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Past Awards

2016 Achievement Award Winners

Achievement in Publishing: Anders Knusden

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Anders Knudsen has influenced the provincial and national magazine scene for more than 20 years. He first made his mark as the original art director of Avenue magazine in Calgary, where he not only displayed his strong design skills but also mentored countless up-and-coming magazine professionals.

Anders' generosity is exemplified by openly sharing his skills and experience to help foster and develop art directors and creative stars that span the country. His approach has always been one of nurturing and developing talent, and then getting out of the way, with his protégés often stepping into Anders’ role while he moved into a new area that needed his attention.

His work and character not only inspired co-workers and students in the design arena, but also the wordsmiths around him – established and emerging writers and editors. Those who know Anders applaud him for the collaborative and business acumen he possessed that allowed him to foster excellence from his colleagues.

Anders’ passion for the industry grew as he moved up the through ranks at RedPoint Media, where he was an influential senior leader and has been credited with helping the company manoeuvre and thrive in a rapidly changing and challenging environment. His ability to provide readers with fresh and compelling visual content was the result of his eagerness to embrace new technologies.

The number of times he reinvented himself over the course of his career – from designer and art direction to iPad development and overseeing a custom division - is a great example of his perseverance and willingness to adapt and learn new skills.

Over the past two decades, Anders and his team have garnered many provincial, regional and national magazine awards – evidence of his drive for creating exceptional products. His colleagues (past and present) say it’s only fitting that, after such a decorated tenure as a creative talent, Anders receives the Achievement in Publishing award to honour his outstanding and lasting contribution to the magazine industry in Alberta and Canada.

Editor of the Year: Curtis Gillespie

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Curtis Gillespie, co-founding editor of Eighteen Bridges, has said: “scope is often the soul of a good story.” It’s a core belief that motivated him to start publishing the bi-annual narrative journalism magazine in 2010.

A successful writer himself, Curtis is the author of five books, including the novel Crown Shyness and the memoirs Playing Through and Almost There, whichhave won or been nominated for numerous literary awards. In 2014, he won a record-tying four National Magazine Awards and has won seven in total for his writing on the arts, politics, society, travel and sports. 

His love of great writing and storytelling inspired him to provide both emerging and established writers the space to tell compelling and thought-provoking stories at a time when the arena for such content was dwindling. His own strengths as a storyteller have been credited for his exceptional editing abilities. Those who have written for him say he doesn’t edit with a heavy hand, but is committed to helping writers “understand the primary narrative thread,” that creates powerful stories.

Friends and colleagues are quick to express their admiration for his dedication to the creative community of writers and long-form journalism at a time when quick-hit news stories dominate traditional and social medias. His ability to think creatively, and his passion for a good story, coupled with his energy and generosity as a mentor for developing writers is what makes him such a worthy recipient for this reward.

Volunteer of the Year: Brnesh Berhe

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Brnesh Berhe is a passionate human rights advocate who saw an opportunity to raise greater awareness and initiate change with the power of storytelling. And with that, Marker magazine was born.

Brnesh has shown resilience in self-publishing an independent publication from her home in Edmonton, while juggling a full-time job and a side gig as a freelancer. She wore many hats at the magazine – editor, art director, publisher, sales associate to provide a niche outlet for writers to write and report on a range of issues, from music and the arts to racial and sexual inequality.

Those who worked with Brnesh express their gratitude for not only being given a platform to showcase underground or underreported topics, but also for the mentorship she provided. They grew as writers, photographers and illustrators under her direction, and, perhaps more importantly, learned how to strive for change from Brnesh’s leadership and dogged determination to give a voice to the voiceless.

After seven issues, Brnesh recently decided the time had come to put Marker to rest. “Marker was an absolutely eye-opening experience and showed me how much can be done when the determination and focus in there; if you see something you’re not happy with, or feel you can add an alternative perspective, be the alternative,” she says. 

Magazine of the Year: New Trail 

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2016 Showcase Award Winners

Alberta Story 

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GOLD 
Entry:
 A Different Kind of Simakanis
Magazine: Eighteen Bridges
Contributor(s): Carissa Halton
Judge's Comment: With excellent on-the-ground reportage and often devastatingly personal stories so well told, the compelling A Different Kind of Simankanis reveals a side of policing and First Nations life that few will be aware of and more should know about.

