Showcase Awards

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Written Category

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 non-fiction work about Alberta’s cultural and economic scene; stories about interesting Albertans; or stories told from a distinctly Albertan perspective.

Editorial Package Print

Any collection of articles on a related theme in a single issue that reflects collaboration by editors and writers. Entries may consist of a package of articles or an entire issue. This category is open to content from print magazines only. *An article that appears in an editorial package is eligible for entry in other written categories.

Emerging Writer

Sponsored by Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation

This award is open to non-fiction work written by current post-secondary students, recent grads or interns with a maximum three years’ professional experience. This award goes to the writer whose early work in magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise.

Essay

Articles in this category include those in which a writer’s perspective is paramount. Regular columns are eligible for entry in this category.

Feature Writing: Long

Articles in this category include any fact-based work of non-fiction of more than 2,000 words. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact.

Feature Writing: Short

Articles in this category include any fact-based work of non-fiction of 2,000 words or less. Judging will emphasize writing quality, originality and impact.

Fiction

Articles in this category include any work of fiction first published by the magazine.

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

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

Service: Business, Education, Health and Medicine

Articles in this category include any how-to journalism, explanatory or informational piece which organizes information of a practical applicability to the reader. Topics can include health and medicine, business, finance, personal finance, technology and education.

Service: Lifestyle

Articles in this category include any how-to journalism, explanatory or informational piece which organizes information of a practical applicability to the reader. Topics can include relationships, travel, recreation, sports, music, entertainment, décor, hobbies, food (not entirely consisting of recipes), fashion, etc.

Visual Category

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.

Emerging Visual Creator

Sponsored by the Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation

This award is open to current post-secondary students, recent grads or interns with a maximum three years’ professional experience. The award goes to the individual whose early work in AMPA magazines shows the highest degree of craft and promise. Entries can include photographs or illustrations.

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 the context of the article. 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.

A compelling and unique illustration that works in the magazine context. Entries must be shown in the magazine context. This award is granted to the creator of the work.

Photograph: Essay or Series

Any series of photographs from a single issue. Entries must be shown in the context of the article, though accompanying text itself is not judged. 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 context of the article. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context, although accompanying text itself is not judged. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.    

Photograph: People and Portaiture

A compelling and unique photo of a person or group of people, that works in the context of the article. Awards are granted to the creator of the work. Entries must be shown in the magazine context, although accompanying text itself is not judged. If the entry is not from an article title page, please upload the title page image as well.    

Digital Category

Digital Presence: Special Feature

A magazine mobile app, multimedia feature or any other specific digital project 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.
 

Digital Presence: Website

A magazine website, website redesign or microsite 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.:

Integrated Categories

Cover

Judges assess entries for graphic elements and cover line content, that they reinforce each other through literal or subtextual means, as well as overall creativity.

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

Infographic

Any original creation of data visualization produced by a magazine, print or digital is eligible. Awards are granted on the basis of design and presentation of data. Entries must consist of a single infographic or a series of related infographics appearing in a single article. Print magazines must submit of a PDF of the entry. Submissions from magazine websites must contain a URL to the page and a PDF screen capture. Awards are granted on the basis of design and presentation rather than topic.

Submit Your Showcase Award Entries

Submit Your Showcase Award Entry

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