For National Indigenous History Month, the NMAF is highlighting the exceptional work of the Indigenous creators who received awards and nominations this year.
Issue Grand Prix
In the Issue Grand Prix category,theGold winner was The Land Back Issue, published in Briarpatch, by Nickita Longman, Emily Riddle, and Alex Wilson (with editor Saima Desai). In reference to the issue, the creators wrote the following: “‘Land Back’ is the demand to rightfully return colonized land – like that in so-called Canada – to Indigenous Peoples. But when we say “Land Back” we aren’t asking for just the ground, or for a piece of paper that allows us to tear up and pollute the earth. We want the system that is land to be alive so that it can perpetuate itself, and perpetuate us as an extension of itself. That’s what we want back: our place in keeping land alive and spiritually connected.”
Also receiving Honourable Mention in the Issue Grand Prix category was Technology in a Changing Climate, published in Root & STEM, by the Pinnguaq Association. The Pinnguaq Association, a not-for-profit organization, incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) into unique learning applications that promote storytelling, health, wellness, and growth with rural and remote communities. At its core, Pinnguaq embraces diversity and creates opportunities in order to empower all people. Jerry Kobalenko, Dez Loreen, Courtney Milne, Jack Hoggarth, and Shirley Tagalik were among the contributors to this issue.
Joshua Whitehead received Gold in the Personal Journalism category for “Who Names the Rez Dog Rez?,” published in The Malahat Review. Joshua was also was nominated in the same category for their story, “A Geography of Queer Woundings,” for Grain Magazine. Joshua is a Two-Spirit, Oji-nêhiyaw member of Peguis First Nation (Treaty 1). Their work has been published in Prairie Fire, CV2, EVENT, Arc Poetry Magazine, The Fiddlehead, Grain, CNQ, Write, and Red Rising Magazine.
Antoine Mountain is Dene, North American First Nations, originally from Rádeyı̨lı̨kóé (Fort Good Hope) in Canada’s Northwest Territories.
Raymond Yakeleya, a Dené filmmaker from Tulita, Northwest Territories, has produced award-winning programs for Bravo, APTN, PBS and other broadcasters through their Edmonton-based company, the Earth Magic Media Group.
In the Essays category, Alicia Elliott received Honourable Mention for “Still Up in the Air,” published in Chatelaine. Alicia Elliott is a Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. Their writing has been published by The Toast, Room, Grain, The New Quarterly, The Globe and Mail, Vice, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, CBC Books, and many others. Alicia has had essays nominated for National Magazine Awards multiple times, winning Gold in 2017.
Best Editorial Package
The Gold Winner for the Best Editorial Package was Threads, published by Inuit Art Quarterly. Napatsi Folger, John Geoghegan, Emily Henderson, Susan Kaplan, Genevieve LeMoine, Michael Stevens, Krista Ulujuk Zawadski, Myra Kukiiyaut, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut contributed to the issue.
The publication also received Honourable Mention in the same category for their PaintingandRelations issues.
One of a Kind Storytelling
Richard Van Camp (Comic, Writer) and Kyle Charles (Comic, Illustrator) received an Honourable Mention in the category of One a Kind Storytelling for their piece “Our Grandpa’s Story: Pierre Washie,” published in Root & STEM.
Richard Van Camp is a Dogrib Tłı̨chǫ writer of the Dene nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. Richard is best known for their 1996 novel The Lesser Blessed, which was adapted into a film by director Anita Doron in 2012.
Kyle Charles is a writer and illustrator living in Edmonton, Alberta. They have drawn for several series including Roche Limit: Clandestiny and Her Infernal Descent. Kyle has also written and illustrated short stories for publishers like Heavy Metal and OnSpec Magazine. Kyle is a member of Whitefish Lake First Nation.
In the Investigative Reporting category, The New Lobster Wars, written by Zoe Tennant for The Walrus, received an Honourable Mention. Marcus Gossewas a contributing artist to the story. Gosse is a Newfoundland Mi’kmaq Artist represented by The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, and a member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in Newfoundland. The New Lobster Wars also received Honourable Mention in the category of Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+.