Alberta story Silver

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Entry:
 End of the Line
Magazine: Alberta Views
Contributor(s): Tadzio Richards
Judge's' Comment: Richards squares poetry and politics in his coverage of the 2015 Alberta election in End of the Line. Political campaigns contain tons of nuance and metaphor that we, voters, overlook, ignore or observe in piecemeal. In hindsight they reveal larger meaning. It takes a skilled observer to spot them, point them all out and say: here is why.

Art Direction for a Single Issue

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Entry: Winter 2015
Magazine: New Trail
Contributor(s): Marcey Andrews, art director
Judges' Comments: 
New Trail features smart, modern-looking design with imaginative approaches to visual storytelling and loads of wonderful illustration. It's a visual treat from front to back.

New Trail’s great use of illustration and graphic detail to turn an otherwise dense package into a well-organized and digestible read. It has a distinct identity and is executed consistently throughout.

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Entry: September 2015
Magazine: Western Living 
Contributor(s): Paul Roelofs, art director, Naomi MacDougall, associate art director, Jenny Reed, assistant art director
Judge's Comment: Western Living highlights a sleek, chic, stylish design and elegant photography. This is a complete design package that perfectly articulates the editorial voice of the magazine.Strong photography and a clean design let the content take center stage. Dynamic layouts and well-calculated white space establish good pacing throughout.

Cover

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Entry: Winter 2015
Magazine: New Trail
Contributor(s): Marcey Andrews, art director; Gwen Keraval, Illustration
Judges' Comments: 
The New Trail cover image is striking. While busy, the action doesn’t overwhelm; while colourful, it uses a restrained palette; and while retro in style, it speaks to the future. The illustrator and art director have found a great balance between promoting the articles and creating an attractive and evocative cover.
- New Trail’s well-executed and dynamic cover can easily sit alongside other more conventional photographic covers. The content is successfully integrated into the illustration and a sense of depth and space is achieved. 

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Entry: June 2015
Magazine: Alberta Venture
Contributor(s): Kim Larson, art director; Hudson Christie, illustrator; Michael Ganley, editor
Judge's Comment: Alberta Venture’s June 2015 cover is a fun approach to a business ranking. It takes a usual business trope of the office water cooler—a place to exchange information informally—and makes it a more inviting and playful space. The typography works well within the space and immediately stands out. The inclusion of the nameplate rendered in the same way as the cover illustration is a very nice touch.

 Digital Presence: Special Feature

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Entry: Rising Stars
Magazine: Oilweek
Contributor(s): Dale Lunan, editor; Christina Borowiecki, designer; Cath  Ozubko, art director
Judges' Comments: The clean, yet colourful design of Oilweek’s Rising Stars is highly visual and impactful. Nice use of scrolling and video make this feature feel very tactile and interactive. This isn’t a print feature posted online – it was clearly designed from a digital perspective.

Oilweek’s Rising Stars is a fun take on what could have been a very basic site. Great use of a one-page design and good attention to details with nice use of parallaxing.

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Entry: Best Neighbourhoods
Magazine: Avenue Calgary
Contributor(s): Jaelyn Molyneux, executive editor, digital content
Judge's Comments: Avenue’s Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods feature takes useful, timely information and organizes it in a web-friendly way so it's easy to browse through - a seemingly simple task that so many websites fail on.

Digital Presence: Website

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Entry: westernlivingmagazine.com
Magazine: Western Living
Contributors: Western Living editorial team
Judges' Comments: Western Living serves its readers well with focused reporting on new trends in design, food, wine and travel. The consistently high quality of its photography, especially home decor and food, is what sets it apart from its competition.

The site has an airy modern feel – with no clutter or junk at all. A great balance of fonts for display and body copy. 

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Entry: westjetmagazine.com
Magazine: WestJet Magazine
Contributors: Sara Samson, senior assistant editor
Judge's Comment: WestJet Magazine strikes an excellent balance between daydream escapism and practical, grounded advice for travellers looking for somewhere to go and something to do when they get there. All wrapped up in a straightforward, attractive package.

