2017 Magazine Media Awards


The Magazine Media Awards honour magazines, initiatives and individuals that demonstrate journalistic and design excellence, imagination, and commercial success. The annual awards aim to inspire excellence by celebrating creativity, innovation and the unique ability of magazines to engage audiences across various platforms through the craft of storytelling.

Entries are now open and will close on Friday 30th June at 4pm.

The awards ceremony will be a black tie gala dinner held on Thursday 7th of September

We wish the very best of luck to all entrants. 

2017 Magazine Media Awards Entry Summary Form 

Important Dates 

Registration Form

Physical Submission Address Label

Award Entry Fees

MPA Members - $95 (ex. GST) per entry

Non-MPA Members - $190 (ex. GST) per entry

Please contact mpa@mpa.org.nz if you would like to join the MPA prior to entry. 

Entry Eligibility 

What is the qualification period to enter the 2017 Magazine Media Awards?

To be eligible for the 2017 Magazine Media Awards, entries must have been published, or on sale, between April 1st 2016 and March 31st 2017

The Magazine Awards Categories

The magazine awards have been divided into the following categories

The Best Cover, Best Designer, Best Editor, Best Journalist, and Best Magazine awards are divided into the following 5 categories

Consumer Special Interest – Titles with an editorial focus on a specific subject (excluding Home & Food)

Current Affairs & Business – Titles with an editorial focus on current affairs or broad-based business topics

Home & Food – Titles with an editorial focus specifically on home or food

Industry & Trade - Titles with an editorial focus on specific types of business or profession

Lifestyle – Titles with a broad-based editorial focus on a range of lifestyle topics. Incorporating Mass Market Women’s – with a female-focused audience and/or editorial content with a celebrity or entertainment emphasis

The Best Columnist, Best Magazine Sales Person or Team, and Best Photographer awards are divided into the following 2 categories

Consumer – This includes all magazine brands in Consumer Special Interest, Home & Food, Lifestyle (including Women’s Mass Market)

Current Affairs & Trade – This includes Industry & Trade and Current Affairs & Business

The Rising Star Award is divided into 2 categories – Editorial and Commercial

All other awards have one category.

What category does my magazine brand, or similar brand fit into? 

FAQ

Everything you need to know about entering and attending the awards

How do I enter? 

You want to enter the Magazine Media Awards, follow the instructions below.

Each award category has:

1) An award-specific entry form which you fill out.
2) An award-specific entry checklist
3) If you are sending a physical copy of the magazine(s), you will also need to fill out and print the Physical Submission Address Label.

To understand the specific requirements of your award, please use the entry form checklist which takes you through the entry process step by step.

If you have any other questions about the entry process please contact the MPA on mpa@mpa.org.nz

Is there anything new about entering the 2017 Magazine Media Awards?

For 2017, the Magazine Media Awards have once again been revised to reflect the evolving face of the magazine industry. This includes a revision of some of the existing categories, plus two new awards to acknowledge the emerging multi-platform nature of magazines.

Best Digital Brand
Best Magazine 360°
Best Publishing Innovation and Brand Extension
Best Rising Brand
Rising Star - split into 2 awards to recognise rising stars in both commercial and editorial
Best Use of Video and Audio

The total number of Awards remains at 45

How do I demonstrate commercial performance of a Magazine Brand?

1)Audience touchpoints and Magazine 360

2) Magazine brands performance within its competitive set e.g. share increase within category.

3) Commercial performance can be measured by year on year growth of :

  • Magazine Profitability (dollar and percentage growth) 
  • Magazine Advertising Performance (dollar and percentage growth) 
  • New Advertiser or commercial initiatives.

What is the qualification period to enter the 2017 Magazine Media Awards?

To be eligible for the 2017 Magazine Media Awards, entries must have been published, or on sale, between April 1st, 2016 and March 31st, 2017

When do entries close?

5pm on Friday 30th June 2017. Any entries received after this deadline will be disqualified.

Who are the 2017 Magazine Media Award Judges?