Stephanie Wood was a contributor to the story. Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist living and writing in North Vancouver. In 2020, Steph was nominated for the Emerging Indigenous Journalist award by the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Emily Riddle took home Silver in Poetry for “Louise,” published in PRISM International. Emily also received an Honourable Mention for “Cree Girl Explodes the Political Project Called “Alberta,” published in Room. Emily Riddle is nehiyaw, a member of the Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6 territory. Emily grew up in and is currently based in Edmonton. They are currently the Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations for the Edmonton Public Library and was named Top 30 Under 30 by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation in 2019. Their writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Teen Vogue, Vice, and other publications.
Julian Brave NoiseCat received an Honourable Mention in the Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+ category for “Promised Lands,” published in Canadian Geographic. Julian is a member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq’escen and a descendant of the Lil’Wat Nation of Mount Currie. Their journalism has been recognized by the judges of the Livingston Award as well as the Mirror Awards, and by the NMAF in both the National Magazine Awards and the Digital Publishing Awards.
Grand Prix: Best Magazine Awards
Inuit Art Quarterly received an Honourable Mention for Best Magazine: Art, Literary and Culture.
The National Media Awards Foundation is thrilled to reveal the finalists of the 44th annual National Magazine Awards. This year, we received submissions from 160 various publications across Canada, amounting to over 1000 entries. Our dedicated roster of 114 volunteer judges evaluated these entries, and we are pleased to present this list of 210 finalists.
On June 11th, the winners will be revealed during a virtual ceremony hosted by Sandra E. Martin. Gold winners in writing and visual categories will receive a $1000 cash prize. Please join us in congratulating these incredible finalists!
Inuit Art Quarterly
INDIVIDUAL NOMINEE HIGHLIGHTS
Katherine Laidlaw’s “A Family Massacre,” published in Toronto Life, is a finalist in Feature Writing and Investigative Reporting.
“A Planner’s Guide to Dying,” published in Reader’s Digest Canada, earned nominations in Illustration and Service Journalism.
With nominations in both Art Direction of a Single Article and LIfestyle Photography is Cottage Life’s “At the End of the Highway.”
“Heartbreaker,” written by Katherine Laidlaw and published in Toronto Life, received two nominations in the categories of Investigative Reporting and Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+.
Last year, Arvin Joaquin was a finalist for Best Emerging Writer. This year, Joaquin’s “Inside the second wave of the HIV epidemic in the Philippines” is a two-time nominee, in Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+ and Personal Journalism.
Ryan David Allen is one of this year’s Best Emerging Writer nominees for “Labour of Love,” published in Maisonneuve. “Labour of Love” is also a finalist in the Essays category.
“Letters to America,” appearing in Maclean’s, is a finalist for Best Editorial Package and Issue Grand Prix.
BESIDE’s “Nuna” received nominations in Personal Journalism and Photo Essay and Photojournalism.
“State of erosion: the legacy of Manitoba Hydro,” published byThe Narwhal, is a nominee in Photo Essay and Photojournalism and Portrait Photography.
The Walrus’ “The Age of Surrender” received nominations in Illustration, Long-Form Feature Writing, and Investigative Reporting.
“The New Lobster Wars,” written by Zoe Heaps Tennant and published in The Walrus, is a finalist in Investigative Reporting and Long-Form Feature Writing: 6000+.
Brian Banks’ “Tiny Fish to Big Picture,” published by Canadian Wildlife, is a two-time nominee in Long-Form Feature Writing and Profiles.
The Feathertale Review’s Issue 25 received nominations in the coveted Art Direction Grand Prix and Issue Grand Prix categories. The publication is also in the running for Best Magazine: Art, Literary, and Culture.
lstw magazine is a finalist for Art Direction grand Prix, Publisher Grand Prix, and Best Magazine: Special Interest.
SAD Mag’s Issue 29: Sex is nominated for Art Direction Grand Prix and Best Editorial Package.