Editorial Package

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Entry: The Future of Everything
Magazine: New Trail
Contributor(s): Lisa Cook, editor-in-chief; Marcey Andrews, art director; Karen Sherlock, managing editor
Judge's Comment: This multi-layered, smartly packaged issue of New Trail delivers compelling content on every page, with unexpected twists and delightful surprises along the way. It's the kind of package that makes an editor think "Damn, I wish we'd done that!"

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Entry: Foodies of the Year
Magazine: Western Living
Contributor(s): Neal McLennan, food and travel editor; Stacey McLachlan, associate editor; Andrew Querner, Ian Azariah, Carey Shaw, Chris Pouget, photographers; Kurtis Kolt, Jennifer Cockrall-King, writers
Judge's Comment: Like a great meal, this Western Living package delivers flavour in every bite. And like a first-class menu, it is easy to navigate, offering one delightful option after another. Nicely photographed, well packaged and pleasingly designed. 

Emerging Writer 

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Writer: Mack Lamoureux
Submission: The Next Campus
Magazine: The Yards
Judges' Comments: The writing in The Next Campus is direct, tight and focused. By blending his own personal experience as a student with solid reportage, the writer gives a vivid sense of how changing post-secondary campuses will improve Edmonton's downtown.

The Next Campus displays a strong ability to clarify an important issue, and to gather meaningful research and voices around that issue, in order to tell a convincing story.

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Writer: Allison Voisin
Submission: The Human Touch
Magazine: The Yards
Judge's Comment: Through The Human Touch readers see and hear Nicola Fairbrother as if they're in the room with her. The lede pulls you in, the descriptions are colourful and the quotes are punchy. It offers sensitive and empathetic insight into the lives of people we need to care about.

Essay

Essay Gold

Entry: Breathing Holes
Magazine: Eighteen Bridges
Contributors: Lisa Gregoire
Judge's Comment: Gregoire's highly visceral and near-perfect personal, Breathing Holes, catches the reader right from the lead. It throws you breathless down a rabbit-hole of memory, and still ties itself back to broader themes, like the North, family violence and white privilege.

Essay Silver

Entry: Coming Up With an Ending
Magazine: Swerve
Contributors: Tamara Gignac

Feature Design

FeatureDesign Gold

Entry: The Future of Everything
Magazine: New Trail
Contributors: Marcey Andrews, art director 
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udge's Comments: The Future of Everything is full of information, but is presented in a fresh, manageable way with clever use of illustration and graphics. The whole piece is well thought out and executed.

The illustrations and the very distinct manner in which each article is it's own section in a piece this large (made it stand out). The continuity of each division is easy to follow with the support elements of colour blocks, patterns and more over typography.

“The story offers readers a privileged pleasure palace rife with Futurama architecture, Jetsons’ servants, Playboy lifestyles, flying metals from The Fifth Element, all adorned with the mature grain of an A.M. Cassandre poster. While the illustration dominates the adventure, it is the foundation element of quality typesetting that keeps the structure intact.

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Entry: 12th Annual Best Restaurant Awards
Magazine: Avenue Calgary
Contributors: Venessa Brewer, senior art director
Judges' Comments: Avenue’s Best Restaurant feature is clean, concise, and lets the food photography shine. Great use of visual layering and the hand-drawn graphics and type pull it together

Feature Writing: Long

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Entry: Santa Schooled
Magazine: Avenue Edmonton
Contributors: Cory Haller
Judge's Comment: With Santa Schooled Cory tackles a unique subject matter with a winning combination of humour, personal reflection and on the ground Santa School reporting. I'll never look at mall Santas the same way again.

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Entry: Empire of Deceit
Magazine: Alberta Venture
Contributors: Max Fawcett
Judge's Comment: Max skillfully uses in-depth reporting, investigation and interviewing to craft a compelling and detailed tale of broken promises and failed business ventures. Empire of Deceit is a fall from grace story full of twists and turns, each one expertly handled by Max's rich storytelling and excellent writing.

Feature Writing: Short 

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Entry: Fear Factor
Magazine: Alberta Oil
Contributors: Max Fawcett
Judges' Comments: Right from the scene-setting of its opening paragraph in Fear Factor, this important and balanced piece (about reaction to Alberta’s change of government) captivates and impresses with its solid research, well-crafted argument, and accessible writing style. A journalistic hat trick!

The writer puts Rachel Notley and Alberta into historical and contemporary context, revealing a panoramic perspective on Alberta politics. The writing is succinct and unlaboured. 

