Our Members Do Great Things: NMAF Announces 2020 Awards Finalists

The National Media Awards Foundation (NMAF) has announced the nominees for the 43rd annual National Magazine Awards, the 2020 National Magazine Awards: B2B and the 2020 Digital Publishing Awards.

These awards programs celebrate excellence in Canadian magazine journalism and visual creation, across arts and literary, business media, consumer and digital publishing. Among the nominees are 42 Magazines Canada members, including:

L’actualité, Alberta Views, Avenue Edmonton, Azure, BESIDE, Brick, Broadview, Canada’s History, Canadian Architect, Canadian Art, Canadian Geographic, Chatelaine, Chȃtelaine, CIM Magazine, Cottage Life, CV2, Esse arts + opinions, EVENT, EXILE Quarterly, FASHION, The Fiddlehead, Geist, Grain, Inuit Art Quarterly, Maclean’s, Maisonneuve, The Malahat Review, OHS Canada, Prairie Fire, Precedent, Prefix Photo, PRISM International, Reader’s Digest Canada, Room Magazine, Ryerson Review of Journalism, The Site Magazine. subTerrain, This Magazine, Today’s Parent, Toronto Life, University Affairs and The Walrus.

Our congratulations to our members, and to all of the nominees!

Nomination Highlights

The National Magazine Awards recognize excellence in the content and creation of Canadian magazines. Toronto Life is the most nominated magazine this year, with 15 total nominations across awards categories (the NMAF notes that they also received the most nominations in 2019). Maclean’s has 14 nominations and The Walrus and L’actualité have 12 nominations each.

The National Magazine Awards: B2B recognize the best of Canada’s B2B publishing industry. Pivot, CPA Canada is the most nominated magazine with 18 total nominations across awards categories. University Affairs and Professionally Speaking both have seven nominations, and Precedent, Profession Santé, Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine and Canadian Architect each have four nominations.

The Digital Publishing Awards recognize and promote the excellent work of Canadian digital publications and creators. The Globe and Mail and CBC are tied for the most nominations, with 21 nominations across awards categories (and across their various divisions for CBC). Radio-Canada follows with 13 nominations across their various divisions.

Outstanding Achievement

Each magazine awards program also highlights outstanding individuals for their leadership and contributions to the Canadian magazine industry.

For the National Magazine Awards, the recipient of this year’s Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement is Don Gillmor. He is a novelist, journalist and children’s book author, and is the recipient of 11 National Magazine Awards medals and 41 National Magazine Awards honourable mentions.

For the National Magazine Awards: B2B, the recipient of the 2020 B2B Leadership Award is Karen Lorimer. Lorimer has over 40 years of experience in Canadian media and publishing, and is being recognized for her ongoing commitment to mentorship and leadership in the B2B media industry.

For the Digital Publishing Awards, the recipient of the 2020 Digital Publishing Leadership Award is Dmitry Beniaminov. Beniaminov has nearly 20 years of experience working as a technology consultant and digital marketing advisor, and is being recognized for his career contributions to Canadian digital publishing.

Awards Ceremonies

Winners of the 43rd annual National Magazine Awards will be announced at a virtual event in early June. Specific date and details are to come. Learn more here.

As in-person events are not possible this spring, the NMAF is seeking a new format for the NMA:B2B awards presentation. You can share your thoughts in this quick survey.

The DPA Soirée also will not be held in-person. Take this survey to let the NMAF know how you’d like to reveal and congratulate the DPA winners this year.


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