Leading all individual winners with 3 Gold awards was Art Director Vanessa Wyse of The Grid, who swept the all three of the design categories Magazine Covers, Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article, and Art Direction for an Entire Issue. In each case the celebrated article/issue was The Grid’s May 19, 2011 issue “Got Spunk?” This is the first time that one publication has swept these three categories since 1998 (Shift magazine).
The most decorated individual article of the evening was “Where Asbestos is Just a Fact of Life” by John Gray and Stephanie Nolen (Report on Business), which was nominated for a record 5 awards and won Gold in Business, Silver in Politics & Public Interest, and Honourable Mention in Health & Medicine, Investigative Reporting, and Science, Technology & the Environment.
The article “Camping 101” by Kevin Callan and Ryan Stuart in explore was a double Gold winner in the integrated category Single Service Article Package and the written category How-To. This is the third straight year that explore has won Gold in Single Service Article Package, and the third time overall that the magazine has won Gold in How-To.
The award for Best Single Issue went to “Gros” from Urbania, the Montreal-based arts quarterly which won this award for the second year in a row.
Dominique Forgetof L’actualité led all writers with 5 nominations for 5 different articles, and won Gold in Service: Personal Finance & Business (“Impôts: la colère monte”).
Paul Wilson was perhaps the most unique writer celebrated, as he won both Gold and Silver in the category One-of-a-Kind for “Adrift on the Nile” (The Walrus) and “The Archivist” (The Walrus).
The new magazine Eighteen Bridges won its first National Magazine Award when Don Gillmor was named the Gold winner in Arts & Entertainment (“All In”). The article, also nominated in Personal Journalism, examines the great career of the late Paul Quarrington, a 5-time NMA winner. This is Gillmor’s 10th National Magazine Award. Eighteen Bridges had 10 nominations this year.