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Entry: Where are the Women Chefs? 
Magazine: Avenue Edmonton
Contributors: Omar Mouallem 
Judge's Comment: (The writer) does a great job of highlighting the exclusion of a group of people in Where are the Women Chefs? The blend of personal stories and solid reporting to back up the writer’s thesis is exceptional.  Highlighting the change from within gives the piece a broader angle. 

Fiction

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Entry: On Crowsnest Mountain
Magazine: Eighteen Bridges
Contributors: Laura Trunkey
Judge's Comment: Reading "On Crowsnest Mountain" by Laura Trunkey is a like having someone inside my head. The way the author weaves the story through physical and cultural symbols and develops the inner dialogue grabbed me and wouldn't let go.

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Entry: Dancing Out of Nowhere
Magazine: Avenue Edmonton
Contributors: Todd Babiak
Judge's Comment: You know when reading Todd Bakiak's "Out of Nowhere" that you are in good hands. He sets the scene and the mood and in a modest word count delivers the goods.

Illustration

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Entry: An Anatomy Course Circa 2115
Magazine: New Trail
Contributors: Raymond Biesinger
Judge's Comment: A bold, conceptually-strong illustration with lovely witty bits in it. Looking forward to getting my edible arm!

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Entry: The Upside of Down
Magazine: Alberta Oil
Contributors: Robert Carter; Kim Larson, art director
Judge's Comment: The bold contrast and simple color palette in (The Upside of Down) is arresting and makes (the reader)  stop and read the article. The medium isn't immediately apparent but the final effect has a certain honesty to it. It’s a beautiful execution of a simple but striking concept. 

Infographic

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Entry: A Survival Guide to Hockey in Calgary
Magazine: Swerve
Contributors: Darren Francey; Brent Morrison, art director

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Entry: Flushed with Success
Magazine: Tech Life
Contributors: Rory Lee
Judges' Comments: Unlike many infographics, (Flushed with Success) earns its right to exist by using graphical treatment to make a boring or unappealing topic more interesting and easy to understand than it would be explained in just words. I have a new appreciation for what goes on behind the scenes on every toilet flush.

The pages are executed with a clear focus. The intro page sets the tone and the progression to the following spread carries over well. The illustration and captions are easy to digest, informative and draw my eyes back and forth across the spread to the end result, without any unnecessary editorial distractions or design clutter. 

Photograph: Essay or Series 

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Entry: A Different Kind of Simakanis
Magazine: Eighteen Bridges
Contributors: Jessica Fern Facette
Judge's Comment: A Different Kind of Simakinis is a strong example of in-depth picture story editing in the tradition of long form visual journalism. This image/text package takes us inside an interesting Alberta story, giving us a first hand account of the players and issues.

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Entry: The Comeback
Magazine: Western Living
Contributors: Martin Tessler; Nicole Sjostedt
Judge's Comment: (The Comeback) is a feel-good lifestyle/architecture piece. It gives us strong, formal visuals as a way to understand the architecture, along with candid shots that make the place feel authentically lived in.

Photograph: Landcape, Still Life and Architecture


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Entry: Where Winter Finds You Swell
Magazine: Avenue Edmonton
Contributors: Cooper and O'Hara, photographers
Judge's Comment: I am really a big fan of portraying mood in photographs. This image really does it. You want to crawl into the image and walk along that beach. It's mysterious and moving.


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Entry: Summer Living
Magazine: Avenue Calgary
Contributors: Julia Hajnoczky, photographer; Venessa Brewer, senior art director

Photograph: People & Portraiture 

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Entry: Swimming Lessons
Magazine: Swerve
Contributors: Brent Mykytyshyn
Judge's Comment: This is such a perfect image for the article. It is  perfectly married to not just the article but the first line of the article. It is a strong page stopper for the article but a powerful image on its own. I love the balance of the image, the hand rails with the thongs on the right, large, balanced by the cone on the left, leaving the child in the middle. Goggles on with that quirky expression. Beyond that though, the quality of the image, the sense of mood it gives with its tonal range. Just glancing at the image you know the article is about city pool and kids. It is a powerful subtle image. 


