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The 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards were presented at a gala dinner that kicked-off the Alberta Magazines Conference on March 20, 2014 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. 

THE 2014 SHOWCASE AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS RECIPIENTS ARE POSTED BELOW!

- AWARDS GALA SPONSOR -
CDS Global

- AWARDS CATEGORY SPONSORS -
AWBMF emerging writer award
   Apple magazine   Fairmont   Magazines Canada   Sasges Inc Illustration

- FUNDERS -
Government of Canada
          Government of Alberta
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.

2014 Showcase Awards

Description of Showcase Awards

The Showcase Awards recognize and celebrate excellence in magazine editorial content and design. AMPA is pleased to announce an expanded line-up of Showcase Awards categories for 2014:

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 (new), and Photograph - People and Portraiture (new)
INTEGRATED Cover
DIGITAL Digital Presence

WINNERS OF SHOWCASE AWARDS

WRITTEN CATEGORIES

ALBERTA STORY

GOLD
Beyond Books
Jay Smith
Beyond Books

Beyond Books

SILVER
Swerve
Omar Mouallem
Will the Real Burger Baron Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Burger Baron Please Stand Up

EMERGING WRITER     Sponsored by   AWBMF emerging writer award

GOLD
FreeFall
Lisa Bush
Please Do Not

Please Do Not

SILVER
Avenue Calgary
Sara Samson
Living the Dream

Living the Dream copy

ESSAY

GOLD
Swerve
Omar Mouallem
Why the Kids Don't Drive

Why the Kids Dont Drive

SILVER
Western Living
Curtis Gillespie
Crash Course

Crash Course

FEATURE WRITING

GOLD
Eighteen Bridges
Craille Maguire Gillies
Memory Cabin

Memory Cabin

SILVER
Avenue Edmonton
Scott Messenger
Paving Paradise

Paving Paradise copy

FICTION

GOLD
Eighteen Bridges 
Alex Pugsley
Action Transfers

Action Transfers copy

SILVER
Eighteen Bridges
Jasmina Odor
His

His

POETRY

GOLD
Eighteen Bridges
Elizabeth Philips
Proof

Proof copy

SILVER
FreeFall
Beth Everest
this poem is about desire

this poem is about desire copy

PROFILE     Sponsored by   Apple magazine

GOLD
Alberta Venture 
Omar Mouallem
Meet Daryl Katz

Meet Daryl Katz copy

SILVER
New Trail
Sarah Ligon
The Keys to Life

The Keys to Life copy

SERVICE

GOLD
Swerve
Judy Aldous
It's Hammer Time

Its Hammer Time

SILVER
Swerve
Meghan Jessiman
If You Shake It, They Will Come

If You Shake It They Will Come copy

VISUAL CATEGORIES

ART DIRECTION FOR A SINGLE ISSUE

GOLD
UPPERCASE
Janine Vangool, publisher, editor, designer; Sarah Bridgland, artist
Issue #18

UPPERCASE 18

SILVER
Western Living
Paul Roelofs, art director; Brennan Higginbotham, associate art director; Jenny Reed, assistant art director
Designers of the Year

Western Living Designers of the Year

FEATURE DESIGN

GOLD
Swerve
Danae Thompson, art director
No Vacancy

No Vacancy copy

SILVER
Western Living
Brennan Higginbotham, art director; Neal McLennan, editor
40 Foodies Under 40

40 Foodies Under 40

ILLUSTRATION     Sponsored by   Sasges Inc Illustration

GOLD
Alberta Views
Kyle Metcalf
On Memory and Aging

On Memory and Aging copy

SILVER
Alberta Oil
Dushan Milic
Alberta and the Life Aquatic

Alberta and the Life Aquatic copy

PHOTOGRAPH - LANDSCAPE, STILL LIFE AND ARCHITECTURE

GOLD
Swerve
Heather Saitz
Plenty of Room

Plenty of Room copy

SILVER
Avenue Calgary
Colin Way
Avenue's Big Deal Potluck

Avenues Big Deal Potluck copy

PHOTOGRAPH - PEOPLE AND PORTRAITURE

GOLD
Alberta Views
James May 
Fool of the New West

Fool of the New West copy

SILVER
Alberta Oil
Grant Harder
The Ultimate Outsider

The Ultimate Outsider copy

INTEGRATED CATEGORY

COVER

GOLD
Eighteen Bridges
Kim Larson, art director; Bluefish Studios, photographer
Man Down!

