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2018 National Magazine Award Winners


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The winners of the 41st annual National Magazine Awards have been announced! Thank you to everyone who joined us at the NMA gala on June 1.

See the full list of 2018 Winners

 MAGAZINE GRAND PRIX

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The literary, architecture and urbanism journal The Site Magazine captured the most coveted award of the night: Magazine Grand Prix, which honours the magazine that delivers the best consistency, packaging and reader experience; that demonstrates overall excellence in bringing teams together to create a spectacular product; is aspirational and inspiring, helping to take magazine media to the next level. The Site Magazine was also named Best Magazine: Art & Literary and won Silver in the category of Best Editorial Package for “Future Legacies.”

FIRST-TIME WINNERS

Five magazines won a National Magazine Award for the first time: Hayo, Inuit Art Quarterly, L’inconvénient, Registered Nurse Journal and  The Site Magazine.

The winners for the six GRAND PRIX: BEST MAGAZINE categories are:

General Interest
Gold: L’actualité
HM: Nouveau Projet and Report on Business

Lifestyle
Gold: Ricardo
HM: Chatelaine and explore

Service
Gold: Best Health
HM: Rotman Management and Today’s Parent

Fashion & Beauty
Gold: FASHION Magazine
HM: ELLE Canada and S/magazine

Art & Literary
Gold: The Site Magazine
HM: Brick and Inuit Art Quarterly

Special Interest
Gold: Hayo
HM: Azure and Planète F

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The prestigious BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER award, presented to an emerging author whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise, went to Jessica Rose for her piece “Lost and Found” published in Toronto Life

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Honourable mentions went to Julian Brave NoiseCat (Canadian Geographic), Justin Dallaire (United Church Observer), Christopher Elliott (Outpost Magazine) and Hadiya Roderique (The Walrus).

New this year, the award for EDITOR GRAND PRIX was presented to Lianne George, editor of Chatelaine magazine. Charles Grandmont(L’actualité) and Nicolas Langelier (Nouveau Projet) received an honourable mention.

TOP WINNING MAGAZINES AT THE 41ST NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS 

Magazine

GOLD

SILVER

HM

L’actualité

3

4

6

Dînette Magazine

3

0

2

The Site Magazine

2

1

0

Toronto Life

2

1

6

The Walrus

2

0

10

Maclean’s

2

0

5

Canadian Geographic

2

0

2

FASHION Magazine

1

1

7

L’inconvénient

1

1

1

OTHER TOP AWARD-WINNING MAGAZINES INCLUDE:

Won 1 Gold Medal:
Best Health
Chatelaine
Eighteen Bridges
ELQ/Exile Magazine
Hayo
Literary Review of Canada
New Trail
Prefix Photo
Registered Nurse Journal
Ricardo
Swerve
The Kit Compact

Won 1 Silver Medal:
Air Canada enRoute
Alberta Views Magazine
Avenue Edmonton
Azure
ELLE Canada
Flare
Hakai Magazine
Inuit Art Quarterly
Québec Science
Prairie Fire
The Malahat Review
URBANIA
Vancouver Magazine

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 41st NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

The magazine L’actualité won 3 Gold and 4 Silver medals.

Reporter and columnist Noémi Mercier, who hosted the annual gala, captured Gold for her column “Des gars, des filles.” In the Service Journalism category, L’actualité swept both awards, with journalist Yanick Villedieu taking Gold for “La guerre au sucre” and Mathilde Roy Silver for “Quand Facebook remplit les biberons.” Data journalist Naël Shiab also captured Silver in Investigative Reporting for his story “Marchandises militaires : la grande hypocrisie canadienne,” as did Marc-André Sabourin in the Feature Writing category for “L’école à la chaîne. The magazine art director, Amélie Chamberland, also won silver for Art Direction of a Single Magazine Article for the piece “Changer le monde.” Finally, the publication was named Best General Interest Magazine.

Lifestyle magazine Dînette, published by editor and art director Hélène Mallette and publisher and photographer Mathieu Lachapelle, took home three Gold Medals in the categories of Best Editorial Package (the “Salé” issue), Lifestyle Photography (“Les îles Féréo : à la frontière du monde et des saveurs”) and Art Direction Grand Prix (the “Pigment” issue).