ONE OF A KIND STORYTELLING / UNIQUE ET HORS CATEGORIE
At the corner of Loss & Renewal Maclean’s Amber Bracken, Jason Markusoff, and Drew Maynard Contributors: Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography Handling editor: Charlie Gillis
This award is given to the individual whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. This year’s three nominees are:
Ryan David Allen for “Labour of Love” published in Maisonneuve Magazine.
“‘Labour of Love’ blends memoir and journalism to create a vivid portrait of a father’s alcoholism and humanizes a group that is often overlooked. It adds up to a compelling argument about the folly of viewing public health issues as deficiencies in people’s character, leaving the management of complex health and social issues to untrained individuals and their families, and how the pandemic has affected marginalized communities.” — NMA Jury
Sherina Harris for “The Butterfly Effect” published in The Walrus
“‘The Butterfly Effect’ is a succinct and yet layered exploration of a fascinating topic—tackling climate change, gentrification and conservation—and stands out for its organization and lively detail. Harris expertly weaves storytelling with research and reporting, which not only makes for a compelling read but one that inspires change. It would have been impressive had it been written by a senior writer. That it comes from an emerging journalist makes it all the more remarkable.” — NMA Jury
Jadine Ngan for “A Lonely Year on Campus” published in The Walrus
“Through strong interviews and carefully chosen details, ‘A Lonely Year on Campus’ creates sympathy for post-secondary students, a cohort all too easily dismissed during the pandemic. The writer’s confidence and maturity is abundant, and the article is a pleasure to read.” — NMA Jury
ART DIRECTION OF A SINGLE ARTICLE / MEILLEURE DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE D’UN ARTICLE
Des mots pour traverser la crise Châtelaine Œuvre collective, par Michel Tremblay, Nancy Huston, Fanny Britt, David Goudreault, Arlette Cousture, Perrine LeBlanc, Catherine Mavrikakis / Conception : Johanne Lauzon et Daniel Chrétien / direction artistique : Michel C. Tremblay
Painting Inuit Art Quarterly Darcie Bernhardt, Heather Campbell, Tarralik Duffy, Anik Glaude, Napatsi Folger, Emily Henderson, Mark Igloliorte, Bronson Jacque, Aija Komangapik, Megan Kyak-Monteith, Matt Hoffman, Elizabeth Qulaut
Letters to America Maclean’s Christina Gonzales, Stephen Gregory, Sarah Palmer, Liz Sullivan, Elizabeth Brandt and contributors
SAD Mag Issue 29: Sex SAD Mag Madeline Barber, Co-publisher & Editorial Manager and Syd Danger, Co-Publisher & Creative Director
Sprawlzine Sprawlzine Ximena Gonzalez, Jeremy Klaszus, Taylor Lambert, Hadeel Abdel-Nabi, Chris Pecora, Sam Hester, Brianna Sharpe, Danielle Paradis, Kaitlynn Copithorne, Len Dueck
Speaking the Truth University of Toronto Magazine Scott Anderson, Genevieve Caron, Stacey Gibson, Nazario Graziano, Rahul Kalvapalle, Kurt Kleiner, Brent Ledger, Luis Mora, Della Rollins, Brenda Wastasecoot, Vanessa Wyse
ART DIRECTION GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA DIRECTION ARTISTIQUE
Issue 25 The Feathertale Review Jenn Lawrence, Kara Pyle
EDITOR GRAND PRIX
This award honours an individual who is making an outstanding impact on a magazine as an editor. This year’s nominees are Michelle Kelly, Britt Gallpen, and Marie Lambert-Chan.