Eighteen Bridges Man Down

SILVER
Avenue Edmonton
Susan Meingast, art director; Curtis Comeau, photographer
March 2013

Avenue Edmonton March 2013

DIGITAL CATEGORY

DIGITAL PRESENCE

GOLD
Westworld Alberta
Kirsten Rodenhizer, editor; David Claydon, art director; Ren Reed, art director, print and integrated digital development; Carole Stevenson-Roy, managing editor; Tracy Hyatt, associate managing editor; Shauna Rudd, assistant editor; Kristina Borys, production/studio manager; Mandy Lau, assistant studio manager, electronic imaging; Matt Gauthier, videographer
Westworld Alberta iPad App

Westworld Alberta iPad app

SILVER
Galleries West
Tom Tait, publisher; Kristy Davison, Kim Machado, contributors
GalleriesWest.ca

GalleriesWest

Finalists for Showcase Awards

Thanks to the hard work of more than 50 Alberta Magazine Awards volunteer judges (industry experts from across North America) the over 300 editorial and design entries in 15 Showcase Awards categories were narrowed down to 139 impressive finalists.

Congratulations to each and every one of the magazine publishers, editors, web editors, writers, poets, art directors, designers, photographers, illustrators and the many other individuals who contribute their considerable talents and creative energy to produce great Alberta magazines for readers locally and nationally.

Click on the title to view the entry in full.

ALBERTA STORY

Alberta Venture Crude Awakening - Jen Gerson
Alberta Views Beyond Books - Jay Smith
Alberta Views Safeguarding the Source - Kevin Van Tighem
Alberta Views Spills & Leaks - Tadzio Richards
Avenue Calgary The Avenue Electric - Shelley Arnusch
Eighteen Bridges In the Chair - Curtis Gillespie
Swerve All Sales are Final - Kevin Brooker
Swerve Reining in The Glenbow - Jeremy Klaszus
Swerve Will the Real Burger Baron Please Stand Up? - Omar Mouallem

ART DIRECTION FOR A SINGLE ISSUE

Alberta Oil The 100 and Energy Service 50 - Kim Larson, Ryan Girard, art directors
Alberta Views November 2013 - Beate Wichmann, art director
New Trail Winter 2013 - Marcey Andrews, art director
UPPERCASE Issue #18 - Janine Vangool, publisher, editor, designer; Sarah Bridgland, artist
Western Living Designers of the Year - Paul Roelofs, art director; Brennan Higginbotham, associate art director; Jenny Reed, assistant art director
Westworld Alberta Winter 2013 - David Claydon, art director

COVER

Alberta Oil David Black's Unconventional Vision - Kim Larson, Ryan Girard, art directors; Grant Harder, photographer; Geoffrey Morgan, editor
Alberta Oil Your Workforce: On Drugs? - Kim Larson, Ryan Girard, art directors; Darren Jacknisky, photographer; Darren Campbell, editor
Avenue Edmonton March 2013 - Susan Meingast, art director; Curtis Comeau, photographer
Eighteen Bridges Man Down! - Kim Larson, art director; Bluefish Studios, photographer
New Trail Autumn 2013 - Marcey Andrews, art director; Julius Csotonyi, illustrator; John Ulan, photographer; Lisa Cook, editor
Oilweek Taming the Carbon Monster - Cath Ozubko, art director; Christina Borowiecki, designer
Swerve Can the New Boss Lasso The Glenbow? - Andy Nichols, photographer; Brent Morrison, art director
Swerve Cry Me A River - Andy Van Der Raadt, photographer; Danae Thompson, art director; Valerie Berenyi, editor-in-chief; Bruce Weir, executive editor; Jon Roe, going out editor; Kerianne Sproule, contributing editor; Jacquie Moore, contributing editor
Swerve Gold, Frankincense, and a Chemex Eight-Cup, MOMA-Worthy Glass Coffee Maker - Brent Morrison, art director
Where Edmonton July/August 2013 - Kyle Brownrigg, illustrator; Adam Still, art director; Lindsay Shapka, editor

