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The 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards will be presented at a gala dinner to kick-off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 5, 2015 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary. The annual awards program honours the best in the industry and gives the region's magazine professionals a chance to commend the work of their colleagues. The opportunity to celebrate achievement within our community both strengthens and inspires us to further excellence. 

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AMPA acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Government of Alberta through the Alberta Media Fund (AMF), towards our project costs.

2015 Showcase Awards

Categories for Showcase Awards

Written Categories

Alberta Story   

Articles in this category must showcase a distinctly Alberta subject, flavour and flair. This is subject to broad interpretation but examples would be stories about Alberta’s cultural and economic scene; stories about interesting Albertans; or stories told from a distinctly Albertan perspective. Entries in this category are not eligible for entry in any other written category.

Emerging Writer     Sponsored by   AWBMF emerging writer award

This category is for non-fiction or journalistic work written by either a current full-time post-secondary student or a magazine intern who has graduated within the past three years. Articles published in magazines (including university/college) based in Western Canadian provinces (B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba) are eligible. Entries do not have to be from an AMPA member magazine. This award goes to the writer whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. The award was established to honour and preserve the memory of journalist Amber Webb-Bowerman and to help support emerging magazine talent.

Essay

Articles in this category include those in which a writer’s perspective is paramount. Regular columns may also be entered in this category.

Feature Writing  

Articles in this category include any fact-based work of non-fiction. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact. Entries cannot be submitted to any other written category.

Fiction

Articles in this category include any work of fiction first published by the magazine. Entries are not eligible for entry in any other written category.

Poetry

Articles in this category include any work of poetry first published by the magazine. A collection of up to three poems by the same author, all published in the same issue, may also be entered in this category.

Profile     Sponsored by   Apple magazine

Articles in this category focus on a person or a group.

Service    

Articles in this category include any explanatory or informational piece, which organizes information of a practical applicability to the reader. Topics can cover health, medicine, relationships, education, travel, recreation, sports, music, entertainment, décor, hobbies, food, fashion, personal finance, etc.

Visual Categories

Art Direction for a Single Issue   

The use of compelling imagery and graphic elements that work creatively and engagingly to support the issue’s theme. This award is granted to art directors and their staff or freelance associates for a single magazine issue.

Feature Design

The use of compelling imagery and graphic elements that work creatively and engagingly to support the story narrative. This award is granted to art directors and their staff or freelance associates for a single magazine article.

Illustration     Sponsored by   Sasges Inc Illustration  

A compelling and unique illustration that works in the magazine context. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.

Photograph - Landscape, Still Life and Architecture 

A compelling and unique photo of a landscape, still life or architectural subject, that works in the magazine context. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well. Entrants must declare the nature of any substantial and/or unapparent manipulations of images for the consideration of the judges.

Photograph - People and Portraiture 

A compelling and unique photo of a person or group of people, that works in the magazine context. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well. Entrants must declare the nature of any substantial and/or unapparent manipulations of images for the consideration of the judges.

Integrated Categories

Cover   

Any single magazine cover can be entered. This category is judged on the creative synergy between imagery and textual elements.

Digital Categories

Digital Presence

A magazine companion website redesign, mobile app, microsite, or multimedia feature, or any other specific digital project, that was launched in 2014, which:

  • Demonstrates high editorial standards and effective use of the digital medium to reach and engage the intended audience.
  • Demonstrates best practices in navigation and architecture; interactivity; excellent content and outstanding design; and, if applicable, integration with print publication.

Description of Showcase Awards

The Showcase Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in magazine editorial content and design. AMPA is pleased to announce the 2015 Showcase Awards categories:

WRITTEN Alberta Story, Emerging Writer, Essay, Feature Writing - Short, Fiction, Poetry, Profile, and Service
VISUAL Art Direction for a Single Issue, Feature Design, Illustration, Photograph - Landscape, Still Life and Architecture, and Photograph - People and Portraiture
INTEGRATED Cover
DIGITAL Digital Presence

2015 Achievement Awards

Description for Achievement Awards

 The Achievement Awards recognize the innovation and creativity made by an individual or publication to the magazine industry. Achievement Awards include both individual and publication categories: Achievement in Publishing, Best New Magazine, Editor of the Year, Magazine of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

Winners will be announced prior to the Awards Gala. The winners are invited to attend the event with a guest.

