Family, Health & Personal Finance (“Where Do We Put All the Babies?”). From 2011-2013 The Grid won 15 National Magazine Awards.

In the Fiction category the Gold award went to Tamas Dobozy for “Kransnagorsk-2” published in The New Quarterly. Silver went to Stephen Marche for “Ultrasound” (The Walrus).

In Poetry, Richard Greene won Gold for Hazlitt, (“You Must Remember This”), and the Silver award went to Saskatchewan Cree poet Louise Halfe for her suite of poems published in Arc Poetry Magazine.

Sportsnet swept the Gold and Silver awards in the category Sports & Recreation, with Dan Robson winning Gold for “Home and Really Far Away.” Sportsnet, published by Rogers, also won the Silver in Editorial Package: Print (“How to Cheat”) and in Magazine Covers for its “Winter Olympics” issue.

In the Fashion category, Fashion Magazine won the Gold National Magazine Award for “Human Touch.” For photographer Chris Nicholls, this is his 16th National Magazine Award, most all-time by a photographer. Flare took the Silver award in Fashion for “Warm Bodies.”

Two publications from the University of Alberta each won their first National Magazine Award. New Trail won Gold for Art Direction of a Single Article (“Best Summer Ever”). Cornerstone won Gold for Portrait Photography (“Bigger Than Barriers” by John Ulan).

The Gold award for Health & Medicine went to Québec Science, for writer Marie-Pier Elie’s story “Immunothérapie. Le nouvel espoir.”

Châtelaine won Gold in the Society category for “Intersexualité : Rencontre du troisième sexe” by Mylène Tremblay.

Vancouver Magazine and Western Living, published now by Yellow Pages Homes Ltd in Vancouver, but previously by TC Media's Western Magazine Group, each won 1 Gold award. Vancouver won Gold in Service: Lifestyle for its “25th Annual Restaurant Awards.” Western Living won Gold in Still-Life Photography (“Origin Story” by Clinton Hussey).

Precedent magazine won the Gold National Magazine Award for Illustration, for “The Well-Oiled Machine” by Raymond Biesinger. This is the first National Magazine Award for Precedent magazine.

Azure magazine won the Gold National Magazine Award for Homes & Gardens (“On Canal Lake”).

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