DIGITAL PRESENCE

Alberta Construction Magazine The Flood: 6 Months Later (albertaconstructionmagazine.com/theflood) - Rianne Stewart, editor; Christina Borowiecki, designer; Dani Perry, web designer; Chaz Osburn, director of content
Galleries West GalleriesWest.ca - Tom Tait, publisher; Kristy Davison, Kim Machado, contributors
GayCalgary Magazine GayCalgary.com - Steve Polyak, publisher; Rob Diaz-Marino, editor
Oilweek Top 100 (oilweek.com/top100) - Dale Lunan, editor; Birdeen Selzer, designer; Dani Perry, web designer
Westworld Alberta Westworld Alberta iPad App - Kirsten Rodenhizer, editor; David Claydon, art director; Ren Reed, art director, print and integrated digital development; Carole Stevenson-Roy, managing editor; Tracy Hyatt, associate managing editor; Shauna Rudd, assistant editor; Kristina Borys, production/studio manager; Mandy Lau, assistant studio manager, electronic imaging; Ariane Fleischmann, production coordinator; Allison Griffioen, advertising production; Chris Sherwood, advertising production; Ina Bowerbank. electronic production; Debbie Lynn Craig, senior imaging technician; Laura Michaels, electronic imaging; Gillian Trainor, advertising, general sales manager; Matt Gauthier, videographer

EMERGING WRITER Sponsored by AWBMF emerging writer award

Alberta Venture Generation Ag - Alexandria Eldridge
Alberta Venture The Rise of the Really Creative Class - Cory Haller
Alberta Views Women in Charge - Miranda Martini
Avenue Calgary Comfort and Joy - Jennifer Friesen
Avenue Calgary Living the Dream - Sara Samson
Avenue Edmonton Clothing with a Conscience - Caleb Caswell
FreeFall Please Do Not - Lisa Bush
Highline Magazine We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends - Chloe Vance
Where Calgary/Essential Calgary The Grand Champion - Rachael Frey

ESSAY

Eighteen Bridges Rebel Without Applause - Curtis Gillespie
Eighteen Bridges
Spirit Chaser - Elizabeth Withey
Eighteen Bridges Twilight of the Patriarchs - Lynn Coady
FreeFall On Reading Daniel Jones and Not Writing Like Him - Richard Harrison
Swerve Love Without Borders - Christina Frangou
Swerve Sliding Down, Climbing Up - Lisa Kadane
Swerve Why the Kids Don't Drive - Omar Mouallem
Western Living Crash Course - Curtis Gillespie

FEATURE DESIGN

Alberta Venture Pick of the Litters - Kim Larson, art director; Aaron Pedersen, photographer
Avenue Calgary Linear Expression - Venessa Brewer, art director; Colin Way, photographer; Leah Van Loon, stylist; Grace Loserro, hair; Teslin Ward, makeup; Ricky Zayshley, associate editor
Swerve If You Shake It, They Will Come - Brent Morrison, art director
Swerve No Vacancy - Danae Thompson, art director
Swerve The End of Winter Party - Danae Thompson, art director
Western Living 40 Foodies Under 40 - Brennan Higginbotham, art director; Neal McLennan, editor

FEATURE WRITING - SHORT

Alberta Views Awakened by Laughter - John Lathrop
Avenue Calgary Beard Envy - Omar Mouallem
Avenue Edmonton Paving Paradise - Scott Messenger
Eighteen Bridges Juggling Act - Marcello di Cintio
Eighteen Bridges Memory Cabin - Craille Maguire Gillies
LINK Embedded in the Movement - Carolynn Semeniuk
Swerve Good Manners Take a Dip - Doug Horner
Swerve Space Man - Bruce Weir
up! The Reclamation of Tijuana - Marcello DiCintio

FICTION

Alberta Views Turtle Room - Holden Baker
Eighteen Bridges Action Transfers - Alex Pugsley
Eighteen Bridges His - Jasmina Odor
filling Station Angling - Susan Sanford Blades
filling Station The Black Current - Kara Sievewright
FreeFall Myths of Mutton Busting - Natalie Meisner
FreeFall The Past as it was at the Moment it was Itself the Present - Kyle Kinaschuk
Glass Buffalo Thomas, His Christian Name - Joe Gurba
On Spec Magazine Meet - L.D. Wilton