Categories for Achievement Awards

Achievement in Publishing

 

The individual has demonstrated a history of creating excellent magazine content and/or products; achieved long-term success in the magazine industry; and made significant contributions to the Alberta magazine industry, including volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and collaboration.

  • A nominee can be anyone who works with an AMPA member magazine, has made a significant contribution to Alberta’s magazine publishing industry, and is a current resident of Alberta.
  • To qualify, a nominee must have worked a minimum of five years in the Alberta magazine industry.
  • The award is open to all magazine professionals in various areas of publishing, including but not limited to publishers, editors, art directors, freelancers, sales managers and circulation experts.
  • The nomination form requires information about: the candidate’s career in magazine publishing to date (ie: companies/organizations worked for, positions held, key responsibilities); key highlights in the candidate’s career (special accomplishments or unique individual successes); the candidate’s contributions to the Alberta magazine publishing industry, and how they have made a difference and helped improve the industry as a whole
  • Nominations require two letters of support, and four copies of two issues that demonstrate the nominee’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

 

Best New Magazine

 

The magazine demonstrates excellence in editorial and design, fulfills a niche within the industry, and has strong potential for long-term sustainability.

  • To qualify, the magazine must have a head office in Alberta (but does not have to be an AMPA member magazine), and have begun publishing after Jan. 1, 2011
  • Magazines that don’t abide by the national Magazine Advertising-Editorial Guidelines aren’t eligible. (View these guidelines at http://www.albertamagazines.com/images/member/Code-of-Reader-Advertiser-Engagement-2.pdf).
  • The nomination form requires information about: the magazine (including the editorial mandate, audience, staff positions, frequency, circulation and distribution); how the magazine fulfills a niche within the industry; and why the magazine has strong potential for long-term sustainability.
  • Nominations require four copies of two recent issues that demonstrate the publication’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

 

Editor of the Year

 

The individual has achieved standards of excellence in the creation of an Alberta magazine or magazines, demonstrating that they: fulfill the stated mandate or vision of the magazine through editorial content that is engaging and relevant to its target audience; and maintain high standards of editorial quality throughout the magazine.

The individual also demonstrates strong qualities of resourcefulness, collaboration and vision, as demonstrated by the nominee’s ability to: bring out excellence in writers; maximize economic and people resources in the creation of superior content; and engage stakeholders in venues beyond the magazine in ways that strengthen the magazine’s brand and sustainability.

  • A nominee can be anyone who works with an AMPA member magazine, has made a significant contribution to Alberta’s magazine publishing industry, and is a current resident of Alberta.
  • To qualify, magazine editors must have been employed by an AMPA member magazine and worked on at least two consecutive issues in the year 2014.
  • The nomination form requires information about: the magazine (including circulation, frequency, mandate, audience, staff positions and editorial budget); the candidate’s duties at the magazine; and the candidate’s achievements relative to the editor position
  • Nominations require two letters of support, and four copies of two issues from the past year that demonstrate the candidate’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

 

Magazine of the Year (new)

 

The magazine consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers.

  • To qualify, the publication must be an AMPA member magazine and have a head office in Alberta
  • The nomination form requires information about: the magazine (including the editorial mandate, audience, staff positions, frequency, circulation and distribution); and a summary of the magazine’s achievements during the past year.
  • Nominations require four copies of two recent issues from the past year that demonstrate the publication’s best work mailed to the AMPA office at #304, 1240 Kensington Road N.W., Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7.

Volunteer of the Year

The individual can be anyone who has worked with an AMPA member magazine, has demonstrated that they bettered the Alberta magazine industry through their involvement, and has inspired others to take part in the industry.

  • To qualify, a candidate must have contributed more than 30 volunteer hours in 2014 to an AMPA member magazine or to AMPA.
  • The nomination form requires information about: the candidate’s magazine-related volunteer activities this past year; volunteer activities the nominee has been involved with in their lifetime (including non-magazine related work); and why the candidate volunteers for the Alberta magazine industry
  • Nominations require two letters of support.

 

Past Awards Winners & Finalists

2013 Achievement Awards

EDITOR OF THE YEAR

The 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards were presented at a gala dinner that kicked-off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 14, 2013 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary. Click here to view the bios of the volunteer judges.

Congratulations to Mike Ganley, recipient of the 2013 Editor of the Year award!

