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The 2015 Alberta Awards program is now closed, see Showcase Award Finalists and Achievement Award Winners below
Showcase winners, Magazine of the Year and Achievement Award recipients will be acknowledged on March 5 at Alberta Magazine Awards Gala

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. 

- AWARDS GALA SPONSORS -
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- AWARDS CATEGORY SPONSORS -
AWBMF emerging writer award
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- MEDIA SPONSORS -
Alberta Venture, Apple magazine, Glass Buffalo, Prairie Journal

- FUNDERS -
Government of Canada
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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.

 

For more information about sponsorship, download our 2015 Alberta Magazines Conference Sponsorship package.

2015 Showcase Awards

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, 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 Showcase Awards Finalists

On behalf of the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, AMPA is thrilled to announce the finalists for the Showcase Awards.  

Thanks to the hard work of more than 50 Alberta Magazine Awards volunteer judges - industry experts from across North America - nearly 300 editorial and design entries in 15 Showcase Awards categories have been narrowed down to outstanding finalists.

Congratulations to all the magazine publishers, editors, web editors, writers, poets, art directors, designers, photographers, illustrators and the many other talented contributors!

The Showcase Gold and Silver winners  will be announced and celebrated at the Alberta Magazine Awards Gala on March 5, 2015 in Calgary. For details, and to purchase tickets by Feb. 19 (early bird deadline Feb. 12), visit www.albertamagazines.com/conference

Alberta Story

Alberta Venture Fare Trade - Max Fawcett

Alberta Views Game Changer  - Arno Kopecky

Swerve Clap for the Wolverine Man - Michael Hingston

Swerve She Got Game - Marcello Di Cintio

Swerve The Fixture and the Hipster - Jeremy Klaszus

Art Direction Single Issue

Alberta Venture June 2014 - Kim Larson, art director

Avenue Edmonton November 2014 - Pete Nguyen, art director

Georgie Issue No 3 W14 – Nathan Marshall, art director; Neil Mota and Aaron Pedersen photographers

New Trail Winter - Marcey Andrews, art director

Western Living October Issue - Paul Roelofs, art director; Naomi MacDougall associate art director, Jenny Reed, assistant art director

Cover

Avenue Edmonton Stephen Mandel - Curtis Trent, photographer; Pete Nguyen, art director

Georgie Issue No 2 F14 - Nathan Marshall, art director, Aaron Pedersen, photographer  

New Trail Autumn - Marcey Andrews, art director; Carl Wiens, illustrator

Up!Magazine The Food Guide -Teresa Johnston, art director;  Erin Burns, photographer;  Pierre Lamielle, food stylist

Western Living September - Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer

Digital Presence

Alberta Oil 10th Anniversary Tablet Edition  - Ryan Girard, Kim Larson, Colton Ponto, Ben Rude, Jennifer Madole and Brent Felzien

Alberta Venture Pipeline Dialogue - Justine Hunter, Dee Hon, Andrew Findlay, Tim Querengesser, Jim Sutherland, Max Fawcett, Gunnar Blodgett. Art Direction; Kim Larson and Jennifer Madole

Avenue Calgary Avenuecalgary.com - Jaelyn Molyneux, web editor; Karin Olafson, assistant web editor

New Technology Magazine Multistage Fracking -Maurice Smith, editor; Cath Ozubko, art director; Jeremy Seeman, designer and web

Oilweek Oilweek Rising Stars -Dale Lunan, editor; Cath Ozubko, art director;  Jeremy Seeman, animation; Christina Borowiecki, designer

Emerging Writer

Avenue Calgary From Calgary to Calcutta Without a Calendar - Andrew Guilbert

Avenue Calgary Volunteer Year - Madeline Smith

Glass Buffalo A Paragraph - Josh Greschner

Glass Buffalo  A Tale of Two Forms - Peter Takach

Glass Buffalo On Living: A second draft - Andrew Moore

Essay

Avenue Edmonton Transporting into the Future - Omar Mouallem

FreeFall Neighbourhood Alzheimers - Bill Bunn

Swerve Children of a Lesser Santa - Omar Mouallem

Swerve Mums the Word - Colleen Seto

Swerve The Gospel of Fire and Mud - Russ Peters

Feature Design

Alberta Venture Guide to Professional Services - Kim Larson, art director; Jennifer Madole, associate art director