ILLUSTRATION Sponsored by Sasges Inc Illustration

Alberta Oil Alberta and the Life Aquatic - Dushan Milic
Alberta Oil Ebb and Flow - Pete Ryan
Alberta Views On Memory and Aging - Kyle Metcalf    
Avenue Calgary Calgary's Dreamscape - Lucas Varela  
Avenue Calgary Living the Dream - Totto Renna  
Eighteen Bridges Spirit Chaser - Robert Carter 
Highline Magazine Death Trap - Kristy Davison, Camara Miller         
Swerve A Cure For Shyness - Kim Smith  
Swerve Good Manners Take a Dip - Byron Eggenschwiler        
Where Edmonton Summer in the City - Kyle Brownrigg          

PHOTOGRAPH - LANDSCAPE, STILL LIFE, ARCHITECTURE

Avenue Calgary Airstream Dream - Jared Sych 
Avenue Calgary Avenue's Big Deal Potluck - Colin Way
Avenue Calgary The Dark Arts - Brent Mykytyshyn      
Avenue Edmonton A Modern Family Home - Ian Grant
Eighteen Bridges Twilight of the Patriarchs - Bluefish Studios
Homes & Living Living in Luxury: Extravagant Exteriors [top left] - Ema Peter       
IMPACT Magazine Backcountry in the USSR - Alex MacKay       
Swerve Plenty of Room - Heather Saitz   
Western Living Bright Idea - Martin Tessler
Western Living Market Research [Fava Beans] - Clinton Hussey

PHOTOGRAPH - PEOPLE AND PORTRAITURE

Alberta Oil The Ultimate Outsider - Grant Harder
Alberta Venture The Young and the Restless - Aaron Pedersen         
Alberta Views Fool of the New West - James May                     
Avenue Edmonton Bill Comrie - Curtis Comeau
Homes & Living At Home with Jillian Harris - Tony Puerzer   
New Trail Wallis Kendal - John Ulan       
Swerve Onalea Gilbertson - Heather Saitz
Swerve Pigeon Release, East of Strathmore - Andy Nichols      
techlife Strange Brews - Blaise van Malsen        
Westworld Alberta Jamaica [man in red shirt] - Jeff Topham  

POETRY

Eighteen Bridges Clyde Barrow thinks on Buster's party - Carolyn Smart
Eighteen Bridges Proof - Elizabeth Philips
FreeFall Paris — en masse - Dymphny Dronyk
FreeFall this poem is about desire - Beth Everest
Glass Buffalo Coup - Deborah Ramkhelawan

PROFILE Sponsored by Apple magazine

Alberta Venture Meet Daryl Katz - Omar Mouallem
Alberta Views The Organic Architect - Aritha van Herk
Avenue Edmonton Growing Up Comrie - Steven Sandor
Eighteen Bridges The Kingdom of Haymour - Omar Mouallem
Galleries West Natural Abundance - Portia Priegert
Highline Magazine Outlier - Niki Wilson
New Trail The Keys to Life - Sarah Ligon
New Trail The New Evolution of Dinosaurs - Sarah Ligon
Oilweek A Line in the Sand - R.P. Stastny
Swerve Rocky's Road - Jeremy Klaszus

SERVICE

Alberta Venture Basic Instincts - Max Fawcett
Alberta Views 2013 Public Garden Guide - Doug Horner, Miranda Martini
Avenue Edmonton Northern Pride - Omar Mouallem
Avenue Edmonton Trash Talking - Sydnee Bryant
Canadian Cowboy Country Raising the Bar-ley: Guide to Craft Beer - Breanna Mroczek
Swerve If You Shake It, They Will Come - Meghan Jessiman
Swerve It's Hammer Time - Judy Aldous
Swerve We Can Pickle That - Jacquie Moore
up! The Food Guide - Jill Foran
up! Ultimate Golf Guide - Pamela Fieber

Judges for Showcase Awards

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 2014 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 Women’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.

Lyndsie Bourgon is a Calgary-based freelancer who has written for publications including The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Slate, Maisonneuve and Corporate Knights. 

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 three books (Duck Boy, Hymns of Home, and Canoë Lune), as well as several essays and articles.

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

Chelsea Cardinal is art director at GQ Magazine. Her work has been recognized by The Society of Publication Designers, The Type Directors Club, Communication Arts magazine and Graphis.

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 interfaces, apparel and branding. Previously an art director for Seed, Print and Wired, Alice now works as a freelance art director.

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.