Kim Mundell is the 2017 Judging Convener.

A full list of judges will be announced by July 3rd 2017. Visit www.mpa.org.nz for more details.

When will the finalists be announced?

8th August 2017.

When will the awards ceremony be held?

The Awards will be held Thursday 7th of September.

My title is listed in the wrong category – what do I do?

Please email mpa@mpa.org.nz before 23rd June 2017 to discuss changing your category.

Is my information confidential?

All judges and other involved parties are required to sign a statement of confidentiality relating to entry material and supporting documents before commencing their duties.

If my title isn’t measured by Nielsen or ABC, what should I provide?

If you are not in the ABC circulation audit or Nielsen Readership survey, you are obligated to provide a credible independent source of reference for any circulation and readership claims made. e.g. NZ Post invoice or a distributor statement.

Can I submit an entry outside the time period?

No, entries must have been published or on sale between April 1st 2016 and March 31st 2017. Any entries outside of that time period will be disqualified.

How do I purchase tickets to the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner?

Tickets will be available from the 8th August 2017 at www.mpa.org.nz

How much are tickets?

$215 (ex. GST) per person or $2,000 (ex. GST) for a table of ten.

How do I know whether I am a custom or trade title?

A custom or owned titled is classified as a magazine created and published for a company, brand or association. A trade title is classified as a magazine with an editorial focus on specific types of business or profession. Custom titles may enter Best Magazine under another category of their choice.

2017 Magazine Brands by Category

2017 Magazine Awards Structure
 

Best Columnist

Awarded to the writer of a regular column on any magazine platform who offers a point of view that may include personal reflection, editorial opinion, and humour, with relevance to the target audience. (One columnist can enter using multiple examples from one title or examples from multiple titles, but all columns entered must be from the same category i.e. Consumer or Current Affairs & Business.  Editorials are not eligible for this award.)

The two categories for this award are Consumer and Current Affairs & Business. 

Best Columnist Entry Form

Best Columnist Entry Form Checklist

Best Content Marketing Campaign

Awarded to the publisher who has on behalf of an advertiser, created, and distributed the best content marketing campaign. Content should be at the heart of the strategy. The content should fit with the advertiser & magazine brand values and clearly address the marketing challenge. Additional credit will be awarded to creative storytelling and tangible proof of success via engagement metrics. This award includes content creation and distribution; in magazines, via social media, web, events, earnt and owned platforms.

Best Content Marketing Campaign Entry Form

Best Content Marketing Campaign Entry Form checklist

Best Cover

Awarded to the best example of a magazine cover within each category.

The five categories for this award are Consumer Special Interest, Current Affairs & Business, Home & Food, Industry & Trade and Lifestyle.

Best Cover Entry Form

Best Cover Entry Form Checklist

Best Designer

Awarded to a designer that demonstrates excellence in magazine design. (The entrant must be the Lead Designer or Art Director of the magazine.)

The five categories for this award are Consumer Special Interest, Current Affairs & Business, Home & Food, Industry & Trade and Lifestyle.

Best Designer Entry Form

Best Designer Entry Form Checklist

Best Digital Brand

This award recognises true excellence in the development of digital media brands, whether websites, apps, e-commerce platforms, or social media pages. Judges will be looking for publishers that serve their user communities engaging and relevant content, find new, innovative ways of distributing that content, experiment with creating content through a range of media channels, and have commercialised their digital audience whether through advertising, subscriptions or some other way.

Entries can be standalone products and do not have to stem from a printed product, though our judges will also be looking for any success in leveraging brands across multiple platforms. Brand-funded websites are also eligible for this category.

Best Digital Brand Entry Form 

Best Digital Brand Checklist

Best Editor

Awarded to the magazine industry’s best editor for their individual enterprise and performance in achieving outstanding success for their magazine. The nominee must have been editor of the magazine for at least six months and must have been editor of the two issues submitted. The winner of each category becomes a finalist for Editor of the Year.

