American Society of Magazine Editors

National Magazine Awards 2015 Winners Announced

February 3, 2015


National Magazine Awards 2015 Winners Announced

Vogue Named Magazine of the Year; James Nachtwey honored

NEW YORK, NY (February 2, 2015) — The winners of the 2015 National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at the annual awards dinner at the New York Marriott Marquis. Vogue was named Magazine of the Year. New York and The New Yorker both won three awards, followed by National Geographic and Nautilus with two each. Also honored was the TIME photojournalist James Nachtwey, who received the Creative Excellence Award for his career-long contributions to magazine media. The dinner was hosted by David Muir, anchor and managing editor of ABC News’ “World News Tonight.”

Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia Journalism School. Previously held in May, the awards dinner was moved to February this year to honor finalists and winners closer to dates of publication and was held in conjunction with the American Magazine Media 360° Conference, the premier event for industry leaders. The dinner was sponsored by GfK MRI and Publishers Press; the cocktail reception was sponsored by Quad/Graphics.

More than 580 magazine editors and publishers attended the dinner. Sixty-six magazines brands were honored as finalists; 18 publications won awards in 24 categories. Titles receiving multiple awards were National Geographic for Photography and Tablet Magazine; Nautilus for General Excellence and Website; New York for Design, Magazine Section and Columns and Commentary; and The New Yorker for General Excellence, Essays and Criticism and Fiction.

Six titles were first-time winners: The Atavist for Feature Writing; The Hollywood Reporter for General Excellence; Nautilus for General Excellence and Website; Pacific Standard for Public Interest; The Texas Observer for Multimedia; and Vice News for Video. Other winners were Garden & Gun, Glamour and Men’s Health for General Excellence; Backpacker for Leisure Interests; GQ for Reporting; O, The Oprah Magazine, for Personal Service; San Francisco for Single-Topic Issue; TIME for Feature Photography; and Vogue for Magazine of the Year.

Editors accepting National Magazine Awards for their publications were Joe Cutbirth of The Texas Observer; David DiBenedetto of Garden & Gun; Nancy Gibbs of TIME; Susan Goldberg of National Geographic; Lucy Kaylin of O, The Oprah Magazine; Cynthia Leive of Glamour; Dennis Lewon of Backpacker; Janice Min of The Hollywood Reporter; Jason Mojica of Vice News; Adam Moss of New York; Jim Nelson of GQ; Bill Phillips of Men’s Health; Evan Ratliff of The Atavist; David Remnick of The New Yorker; Michael Segal of Nautilus; Jon Steinberg of San Francisco; Maria Streshinsky of Pacific Standard; and Anna Wintour of Vogue.

Launched in 2013, Nautilus is the first publication to win two National Magazine Awards in its first year of eligibility. The Atavist is the first digital-only publication to win the prestigious Feature Writing award. GQ won the Reporting award for the second time in the last three years. National Geographic won the Photography award for the ninth time. New York won the awards for Design for the second consecutive year and Magazine Section for the sixth time overall. The New Yorker won the award for Essays and Criticism for Roger Angell’s “This Old Man,” Angell’s first National Magazine Award as a writer.

The award winners covered some of the most important stories of the last year, including illegal immigration in The Texas Observer’s “Beyond the Border” in Multimedia; the rise of ISIS in Vice News’ “The Islamic State” in Video; the online harassment of women in Pacific Standard’s “Women Aren’t Welcome Here” in Public Interest; elder care in O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Ready or Not: The Caregiver’s Guide” in Personal Service; LGBT rights in GQ’s “Inside the Iron Closet” in Reporting; and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in TIME’s “Crime Without Punishment” in Feature Photography.

The awards dinner was highlighted by the presentation of the Creative Excellence Award to one of the greatest photojournalists of our time, James Nachtwey. Kira Pollack, the director of photography and visual enterprise at TIME, introduced Mr. Nachtwey, who celebrated his 30th anniversary as a contract photographer for TIME in 2014.