Editor of Alberta Venture since 2011, Mike Ganley engages with the issues facing Alberta’s business sector with immense energy. He has distinguished himself as a leader and collaborator, developing initiatives that have not only contributed to discussions in Alberta, but have launched them. Read the full description of Mike Ganley's editorial accomplishments.

ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLISHING

Congratulations to Elaine Kupser, recipient of the 2013 Achievement in Publishing award!

Elaine Kupser launched IMPACT Magazine in September 1991, with $5,000 seed money and raw determination. By the time the magazine celebrated its 20th anniversary, its circulation had expanded sevenfold, and its page count increased from 32 to a record of 164. More significantly, Elaine celebrated a two-decade journey from fitness professional and novice publisher, to inspiring leader in both the fitness and publishing industries. Read the full description of Elaine Kupser's career accomplishments.

2013 Showcase Awards

The 2013 Alberta Magazine Awards were presented at a gala dinner that kicked-off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 14, 2013 at the Carriage House Inn, Calgary.

Listed below are the Gold and Silver winners of the 2013 Showcase Awards (click on the title to view the full entry). Click here to view the list of finalists. Click here to view the bios of the volunteer judges.

WRITTEN

ALBERTA STORY     Sponsored by   Travel Alberta

GOLD
Swerve
Jeremy Klaszus
Deerfoot's Revenge

Judges' commentary:

With his gift for narrative, Jeremy Klaszus reminds us there are rich (and at times troubling) histories associated with even the most quotidian aspects of life in Alberta. It's just a matter of looking for them -- a process in which Klaszus obviously takes great pleasure, judging from 'Deerfoot's Revenge'.

The story behind Calgary's most hated freeway, Deerfoot trail, is a one of nasty traffic snarls and daily hold ups that neither the province nor the city want anything to do with. And to think, the road everyone loves to hate can trace its troubled past back to the Siksika runner it was named after and his story of being screwed over by the white man.

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SILVER
Eighteen Bridges
Russell Cobb
Glorious and Free. Mostly.

Judges' commentary:

Russell Cobb's 'Glorious and Free. Mostly.' succeeds for the risk it takes. The author is happy to celebrates his newly adopted nation, but willing to take a hard look at Canada's shortcomings as well. The result is a piece that challenges readers to rethink what it means to be Canadian.

When a liberal Texan decides to become a Canadian citizen, he experiences the ups and down of our country's immigration system and discovers that being Canadian is great -- most of the time.

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EMERGING WRITER     Sponsored by   AWBMF emerging writer award

GOLD
Profiles West
Melissa Molloy
The Accuser and Us

Judges' commentary:

The Accuser and Us is a treacherous journey into one family's struggle with mental illness and the court system. It's a heartfelt, poignant and sometimes terrifying read. 

The Accuser and Us-page-001

SILVER
Degrees Magazine
Raquel Fletcher
Ten Tree Sees
the Forest and the Trees

Judges' commentary:

Ten Tree Sees the Forest and the Trees is classic journalism, asking all the right questions for its readers and giving them meaningful, memorable answers.

It's rare to see a young journalist recognize the narrative tools available, and use them -- confidently, sparingly -- to sculpt what could have been an ordinary business story into something that stands out.

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ESSAY

GOLD
Alberta Views
Karen Connelly
Washing the Body

Judges' commentary:

Washing the Body tackled the emotional minefield of a mother’s hospice death (and life) with an engaging poetic voice in an intimate essay beautifully balanced and crafted. 

Washing the Body is a reflective story that is seeped with texture, mood and genuine emotion. Its intimate perspective gives us insight into the bonds of family and humanity and the nature of graceful acceptance.

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SILVER
Eighteen Bridges
Max Fawcett
Why Knot?
Judges' commentary:

Why Knot takes on another universal theme of marriage (and divorce) from an unmarried adult son’s view. Layers of research and personal experience build on each other to form this engaging essay that pits the idea against the institution.

Why Knot is a fascinating read that combines thorough research with a fresh personal perspective. It tells an eccentric history of marriage seamlessly intertwined with details about a family’s intimate history.

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FEATURE WRITING (SHORT)    Sponsored by   PWAC feature writing award   writersca feature writing award   

GOLD
Western Living
Stacey McLachlan
The Bounty Hunter

The Bounty Hunter-page-001

SILVER
up!
Zac Unger
Small is Beautiful

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FICTION

GOLD
Eighteen Bridges
Caroline Adderson
I Feel Lousy

Judges' commentary:

Caroline Adderson takes on big themes of love, loyalty and betrayal in this deftly written story about the messiness of life and the triumph of the spirit. 

