The award for Best New Visual Creator went to The Coveteur, for its photography layout “Gifts” in Report on Business. Said the NMAF judges: “A tasteful curation of photographs that succeed in magnifying the desirability of objects, The Coveteur’s ‘Gifts’ are a perfect balance of style and composition. The look and feel engages the viewer effortlessly, which speaks to the impressive talent of this young trio: stylist Stephanie Mark, designer Erin Kleinberg, and photographer Jake Rosenberg. We’ll be seeing lots more of their work in the future.
MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR—PRINT
A broad-minded, insatiable magazine that publishes investigative journalism, long-form essays and breathtaking artwork, Maisonneuve strives to support emerging talent and present the arts and ideas of Quebec to Anglophone Canada. 2011 saw the magazine publish several high-profile investigative pieces and photo essays, and it was rewarded with nine National Magazine Award nominations. Maisonneuve recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and over the past decade it has won 18 National Magazine Awards, including now two wins (2004 and 2011) for Magazine of the Year.
The other two finalists for Magazine of the Year—Print were Outdoor Canada and Sportsnet.
Heather Robertson received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement during the presentation of the 35th anniversary National Magazine Awards.
Over the course of a 40-year career in journalism, Heather Robertson has been a prolific and award-winning writer, news reporter, and television and radio producer. Her work in magazines has included regular contributions to publications including Saturday Night, Equinox, Elm Street, Toronto Life, Chatelaine, Canadian Forum, Canada’s History, Weekend, The Canadian, and Maclean’s.
As class representative in Robertson v. Thomson, which reached the Supreme Court in 2006, Robertson brought suit on behalf of a group of fellow freelance writers whose work was being reproduced on certain electronic databases without permission or reimbursement. Robertson’s work and leadership secured a large settlement in one of the most important copyright cases in recent Canadian history, with $11-million awarded to the writers involved. Robertson has since led the charge in a similar suit, Robertson v. ProQuest et al., resolved in 2011 with another multimillion-dollar settlement benefiting Canadian freelance writers.