Toronto Life took home three medals, two golds and one silver. The coveted Best New Magazine Writer title went to emerging writer – and the magazine’s former art director – Jessica Rose, who impressed the judges with her piece “Lost and Found.” As well, writer Raizel Robin won a Gold medal for her investigation into the Toronto South Detention Centre (“The 1-Billion Hellhole”). Finally, Toronto Lifecaptured its third award of the night thanks to Malcolm Johnston’s profile of the Blue Jays’ star third-baseman, titled “Josh Donaldson’s Road to Glory.”

The Walrus won two Gold medals in the visual categories of Illustration and Portrait Photography. Visual artist Lauren Tamaki captured Gold for her piece “Get the Scissors,” as did photographer Sara Hylton in Portrait Photography thanks to her “Portraits of Resilience.”

Maclean’s magazine won 2 National Magazine Awards, both Gold. Writer Jason Markusoff took home the award for Feature Writing (“The New Underground Railroad”), and Nancy Macdonald for Short Feature Writing (“Waiting for Death in Thunder Bay”).

The team of Canadian Geographic also took home two Gold Medals. Wade DavisNick Walker and Chris Brackley won in the category of One-of-a-Kind Storytelling for their “Indigenous languages of Canada Poster Map,” and writer Charles Wilkins in the writing category of Long-Form Feature Writing for his story “Trash Nation.”

FASHION Magazine’s work was recognized twice, as the publication captured a Gold and a Silver Medal. The magazine was named Best Fashion & Beauty Magazine in addition to winning Silver for Cover Grand Prix for “40 Years of Style.”

The literary publication L’inconvénient captured two awards after receiving its first-ever nominations at the National Magazine Awards. Poet Rosalie Lessard won the Gold Medal in Poetry for her piece “Base-de-roc,” the first time in the history of the National Magazine Awards that a French-language poem has captured the Gold Medal. Meanwhile photographer David Himbert won Silver in Photojournalism and Photo Essay for his Cuban story “Les Cubains et l’après-Fidel.”

WRITING & VISUAL AWARDS

In the 18 creator-focused categories, Gold winners received a $1,000 cash prize. The Gold and Silver medalists are:

Long-Form Feature Writing
Gold: Charles Wilkins, “Trash Nation,” Canadian Geographic
Silver: J.B. MacKinnon, “Death of a Modern Wolf,” Hakai Magazine

Feature Writing
Gold: Jason Markusoff, “The new underground railroad,” Maclean’s
Silver: Marc-André Sabourin, “L’école à la chaîne,” L’actualité

Best Short Feature
Gold: Nancy Macdonald, “Waiting for Death in Thunder Bay,” Maclean’s
Silver: Christopher Frey, “Osaka To ‘Em,” Air Canada enRoute

Columns
Gold: Noémi Mercier, “Des gars, des filles,” L’actualité
Silver: Anne Thériault, “Anne Thériault,, Flare

Essays
Gold: Stephen Marche, “Northern Shadows,” Literary Review of Canada
Silver: Clem Martini, “When Things Fall Apart,” Alberta Views Magazine

Investigative Reporting
Gold: Raizel Robin, “The $1-Billion Hellhole,” Toronto Life
Silver: Naël Shiab, “Marchandises militaires: la grande hypocrisie Canadienne,” L’actualité

Fiction
Gold : Diana Svennes-Smith, “Stranger In Me,” Exile/ELQ Magazine
Silver: Jason Jobin, “Before He Left,” The Malahat Review

Personal Journalism
Gold: Omar Mouallem, “Homeland for the Holidays,” Eighteen Bridges
Silver: Guillaume Roy, “À vous glacer le sang,” Québec Science

Poetry
Gold: Rosalie Lessard, “Base-de-roc,” L’inconvénient
Silver: Sarah Klassen, “Beauty; Sermon series in a Mennonite Church,” Prairie Fire