Avenue Edmonton Back in the Game - Pete Nguyen, art director

New Trail Best Summer Ever - Marcey Andrews, art director

New Trail Deconstructing Leadership - Marcey Andrews, art director

New Trail The Face of a Century - Marcey Andrews, art director

Feature Writing

Alberta Venture Dot -111 - Anthony Davis

Alberta Venture North By Southwest - Russell Cobb

Alberta Views Infectious Fear - Naomi K. Lewis

Swerve A Bridge too Far - Naomi K. Lewis

Swerve A Relationship goes Viral - Omar Mouallem

Fiction

FreeFall The Bull of Heaven - Paddy Scott

Glass Buffalo Pearl - Bruce Cinnamon

Marker Utility - Caleb Caswell

On Spec Handcrafting - Anita Dolman

Prairie Journal The Royal Visit - Vivian Zenari

Illustration

Avenue Calgary What’s Lost - Jon Krause

Alberta Venture Call of The Wild - Dushan Milic

Georgie Neil Young – Stavros Damos

New Trail Best Summer Ever - Katy Dockrill

New Trail Deconstructing Leadership- Carl Wiens

Photograph:  Landscape, Still Life and Architecture

Avenue Calgary Merry Little Christmas- Julya Hajnoczky

Swerve Current Affairs - Bryce Meyer

Techlife Well Appointed Workspace - Blaise van Malsen

Western Living Steep Seclusion - Martin Tessler

Westworld Phantoms on Ice - Kurtis Kristianson, Spindrift Photography

Photography: People and Portraiture

Avenue Calgary Cultural Movement - Jared Sych

Avenue Calgary Stylish Roots - Phil Crozier

Alberta Venture Laws of the Land- Joey Podlubny

Alberta Venture The Fight of their Lives - Curtis Trent

Georgie Suzuki - Aaron Pedersen

Poetry

FreeFall A Kindness of Bees - Cassy Welburn

FreeFall But I’m no one - Weyman Chan

Glass Buffalo Frog Lake - Erika Luckert

Glass Buffalo Mink - Fatima Fayad

Glass Buffalo What Do I know? - Liam Kay

Profile

Avenue Calgary Artists Adrift - Shelley Arnusch

Avenue Edmonton Stephen Mandel - Omar Mouallem

New Trail Making News - Curtis Gillespie

New Trail Ray Muzyka’s Next Chapter  - Omar Mouallem

Swerve The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps - Marcello Di Cintio

Service

Alberta Venture The Money Book - Max Fawcett

New Trail Best Summer Ever -Scott Rollans, Lisa Cook, Wanda Vivequin, Karen Sherlock, Marcey Andrews, art director

Swerve It’s Your Funeral  - Rita Sirignano

Western Living Ultimate Okanagan - Neal McLennan, Evelynn Takoff, Jim Sutherland

Westworld Toys of Summer -Kirsten Rodenhizer, Editor
David Claydon, Art Director, Tracy Hyatt, Associate Managing Editor,
Shauna Rudd, Assistant Editor

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 

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.

How to Enter Showcase Awards

To prepare your materials in advance, consult the Showcase Awards Checklist:

  • Awards submissions are now being accepted. You require an AMPA website user account to access the forms, so please LOG IN (in the sidebar to the right) or create your account. Once logged in, you will have access to the forms in the sidebar to the right ------>
  • You have the option to add and upload multiple entries at any time (up to the submissions deadline) by logging in to your website account, with just one payment at the end for all entries.
  • All submissions must include the magazine’s editorial mandate.
  • Each entry must include a high-resolution (300 dpi) image no larger than 20 MB, in PDF format, of the published work.
    • For Art Direction for a Single Issue, please upload the issue cover, and send four copies of this issue to the AMPA office (#304, 1240 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary AB T2N 3P7).
    • For Digital Presence, please include an image (e.g., screenshot of homepage) and a URL (live from the date of entry through April 2015).
  • The image filename should be formatted accordingly: categoryabbreviation_magazine_entrytitle (no spaces or punctuation symbols). (e.g. Illustration entry Due Diligence from Alberta Oil would be: I_AlbertaOil_DueDiligence.pdf).
    Category abbreviations are as follows:
    • Alberta Story = A
    • Art Direction for a Single Issue = AD
    • Cover = C
    • Digital Presence = D
    • Emerging Writer = EW
    • Essay = E
    • Feature Design = FD
    • Feature Writing = FW
    • Fiction = F
    • Illustration = I
    • Photograph: Landscape, Still Life and Architecture = PL
    • Photograph: People and Portraiture = PP
    • Poetry = P
    • Profile = PR
    • Service = S
  • Payment can be made via PayPal (including credit cards) or by cheque. The online form will prompt selection of payment method

2015 Judges

We offer thanks to the highly skilled professionals who volunteer their time and expertise as judges.

