Friday, June 10, 2016

Maisonneuve wins magazine of the year for third time since 2004 at National Magazine Awards

Maisonneuve magazine, Friday night was named magazine of the year (for the third time since 2004) at the National Magazine Awards. In addition the national quarterly magazine based in Montreal won four gold and 1 silver medals. 

The gold awards were for health & medicine (“Worth the Risk” by Alison Motluk), photojournalism & photo Essay, and best new magazine photographer (both for “The Maidan” by Marta Iwanek). The silver was for best magazine cover (“TV We Hate Issue”).

The jury said of the magazine
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.” 
Honorable mentions for magazine of the year were Canadian Geographic, Caribou, and Nouveau Projet.

Multiple winners of awards were:

Gold awards highlights (a complete list of gold, silver and honorable mention awards is available here)
The Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement was awarded to Kim Pittaway, an award-winning writer, former Chatelaine editor, teacher and mentor, recognizing her career contribution to Canadian magazines and her inspiration to creators. Read more about Kim Pittaway and the Outstanding Achievement Award at

Other highlights and details:
  • Writer Desmond Cole was the top individual winner of the evening (3 medals), winning  gold for best new magazine writer as well as silver 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.  
  • Photographer Marta Iwanek won gold in photojournalism & photo essay, and was named Canada’s best new magazine photographer, for “The Maidan” (Maisonneuve). 
  • Journalist Valérie Borde won 2 awards from 4 nominations for her work in L’actualité: a gold in business (“Le virage vert de la Chine”) and a silver in service: lifestyle. Valérie Borde has now won 8 NMAs in her career.  
  • Russell Smith won the fiction gold for “Raccoons” published in CNQ: Canadian Notes & Queries
  • Author and poet David McGimpsey won the poetry gold Medal for “The HighRoad” in Vallum magazine.
  • Photographer Hudson Hayden won gold and silver  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, 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 in art direction of a single magazine article and a silver 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 award with a gold in sports & recreation, for “Laurent chez les grands” (L’actualité). 
  • Journalist Alison Motluk won her fifth NMA with a gold in health & medicine, for “Worth the Risk” (Maisonneuve).
  • Illustrator Jillian Tamaki won her fifth NMA with a gold 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 the Maclean’sSpace Issue,” which won the NMA gold for editorial package. 
  • Hockey superstar Connor McDavid was the cover model for the gold -winning best single issue from Sportsnet

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