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Entry: Premier Rachel Notley Up Close
Magazine: Avenue Edmton
Contributors: Daniel Wood

Poetry


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Entry: Confessional Poem
Magazine: Freefall
Contributors: Richard Harrison
Judge's Comment: Richard Harrison’s Confessional Poem knots our words in grief and regret as we watch the strings of words left unsaid spool out in to the everyday. A touching poem that stares into the futility of language only to have the everyday stare back.


Twoshorttales

Entry: Two Short Tales from a History of Telecommunications
Magazine: Eighteen Bridges
Contributors: Christine Wiesenthal
Judge's Comment: Christine Wiesenthal’s Two short tales from a history of telecommunications delves in to the stops and circuits of scientific history to rewire a poem from its confounding parts in order to contact the shadow world of discovery and initiative; that lonely space of reflection. 

Profile

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Entry: The Gospel of Terry Paranych
Magazine: Alberta Venture
Contributors: Omar Mouallem
Judge's Comment: (The Gospel of Terry Paranych) gives me the shivers. The pace of the writing is beautifully done; and sweeps you up the way I suspect, Terry Paranych does. 

Omar Mouallem delivers a fast-paced series of "exposes" on his subject that surprise and engage the reader. He then artfully colours in the spaces in the sketch he has drawn with brilliantly chosen quotations, insights from friends and just damn fine writing. 

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Entry: Knowing Michael Green
Magazine: Avenue Calgary
Contributors: Marcello Di Cintio
Judge's Comment: When the author says early in the story, ‘I may not have known Michael Green, but I knew I wanted to,” he wasn’t kidding. And thanks to his research and writing style, readers, too, come to know – and respect – Mr. Green. The author injects a good deal of himself into this piece, and it’s reflected in an especially effective and emotional tribute. Readers, too, will mourn the loss of Mr. Green. 

Service: Business

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Entry: The Upside of Down
Magazine: Alberta Oil
Contributors: Todd Coyne
Judges' Comments: Todd Coyne manages to take a complicated topic – the drop in world oil prices and its effect on Calgary oil and gas firms – and explains it in a way we can all understand. And he accomplishes that feat using an entertaining writing style that allows the reader to not get bogged down in the monotony of facts and figures. Coyne’s interviewing skills shine with the excellent quotes spread throughout the article. You can see he’s asked meaningful questions and done his research.

The Upside of Down has a near perfect touch with the display copy that lets me know in advance what I'm getting, and also serves to draw me in and organize the piece. The intro sparkles and the content is informative and instructive, useful to both industry insiders and observers.

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Entry: Accessing Health Care
Magazine: Avenue Calgary
Contributors: Christina Frangou
Judge's Comment: Accessing Health Care is part user's guide, part FAQ. It is instructive to health care consumers, and also goes a ways to explaining why we encounter sticking points in the system. It is clear, well organized and enlivened by effective use of sidebars and pull quotes. 

Service: Lifestyle

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Entry: Street Treat
Magazine: Swerve
Contributors: Omar Mouallem
Judge's Comment: The quality of the writing and the writer's ability to detail the history of the Street Treat in such an interesting and engaging way simply can not be ignored. Street Treat is in a class of its own based on the quality of the text storytelling. I was hungry, too. 

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Entry: Consider the Weeds
Magazine: Avenue Edmonton
Contributors: Caroline Barlott

2015 Achievement Award Winners

Editor of the year

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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

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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

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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 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)

Avenue Calgary

Avenue Edmonton

Glass Buffalo

2015 Showcase Awards Winners

Alberta Story

GOLD

Alberta Views

Game Changer

Arno Kopecky

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Judges Comments: Game Changer considers a complex, land-and-industry legal issue with a peculiarly Alberta twist, holds it up artfully for scrutiny and reveals the lives living in its shadow.

SILVER

Swerve

The Fixture and the Hipster -

Jeremy Klaszus

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Art Direction Single Issue

GOLD

Georgie

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Nathan Marshall, art director; Neil Mota and Aaron Pedersen photographers

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Judges Comments: One of my favourite designers, Dieter Rams, once said, "Design should not dominate things, should not dominate people. It should help people. That's its role."Georgie's pared back, elegant design allows the words and images to establish the voice of the magazine. Very handsome.