All Showcase categories are adjudicated by a panel of three industry experts. Judges do not adjudicate categories in which they had any involvement with the submission (as the author, creator, editor, publisher, etc), nor do they submit scores for any entry in which their name appears on the masthead in order to avoid conflicts of interest. For full details about judging criteria, download the 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards Information guide.

Isabel Abdai spent five years as a senior associate art director for Martha Stewart Living after graduating from ACAD. She is currently art director at Woman’s Day. 

Trevor J. Adams is senior editor with Metro Guide Publishing. He leads the editorial team for several publications, including East Coast Living and Halifax Magazine. In 2014, he was short-listed for the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence from the Editors' Association of Canada. 

derek beaulieu is the author 16 books of poetry, prose, criticism and conceptual writing. He is an award-winning instructor at Alberta College of Art + Design and is Calgary's Poet Laureate.

Matthew Blackett is founder of Spacing magazine and has been instrumental in shaping the brand into one of Canada’s top small magazines. He was named Editor of the Year by CSME in 2007 and was co-recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize in 2010.

Scott Bullock is a circulation professional with over 34 years experience. He has been named both Newsstand Marketer of the Year and Magazine Marketer of the Year. He publishes the industry blog CoversSell.com.

Bill Bunn teaches English at MRU, and is the author of four books as well as numerous essays and articles. His newest YA novel, Kill Shot, is scheduled for release April 6, 2015.

Linda Cameron is director at the University of Alberta Press. She is an experienced scholarly publisher, publishing consultant and author.

Susan Catto is deputy editor at Hello! Canada. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times, the Economist.com and other publications.

Alice Cho’s art direction and design experience spans magazines, user experience, apparel and branding. Previously an art director for Seed, Print and Wired, Alice now works as a freelance art director in San Francisco.

Ian Cockfield is managing editor of Event Magazine and runs Event’s Reading Service for Writers (prose). His fiction, non-fiction and poetry have appeared in various Canadian journals including Prairie Fire, Descant, and the Carleton Arts Review.

Deb Cummings is the word person for UCalgary’s alumni publications. She is the former editor of WestJet’s up! magazine, Travel Alberta’s Vacation Guide and has worked in a variety of roles at the Calgary Herald and Sun for 15 years.

Jim Cunningham spent 28 years editing and writing about politics and other subjects for daily newspapers in Alberta. Jim has been a journalism instructor at SAIT since 2001.

Joan Dixon is an author and editor of nonfiction books. She has researched, written or edited for many national and local magazines, including Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, Avenue and Kayak.

Mark Dutton is partner in Edmonton’s award-winning Halkier + Dutton Design where he has led the development and ongoing design of several national and regional magazines. 

Shannon Emmerson is founder and director of Forge & Spark Media, helping businesses use digital media tools and publishing know-how to tell their stories.

Doug Firby is a long-time writer, editor and lover of language well used. He is director of communications at the Canada West Foundation and Editor-in-Chief of the Troy Media national editorial service.

Mike Fisher is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Calgary. Contributions include columnist at  the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun. Rides bulls in china shops and always finds a bird in the hand startling.

Kathleen Freimond is senior VP of custom publishing at Canada Wide Media Ltd. in Vancouver. She focuses on developing quality content to support clients’ strategic objectives.

Greg Fulmes is a freelance photographer who has worked for Maclean’s and A&E’s Biography Magazine, and as a picture editor for the Calgary Herald. He is a photojournalism instructor at SAIT.

Anne Georg is a writer and photographer. Her freelance writing includes such diverse topics as business, the arts, social issues and travel.

Bob Hambly is a partner in the multi-disciplinary graphic design firm Hambly & Woolley that he founded with his partner Barbara Woolley in 1992. 

Dave Harrison has worked in publishing since 1978. He is currently a magazine editor with Annex Business Media, and has judged the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards. 

