WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL MAGAZINE AWARDS

The winners were presented with their awards Friday evening, during the gala held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

National Media Awards Foundation (CNW Group/National Media Awards Foundation)

TORONTO – The National Media Awards Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards. The winners were presented with their awards Friday evening, during the gala held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Journalists and visual creators from across the country joined us for the celebration, which was hosted by National Magazine Award winner Omar Mouallem.

See the full list of nominees and winners at magazine-awards.com.

MAGAZINE GRAND PRIX
For the 42nd awards, Nouveau Projet took home the prestigious Magazine Grand Prix award. A six-time consecutive finalist in this category, Nouveau Projet had also won this coveted title in 2014. The judges cited the magazine’s risk-taking spirit and impressive scope: “Consistently ambitious, Nouveau Projet brings a fresh look and stimulating content to its examination of francophone society. Their team has crafted a great system that allows for clarity and variety, and they masterfully orchestrate all the things that make magazines a pleasure to read.”

BEST MAGAZINE AWARDS
In each of the four Best Magazine Divisions, judges selected one gold winner from the three nominees. The gold winners are:

Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest
GOLD: Nouveau Projet
HONOURABLE MENTION: The Walrus, Toronto Life

Best Magazine: Special Interest
GOLD: Up Here Magazine
HONOURABLE MENTION: Fete Chinoise, U of T Medicine

Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle
GOLD: Cottage Life
HONOURABLE MENTION: Elle Canada, FASHION Magazine

Best Magazine: Art, Literary, & Culture
GOLD: Esse arts + opinion 
HONOURABLE MENTION: Canadian Art, The Site Magazine

BEST NEW MAGAZINE WRITER
From four talented, promising nominees, Max Binks-Collier was awarded the Best New Magazine Writer title for “Distant Relatives,” published in Maisonneuve. The jury had this to say of Max’s work: “”Distant Relatives” is a suspenseful, in-depth exploration of medical malpractice and the institutional complicity that allowed it to happen. With his thoughtful interviews and extensive historical research, Binks-Collier pulls readers in and keeps them hooked all the way through.”

Receiving Honourable Mention were Jennifer Thornhill Verma (Maisonneuve), Anais Granofsky (Toronto Life), and Mugoli Samba (The United Church Observer).

For the second year, the Foundation presented the Editor Grand Prix award to a senior-level editor who demonstrated a high degree of excellence, making an outstanding impact on their magazine. Alison Uncles of Maclean’s was the proud recipient of this year’s award.

The Publisher Grand Prix award recognizes a publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through numerous platforms. From the three nominees—Canadian Geographic, Inuit Art Quarterly, and Toronto Life—Ken Huntpublisher of Toronto Life received gold. In their discussion, the jury put it thusly:  if you live in Toronto, you know Toronto Life, and as Toronto is growing, Toronto Life is growing with it.

Linda Spalding—an acclaimed writer and a longtime editor of the literary journal Brick—was presented with the 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement. At the gala, she was introduced by Laurie D. Graham, who remarked that “Linda provides a model of how to do this publishing work with emotion as well as intellect. She sprouted in Brickthe seriousness and irreverence that has come to be the magazine’s guiding ethos.” More on Linda’s 75-issue tenure at Brick and her many literary accomplishments can be found at on our website.

Top-winning magazines for the 42nd NMAs

Magazine

Gold

Silver

Maclean’s

4

Toronto Life

3

2

Hazlitt

3

1

Cottage Life

2

Maisonneuve

2

Nouveau Projet

2

3

The Walrus

2

2

Dinette

1

2

The New Quarterly

2

.

Other magazines winning one NMA include:

Won 1 Gold Medal

Won 1 Silver Medal

Air Canada enRoute

Geist

BESIDE

Report on Business Magazine

esse arts + opinions

The Malahat Review

LSTW

The Maritime Edit

Prairie Fire

The Site Magazine

Québec Science

Toronto Life Stylebook

Ryerson University Magazine

University of Toronto Magazine

Sharp

Taddle Creek

Title Magazine

Up Here Magazine

.

Highlights of the 42nd annual NMAs

  • Mathieu Lachapelle of Dînette Magazine captured three awards for his photography work, winning Silver for Portrait Photography and winning both Gold and Silver in Lifestyle Photography.
  • Anthony Oliveira is a 2019 two-time Gold winner in Long Form Feature Writing and Essay, for his piece “Death in the Village” published in Hazlitt.
  • The Walrus swept the Illustration (including spot and photo illustration) category: “The End of an Empire” by Sébastien Thibault won silver, while “Bad Code” by Cristian Fowlie took Gold.

