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ASME WINNERS: “The City and the Storm,” New York magazine’s memorable package following Hurricane Sandy, helped its editor in chief, Adam Moss, collect another trophy — best magazine of the year — at the National Magazine Awards Thursday night at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan.
The issue, dated Nov. 12, was one of three the magazine had in contention against Esquire, Glamour, National Geographic and Time.
On Wednesday, the issue won the award for best cover, an aerial shot of a powerless lower Manhattan days after the storm.
Moss is a favorite of the judges of the American Society of Magazine Editors — and in the more important race for bragging rights, he beat perennial rival The New Yorker, which didn’t win any of the five Ellies it was up for, though it was coming off two wins at the last ceremony.
New York didn’t have the night’s biggest haul, though. That honor went to National Geographic — another regular winner — which won four prizes, including best in its category of news, sports and entertainment magazines.
The judges decided to spread around the prizes, allowing a number of independent media companies, like Atlantic Media Company and Emmis Publishing, owner of Texas Monthly, to dominate with a pair of Alexander Calder “Elephants” each. Two smaller digital publishers, the music site Pitchfork and the news-opinion site Slate, each won an award on the digital side, for general excellence and commentary, respectively. Mother Jones won a prize for a video that may have altered the course of the 2012 elections — a clandestine recording made at a private Mitt Romney fund-raiser where the Republican candidate uttered his now infamous “47 percent comment.”
While Condé Nast dominated the nominations with 27, in the end the publisher walked away with just four awards. Time Inc., Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. and Bonnier each won one — design for Time magazine, best in the lifestyle category for Martha’s flagship, and single-issue topic for Saveur, respectively. Hearst, up for nine awards, did not win any.
Vogue won best of its class, service and fashion magazines. The competition was Harper’s Bazaar, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple and Rodale’s Women’s Health. W picked up the best photography prize for a pair of Kate Moss covers from March.
Vogue’s category was the first up, and the award was presented to editor in chief Anna Wintour by Allison Williams. “To those of you who might go home empty-handed tonight, let me give you a word of advice: Just hang in there for 25 years as we’ve done, and you might get lucky,” said Wintour. She thanked the late editorial director Alexander Liberman and her “friend and mentor,” Advance Publications chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr.
As much as there can be upsets at magazine awards, GQ writer Chris Heath,who reported on a bizarre animal massacre in Zanesville, Ohio, won in the highly competitive reporting category, where he was up against two heavyweights of long-form: Robert F. Worth, who had reported on Libya for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Jon Lee Anderson, writing on the Syrian civil war for The New Yorker.
Bon Appétit had gone in with high hopes to score in at least one of its six categories, which editor in chief Adam Rapoport had welcomed as acknowledgement of his redesign. But it also ended the night empty-handed.
David Granger’s protest over the elimination of the profile-writing category did not seem to endear him to the judges. Esquire was shut out of the five categories in which it was nominated. The category that emerged from that spat, feature writing incorporating profile writing, was won by a two-part series on a wrongfully convicted Texas man by Pamela Colloff in Texas Monthly.