Avenue Edmonton, Swerve, Omar Mouallem among big winners at the Alberta Magazine Awards


Thursday night in Calgary the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association presented the winners of the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, and Avenue magazine of Edmonton took home the biggest prize, Magazine of the Year.
Swerve led all magazines with 6 awards (2 Gold, 4 Silver). Magazine of the year co-finalists Avenue Calgary and Glass Buffalo were next with 2 Gold and 2 Silver each.
National Magazine Award-winning writer Omar Mouallem was the most decorated individual winner with 3 awards: Gold for Profiles and for Essays, and Silver for Feature Writing. NMA finalist Arno Kopecky also won a Gold award for Best Alberta Story.
Here are the Gold winners from the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards:
Magazine of the Year: Avenue Edmonton
Alberta StoryAlberta Views Game Changer  – Arno Kopecky
Art Direction: Georgie No. 3 W14 – Nathan Marshall, art director; Neil Mota and Aaron Pedersen photographers
CoverWestern Living September 2014 “Designers of the Year – Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer
Digital PresenceAlberta Oil 10th Anniversary Tablet Edition – Ryan Girard, Kim Larson, Colton Ponto, Ben Rude, Jennifer Madole and Brent Felzien
Emerging Writer: Glass Buffalo  A Tale of Two Forms – Peter Takach
EssaySwerve Children of a Lessser Santa – Omar Mouallem
Feature DesignAvenue Edmonton Back in the Game – Pete Nguyen, art director
Feature WritingAlberta Venture Dot -111 – Anthony Davis
FictionGlass Buffalo Pearl – Bruce Cinnamon
IllustrationAvenue Calgary What’s Lost – Jon Krause
Photograph (Still-Life, Landscape, Architecture)Westworld Phantoms on Ice – Kurtis Kristianson, Spindrift Photography
Photograph (People and Portrait): Avenue Calgary Cultural Movement – Jared Sych
PoetryFreeFall But I’m no one – Weyman Chan
ProfileNew Trail Ray Muzyka’s Next Chapter  – Omar Mouallem
ServiceSwerve It’s Your Funeral  – Rita Sirignano
Editor of the Year: Steve Sandor, Avenue Edmonton
Volunteer of the YearJennifer Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge Living Magazine
Achievement in Publishing: Chris BirdKootenay Business Magazine andFly Fusion Magazine
Best New Magazine: Grains West
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Check out all the highlights at albertamagazines.com/awards.

Alberta Magazines Conference open for registration


The 19th Annual Alberta Magazines Conference is coming to Calgary on March 5 and 6, at the Carriage House Inn. The early-bird deadline for registration is February 12 (final deadline Feb 26).
Among the panellists are NMAF President Joyce Byrne, publisher of Avenue magazine in Calgary, and NMAF directors Christopher Frey, former editor-in-chief of Hazlitt, and Lisa Whittington-Hill, publisher of This Magazine.
Other speakers include National Magazine Award winner Paul Roelofs (creative director of Western Living) discussing magazine redesigns and rebranding, and award-winning writer Marcello Di Cintio, who will speak to an audience about the craft of profile writing.
Check out the complete list and event details here.
Plus, Thursday March 5 is the Alberta Magazine Awards gala. The finalists will be announced in early February.