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

Kris Demeanor is Calgary’s first Poet Laureate, as well as a songwriter and spoken word artist. His work has appeared in Alberta Views and Canadian Geographic. 

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.

Michel Groleau has been in the magazine business for over 20 years. He has won several awards for his art direction and is passionate about illustration.

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

Wendy Helfenbaum is a writer and TV producer whose work has appeared internationally in consumer, trade and custom publications. She also writes for corporations and non-profits.

Valerie Howes is a writer, editor and award-winning blogger. Her food, travel and health stories have appeared in Chateleine, Reader's Digest, Canadian Living, enRoute and Maisonneuve.

Brenda Jane Johnstone is publisher of Convenience & Carwash Canada magazine, and has worked within 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.

Elizabeth Ann Kerr was the publisher of Canadian Yachting for 12 years, and has now joined the world of freelance writing.

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.

Jeremy Klaszus is an award-winning Calgary freelance writer who has contributed to many publications, including The Globe and Mail, Swerve, Alberta Views and Metro.

Ben Kunz has over 25 years of industry-based experience in editorial design, visual identity design and information design. He teaches editorial design and typography at MRU.

Robert Lemermeyer is a photographer whose magazine work has taken him to Kyoto on 48 hours notice, St. Petersburg without a translator, and the Bahamas to shoot Mark Messier.

John Maxwell is an associate professor in the publishing program at SFU, where his focus is on the impact of digital technologies in the Canadian book and magazine industries.

Omar Mouallem is a writer for Swerve, Avenue and Alberta Views. He teaches at Guru Digital Arts College and tweets at @omar_aok.

Robert Newman has been creative director of Real Simple and Reader’s Digest, and design director of Fortune, Entertainment Weekly, Details, New York, Vibe, The Village Voice and Guitar World.

Janice Paskey is a professor of journalism at MRU, where she is co-supervising editor of The Calgary Journal. She is former editor of Avenue, the McGill News and Niagara Magazine. 

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.

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, National Geographic and Target.

Christina Reynolds is managing editor at ELLE Canada. She was formerly the editor-in-chief of CalgaryInc, and a writer and copy editor at the Calgary Herald.

Charlene Rooke is group editor of the Custom Content Group at The Globe and Mail, and a former editor of Avenue and Western Living.

Charlene Rooke is group editor of the Custom Content Group at The Globe and Mail, and a former editor of Avenue and Western Living.

Rachel Rose is an award-winning poet and author of fiction and non-fiction. She has published poems, short stories and essays in Canada, the U.S., New Zealand and Japan.

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.

Jesse Semko works in communications. He has held editorial positions with Alberta Venture and Avenue. His work has been nominated for and won regional and national magazine awards.

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

Jessica 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.

Jennifer Windsor has 20 years experience as a print designer and design educator. She is currently finishing an MA in Humanities Computing, studying interactive information graphics.

Peter Worden is an editor with CBC in Iqaluit. He is a former assistant editor with Alberta Views, and has written for the Calgary Herald, National Post, The Globe and Mail, Alberta Venture and Routes.

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 - Short 

Articles in this category include any fact-based work of non-fiction no longer than 2,000 words. Judging will emphasize writing quality and impact. Entries are not eligible for entry in 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. Entries are not eligible for entry in any other written 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 (new)

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 (new)

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 (revised)

A magazine companion website redesign, mobile app, microsite, or multimedia feature, or any other specific digital project, that was launched in 2013, 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.

2014 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 (new), and Volunteer of the Year.

RECIPIENTS OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

We're thrilled to announce the very deserving recipients of our Achievement in Publishing, Editor of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Best New Magazine awards and our first-ever Magazine of the Year!

Congratulations to these highly accomplished individuals and publications:

Achievement in Publishing
Tom Tait, Galleries West

Publisher, writer, editor and sales executive—often simultaneously—Tom Tait is both an inspiring figure and a shaping force in Alberta’s publishing industry. For more than 30 years, he’s been an innovator in publishing operations and an advocate for privately owned magazines.

He was instrumental in the editorial development of two of the province’s longest-running magazines, Where Canadian Rockies and Where Calgary. Today, he owns and publishes Galleries West, a title known for its reach, content excellence, and award-winning web presence. It’s a tribute to Tait’s skill and efficiency that the magazine has been thriving since 2002 with only one full-time staff member.