“The National Magazine Awards demonstrate the vitality of magazine media and underscore their importance for both readers and advertisers,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of ASME. “Tonight’s finalists and winners represent only a small sample of the timely, quality content published in 2014 by American magazines in print, on websites and on mobile and social media. The awards show why magazines are trusted by readers, why they rely on magazine media for information and entertainment.”

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by ASME in association with the Columbia Journalism School. Two hundred sixty-three publications entered the National Magazine Awards this year, submitting 1,548 print and digital entries. Three dozen magazines entered the National Magazine Awards for the first time. More than 25 digital-first publications submitted entries. The awards were judged by 340 magazine-media leaders, including editors, writers, art directors and photography editors as well as journalism educators. The judging was held at Columbia Journalism School on January 7-8. The nominations were announced in an hour-long Twittercast on January 15.

Twenty-nine magazine brands received multiple nominations, led by New York with 10. Bon Appetit and The New Yorker both received six nominations, followed by The Atlantic, GQ and Virginia Quarterly Review, each with four. Magazines with three nominations included The Atavist, Bloomberg Businessweek, Cosmopolitan, Grantland, Harper’s Bazaar, Sunset and Texas Monthly. Publications with two nominations were Garden & Gun, The Hollywood Reporter, Inc., Matter, National Geographic, Nautilus, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Politico Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World, Slate, T Magazine, TIME, Vogue and Wired.

Also nominated were The American Scholar, The Antioch Review, Audubon, Backpacker, Better Homes and Gardens, California Sunday Magazine, Chicago, Consumer Reports, ESPN The Magazine, Foreign Affairs, The Georgia Review, Glamour, Harper’s Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Kinfolk, Martha Stewart Living, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Mental Floss, Mother Jones, National Journal, O, The Oprah Magazine, Outdoor Life, Outside, The Oxford American, Pacific Standard, Parents, The Paris Review, Powder, Real Simple, Refinery29, Rolling Stone, San Francisco, The Texas Observer, Vanity Fair, Vice News and Women’s Health.

Eight publications were first-time finalists: California Sunday Magazine for Design; Grantland for Video, Feature Writing and Columns & Commentary; Kinfolk for Photography; Matter for Public Interest and Feature Photography; Nautilus for General Excellence and Website; Politico Magazine for General Excellence and Website; Powder for Multimedia; and Refinery29 for Website.

Digital-first finalists included The Atavist for Multimedia, Reporting and Feature Writing; Grantland for Video, Feature Writing and Columns & Commentary; Matter for Public Interest and Feature Photography; Nautilus for General Excellence and Website; Politico Magazine for General Excellence and Website; Refinery29 for Website; and Slate for Multimedia and Public Interest.

National Magazine Awards 2015 Winners and Finalists

General Excellence

General Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment

Winner: The New Yorker

Finalists: GQ; The New York Times Magazine; Politico Magazine; Wired

Service and Lifestyle Magazines
Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships

Winner: Glamour

Finalists: Cosmopolitan; Martha Stewart Living; Parents; Sunset

Style and Design Magazines
Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel

Winner: Garden & Gun

Finalists: Bon Appétit; Harper’s Bazaar; T Magazine, The New York Times; Vogue

Active Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering health and fitness, active sports, outdoor recreation and cars and boats

Winner: Men’s Health

Finalists: Outside; Popular Mechanics; Runner’s World; Women’s Health

Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities

Winner: The Hollywood Reporter

Finalists: Harvard Business Review; Inc.; Mental Floss; Texas Monthly

Literature, Science and Politics Magazines
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts

Winner: Nautilus

Finalists: The American Scholar; Foreign Affairs; Mother Jones; Virginia Quarterly Review

Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

Winner: New York

Finalists: Bon Appétit; The California Sunday Magazine; Harper’s Bazaar; Wired

Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

Winner: National Geographic  

Finalists: Bon Appétit; GQ; Harper’s Bazaar; Kinfolk

Single-Topic Issue
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

Winner: San Francisco for “The Oakland Issue,” June

Finalists: Audubon for “Special Issue: Birds and Climate Change,” September/October; Bloomberg Businessweek for “85th-Anniversary Issue,” December 8; Bon Appétit for “The Thanksgiving Issue,” November; New York for “Health: A Special Issue,” June 9-15

Magazine Section
Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print

Winner: New York for “Strategist”

Finalists: Bloomberg Businessweek for “ETC”; Inc. for “Made”; New York for “The Culture Pages”; Popular Mechanics for “How Your World Works”

Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines

Winner: Nautilus

Finalists: The Atlantic; New York; Politico Magazine; Refinery29

Tablet Magazine
Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers

Winner: National Geographic

Finalists: Bon Appétit; Garden & Gun; New York; Sunset

Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

Winner: The Texas Observer in Partnership With Guardian US for “Beyond the Border,” by Melissa del Bosque, August 6

Finalists: The Atavist for “Love for My Enemies,” by Lukas Augustin and Niklas Schenck, June; Consumer Reports for “A Beautiful Death”; Powder for “The Human Factor,” by David Page, June; Slate for “The Year of Outrage,” December 17

Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine media

Winner: Vice News for “The Islamic State,” by Medyan Dairieh, August 15

Finalists: The Atlantic for “The Contract Buyers League,” and “The Guardian of North Lawndale,” May 21; Grantland for “The Finish Line,” Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3, directed by Jonathan Hock, February 13, February 28, and March 13; Rolling Stone for “Rick Was Here,” October 16; TIME for “Rise,” directed by Shaul Schwarz, March 6

Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

Winner: Pacific Standard for “Women Aren’t Welcome Here,” by Amanda Hess, January/February

Finalists: The Atlantic for “Segregation Now . . . ,” by Nikole Hannah-Jones, May; Matter for “You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?” by Luke Malone, August 10; National Journal for “Jackie’s Goodbye,” by Tiffany Stanley, October 4; Slate for “The Campus Rape Overcorrection,” by Emily Yoffe, December 7

Personal Service
Honors magazine journalism that serves readers’ needs and aspirations

Winner: O, The Oprah Magazine, for “Ready or Not: The Caregiver's Guide,” November

Finalists: Cosmopolitan for “The Cosmo Icky-pedia of STIs,” by Kelly Mickle, November; Men’s Journal for “When to Say No to Your Doctor,” by Joseph Hooper, October; New York for “Your Grandmother’s Guide to Pot,” by Allison P. Davis, Armen Enikolopov, Matthew Giles, Clint Rainey, Alexa Tsoulis-Reay, Mary Jane Weedman and Alex Yablon, December 1-14; Real Simple for “Real Simple’s Easy, Clever, Commonsense, Time-Saving, Game-Changing Guide to Help You Take Control of the Laundry (Finally)!” by Nicole Sforza, August

Leisure Interests
Honors magazine journalism that provides practical information about recreational activities and special interests

Winner: Backpacker for “The Complete Guide to Fire,” edited by Casey Lyons, October

Finalists: Bon Appétit for “Inside the (Very Active) Mind of Bobby Flay,” by Adam Rapoport, March; Outdoor Life for “Do It All: 51 Essential Skills, Inspired Projects, and Clever Hacks to Improve Your Outdoor Life,” April; Runner’s World for “What Will It Take to Run a 2-Hour Marathon?” by Alex Hutchinson, October 13; Sunset for “25 All-Time Favorite Test Kitchen Recipes,” January

Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles

Winner: GQ for “Inside the Iron Closet,” by Jeff Sharlet, February

Finalists: The Atavist for “The Trials of White Boy Rick,” by Evan Hughes, September; Chicago for “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates: Dead Wrong,” May, and “Getting Washed,” June, by David Bernstein and Noah Isackson; ESPN The Magazine for “No One Walks Off the Island,” by Scott Eden, May 12; The New Republic for “How Close They Came,” by Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon, August 4; The New Yorker for “The Hunt for El Chapo,” by Patrick Radden Keefe, May 5; Virginia Quarterly Review for “The Ghosts of Rana Plaza,” by Jason Motlagh, Spring

Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

Winner: The Atavist for “Love and Ruin,” by James Verini, February

Finalists: GQ for “The Strange and Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit,” by Michael Finkel, September; Grantland for “The Sea of Crises,” by Brian Phillips, November 5; The New York Times Magazine for “The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie,” by John Jeremiah Sullivan, April 13; The New Yorker for “The Reckoning,” by Andrew Solomon, March 17; T Magazine, The New York Times, for “Lost Knowledge,” by Jody Rosen, December 7; Texas Monthly for “The Witness,” by Pamela Colloff, September

Feature Photography
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

Winner: TIME for “Crime Without Punishment,” photographs by Jerome Sessini, July 24

Finalists: Bloomberg Businessweek for “Border Lines,” photographs by Kirsten Luce, December 1; Harper’s Magazine for “Dark Heights,” photographs by Benjamin Lowy, May; Matter for “Whoever Saves a Life,” by Matthieu Aikins, photographs and video by Sebastiano Tomada, September 14; New York for “Magic Show,” photographs by Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, February 17-24

Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

Winner: The New Yorker for “This Old Man,” by Roger Angell, February 17 and 24

Finalists: The Atlantic for “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, June; The Georgia Review for “The One I Get and Other Artifacts,” by Carol Ann Davis, Winter; Vanity Fair for “Shame and Survival,” by Monica Lewinsky, June; Virginia Quarterly Review for “Smuggler: A Memoir of Gay Male Literature,” by Philip Kennicott, Fall

Columns and Commentary
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

Winner: New York for “Zombies on the Walls: Why Does So Much New Abstraction Look the Same?,” June 16-29, “Taking in Jeff Koons, Creator and Destroyer of Worlds,” June 30-July 13, and “Post-Macho God: Matisse's Cut-Outs Are World-Historically Gorgeous,” October 8, by Jerry Saltz

Finalists: Grantland for “After Normal,” February 21, “Let’s Be Real,” August 15, and “If U Seek Amy,” October 3, by Wesley Morris; The New Republic for “I Sort of Hope We Find Out That Jill Abramson Was Robbing the Cash Register,” May 15, “Jill Abramson's Firing Was About Gender. And Also Not About Gender,” May 22, “The Slenderman Stabbing Shows Girls Will Be Girls, Too,” June 4, “I Don’t Care If You Like It,” July 16, and “When Michael Dunn Compared Himself to a Rape Victim, He Was Following an Old, Racist Script,” October 23, by Rebecca Traister; The Oxford American for “Chicken Eggs,” Spring, “Bourbon and Cheese,” Summer, and “CIA Cake and Jeff Davis Pie,” Fall, by Chris Offutt; Texas Monthly for “Dreaming in the Dark,” February, “Before the McConaissance,” April, and “A Double Date With Leatherface,” July, by Stephen Harrigan

Honors fiction originally published in magazines

Winner: The New Yorker for “The Emerald Light in the Air,” by Donald Antrim, February 3

Finalists: The Antioch Review for “Afternoon in Byzantium,” by Rick DeMarinis, Summer; The New Yorker for “Scheherazade,” by Haruki Murakami, October 13; The Paris Review for “Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets,” by Zadie Smith, Spring; Virginia Quarterly Review for “Serve-and-Volley, Near Vichy,” by Greg Jackson, Fall

Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and branded content and services, including conferences and events

Winner: Vogue

Finalists: Better Homes and Gardens; Cosmopolitan; The Hollywood Reporter; New York

All publication dates 2014 unless otherwise indicated

About ASME

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

About Columbia Journalism School

For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees. Learn more at

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