Brenda Jane Johnstone is president of the Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association and has worked in the trade publishing industry for more than 25 years.

Robert Karpa has over 20 years experience as an editorial photographer and has won several National and Western Magazine Awards. His work has appeared extensively in magazines throughout Canada and the U.S.

Mitch Kern is a portrait photographer. He holds a faculty position at ACAD, and has an MFA from Penn State University.

Mike Kerr is a freelance illustrator with experience in editorial, corporate, and institutional illustration. He is also an instructor of illustration and character design at ACAD.

Robert Lemermeyer is an award-winning photographer whose magazine work has taken him to Kyoto on 48 hours notice, St. Petersburg without a translator, and on an island-hop to shoot Mark Messier.

Andrew Losowsky is an editor and magazine fanatic based in New York City. 

Wayne MacPhail has produced rich media content for most major online networks in Canada, has taught online journalism at a number of Ontario colleges and universities and is director of Emerging Media for rabble.ca. 

Richard Maruk has over 30 years design and communications experience. His technical background and capacity for strategic visual storytelling is a rare combination that shapes his work.

Robert Newman is the creative director of Newmanology. He is the former creative director of Real Simple and design director of Entertainment Weekly, New York and Fortune.

Christopher Patton is a poet and author. His published works include Ox, a volume of poetry, and Curious Masonry, a volume of translations from Old English.

Mary Pinkoski is an award-winning spoken word poet who currently serves as Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton.

Thomas Porostocky is a multi-disciplinary graphic designer with a focus on data visualization and branding. Previously the art director of I.D. and Seed, currently his clients include Wired and National Geographic.

Christina Reynolds is ELLE Canada’s managing editor. She has been editor-in-chief of CalgaryInc magazine, a writer and copy editor at the Calgary Herald, and a producer at CTV and BNN.

J. Jill Robinson is the author of one novel, More In Anger, and four collections of short stories. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have been anthologized, and have appeared in many literary journals. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Calgary. 

Jessica Ross is tablet publishing manager at TC Media, serves on the board of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors and teaches magazine packaging at Ryerson.

Jo Steffens is executive director of WordFest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival, prior to which she was a curator at The Municipal Art Society.

Douglas Thomson is editor-in-chief, Content at the Royal Ontario Museum. He was previously the EIC and brand manager of Canadian Home Workshop for 13 years, and he has over 25 years of magazine editorial experience.

Vessica Venturi is a photographer, partner and co-creative director at Venturi + Karpa Photography, where magazine clients have included Forbes, Fortune and Rolling Stone.

Chandra Vermeulen is a designer at Sasges Inc. and sessional instructor at ACAD. Her work has been recognized by Communication Arts, Coupe Magazine and the Mohawk Show.

Lisa Whittington-Hill is the Publisher of This Magazine and also works as a circulation and marketing consultant for small magazines as part of Magazines Canada’s Travelling Consultants Program.

Harry Wilson is the senior editor at Canadian Geographic and Canadian Geographic Travel magazines. A former Calgary Herald journalist, he's also worked in the United Kingdom as a magazine and travel guidebook editor.

Peter Worden is a reporter with CBC in Iqaluit. He is a regular contributor to Up Here, the Globe and MailNational Post and VICE. Last summer he was a resident in the Banff Centre’s literary journalism program.

Achievement Award Judges

Mike Ganley iseditor of Alberta Venture, and formerly the editor of Up Here Business. He was the 2013 Editor of the Year award recipient.

Elaine Kupser is founder and publisher of IMPACT Magazine, which has expanded nationally in it’s over 20 years in publication. She was the 2013 Achievement in Publishing award recipient.

Kim Larson is an industry-leading art director whose 16-year career has been marked by a combination of versatility and creativity. As Art Director at Venture Publishing, she’s guided Eighteen Bridges, Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines to numerous high-profile provincial and national magazine awards. She is passionate about all things magazine related.

Kathe Lemon is editorial director of RedPoint Media. She has over 15 years of writing and editorial experience, and was the 2011 Editor of the Year award recipient.

John Milne is president of Breakwell & Company, a business communications and publishing consulting organization, and has 35 years of experience in business publishing.

John Montgomery is an award winning art director for Canadian Business and MoneySense magazines, as well as the contributing designer for Taddle Creek magazine. He previously worked at Toronto Life magazine.

