Vogue, New York, New Yorker big winners at US National Magazine Awards

Photo Credit: Albert Chau/ASME

Vogue magazine took home the grand prize, while perennial favourites and rivals New York and the New Yorker won the most honours in a night of surprises at the US National Magazine Awards, aka the Ellies, in–where else?–New York City.
Vogue was named Magazine of the Year by the jury, topping fellow finalists New York, The Hollywood Reporter, Better Homes & Gardens and Cosmopolitan. The award for Magazine of the Year recognizes general excellence in print and digital media as well as other facets including branded content and events.
New York, which has the most nominations with 10, and The New Yorker each took home 3 awards. New York took the top honours for design, for columns and commentary, and for magazine section.
The New Yorker won for essays and criticism, for fiction, and for general excellence as a general interest magazine.
Despite nominating a record number of digital-only publications this year, the Ellies only recognized one–The Atavist–with an award, for feature writing.
First-time nominee Nautilus, a science magazine launched in 2013, surprised many by grabbing 2 Ellies, for best website and for general excellence in literature, science and politics magazines.
The fine folks at Longreads have created a Reading List of Ellie-winning stories from this year’s competition.
Also honoured was TIME photojournalist James Nachtwey, who received the Creative Excellence Award for his career-long contributions to magazine media. The awards dinner was hosted by David Muir, anchor and managing editor of ABC News’ “World News Tonight.”
Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia Journalism School.
Complete list of winners at the 2015 US National Magazine Awards.
General Excellence
General Interest Magazines: New Yorker
Service and Lifestyle Magazines: Glamour
Style and Design Magazines: Garden & Gun
Active Interest Magazines: Men’s Health
Special Interest Magazines: The Hollywood Reporter
Literature, Science and Politics Magazines: Nautilus
Other Categories
Design: New York
Photography: National Geographic
Single-Topic Issue: San Francisco for “The Oakland Issue,” June
Magazine Section: New York for “Strategist”
Website: Nautilus
Tablet Magazine: National Geographic
Multimedia: The Texas Observer in Partnership With Guardian US for “Beyond the Border,” by Melissa del Bosque, Aug. 6
Video: Vice News for “The Islamic State,” by Medyan Dairieh, Aug. 15
Public Interest: Pacific Standard for “Women Aren’t Welcome Here,” by Amanda Hess, January/February
Personal Service: O, The Oprah Magazine, for “Ready or Not: The Caregiver’s Guide,” November
Leisure Interests: Backpacker for “The Complete Guide to Fire,” edited by Casey Lyons, October
Reporting: GQ for “Inside the Iron Closet,” by Jeff Sharlet, February
Feature Writing: The Atavist for “Love and Ruin,” by James Verini, February
Feature Photography: Time for “Crime Without Punishment,” photographs by Jerome Sessini, July 24
Essays and Criticism: The New Yorker for “This Old Man,” by Roger Angell, Feb. 17 and 24
Columns and Commentary: New York for “Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?,” June 16-29; “Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds,” June 30-July 13; and “Post-Macho God: Matisse’s Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous” Oct. 8, by Jerry Saltz
Fiction: The New Yorker for “The Emerald Light in the Air,” by Donald Antrim, Feb. 3
Magazine of the Year: Vogue
More coverage at AdAge.
Photos via ASME Flickr.

New York, New Yorker lead US Magazine Awards nominees; digital mags surge

New York magazine leads the pack with 10 nominations for the US National Magazine Awards, ahead of rivals like The New Yorker and Bon Appétit, each of which landed 6 nods for the Ellies–so named for the elephant-shaped statuette presented to winners–which will be presented on February 2 in New York City.
But the buzz surrounding the field of nominations announced yesterday by the American Society of Magazine Editors is the surge in nominations garnered by “digital-first publications,” including Grantland (3 nominations), The Atavist (3), Slate (2), Matter (2), Nautilus (2), Politico (2), Kinfolk (1) and Refinery29 (1); all but The Atavist and Slate are first-time nominees.
The 5 finalists for Magazine of the Year are Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmopolitan, The Hollywood Reporter, New York and Vogue.
Best Tablet Magazine finalists are Bon Appétit, Garden & Gun, National Geographic, New York and Sunset.
For General Excellence in Magazine Design, the 5 finalists are Bon Appétit, The California Sunday Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, New York and Wired.
The 5 Fiction nominees are:

