Calgary, September 22, 2022 — The best and brightest talents in the Alberta magazine industry gathered in Calgary on Sept. 22 to honour the winners of the Alberta Magazine Awards.
The annual event, hosted by the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) and judged by industry leaders from across North America, 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 who may otherwise go unheard, helps readers make sense of the world around them and connects us to each other and to communities,” said AMPA executive director Suzanne Trudel.
“The work all our member magazines create contributes to Alberta’s vibrant culture and exemplifies the enduring resilience of magazine media,” said Trudel
“Collectively these individuals bring passion and insight to our unique Alberta culture and ensure Alberta voices and stories are heard,” said Trudel. The Alberta Magazine Awards program honours and celebrates the work of Alberta’s magazine creators, art directors, writers, photographers, editors and illustrators.
Awards were presented for excellence in magazine content published in 2021 in 18 Showcase categories and five Achievement award categories. Magazine of the Year recipients were also announced for the four Western provinces.
IMPACT was named Alberta Magazine of the Year. Jurors said the magazine “stands tall among Canada’s fitness and healthy lifestyle magazines as a high-quality service publication.” Impact’s ability to engage readers through compelling and relevant stories carried the magazine to top spot in Alberta.
Asparagus was named the BC Magazine of the Year for its ability to create a “lively, practical and credible forum for readers interested in environmental topics and issues.” Conservator, Ducks Unlimited’s member magazine, was honoured in Manitoba and Blackflash, a magazine dedicated to showcasing divergent artistic practices and contemporary visual art was named Saskatchewan’s Magazine of the Year.
airdrielife magazine founder Sherry Shaw-Froggatt received the Achievement in Publishing award for her significant industry contributions in addition to her commitment to the proposition that magazines don’t just reflect communities but help build them.
Scott Messenger received the Editor of the Year award for his accomplishments with the NAIT online magazine techlifetoday. Judges said Messenger “helps creates in techlifetoday a stellar and interesting reading experience that serves its audience well.”
A wide range of magazines from across the province earned podium spots for their work in multiple editorial and design categories.
See the full list of Showcase Awards finalists and winners and Achievement recipients here. Read their award-winning entries online.
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 employing staff and freelancers at more than 150 magazine and 100 scholarly journals
Alberta magazines contribute $38 million to the provincial GDP
Alberta publishers deliver 18 million copies of Alberta magazines to readers each year