Writing & Visual Awards

In the 17 creator-focused categories, Gold winners received a $1000 cash prize. The gold and silver medalists are:

Long-Form Feature Writing
GOLD: Anthony Oliveira, “Death in the Village,” Hazlitt 
GOLD: Brett Popplewell, “Final Edition,” The Walrus

Feature Writing
GOLD: Omar Mouallem, “It’s the End of the World as We Know It,” Title Magazine 
SILVER: Emily Landau, “I, Tanya,” Toronto Life Stylebook

Short Feature Writing
GOLD: Christopher DiRaddo, “Austin or Bust,” Air Canada enRoute 
SILVER: Matt Williams, “Jeremy Dutcher’s Gift for His People,” The Maritime Edit

Columns
GOLD: Kamal Al-Solaylee, “Points of Departure,” Sharp 
SILVER: Lisa Bird-Wilson, “Clowns, Cakes, Canoes: This is Canada?” Geist 

Essays
GOLD: Anthony Oliveira, “Death in the Village,” Hazlitt 
SILVER: Larissa Diakiw, “Secrets Are a Captive Country,” Hazlitt

Investigative Reporting
GOLD: Alison Motluk, “Hallway Health Care,” Toronto Life  
SILVER: Martin Patriquin, “Warning Signs,” The Walrus

Fiction
GOLD: RJ Edwards, “Loose Time,” Taddle Creek 
SILVER: Christine Higdon, “A Prayer for Ursula in Open D,” The Malahat Review

Lifestyle Photography
GOLD: Mathieu Lachapelle, “La brume de l’Oregon,” Dînette magazine
SILVER: Mathieu Lachapelle, “Au cœur des nuages,” Dînette magazine

Personal Journalism
GOLD: Gwen Benaway, “A Body Like a Home,” Hazlitt  
SILVER: Meaghan Rondeau, “Half-Thing,” The New Quarterly

Poetry
GOLD: Ben Ladouceur, “The Green Carnation,” Prairie Fire  
SILVER: Terence Young, “The Bear,” The New Quarterly

Profiles
GOLD: Katrina Onstad, “Mr. Robot,” Toronto Life 
SILVER: Malcolm Johnston, “Born to Run,” Toronto Life

Service Journalism
GOLD: Mélissa Guillemette, “Où vont les déchets électroniques ?,” Québec Science 
SILVER: Mark Pupo, “Where to Eat 2018,” Toronto Life

Illustration (including Spot & Photo Illustration)
GOLD: Cristian Fowlie, “Bad Code,” The Walrus 
SILVER: Sébastien Thibault, “The End of an Empire,” The Walrus

Portrait Photography
GOLD: Grant Harder, “Tremors,” Maisonneuve 
SILVER: Mathieu Lachapelle, “Dompter le roc,” Dînette magazine

Photo Essay & Photojournalism
GOLD: Kamil Bialous, “That Which Does Not Burn,” Cottage Life
SILVER: Stephen J. Thorne, “Citizens of War,” Legion Magazine

One of a Kind Storytelling
GOLD: Michael FriscolantiJason Markusoff, and Kyle Edwards, ” ‘It was the last time we saw him:’ An oral history of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash,” Maclean’s
SILVER: Martin Patenaude-Monette (Martin PM), “Le bonheur en transition,” Nouveau Projet

The Editorial Awards are presented to a magazine’s staff. The 2019 winners are:

Art Direction of a Single Article
GOLD: Studio WyseKeeping Memories Alive,” Ryerson University Magazine 
SILVER: Carey van der Zalm,”Body, Space & Object,” The Site Magazine 

Best Editorial Package
GOLD: WWI Commemorative Issue,” Maclean’s 
SILVER: “Autumn 2018: The Cities We Need,” University of Toronto Magazine

Art Direction Grand Prix
GOLD: Eliane Cadieux, “Issue 05: What does our future with nature hold? | Numéro 05 : Quel avenir sommes-nous en train de bâtir ?” BESIDE 
SILVER: Jean-François Proulx, Balistique, “Nouveau Projet 13,” Nouveau Projet

Editor Grand Prix
GOLD: Alison Uncles, Maclean’s

Cover Grand Prix 
GOLD: “Pay equity,” Maclean’s
SILVER: “Blood in the Air,” Report on Business

Issue Grand Prix 
GOLD: lstw issue #3, lstw
SILVER: Nouveau Projet 14, Nouveau Projet

Publisher Grand Prix 
GOLD: Ken HuntToronto Life

To view the complete list of winners in all categories, please visit magazine-awards.com.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 
The NMAF gratefully acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, the Ontario Arts CouncilOntario CreatesReader’s Digest Foundation, and KCK Global. We are also thankful for the support of CCR SolutionsCisionMagazines CanadaPUSH MediaRedPoint Media & Marketing SolutionsTC Transcontinental Printing, The Arcadian Court, University of Alberta, Very Good Studios, and Vividata.

ABOUT THE 42nd NMAs
The National Media Awards Foundation welcomed members of the Canadian magazine industry to the 42nd annual National Magazine Awards gala, held at the Arcadian Court in Toronto on May 31, 2019. The Foundation honoured Gold, Silver, and Honourable Mention winners, with Gold winners in writing and visual award categories receiving a $1000cash prize.

In 2019, the Foundation saw 187 Canadian magazine (both English and French) enter the awards, with 125 volunteer judges selecting the 201 finalists from 70 various publications, for awards in 28 written and visual, editorial, and best magazine categories.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL MEDIA AWARDS FOUNDATION
A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize, support and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through annual programs of awards and national publicity efforts. The Foundation produces three distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine Awards, the Digital Publishing Awards, and the National Magazine Awards: B2B.

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