And surely the oldest nominee (now or ever?), The New Yorker‘s indefatigable Roger Angell, age 94, is nominated in the category Essays & Criticism for “This Old Man.” Among his rivals for this prize: Monica Lewinsky.

Photojournalist James Nachtwey of TIME will receive this year’s ASME lifetime achievement award.
For a complete list of finalists, click here.
For the Twitter buzz, voilà.
The US National Magazine Awards consist of 24 categories, with a total of 66 nominees from 263 participating magazines and over 1500 submissions. The awards are sponsored by ASME  in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
The Canadian National Magazine Awards are still open for submissions–until Monday. The deadline approaches; get those submissions entered.
Image via ADWEEK.

American NMAs announce finalists for Cover of the Year

BostonThe American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) released its ten nominees for Cover of the Year recently. This year’s shortlist is comprised of familiar faces (Bloomberg Businessweek twice, Vanity Fair, New York) to this category and a few relative outliers (Food & Wine, Boston, W). Each cover was chosen as the best in its field (News, Entertainment, Science, Women’s Service, etc) and from among them one will be chosen Cover of the Year at ASME’s general meeting April 30, one day before the annual American National Magazine Awards.
Last year’s Boston Marathon bombing features in two nominated covers (Sports Illustrated, Boston). Only half the covers involve a face staring back at you; six if you count the skull on one of the covers of Bloomberg. The latter cover mocks the Canadian tech company Blackberry, reminiscent of earlier Canadian magazine send-ups (including Canadian Business, 2011, nom’d for a NMA in Best Cover).
NewYorkThree covers want you to notice hair: VF‘s Kate Upton curls; Oprah’s amazing, symmetrical disc of hair; and Michael Douglas, looking coy with a salon-fresh coiffeur as Liberace on the cover of New York.
Bloomberg Pursuits stops tracks with an alluring crocodile eyeball. Food & Wine‘s cover not only features no eyes, no face and no George Clooney, but no meat (“Vegetables Now” says the cover line in an understated font).
Only one cover–SI’s “Boston”–features a work of photojournalism. Eight others are conceptual photos and/or portraits, and only one–Bloomberg–features an illustration.

Which do you think is best? The winner will be announced next week.
And… the finalists for the Canadian National Magazine Awards–including this year’s finalists for Best Cover–will be announced on May 1. Right here.
Related post: Canada’s Best Magazine Covers of 2012

American National Magazine Award finalists announced

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has released the shortlists of finalists for this year’s National Magazine Awards–the Ellies. The winners will be announced at their annual gala on May 2 in New York.

Last year’s announcement of the finalists was accompanied by a vocal brouhaha in US magazine circles, concerning the absence of female nominees in 5 key categories. This year industry watchers are already making note of the presence of women, who comprise half (17 of 34) of the nominees in the writing categories, including 3 of 5 in Fiction and in Commentary, and all 5 in the category Public Interest.

This year, 62 publications were nominated in 23 categories. National Geographic received the most with seven, followed by Bon Appétit and New York, both with six. GQ and The New Yorker both received five nominations; EsquireHarper’s MagazineMother Jones and Texas Monthly all received four. [See all nominees]

Finalists in the ASME Magazine of the Year category, honoring excellence both in print and on digital platforms, will be announced on Monday, April 8.

Canadian writer Alice Munro is among the nominees in Fiction, for her story “Train,” which appeared in the April 2012 issue of Harper’s.

The finalists for the Canadian National Magazine Awards will be announced on May 1. This year’s awards gala is June  7 in Toronto.