Michelle Kelly, Cottage Life
“Cottage Life is a dynamic example of the relentless pursuit of innovation during a year of pandemic-related challenges. Michelle Kelly has diversified the number of ways of reaching readers of Cottage Life, notably by creating virtual versions of the brand’s events and by launching a podcast. Kelly demonstrates sound editorial judgement, real business intelligence, and inspiring leadership” — NMA Jury
Britt Gallpen, Inuit Art Quarterly
“Britt Gallpen transformed an arts magazine into a bridge between cultures. Thanks to her efforts, 68% of the writers contributing to Inuit Art Quarterly are Inuit, a major change that demonstrates Gallpen’s keenness to better meet the needs of the audience and the artists showcased in the publication. The result is a publication more vibrant and relevant than ever before” — NMA Jury
Marie Lambert-Chan, Quebéc Science
“At a time when scientific journalism is more crucial than ever in our society, Marie Lambert-Chan has risen to the challenge. For Québec-Science to adapt to the context of a pandemic and meet the needs of its audience, Lambert-Chan quickly forged successful alliances, secured sources of funding, and efficiently reorganized her small team. All of this without losing sight of the high standards of discipline and quality inherent to her publication” — NMA Jury
COVER GRAND PRIX / GRAND PRIX DE LA PAGE COUVERTURE
On the front lines (Maclean’s, June 2020) Maclean’s Stephen Gregory, art director; Liz Sullivan, director of photography; Dawn Lim, photographer Handling Editors: Alison Uncles, editor-in-chief; Colin Campbell, deputy editor
The Land Back Issue Briarpatch Saima Desai, Nickita Longman, Emily Riddle, Dr. Alexandria Wilson
Esse arts + opinions no. 99 – Plantes | Plants Esse arts + opinions Sylvette Babin, Anne-Marie Dubois, Daniel Fiset, Benoit Jodoin, Julia Roberge Van Der Donckt, Amelia Wong-Mersereau. Auteur.e.s : Giovanni Aloi, Amanda Amour-Lynx, Alex Burchmore, Anaïs Castro, Mark Clintberg, Michel F. Côté, Ariane De Blois
Mental Health Issue FASHION Bernadette Morra, Danielle Campbell, Eliza Grossman, George Antonopoulos, Lindsay Cooper, Maddison Glendinning, Natasha Bruno, Odessa Paloma Parker, Pahull Bains
Spécial COVID L’actualité Stéphanie Aubin, Julie Barlow, Marie-France Bazzo, Marie Boule, Mathieu Carbasse, Alec Castonguay, Mathieu Charlebois, François Delorme, Josée Désaulniers, David Desjardins, Pierre Fortin, Philippe J. Fournier, Charles Grandmont, Chantal Hébert, Emilie Nadeau, Jean-Benoît Nadeau, Edith Pelletier, Karine Picard, Marie-Hélène Proulx, Marc-André Sabourin, Claudine St-Germain, Paule Thibault, Sébastien Thibault, Alain Vadeboncoeur
This award recognized the publisher that best delivers on their editorial mandate. Here are the nominees for 2020.
Alysa Procida, Inuit Art Quarterly
“A beautiful and challenging magazine about beautiful and challenging art, and a powerhouse fundraiser to boot. No small feat in a pandemic year.” — NMA Jury
Florence Gagnon, lstw magazine
“Did anyone have fun in 2020? If lstw didn’t, no-one did: as other publishers panicked, they pivoted to craft beer and party-by-yourself playlists. As usual, they made it look effortless and so, so cool, in both official languages.” — NMA Jury
Nicolas Langelier, Nouveau Projet
“Thoughtful on the page and off, Nouveau Project proved yet again that a great magazine can be more than that to its audience.” — NMA Jury
GRAND PRIX: BEST MAGAZINE AWARDS
BEST MAGAZINE: NEWS, BUSINESS, GENERAL INTEREST / MEILLEUR MAGAZINE : ACTUALITÉ, AFFAIRES, INTÉRÊT GÉNÉRAL
After careful consideration, our Board of Directors made the decision to postpone awarding this prestigious award. Rest assured that applications from 2020 will automatically be kept on file and considered for the 2021 awards season. The winner will then be presented, on stage, at the spring 2022 event. This was a difficult decision, but we look forward to awarding the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement when it is safe for the industry to gather and celebrate.