Breanna Mroczek is the editor of Where Calgary magazine, editorial assistant of Glass Buffalo magazine, and a freelance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta, where she earned an MA in English. 

Chaz Osburn is director of content for JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, publishers of oil and gas, construction and technology trade magazines. He has extensive trade publication and daily newspaper experience.

Steven Sandor is Editor at Avenue Edmonton. Previously he was senioreditor with the Sun Media chain in Toronto.

Terry Sellwood is currently CCOO of Cottage Life Media Inc., is past-chair of Magazines Canada and past-president of the CMC Circulation Management Association. He has received numerous awards including Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation in 2010.

Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel is managing editor at Lethbridge living, and is the AMPA Board Past-President. She has over 15 years experience in the writing, editing and publishing industry.

Rob Tanner is owner of Tanner Young Publishing Group, publisher of Where Edmonton, Canadian Cowboy Country and others. He was the 2011 Achievement in Publishing award recipient.

Chris Welner is editor of IMPACT Magazine, and has over 25 years experience in daily newspapers, magazines and corporate communications. He was the 2012 Editor of the Year award recipient.

Guidelines and Rules for Showcase Awards

Guidelines and Rules for All Showcase Awards

The Showcase Awards competition is open to work published in an issue dated 2014 in any current AMPA member magazine (with the exception of the Emerging Writer award, which is open to work by an emerging Alberta writer in a Western Canadian magazine). Submissions from digital magazines and magazine websites must be original work first published during the 2014 calendar year. Works completed in December 2013, after last year’s Awards Program closed on Dec. 18, are eligible for submission with the 2014 entries.

  • Advertorial and/or promotional content is inadmissible
  • Entries must be the work of Canadian content creators
  • Entries that don’t conform to the rules or fit category definitions may be disqualified without notice. Entry fees won’t be refunded
  • No entries will be returned. No refunds will be granted
  • All decisions made by the judges are final
  • Judges reserve the right to not grant an award in a category if, in their opinion, no entry merits one
  • AMPA reserves the right to use the winning entries in the awards program for exhibit, educational purposes, online and/or in a publication of collected work, but not for sale or profit
  • The number of finalists in each category will be proportionate to the number of entries submitted in each category up to a maximum of five finalists
  • Finalists will be announced in each category prior to the Awards Gala
  • See specific rules below and in category descriptions

Specific Rules for Written Categories

  • Awards for writing are open to staff or freelance contributors
  • With the exception of the fiction category, all written submissions must be non-fiction
  • The same written work may be entered in multiple categories, unless otherwise indicated
  • Awards are for articles published as “first rights” only

Specific Rules for Visual Categories

  • Awards for design are open to staff or freelance contributors
  • The same work may be entered in multiple categories

Specific Rules for Digital Categories

  • Entries must have been executed and made available live online during at least part of 2014, and for judging purposes must still be live online through to April 2015.

Judging Procedures

Judging for All Showcase Awards

Judges in all categories receive written instructions and an explanation of the judging process. Judges are responsible for the selection of finalists by first working individually to submit scores from 0 to 100. From these scores, the top 10 submissions are compiled and a gold and silver winner and up to five finalists are determined. If the judges' scores vary by 15 or more points on more than one-fifth of the entries, all finalists in that category will proceed to a second round of judging, via a moderated conference call, to deliberate and collaboratively determine finalists, silver and gold winners. The judges’ decision is final. See specific judging criteria for respective categories.

Conflict of Interest:
A judge shall be considered ineligible to adjudicate a panel in which: his/her name appears on the masthead of the magazine entered in that category; is entered as a writer or other contributor in that category.

Category Review:
AMPA reviews its award categories annually. Stakeholders are welcome to provide feedback on the clarity of category descriptions, relevance, and omissions.