I Feel Lousy-page-001

SILVER
filling Station
Natalie Morrill
Ossicles 

Judges' commentary:

The fears and fantasies of a 6 year spin out of control against the backdrop of normalcy in this highly original story about coping with trauma.

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POETRY

GOLD
Eighteen Bridges
Karen Solie
Rothko via Muncie, Indiana

Judges' commentary:

There's an exciting tension between the abstract subtlety of his paintings and mundane details of baseball diamonds and divorce. There are knotty particularities in this poem -- most significantly, the poem gets more complex the more it's read.

Rothko via Muncie Indiana-page-001

SILVER
FreeFall
Richard Harrison
Poem for a Crescent Moon

Judges' commentary:

Gorgeous, sensual, thoughtful and mature; it tells a whole story through immediate and specific imagery, and invites the reader to contemplate the nature of love and the journeys we all take. 

Poem for a Crescent Moon-page-001

PROFILE

GOLD
Eighteen Bridges
Curtis Gillespie
The Populist

Judges' commentary:

Gillespie creates a real, accessible portrait of Hart Hanson while pulling the curtain back on the backrooms of Hollywood.

The Populist-page-001

SILVER
Eighteen Bridges
Christine Fischer Guy
Burden of Proof

Judges' commentary

Fischer Guy’s profile of one woman’s efforts to bring truth to an issue long shrouded in misinformation managed to enlighten, educate and entertain. What more could a reader ask for?

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SERVICE     Sponsored by   Apple magazine

GOLD
Swerve
Kim Gray
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Judges' commentary:

I thought I knew snow. And I thought I never wanted to think about shoveling again. This fun, creative and information-packed approach to every Canadian’s most dreaded task proved me wrong on all fronts

A cheerful, well-written and well-crafted piece that takes a surprisingly innovative and insightful look at one of life’s more mundane chores. One might well ask how one could fill six pages on the subject of shovelling snow, and yet no part seemed like filler. The different components interacted well and were filled with moments that engaged, bringing forth the ‘ahs’ and ‘oh, really's’ of good service writing.

Let It Snow 72-1

SILVER
Avenue Edmonton
Tina Faiz
Truck Nuts

Judges' commentary:

Faiz’s light, bright voice is the perfect complement to this piece that had me all but wiping the barbeque sauce from my chin.

The food descriptions were filled with tight yet detailed writing that often rose to the saliva-inducing, “I’ve got to try that” moments characteristic of food writing at its best. This, supplemented by interesting tidbits and morsels of history, trivia and useful information about the entrepreneurs and their various mobile eateries made this a satisfying read

Truck Nuts 72-1

VISUAL

ART DIRECTION FOR A SINGLE ISSUE    Sponsored by   Calgary Arts Development

GOLD
UPPERCASE
Janine Vangool, publisher, designer, editor
Issue #13 

Judges' commentary:

This magazine is well suited for its audience. The variety and creativity in imagery and content works well to keep interest throughout.

Uppercase is a visual treat from first page to last. The design is simple, engaging, and colorful, and provides the perfect counterpoint to the lush and diverse collection of imagery. There's a rich texture to the ever-changing selection of story presentations. Everything about Uppercase's design, from the paper selection, format size, to the delicate use of metallic ink on the cover, is in perfect harmony with the magazine's editorial mission.

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SILVER
UPPERCASE
Janine Vangool, publisher, designer, editor
Issue #15

Judges' commentary:

A well curated collection of photos, illustrations, people and stories that remain true to the issue's theme, while still being fresh in approach.

Uppercase's design is the complete package: smart, thoughtful, engaging design, great paper, a beautiful, graphic cover, and a rich treasury of imagery. Best of all, the design all works in harmony with the content and the magazine's crafty, DIY aesthetic.

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FEATURE DESIGN

GOLD
Swerve
Vishu Mahajan, art director
Double Take

Judges' commentary:

There is a striking graphic quality to these images, bringing a fresh perspective on scenes that would otherwise be simply overlooked.

A great example of how design can complement and accentuate an already striking subject matter. This feature demonstrates how restrain in design is an important skill in itself. 

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SILVER
Western Living
Randall Watson, art director; Carlo Ricci, John Sinal, Martin Tessler, Nic Lehoux, Eugene Uhuad and Robert Lemermeyer, photographers; Maureen Willick, stylist
Designers of the Year

Judges' commentary:

A clean design allows the beauty of the spaces to engage the reader.