Tait serves his community as a Rotarian and a member of Skål; he was a long-time AMPA board member; and he has created programs that bolster the tourism industry in Calgary, including the Mayor’s White Hat Award and the tourism faculty at the University of Calgary.

To colleagues, Tait is an essential source of mentorship and opportunity. His influence on Alberta’s publishing industry, from workflow management to digital strategy, community-building to quality standards, has not only expanded this field, but enriched it immeasurably.

Editor of the Year Sponsored by Fairmont
Janine Vangool, UPPERCASE

Five years ago, gallery and bookshop owner Janine Vangool launched UPPERCASE, a magazine devoted to creativity and curiousity in the arts. Helmed by a first-time editor, committed to a print format in an increasingly digital age, and pursuing a reader-supported business model, the magazine seemed to defy all prevailing publishing trends.

Half a decade later, the magazine has increased its original print run tenfold, boasts a steadily increasing, international base of subscribers and stockists, and maintains an active and effective digital presence.

Why is UPPERCASE such a success story? Because of Vangool’s editorial acumen, entrepreneurial flair, and hard work. She has sold subscriptions, liased with stockists, shot photos, written stories, blogged, designed, managed, furnished and financed Uppercase. She leads a small and fiercely loyal team, and has developed an expanding and devoted global community of subscribers and contributors.

The magazine, which is almost entirely ad-free and reader supported, has never compromised its original editorial vision. Vangool, who upholds that vision, has earned a reputation as a creative inspiration, an advocate for the possibilities of print, and a true innovator in the world of publishing.

Volunteer of the Year Sponsored by Magazines Canada
Emily Ursuliak, filling Station

Emily Ursuliak has long shared her passion for the written word as a steadfast and energetic member of the literary arts communities in both Calgary and Red Deer.
In her work with filling Station over the past several years, Ursuliak has dramatically increased the magazine’s public presence and has done so in ways that are both innovative and engaging.

In addition to serving on the voluntary editorial collective vetting literary submissions as Fiction Editor, she founded and organized filling Station’s Hot Dates with Blank Pages, monthly writing events in public spaces throughout Calgary, as well as the highly successful Way Back When Fundraiser, which invited established and emerging writers to read from their juvenilia.

Ursuliak’s dedication to facilitating community involvement, and making writing accessible to public audiences through events and publication, is done with an infectious enthusiasm and generous spirit that inspires her colleagues.

Best New Magazine
Glass Buffalo

Publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, Glass Buffalo is a literary magazine in search of mythic power. Glass Buffalo magazine showcases student and alumni perspectives and the Creative Writing department at the University of Alberta by lifting their writing off of campus and dispersing it among the Edmonton and literary communities. By highlighting emerging writers, the magazine adds a new and distinct voice to Canadian literature.

Magazine of the Year
UPPERCASE

UPPERCASE is a quarterly magazine for the creative and curious—with eclectic content inspired by design, illustration, typography, craft and other creative pursuits. UPPERCASE is a magazine to be cherished, with its high-quality production values and beautiful design. The magazine is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for art direction and finalist for magazine of the year by the Society of Publication Designers in New York.

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 2013.
  • 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 2013 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.

Judges for Achievement Awards

We offer thanks to the highly skilled professionals who volunteer their time and expertise as judges. Individuals from the AMPA Board of Directors, as well as a previous Achievement Award winner and one industry expert, make up a judging committee for each category. For full details about judging criteria, download the 2014 Alberta Magazine Awards Information guide.

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

Beth Ed is publisher of Alberta Views, and has worked with the magazine as circulation manager, departments editor and advertising sales manager.

Lynn Fraser is managing editor of FreeFall literary magazine, and the 2007 Volunteer of the Year recipient.

Brian French is publisher of WHERE Calgary with St. Joseph Media. He has previous advertising sales experience with Saturday Night, Toronto Life and Tribute Magazine.

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

Tracy Hyatt is associate managing editor for Westworld Alberta. She has been a board director with LitFest and AMPA, and was formerly the managing editor of Alberta Venture.

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.

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.

James Little has over 25 years experience in the Canadian magazine industry. He was most recently editor of Explore Magazine, which received 54 National Magazine Awards during his time as editor.

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

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.

Jennifer Schmidt-Rempel is managing editor at Lethbridge living, and is currently the AMPA Board 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.

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. 

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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