SILVER

Western Living

October Issue 

Paul Roelofs, art director; Naomi MacDougall associate art director, Jenny Reed, assistant art director

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Judges Comments: What set the October Issue of Western Living apart was the art direction and photography of the main features. In particular, the article “Origin Story" presented the subject (in this case furniture with a particular focus on craftsmanship) in a uniquely engaging manner. Furniture has been photographed to death…it’s not easy to find a fresh take, but they managed to do a very nice job. 

Cover

GOLD

Western Living

September

Paul Roelofs, art director; Evaan Kheraj portrait photographer

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Judges Comments: Western Living's September 2014 issue is a perfect example of a cover that powerfully communicates the primary editorial feature with gusto and originality.  The art director quite rightly went "all in" focusing all the energy on just the one selling feature.  The result is bold, edgy, and a classic example of radical clarity.

SILVER

Up!Magazine

The Food Guide

Jill Foran, editor

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Digital Presence

GOLD

Alberta Oil

10th Anniversary Tablet Edition 

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Judges Comments: Alberta Oil’s 10th Anniversary Tablet Edition was informative and innovative from start to finish, and very easy to navigate. It was also interactive, allowing the reader to interact with such features as the “Big Spenders” and “Foreign Funding” by clicking a link. It reflected a lot of great planning and teamwork among the editorial, advertising and web design departments, and the result has clearly set the bar for such mobile editions across Canada.

SILVER

Avenue Calgary

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Jaelyn Molyneux, web editor; Karin Olafson, assistant web editor

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Judges Comments: I loved the freshness of the design. It’s a modern site without a lot of emotional and design baggage either from the past or its print mag roots.

Emerging Writer

GOLD

Glass Buffalo 

A Tale of Two Forms 

Peter Takach

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Judges Comments: As though trapped in a wacky pinball machine, A Tale of Two Forms kept punting and zapping me back and forth with its fresh ideas, literary references, form and imagery. Peter Takach’s work underlines how important it is to sometimes suspend reason and just let the words wash over you.

SILVER

Glass Buffalo

A Paragraph

Josh Greschner

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Judges Comments: Creative and engaging, A Paragraph holds its own with the best creative non-fiction writing in Canada. The story is beautifully crafted, but doesn't sacrifice substance for style.

Essay

GOLD

Swerve

Children of a Lesser Santa

Omar Mouallem

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SILVER

Swerve

The Gospel of Fire and Mud

Russ Peters

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Judges Comments: The Gospel of Fire and Mud contains sentence after sentence of deft writing that is by turns gently humourous, self-deprecatingly charming and thought-provoking — a rare and welcome combination indeed.

Feature Design

GOLD

Avenue Edmonton

Back in the Game 

Pete Nguyen, art director

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Judges Comments:  (Back in the Game is) a great example of how design can showcase and enhance content and photography without overpowering it. An overall fresh and consistent design from the well-paced photography to the detail of the captions. 

SILVER

New Trail

The Face of a Century 

Marcey Andrews, art director

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Judges Comments:  (This is one of) the most remarkable and creative features I'd seen in a long time. It's brilliance is less in its design, and more in its conception, organization, and execution. As an example of visual storytelling it's really brilliant.

Feature Writing

GOLD

Alberta Venture

Dot -111

Tony Davis

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Judges Comments: Off the Tracks (DOT-111) is spectacular writing. The research is pristine. The editorial perspective is balanced. The storytelling excellent, the style, and structure fitting and beautiful. This is feature writing at its best.

SILVER

Swerve

A relationship goes Viral 

Omar Mouallem

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Judges Comments: The author pairs comprehensive research with succinct writing, illuminating exactly why the subject matter is relevant to the magazine’s readers. The personal approach adds interest but isn’t overdone — the focus remains on the new bureaucratic and medical developments around the vaccine and its use in schools.

Fiction

GOLD

Glass Buffalo

Pearl 

Bruce Cinnamon

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Judges Comments: Pearl” exhibits close, careful control of both language and narrative structure, yet allows for imaginative play. Unconventional in how it unfolds, Pearl handles the shifts in time and place with alacrity, while simultaneously allowing for the intimacy with character that is essential to a short story’s success

SILVER

Prairie Journal

The Royal Visit 

Vivian Zenari

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Judges Comments: In "Royal Visit," Vivian Zenari carefully draws the reader in with her well drawn characters, and rich detail and description of a violinist's day trip to Slave Lake. All the while, a vein of dramatic tension simmers below the surface, only to break through at the end with the narrator's subtle revelation.

