The magazine industry gathered Monday night for the 50th annual National Magazine Awards or “Ellies,” which were held at the Grand Hyatt in Midtown East in New York. Sixty-seven media organizations duked it out across 21 categories that ranged from Magazine of the Year, Best Feature Photography, Design and General Excellence in a slew of areas including Service and Lifestyle, Design and News, Sports and Entertainment.

The big prize — Magazine of the Year — went to The Atlantic, which was up against The Hollywood Reporter, National Geographic, New York and The New Yorker.

General Excellence for News, Sports and Entertainment went to New York, while lifestyle-centric publications Bon Appétit; Golf Digest; Harper’s Bazaar; Lucky Peach; Parents; Seventeen, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine vied for General Excellence in the Service and Lifestyle category, with Lucky Peach emerging victorious.

The Ellie for Design, which was between Bon Appétit, Wired, New York, The Pitchfork Review and GQ, went to Wired. Meanwhile, The California Sunday Magazine nabbed the award for Photography, and New York grabbed the Ellie for best Web site.

The Personal Service award was scooped up by Family Fun, while Ellie for Feature Photography went to Politico.

An emotional moment came when Esquire won for General Excellence in Essays and Criticism. David Granger, who was recently replaced by Jay Fielden as editor in chief after 19 years in the job, received a standing ovation when he came to accept the award. “I’m so happy about this — I’m just going to quit,” said Granger, whose voice trembled as he thanked his staff before leaving the stage.

A full list of award winners appears below:

General Excellence

News, Sports and Entertainment

New York

Service and Lifestyle

Lucky Peach

Special Interest

The Hollywood Reporter

Literature, Science and Politics

The Oxford American




The California Sunday Magazine

Single-Topic Issue

Bloomberg Businessweek for “Code: An Essay,” June 15-28

Web site

New York


New York for “This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn,” at and Nov. 16-22 print issue


Vice News for “Selfie Soldiers: Russia’s Army Checks In to Ukraine,” June 16

Public Interest

Buzzfeed News for “The New American Slavery,” July 24, and “All You Americans Are Fired,” Dec. 1, by Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine

Personal Service

Family Fun for “The Happy Family Playbook,” by Jennifer King Lindley, May

Leisure Interests

Eater for “The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World,” Aug. 26 at

Magazine Section

New York for “The Culture Pages”


Matter for “My Nurses Are Dead and I Don’t Know If I’m Already Infected,” by Joshua Hammer, Jan. 12

Feature Writing

The New Yorker for “The Really Big One,” by Kathryn Schulz, July 20

Feature Photography

Politico for “Front Row at the Political Theater,” photographs by Mark Peterson, November/December

Essays and Criticism

Esquire for “The Friend,” by Matthew Teague, May

Columns and Commentary

The Intercept for three “The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Prison” columns by Barrett Brown: “Stop Sending Me Jonathan Franzen Novels,” Oct. 6, “A Visit to the Sweat Lodge,” July 16, and “Santa Muerte, Full of Grace,” Aug. 24


Zoetrope: All-Story for “The Grozny Tourist Bureau,” by Anthony Marra, Fall

Magazine of the Year

The Atlantic

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