Judging for All Written Categories

All entries are adjudicated by a carefully selected panel of three industry professionals who give equal weight to the five following areas:

Writing style, engaging voice

   /20

Content

   /20

Creativity; originality

   /20

Appropriateness for target audience and ability to engage readers

   /20

Overall impact

   /20


Judging for All Visual Categories

Aesthetic considerations are the main focus of entries in visual categories, but judges also weigh the appropriateness of the visual material for the:

  • accompanying text
  • magazine medium
  • intended audience
Specific Judging for Feature Design

Overall

  • Layout is creative, original, fresh and impactful                    
  • Images, graphic elements and text work well together

   

   /40

   /20

Image or Graphic Elements

  • Layout is creative, original, fresh and impactful
  • Images, graphic elements and text work well together

   

   /20
   /10

Text

  • Text works well within the design     

  

   /10

Specific Judging for Art Direction for a Single Issue

Overall

  • Layout is creative, original, fresh and impactful                    
  • Images, graphic elements and text work well together

   

   /40

   /20

Image or Graphic Elements

  • Creativity, originality, visual impact
  • Quality of production

   

   /20
   /10

Text

  • Text works well within the design     

  

   /10

Specific Judging for Photograph - Landscape, Still Life and Architecture

Creativity, originality, visual impact

   /50

Works well in context

   /30

Quality of production

   /20

Specific Judging for Photograph - People and Portaiture

Creativity, originality, visual impact

   /50

Works well in context

   /30

Quality of production

   /20

Specific Judging for Illustration

Creativity, originality, visual impact

   /50

Works well in context

   /30

Quality of production

   /20


Judging for Integrated Categories

Specific Judging for Cover

This category is judged on the creative synergy between imagery and textual elements.

Overall

  • Image and cover line are synergistic, reinforce each other through literal or subtextual means
  • Logo, image, graphic elements and text all work together

 

   /20

   /10

Graphic Element/Image

  • Creativity, originality, visual impact
  • Quality of production  

 

   /40
   /5

Text

  • Cover line content
  • Cover line appearance

  

   /20
   /5


Judging for Digital Categories

Specific Judging for Digital Presence

An online publication or magazine companion website that 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, including use of social media or mobile apps; excellent content and outstanding design; and, if applicable, integration with print publication.

Overall experience

   /30

Content

   /20

Structure

   /10

Navigation

   /10

Visual Design

   /10

Functionality

   /10

Interactivity

   /10

2015 Achievement Awards

Achievement Award Winners

Editor of the year

SteveS

Steven Sandor

When Steven Sandor joined the Avenue Edmonton team in 2010, his role was to help build readership and establish the magazine’s brand. At the time, monthly issues of Avenue Edmonton were running an average of 68 pages. Four years later, in 2014, Avenue Edmonton regularly ran to more than 100 pages, and last year saw the largest issue ever, at 180 pages.

But page count only tells part of the story, Steven cares about his community and is dedicated to creating stories, in print and online, that will engage and challenge readers to have a greater stake in their city. Steven is known for his leadership, his innovation, his thoughtful and challenging mentorship of writers and his dedication to maintaining their unique voice as he provides editorial guidance.

In addition to his editorial leadership, Steven is a strong advocate for the larger publishing industry. He serves as an AMPA board member, and represents the periodical industry to Access Copyright, talks about industry opportunities to students from junior high to post-secondary, and is called upon regularly for his commentary in the broadcast media.

Volunteer of the year

Jen

Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel

Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel’s volunteer commitment to her community, the magazine industry and the development of magazine professionals is reflected in the myriad boards, committees and initiatives to which she is a contributing member.

As Publisher and Editor for Lethbridge living magazine, Jenn not only leads a successful publication, but parlays her nearly two decades of magazine experience into effective and impactful volunteer efforts wherever she turns her attention.

She has served on the AMPA board from 2010 to 2014, including three years as President of the Association, and acted as an effective advocate with elected officials on issues critical to the industry as both an AMPA and Magazines Canada board member. She has helped to drive the industry agenda and to bring important concerns forward to key decision-makers.

Her contributions extend from engaging with post-secondary students embarking on magazine careers to lending her time and talents to initiatives aimed at creating and building a stronger Lethbridge community, from arts and culture to business and industry.

Achievement in publishing

 Chris Bird

Chris Bird

Those who know Chris Bird describe him as passionate and innovative. They say he is a forward-looking, committed, hardworking role model who is an effective and vocal advocate for Canadian magazines and publishers.

With nearly 20 years in the industry, Chris started in magazine advertising sales for Kootenay Business Magazine, but his entrepreneurial spirit soon prompted him to head out on his own when he founded Bird Marketing Group in 2001, which, in turn, launched Fly Fusion Magazine as a supplement to a fly fishing trade show. Quickly realizing the magazine had tremendous promise, over the next 10 years he steadily built Fly Fusion into an undisputed market leader in Canada and the U.S.