An article that visually holds well together through the use of impactful photography, bold colour and consistent type treatments.

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ILLUSTRATION    Sponsored Sasges Inc Illustration

GOLD
Alberta Oil
Dushan Milic
End of
Days

Judges' commentary:

Stormy skies appear to be closing in on the man who is trying desperately to keep the gas alight, leading the viewer to feel a sense of uncertainty for the company.

End of Days-page-001

SILVER
Swerve
Josh Holinaty
The Art of Snow Removal

Judges' commentary:

I enjoyed the playful and whimsical nature of the illustration, which lent itself well to the subject matter. I thought the integration of the subject with the type was smart, and made it more interesting.

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PHOTOGRAPH

GOLD
Alberta Oil
Curtis Comeau, photographer; Kim Larson, art director
Calling Nisku

Judges' commentary:

A graphic and elegant corporate environmental portrait. The subject's facial expression reveals a real connection with photographer. 

A strong environmental portrait of China's Tony Wang that creatively sets Wang among the tools of his trade. Pipelines act as bold visual reference points to draw us into the story of the man and his work. Shot at a time of day when many photographers could not handle the light, photographer Curtis Comeau adds location strobe to available light to carve out just the right amount of three dimensionality. Bravo. 

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SILVER
Where Calgary
Jason Eng, photographer; Veronica Cowan, art director
Urban Renewal

Judges' commentary:

Absolutely stunning image! My eyes never get tired of looking at it. It's complex yet effortlessly simple. A real winner.

A nice juxtaposition of fashion, architecture and landscape that instantly excites the eye through creative use of composition, colour and mood. Photographer Jason Eng makes it look effortless to align all of the visual elements into perfect harmonic balance while also eliciting a striking pose from the model.

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INTEGRATED

COVER     Sponsored by     Blanchette Press

GOLD
Avenue Calgary
Anders Knudsen and Erin Burns, art directors; Jared Sych, photographer; Alicja Wilkosz, hair and makeup; Julie Van Rosendaal, food stylist
Last Supper

Judges' commentary:

The special execution/gatefold really has a big impact, and the local/insider feel of all the cultural references associated with the various personalities is a lot of fun to try to decipher

This clever solution was tastefully executed, and utilized the format of the gatefold very well.

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SILVER
Alberta Venture
Kim Larson, art director; Gary Stevensen, illustrator
The Sin & Self-Improvement Issue/August 2012

Judges' commentary:

A delightfully whimsical and unexpected illustration, especially for a business magazine. Tons of newsstand appeal and a nice surprise for subscribers and regular readers.

I liked that there were many different entry points into the cover. The colour and type gave the cover a lot of energy, and made it more compelling.

Alberta Venture The Sin  Self-Improvement Issue 72

DIGITAL

DIGITAL PRESENCE

GOLD
Galleries West
Tom Tait, Kim Machado, Kristy Davison
www.gallerieswest.ca

Galleries West Online

SILVER
Avenue Calgary
Allison McNeely, web editor; Dave Wilkinson, technology director; Joel Collyer, web developer; Kenny Odlum, web designer; Jennifer Hamilton, executive editor; Jaelyn Molyneux, senior editor; Jay Winans, managing editor; Ricky Zayshley, associate editor; Meredith Bailey, editorial assistant; Shelley Arnusch, staff writer
www.avenuecalgary.com

avenuecalgary

2012 Achievement Awards

The winners of the 2012 Achievement Awards were celebrated at the March 22 Alberta Magazine Awards gala:

Achievement in PublishingRuth Kelly, Venture Publishing

Ruth Kelly’s talent for business would have brought her success in any sphere. It was her respect for creativity and craftsmanship led her to publishing and made her one the industry’s most respected leaders. Venture Publishing Inc., which Ruth founded in 1997, has expanded from a small office of five to a company of 48; while it originally managed a single publication, it’s now responsible for three proprietary print and online magazines (Alberta Venture, Alberta Oil and Unlimited) and 14 more in its contract division. But the Venture brand is most admired for quality: its magazines regularly win awards for design and editorial. Venture is also responsible for professional development programs that increase professional standards across the region—and the country. With Venture, Ruth founded the Business Person of the Year awards, the Best Workplaces program, and a mentoring program for young women called Women in Leadership Learning.