Illustration

GOLD

Avenue Calgary

What’s Lost

Jon Krause

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Judges Comments: What’s Lost is both conceptually strong and executed well. Clever use of the recurring element both reinforced the concept and helped bring visual cohesiveness throughout the story.

SILVER

New Trail

Best Summer Ever

Katy Dockrill

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Judges Comments: An award winning illustration is one that tells a good story. In order to tell a good story it needs to connect in the heart, mind, and senses. Best Summer Ever did these three things well. The heart of the illustration was the honest and “heartfelt” way it depicted summer, it captured the sentiment of the season perfectly and had me yearning for the simple pleasures of summer. For the mind I took notice of how the different scenarios were effectively combined together and portions of the illustration were used throughout the article. It stitched the article together and allowed me to reflect on the different scenarios independently. For the senses I appreciated the style of the drawing, lettering, and colouring which was simple but elegant and gave the image a fresh and carefree feeling wholly in step with the content it was depicting.

Photograph:  Landscape, Still Life and Architecture

GOLD

Westworld

Phantoms on Ice

Kurtis Kristianson, Spindrift Photography

Phantoms on Ice

SILVER

Avenue Calgary

Merry Little Christmas

Julya Hajnoczky

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Judges Comments:  (This entry) arranged gift ideas into neat little compartments not unlike you might find in Santa's workshop, the use of crisp, three-dimensional light, and the integration of the skating scene added a certain flavour and interest to a perhaps otherwise more mundane gift giving story. 

Photography: People and Portraiture

Avenue Calgary

Cultural Movement

Jared Sych

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SILVER

Alberta Venture

Laws of the Land

Joey Podlubny

LawsoftheLand

Poetry

GOLD

Freefall

But I’m No One

Weyman Chan

ButImnoone

Judges Comments: But I'm No One stood out as unique exploration of the topic of identity. Its innovative approach to the subject matter combined with a strong poetic voice was compelling.

SILVER

Glass Buffalo

Frog Lake 

Erika Luckert

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Profile

GOLD

Swerve

The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps

Marcello Di Cintio

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Judges Comments: The long journey of Nathan Phelps by symbolizes exactly the masthead statement from “Swerve” magazine, “To veer from the straight and narrow.” The author (engaged) from the opening sentence and didn’t let me down. The style of short, staccato sentence structure boosted the impact of the text while the content of the story was fascinating and lead me to think deeply about how unexpected life can be. Furthermore the story fulfills Swerve’s stated definition to show that the city of Calgary “…is far more than the sum of its western stereotypes”. 

SILVER

New Trail

Ray Muzyka’s Next Chapter  

Omar Mouallem

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Judges Comments: Nothing beats a good story, and Omar Mouallem nails this one. His profile of Ray Muzyka is a terrific read. Great material, great writing – what else could a reader ask for?

Service

GOLD

Swerve

It’s your Funeral 

Rita Sirignano

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Judges Comments: This piece used a variety of compelling stories and packaging elements to deliver a service story that draws the reader in with multiple entry points. The editors did a great job at architecting an edgy read on a topic that would usually be the last thing you'd want to read about - your own death.

SILVER

Western Living

Ultimate Okanagan

Neal McLennan, Evelynn Takoff, Jim Sutherland

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2014 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

2014 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.

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.

Let It Snow 72-1

SILVER
Avenue Edmonton
Tina Faiz
Truck Nuts

Judges' commentary:

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

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

Truck Nuts 72-1

VISUAL

ART DIRECTION FOR A SINGLE ISSUE    Sponsored by   Calgary Arts Development

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

Judges' commentary:

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

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

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

Judges' commentary:

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

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

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FEATURE DESIGN

GOLD
Swerve
Vishu Mahajan, art director
Double Take

Judges' commentary:

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

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

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

Judges' commentary:

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

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

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ILLUSTRATION    Sponsored Sasges Inc Illustration

GOLD
Alberta Oil
Dushan Milic
End of
Days

Judges' commentary:

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

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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.

Alberta Venture The Sin  Self-Improvement Issue 72

DIGITAL

DIGITAL PRESENCE

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

Galleries West Online

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

avenuecalgary

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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