The five categories for this award are Consumer Special Interest, Current Affairs & Business, Home & Food, Industry & Trade and Lifestyle.

Best Editor Entry Form

Best Editor Entry Form Checklist

Best Journalist

Awarded to the magazine feature writer or freelance writer who excels in producing articles that have impact, are thoughtful and inspire the magazine’s readers. (Entries may have been published by different titles, by different publishers or may all be from the same magazine. However, all articles must be within the same category. Editors are eligible to enter this award for their stories but not for their editorials.)

The five categories for this award are Consumer Special Interest, Current Affairs & Business, Home & Food, Industry & Trade and Lifestyle.

Best Journalist Entry Form

Best Journalist Entry Form Checklist

Best Magazine

Awarded to a magazine that demonstrates consistent all-round publishing excellence and engagement with its community. The entry must demonstrate that the magazine is a commercially sound publication. The winner of each category becomes a finalist for Magazine of the Year.

The five categories for this award are Consumer Special Interest, Current Affairs & Business, Home & Food, Industry & Trade and Lifestyle.

Best Magazine Entry Form

Best Magazine Entry Form Checklist

Best Magazine 360

Awarded to a magazine brand that demonstrates the vitality of their brand across the entire content ecosystem to connect with audiences via multiple platforms & touchpoints i.e. Total audience (both print and digital), website, edm, social platforms, experiential, video and other.

Best Magazine 360 Entry Form

Best Magazine 360 Entry Checklist

Best Magazine Media Salesperson

Awarded to the salesperson or sales team for their performance in delivering commercial success to an individual magazine brand or cluster of brands.

The two categories for this award are Consumer and Current Affairs & Business. 

Best Magazine Media Salesperson Entry Form 

Best Magazine Media Salesperson Entry Form Checklist

Best Owned Media/Custom Publishing Brand

Awarded to a magazine that demonstrates consistent all-round publishing excellence and engagement with its community as part of a clients owned media strategy. Magazines eligible for this category are those created and published exclusively for and owned by a client company, brand or association.

Best Owned Media Entry Form 

Best Owned Media Entry Form Checklist

Best Photographer

Awarded to the best example of a photographic portfolio. Can be entered by the photographer or a magazine publisher.

The two categories for this award are Consumer and Current Affairs & Business. 

Best Photographer Entry Form

Best Photographer Entry Form Checklist

Best Publishing Innovation / Brand Extension

Awarded to a new initiative that demonstrates innovative thinking and execution for a magazine brand or brands. This could be experiential, digital (including social) or physical or a combination. It could be based on audience or advertiser growth or both.

Best Publishing Innovation / Brand Extension Entry Form

Best Publishing Innovation / Brand Extension Entry Form Checklist

Best Retail/Subscription Campaign

Awarded to the best marketing campaign or activation to promote a magazine brand(s) at retail or for subscription sales.  

Best Retail/Subscription Campaign Entry Form

Best Retail/Subscription Campaign Entry Form Checklist

Best Rising Brand

Awarded to the best rising print or digital magazine brand that is able to demonstrate innovation and has been able to find and appeal to new audiences and create new revenue streams (new brand launch or brand relaunch).

Best Rising Brand Entry Form

Best Rising Brand Entry Form Checklist

Best Use of Insights

Awarded to the best use of research and insights to deliver commercial gain. This category is designed to recognise smart thinking and sound strategy. The insight-led solution can be on behalf of an advertising category, an individual advertiser, an individual magazine brand or a publisher. 

Best Use of Insights Entry Form

Best Use of Insights Entry Form Checklist

Best Use of Video or Audio

Awarded to the Publisher/Magazine that has demonstrated the best utilisation of video or audio content as a key or only element in either an editorial or commercial context.   

Best Use of Video Entry Form

Best Use of Video Entry Form Checklist

Rising Star

Awarded to the person new to the industry whose input has made the most impact on their team or publication. Nominees must have been in the magazine media industry more than 12 months but not longer than 36 months, and may be from any discipline. 

The two categories for this award are Editorial and Commercial.