Ruth earned the title of 2008 Woman of the Year from Canadian Women in Communications. She was also awarded the Alberta Centennial Medal, not to mention the Golden Jubilee Medal from Queen Elizabeth II. Committed to her mentoring role, Ruth speaks at events and conferences throughout Canada and teaches publishing courses at Simon Fraser University. She is former chair of AMPA and board member for Magazines Canada, and volunteers for a range of arts, business and community organizations including the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and the Banff Centre.

Editor of the YearChris Welner, Impact Magazine

In less than two years as editor at IMPACT, Chris Welner helped carry the magazine mandate forward with a fresh, clear journalistic eye to publish some of the best material the magazine has had in its 20 year history, including our landmark 20th Anniversary Issue. With more than 25 years experience in daily newspapers, magazines and corporate communications, Chris is passionate about great writing, beautiful photography, and great layout and presentation. He is the “editorial point person” dealing with all writers, photographers and artists who develop the content for IMPACT. Away from the office, Chris is an alumnus of Leadership Calgary and has been involved as a volunteer speaker coach with TEDx Calgary.

Volunteer of the Year (tied) – Kayla Nash, Lethbridge Living; Bobbi Beatty, Other Voices

Kayla Nash is an Editorial Assistant with Lethbridge Living. With her sights set on one day becoming a fashion journalist, she obtained two diplomas from Lethbridge College: the first in Fashion Design and Marketing and the second in Communication Arts - Print Journalism. Apart from work, Kayla can be found surrounded by at least one of the following: good friends, Guitar Hero, fashion magazines (anything from LouLou to British Vogue), books, documentaries and movies, or, most often, anything that involves Harry Potter.

Bobbi Beatty began her publishing career by earning both a diploma and a degree in Professional Writing as a single mother of three, while working for the Alberta government and completing an internship with Gryphon Publishing. She chanced upon Other Voices and jumped on board, at first as just a reader, then as Secretary of the Board, and then as Managing Editor.

Best New MagazineWE Magazine

We Magazine is published by Venture Publishing on behalf of the United Way of the Edmonton Capital Region. WE Magazine is a magazine about our community, for our community. WE Magazine is published by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region and shares United Way's mission to inspire people to come together to make a lasting
difference in our communities. WE Magazine explores the most pressing social issues experienced in the region, creates meaningful dialogue, encourages support and celebrates the successes. Using professional writing, photography and illustration, and bringing a journalistic approach instead of a marketing one, the vision for this magazine is to leverage what magazines do best - engage with readers - to build interest and engagement in the United Way's mission in our community.

2012 Showcase Awards

The Showcase Awards recognize excellence in AMPA member magazine editorial and design – both in print and digital form. These awards are adjudicated by a panel of industry experts.

The winners of the 2012 Showcase Awards were celebrated at the March 22 Alberta Magazine Awards gala. A winner and two finalists were announced in each category:

Best Alberta Story 

  • Alberta Views – The Long View, Shannon Phillips
  • Eighteen Bridges – Bearing Witness, Chris Turner
  • Eighteen Bridges – Under the Veil, Omar Mouallem *WINNER*

Best Short Editorial

  • New Trail – Parrhesia and Rhubarb, Aritha van Herk
  • western living – Haida Five-0, Masa Takei
  • western living – School of Fish, Tyee Bridge *WINNER*

Best Feature Design

  • Alberta Venture – Up, Up and Away, Kim Larson, art director
  • Avenue (Edmonton) – Comic Stripped, Susan Meingast, art director; Josh Holinaty, illustrator; Aaron Pedersen, photographer
  • western living – 40th Anniversary Issue, Randall Watson, art director *WINNER*

Best Cover

  • Alberta Oil – Innovators by Nature, Kim Larson, art director; Bluefish Studio, photographer; Darren Campbell, editor; Jeff Lewis, senior editor
  • Avenue (Calgary) – October, Anders Knudsen, art director; Jared Sych, photographer *WINNER*
  • western living – 40th Anniversary Issue, Randall Watson, art director; Clinton Hussey, photographer

Best Photo   

  • Alberta Venture – After the Inferno, Curtis Trent, photographer; Kim Larson, art director *WINNER*
  • Conservation – Under the Wire, Paul F. Jones
  • western living – Paul Sangha, John Sinal, photographer; Randall Watson, art director 