At the same time he has successfully navigated the transition from a traditional print model to a multi-channel, digital world, from online and social media, to television programming and a successful international film festival. Fly Fusion Magazine remains at the core of the business, driven by his emphasis on quality.

Chris is also a builder in the industry. He is known for challenging the status quo in ways that create a better atmosphere for small publishers. He is a member of the AMPA board and can be counted on to advocate new ways for publishers to build their businesses and ensure that magazines maintain and grow their strong voice in our culture. .

Best New Magazine

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GrainsWest

GrainsWest is an Alberta-based magazine with a focus on Western Canada’s agricultural sector. Co-published by Alberta Barley and the Alberta Wheat Commission, GrainsWest is an award-winning quarterly magazine connecting farmers, food and ideas.

The magazine itself evolved out of a simple idea—engage with farmers. Within one year and with a stack of published issues to show for it, the mission was accomplished. However, reaching out to farmers remains the ongoing mandate of this farmer-driven publication. As long as farmers are in the fields, GrainsWest will continue to bring the timely stories that matter to those who call the hinterland home.

GrainsWest provides in-depth insight and analysis into the grains industry, while also looking at the people shaping modern day agriculture in Western Canada.

Three times a year, GrainsWest keeps Western Canada’s farmers up-to-date on the latest, most innovative ideas coming out of Canadian agriculture. Every September, this is complemented with a food issue, which fills a gap between farmers and consumers, capitalizing on Canadians’ renewed interest in this vital industry.

Magazine of the Year (Shortlist)

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Avenue Edmonton

Glass Buffalo

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, 2012
  • 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

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.

 

How to Nominate for Achievement Awards

To prepare your materials in advance, consult the Achievement Awards Checklist .

  • If you don’t already have an AMPA website user account, you will need to create one to access Achievement Awards nomination forms ----->
  • Once you have logged-in, you'll find the link to the awards forms in the sidebar to the right
  • You have the option to add and upload multiple nominations at any time (up to the submissions deadline) by logging in to your website account
  • Complete one online form for each nominee
  • All decisions made by the judges are final
  • Judges reserve the right to not grant an award in a category if, in their opinion, no entry merits one
  • See specific category descriptions for support material requirements
  • For categories requiring support letters, the filenames should be formatted accordingly: categoryabbreviation_NomineeFullname_Letter# (no spaces or punctuation symbols). (e.g. filename of the 2nd letter of support nominating Rob Tanner for Achievement in Publishing: AP_RobTanner_2). Category abbreviations are as follows:
    • Achievement in Publishing = AP
    • Editor of the Year = EY
    • Volunteer of the Year = VY
  • There is no fee for nominations
  • Deadline for nominations and all support materials: 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Guidelines and Rules for Achievement Awards

Nominees must be current AMPA member magazines (with the exception of the Best New Magazine award):

  • Individual nominees must be current residents of Alberta
  • Publication nominees must have a head office in Alberta
  • Previous nominees are eligible for this award, but not previous winners.
  • AMPA reserves the right to use the winning nomination materials in the awards program for exhibit, educational purposes, online and/or in a publication of collected work, but not for sale or profit

Judging Procedures

Judging for All Achievement Awards

Individuals from the AMPA Board of Directors, as well as a previous Achievement Award winner and one industry expert, will make up the judging committee. The committee will consider submitted nominations, along with nominations from the committee itself to select a winner. See specific judging criteria for applicable categories.

Specific Judging for Achievement in Publishing

The winner will have demonstrated:

  • A history of creating excellent magazine content and/or products
  • Long-term success in the magazine industry
  • Significant contributions to the Alberta magazine industry, including volunteer work, advocacy, leadership and collaboration

Specific Judging for Best New Magazine

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

Specific Judging for Editor of the Year

The winner will have 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
  • maintain high standards of editorial quality throughout the magazine

Judges will also recognize the nominee who 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
  • engage stakeholders in venues beyond the magazine in ways that strengthen the magazine’s brand and sustainability

Specific Judging for Magazine of the Year

The winner is a magazine that consistently engages, surprises and serves the needs of its readers, and demonstrates significant achievements during the past year.

Specific Judging for Volunteer of the Year

The winner will have demonstrated that they bettered the Alberta magazine industry through their involvement and have inspired others to take part in the industry. Nominees will be evaluated on both their volunteer contributions in 2014 and their past history of volunteer involvement.

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