THE ASMES NEVER CHANGE: Even as the media landscape undergoes tectonic shifts, there are things that apparently will always remain the same: The National Magazine Awards will be held in New York in February, and New York and The New Yorker will nab most of the awards. The awards were held Monday night at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, where the two titles walked away with three Ellies each.
The other big winner was Vogue, which was named magazine of the year, while longtime Time photojournalist James Nachtwey was honored for creative excellence.
New York won for design, magazine section and columns and commentary, while The New Yorker won for general interest magazine, essays and criticism and fiction.
National Geographic and Nautilus brought home two Ellies apiece; National Geographic got top honors for photography, naturally, while it proved it is fast-moving into the digital era while also winning the award for tablet magazine. First-time winner Nautilus won for Web site and literature, science and politics magazines.
Other first-timers included The Atavist for feature writing; The Hollywood Reporter for special interest magazines; Pacific Standard for public interest; The Texas Observer for multimedia, and Vice News in the video category for its series “The Islamic State.”
Garden & Gun won for style and design, Glamour for service and lifestyle, and Men’s Health for active interest. Rival Backpacker grabbed the award for leisure interests, while GQ won for reporting, thanks to Jeff Sharlet’s story “Inside the Iron Closet,” about being gay in current-day Russia. O, The Oprah Magazine took home the personal service award for its caregiver’s guide, while San Francisco scooped up the award for single-topic issue for its issue about Oakland. Time won for feature photography.
Although ASME likes to say there are never any losers, editors know that is far from true — and there were some very notable snubs. Cosmopolitan — which, like its Hearst-owned counterpart O won for personal service last year — was passed over in three categories this year, as was sister title Harper’s Bazaar, which was nominated in two categories. Condé Nast’s Bon Appétit, which won two Ellies last year, was a finalist for six awards this year but came up empty handed. Then there was Monica Lewinsky, who was up for the essays and criticism category for her Vanity Fair essay called “Shame and Survival” but failed to win the prize.