National Magazine Award Winners – Dora Somosi, Brent Stirton and Platon

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This category recognizes excellence in magazine photography. It honors the effectiveness of photography, photojournalism and photo illustration in enhancing a magazine’s unique mission and personality.

Winner: GQ: Jim Nelson, editor-in-chief; Fred Woodward, design director; Jim Moore, creative director; Anton Ioukhnovets, art director; Dora Somosi, director of photography, for August, November, December issues.

This category recognizes the informative photographic documentation of an event or subject in real-time. Photo essays accompanied by text are judged primarily on the strength of the photographs.

Winner: National Geographic: Chris Johns, editor-in-chief; David Griffin, director of photography; Kurt F. Mutchler and Susan A. Smith, deputy directors, photography, for Who Murdered the Virunga Gorillas?, by Mark Jenkins, photographs by Brent Stirton, July.

This category honors creative photography and photo illustration.

Winner: The New Yorker: David Remnick, editor; Elisabeth Biondi, visuals editor, for Service, portfolio by Platon, September 29.

Also the awesome upsets were: Backpacker beats The New Yorker and Harper’s in the Essay category, Field and Stream beats Vogue, The New Yorker, Bon Appetite and Pop Sci in the 1-2 mill General Excellence category and Reader’s Digest wins the over 2 million circ General Excellence award (I think the Photography Director should get a leg or two off the ellie for this win).

Looks like they’ve managed to avoid the embarrassing handing out of an award to a magazine that doesn’t exist anymore.

Full report (here).

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