BEST EDITORIAL NEWSLETTER / MEILLEUR INFOLETTRE ÉDITORIALE
BEST PODCAST: NEWS & POLITICS / MEILLEUR BALADO : ACTUALITÉS ET POLITIQUE
CANADALAND Canadaland Jesse Brown, host; Kasia Mychajlowycz, senior producer; Roslyn Kufuor, senior producer; Andréa Schmidt, managing editor; Kevin Sexton, managing editor; Tiffany Lam, Karl Dockstader, Sean Vanderklis, and Justin Ling, contributing reporters
Recall: How to Start a Revolution CBC Podcasts Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, creators; Geoff Turner, showrunner; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Associate Producers: Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, associate producers; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, writers; et al.
Brainwashed CBC Podcasts Michelle Sheppard, host/writer; Writer & Producer: Chris Oke & Lisa Ellenwood, writers/producers; Cesil Fernandes, sound design; Sarah Melton, associate producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer;Evan Aagaard, video producer; Ben Shannon, art director; et al.
Satanic Panic CBC Podcasts Lisa Bryn Rundle, host; Lisa Bryn Rundle & Ilina Ghosh, script writers; Arif Noorni, executive producer; Tanya Springer, producer; Christopher Oke, editor; Olivia Pasquarelli, scoring and music supervision; Evan Kelly, sound engineer; et al.
Party Lines CBC Podcasts & CBC News Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Rosemary Barton, Emma Godmere, Kristin Nelson
Dérives Radio-Canada Olivier Bernard, animateur et réalisateur; Jo-Annie Larue, chef de projet de contenu; Alain Kemeid, conseiller au contentu; Annie Reeves, directrice développement et production audionumérique; et al.
Fraude Organisé Rad Simon Coutu, journaliste; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice en chef; vidéaste Thomas Christopherson, Patrick André Perron, Carl Mondello, vidéaste; Jean-Philippe Gagnon, monteur; réalisateur Mathieu Waddell, réalisateur; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; et al.
Agriculture : le Québec loin de l’autonomie alimentaire Radio-Canada Maxime Corneau, journaliste; Étienne Marcoux, réalisateur; François Dubuc, motion designer; Georges Sheehy, François Warnet, Marie-Andrée Cormier, preneurs de son; Catherine Marineau-Dufresne, réalisatrice-coordonnatrice; et al.
Quel avenir pour les ensembles et paysages patrimoniaux ? Esquisses, le magazine de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec Cathy Beauséjour, conseillère en communication (OAQ); Virginie Harvey, coordonnatrice de la formation continue (OAQ); Véronique Bourbeau, directrice des communications et des relations publiques (OAQ); Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec
Ask & Answer: Government Pandemic Support HuffPost Canada Althia Raj, host/producer; Amanda De Souza, producer; Stephane Sannuto, director; Allia McLeod, supervising producer; Luisa Cruz, floor director; Sasha Nagy, executive producer
Microfestival – Pierre Kwenders Live URBANIA Pierre Kwenders, artiste; réalisateur Gabriel Lajournade, réalisateur; Nicolas Roy-Bourdages, directeur technique; Alexis Demers Aiguilleur Xavier Havitov, ingénieur son; Natan B. Foisy Antoine Benhini, caméramans; Assistant Caméra Francis Robert; assistant caméra; et al.
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Running out of things to do in lockdown? Why not give these great Canadian podcasts a listen! Here are the NMAF’s 2020 top finalists for Best Podcast. Make sure to stay tuned for our list of 2021 finalists to be revealed in May!
The National Media Awards Foundation is thrilled to announce the launch of its first ever podcast: Mastering Reinvention! Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates, the series explores how award-winning publications have made the shift to virtual in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How do you pivot from in-person events to virtual? How do you reinvent revenue streams? How do you master the art of Zoom? In the three-episode series, our expert guests will share their answers to these questions, and so much more.
Hosted by Sandra E. Martin, the episodes feature conversations with Andrea Boyd (Director of Partnerships & Sponsorships) and Angela Misri (Digital Director) from The Walrus, Greg McLeod (Cottage Life‘s Director of Consumer Shows), and Matthew Blackett (Spacing‘s Publisher, Creative Director and Founder).
A special thank you to Natalie Vineberg for designing Mastering Reinvention’s cover art. The episodes will be released on March 1st, 15th and 29th. Listen today on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.