Rising Star Entry Form

Rising Star Entry Form Checklist

Judges

Kim Mundell, Director of Mandeville returns to her role as the 2017 Judging Convenor.

Kim Mundell has 22 years’ experience in magazines and newspapers. Kim was owner and co-founder of Healthy Life Media, the publisher of Healthy Food Guide magazine and event director for the Gluten Free Food & Allergy Show. She sold her shareholding in 2011 and is now a consultant to a range of not-for-profit organisations. Her key client is Health Informatics NZ, for whom she works as CEO and conference event director. Kim is also the editor of Coeliac Link magazine (for Coeliac NZ), publisher of Allergy Today magazine (for Allergy NZ), and editor of Revolve magazine (for Waste Management Institute of NZ).

Our other judges will be announced shortly.

MPA Family of Sponsors

Thanks for the support of the Magazine Media Awards Sponsors 

Conditions of Entry

Conditions of Entry

Rules and conditions around who can enter the Magazine Media Awards.

All magazine publishers are entitled to submit entries for the Magazine Awards.
Journalists and Columnists may enter and pay on their own behalf. Please refer to the specific details on the Journalist or Columnist entry form. 
All entries must be from titles published for the New Zealand market in the first instance and these must have been independently circulated as a stand-alone magazine.
Entries in the various editorial/journalism awards must be of material intended for first publication in a New Zealand magazine. Material previously published elsewhere (for example, in newspapers or books) is not eligible.
Stand-alone directories are not eligible for entry. 
Only entries published or on sale between April 1st 2016 and March 31st 2017 inclusive will be eligible for submission.
All magazine brands must be entered according to their category requirements.

By submitting an entry, you are bound to the following conditions:

The entrant gives permission for the MPA to use at their discretion any material submitted for the 2017 Magazine Media Awards.
Entries become the property of the MPA. The MPA is not obliged to return the material.
The entrant/publisher grants the MPA the right to use the entry for promotional purposes at such times as the MPA shall deem appropriate.
Under no circumstances shall an entrant or anyone claiming through or acting on behalf of an entrant require the payment of any royalty by the MPA in respect of the use of the entries or related material for any purpose.
The entrant agrees that the MPA will not accept responsibility for errors or omissions reproduced at the awards presentation, or for work lost or damaged, under any circumstances.
The entrant and publisher absolve the MPA of any personal liabilities in respect of the entrant’s attendance at the awards presentation ceremony.
All award winners and their publishers will comply with the direction in regard to the promotion of their winning status. See ‘Acknowledgements’.
All winners and publishers accept that they must rectify at their own cost any false or misleading claims regarding winning status. See ‘Acknowledgements’.
The payment terms and receipt requirements are accepted as identified in ‘Payment Terms’.

Audit Claims

If you are not in the ABC circulation audit or Nielsen Readership survey, you are obligated to provide a credible independent source of reference for any circulation and readership claims made.
Judges will be supplied with a judging information pack including:

Year-on-year readership by title and category
Year-on-year circulation ABC (paid and total)
Advertising industry spend (at full ratecard)

Judging

The Magazine Awards are administered by the Magazine Publishers Association NZ (MPA).

The Judging Panel will be appointed by the MPA Executive.
The decision of the Judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into in regard to the Judges’ deliberations or decisions made.
The Judges have the right to determine the standard of the awards.
Judges may recommend a Special Award if they believe one is justified.
Finalists are announced prior to the Awards Presentation.

Acknowledgement 

All finalists will be announced prior to the awards night (Thursday September 7th 2017).
Award winners are encouraged to promote their award status. In doing so, they must adhere strictly to the correct acknowledgement format that will be supplied by the MPA. All acknowledgements must clearly identify the specific award and category won.

Payment Terms

An Entry Summary form is to be filled in to formalise your entry. You can find this at  www.mpa.org.nz.

Upon receipt of this form, the MPA will provide an invoice for your entries.
All entry invoices must be paid in full by Friday 14th July to be eligible for judging.