Professional Article
Gold: Daniel Punch, “Living Me,” Registered Nurse Journal
Silver: Linda Besner, “The Glass Tower,” Azure

Profiles
Gold: Danielle Groen, “Courage, My Love,” The Kit Compact
Silver: Malcolm Johnston, “Josh Donaldson’s Road to Glory,” Toronto Life

Service Journalism
Gold: Yanick Villedieu, “La guerre au sucre,” L’actualité
Silver: Mathilde Roy, “Quand Facebook remplit les biberons,” L’actualité

Best New Magazine Writer
Gold: Jessica Rose, “Lost and Found,” Toronto Life

Illustration
Gold: Lauren Tamaki, “Get the Scissors,” The Walrus
Silver: Robert Carter, “Family History,” Avenue Edmonton

Lifestyle Photography
Gold: Mathieu Lachapelle, “Les îles Féroé : à la frontière du monde et des saveurs,” Dînette Magazine
Silver: D. Picard, “Easy Riders,” ELLE Canada

Portraits Photography
Gold: Sara Hylton, “Portraits of Resilience,” The Walrus
Silver: Carlo Ricci, “Towing the Line,” Vancouver Magazine 

Photojournalism and Photo Essay
Gold: George Webber, “Uprooted,” Swerve
Silver: David Himbert, “Les Cubains et l’après-Fidel,” L’inconvénient

One of a Kind Storytelling
Gold: Wade Davis, Nick Walker, Chris Brackley, “Indigenous Languages of Canada Poster Map,” Canadian Geographic
Silver: Inuit Art Quarterly staff and contributors, “30 Artists to Know,” Inuit Art Quarterly

The winners for the EDITORIAL AWARDS, presented to the staff of the magazine, are:

Cover Grand Prix
Gold: Marcey Andrews, Lisa Cook, Daniella Zalcman, “Truth First,” New Trail
Silver: Brittany Eccles, Noreen Flanagan, Owen Bruce, Benjamin Shine, Anna Katsanis, Lucas Wilson, Linda Gradin, Rieko Okusa, Alexandria Rudolph, Amber Witcomb, “40 Years of Style,” FASHION Magazine

Best Editorial Package
Gold: Hélène Mallette, “Salé,” Dînette Magazine
Silver: Miriam Ho, Ruth Jones, Aisling O’Carroll, Carey van der Zalm, Michael Taylor, Nicole Bruun-Meyer, “Volume 37: Future Legacies,” The Site Magazine

Art Direction Grand Prix
Gold: Hélène Mallette, “Pigment,” Dînette Magazine
Silver: Nicolas Boissy, “Spécial nos parents,” URBANIA

Art Direction for a Single Article
Gold: Underline Studio, “Documenta Doubled,” Prefix Photo
Silver: Amélie Chamberland, “Changer le monde,” L’actualité

Editor Grand Prix
Lianne GeorgeChatelaine

ABOUT THE 41st ANNUAL NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

Nearly 400 members of the Canadian magazine industry—publishers, editors, art directors, writers, photographers, illustrators, circulators and more—joined esteemed sponsors and other guests at the 41st National Magazine Awards gala, at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Gold, Silver and Honourable Mention awards were presented in 29 categories. Gold winners in Writing and Visual Awards categories received a cash prize of $1,000.

For the 2017 awards year, 197 Canadian magazines entered the National Magazine Awards, submitting the work of more than 2,000 writers, editors, photographers, illustrators, art directors and other creators.

The NMAF’s 150 volunteer judges nominated a total of 208 submissions from 81 different Canadian publications for awards in 29 written and visual, editorial and best magazine categories.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts Counciland the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The Foundation thanks its generous sponsors, CDS Global and the Reader’s Digest Foundation, as well as its partners CisionGoetz StorytellingImpresa CommunicationsMagazines CanadaRedPoint Media and Marketing SolutionsRolland PaperSoliscoThe Arcadian CourtToronto LifeVery Good Studios, and the Feathertale Review.

The NMAF gratefully acknowledges all its suppliers and its contributors who donated gifts in kind to support the awards program. We thank them for their generosity, interest and expertise.