Calgary, May 11, 2023 — The best and brightest talents in the province’s magazine industry gathered in Calgary on May 11 to celebrate the Alberta Magazine Awards.
The annual event, hosted by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) and judged by industry leaders from across North America and the UK, showcases the outstanding work of magazine professionals in the province.
“We’re pleased to celebrate another successful year in Alberta magazine publishing. Alberta magazine makers continue to demonstrate how their work gives voice to Albertans, helps readers make sense of the world around them and connects us to communities and to each other,” said AMPA executive director Suzanne Trudel.
AMPA member magazines reach almost 5 million readers each year, sharing stories that provide everything from a sense of escape and possibility through poetry and fiction, to insightful articles that ensure our province, and its issues, are at the forefront – and they do so with award-winning expertise, creativity and attention to detail.
The Alberta Magazine Awards program honours and celebrates the work of Alberta’s magazine creators, art directors, writers, photographers, editors and illustrators.
AMPA presented awards for excellence in magazine content published in 2022 in 18 Showcase categories and four Achievement award categories. Magazine of the Year recipients were also announced for the four Western provinces.
Windspeaker magazine founder Bert Crowfoot received the Achievement in Publishing award for his significant industry contributions as a trailblazer in Indigenous publishing. During Crowfoot’s 40-plus year career, he has delivered coverage that has not only challenged federal and provincial governments, but has held Indigenous leadership to account as well. The publication has been a game-changer for Indigenous news reporting in Alberta and across the country.
Jeremy Klaszus was named Editor of the Year for his accomplishments as both an amplifier of underrepresented voices and a mentor to emerging writers at The Sprawl. Judges said Klaszus “trusts his writers to tell stories in their own ways, bringing fresh and challenging perspectives while reflecting The Sprawl’s core values.”
The Sprawl was also named Alberta Magazine of the Year. Jurors said the magazine “has a keen understanding of who it is and who its reader are.” Thoughtful and engaging content, exceptional reporting and a user friendly website carried the digital magazine to top spot in Alberta.
A wide range of magazines from across the province earned podium spots for their work in multiple editorial and design categories.
The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) is a non-profit association representing Alberta-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, speciality, professional and business magazines. We promote, support and advocate on behalf of the Alberta magazine publishing industry.
The Alberta magazine publishing industry is an economic pillar of the cultural sector and creates high-quality professional careers at more than 150 magazine and 100 scholarly journals
Alberta magazines contribute $38 million to the provincial GDP
Print and digital magazines published by AMPA members reach almost 5 million individuals each year