Best Illustration

  • Alberta Oil – Beast of Burden, Michael Byers, illustrator; Kim Larson, art director
  • Alberta Oil – Due Diligence, Dushan Milic, illustrator; Kim Larson, art director *WINNER*
  • Alberta Views – The Boogeyman and the Wolf, Byron Eggenschwiler

Best Digital Presence

  • Avenue (Calgary), Kathe Lemon, Jennifer Hamilton, Jaelyn Molyneux, Laura Fetherstonhaugh, Todd Andre, Tony Charron *WINNER*
  • up! Magazine, Diana Ng, Deb Cummings, Lynda Sea, Mandy Savoie
  • Wine Access, Allison McNeely, Tom Firth, Shelley Boettcher

2011 Achievement Awards

The winners of the 2011 Achievement Awards were celebrated at the March 24 Alberta Magazine Excellence Gala:

Achievement in PublishingRob Tanner, Tanner Young Publishing

Rob is the owner of the Tanner Young Publishing Group, which since 1987 has produced several long-running titles—both in print and online—central to Edmonton and Alberta’s culture and tourism, including WHERE Edmonton, the Greater Edmonton Visitor Guide, and Canadian Cowboy Country. The Tanner Young Marketing Group also links the publishing and tourism industries, handling marketing coordination and implementation for Destination Edmonton Hotel Cluster Groups. Rob is a former president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

Editor of the Year – Käthe Lemon, Avenue Calgary

Käthe Lemon is the editorial director of RedPoint Media Group and the editor of Avenue Calgary.  Käthe has worked in magazines for more than a decade and has volunteered her time with several industry associations including acting as current president of the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation, taking part in previous AMPA RAMM and Alberta Magazine Conference committees, judging magazine awards with both the WMAs and the NMAs and acting as internal communications chair for the Editors' Association of Canada Prairie Provinces Branch from 2007 to 2010.

Volunteer of the YearClaire Lacey, dandelion

Claire Lacey is a poet, blogger and activist. She is currently pursuing a M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. Lacey is also the poetry editor for Dandelion magazine.

Best New MagazineEighteen Bridges

Eighteen Bridges is a magazine of narrative non-fiction, a distinctly Canadian publication poised to become a national cultural touchstone. It is a modern, informed publication concerned with people, politics, culture, and ideas; its articles are substantial, in-depth, and grounded in the narrative tradition, all while reflecting a distinctive Canadian sensibility.

2011 Showcase Awards

The Showcase Awards recognize excellence in AMPA member magazine editorial and design – both in print and digital form. These awards are adjudicated by a panel of industry experts.

The winners of the 2011 Showcase Awards were celebrated at the March 24 Alberta Magazine Excellence Gala. A winner and two finalists were announced in each category:

Best Alberta Story 

  • Avenue Calgary, “Olympic Connections” by Jaelyn Molyneux, Lynda Sea, Jesse Semko
  • Techlife, “Declaration of Independence” by Scott Messenger
  • Techlife, “The Right Ingredients” by Mifi Purvis

Best Cover

  • Alberta Venture, “The Green Issue” Kim Larson, art director; Pierre Javelle, illustrator
  • Oilweek, “Global Canucks” Ken Bessie, art director
  • Routes, “Terry Grant” Neville Palmer, photographer; Sharon Syverson, art director

Best Feature Design

  • Alberta Venture, “The Money Issue” Kim Larson, art director; Colin Way, photographer
  • Avenue Calgary, “4 Ways to Stampede” Anders Knudsen, art director; Jared Sych, photographer
  • Wine Access, “Taste to Go” Teresa Johnston, art director; Jared Sych, photographer; Joy Lee, food stylist

Best Illustration

  • Alberta Venture, “Aerospace” Sonia Roy, illustrator; Kim Larson, art director
  • Avenue Calgary, “Outdoor Activity Guide” Andrea Wan, illustrator; Mason Hastie, art director
  • Routes, “Marvelous Music” Sharon Syverson, art director and illustrator

Best Photo

  • Alberta Oil, “Long Shadow” Michael Morrison, photographer; Kim Larson, art director
  • Alberta Venture, “The Final Cut” Aaron Pedersen, photographer; Kim Larson, art director
  • Conservation, “Rainbow Trout” Darren Jacknisky, photographer

Best Short Editorial

  • Impact, “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide” by Peter Estabrooks
  • Routes, “Right in the Folking Living Room” by Peter Worden
  • Western Living, “The Salmon Chronicles” by Neal Mclennan

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