2017 Magazine Media Awards Finalists

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the 2017 Magazine Media Awards. It is not a small task to pull together an entry submission and we salute your efforts.

This year's entries  have once again showcased the impressive talent in the Magazine Media industry, the exceptional standard of work reflecting the rapid evolution and growing sophistication of magazine media across every conceivable platform. 

Congratulations to all finalists and wishing you the best of luck when the winners are announced. We look forward to celebrating the outstanding achievement in our industry at the Gala Dinner on Thursday 7th September. We hope you can join us. 

2017 Magazine Media Awards Gala Dinner

MOTAT AVIATION HALL, MEOLA ROAD,
WESTERN SPRINGS, AUCKLAND, 6.00pm, Thursday 7th September

$215 per person, $1950 per table of 10 (prices ex GST) 

Purchase your tickets here. 

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. 

Consumer       

Joe Bennett, New Zealand Gardener - Fairfax Media
Lisa Scott, NEXT - Bauer Media
Polly Greeks, NZ Life & Leisure - Lifestyle Magazine Group

Current Affairs & Business       

David Larsen, Metro - Bauer Media 
James Robins,  New Zealand Listener - Bauer Media
Paul Thomas,  New Zealand Listener - Bauer Media

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.

'Maybelline - Make it Happen'  Fashion Quarterly and www.missfq.co.nz - Bauer Media
'Style Your Space (For Citta)' homestyle  - The Pluto Group 
'Xero - Life Beyond Business' NZ Listener, North & South, KiaOra, Next - The Media Collective @ Bauer Media

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.

Consumer Special Interest      

June/July 2016 - Little Treasures - Tangible Media
August 2016 - NZ Lifestyle Block - Lifestyle Magazine Group
January 2017 - NZ Fishing News - NZ Fishing Media Ltd  

Current Affairs & Business      

January-February 2017 - NZ Geographic  - Kōwhai Media
July/ August 2016  - Metro - Bauer Media
Winter 2016 - Idealog - Tangible Media

Home & Food      

September 2016 - Cuisine - Fairfax Media
August/ September 2016 - Home - Bauer Media
Autumn/Winter 2016 - Simply You Living - Bauer Media

Industry & Trade      

July 2016 - Dairy Exporter - NZ Farm Life Media
March 2017 - DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - Adrenalin Publishing 

Lifestyle       

April 2017 - Australian Women’s Weekly​ - Bauer Media
January 2017 - NEXT - Bauer Media
Winter 2016 - Fashion Quarterly - Bauer Media
Launch Issue - Miss FQ - Bauer Media

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.

Consumer Special Interest      

Hannah Lawless, Together Journal - Kenyon Enterprises
Samantha Smith, New Zealand Weddings - Tangible Media

Current Affairs & Business       

Derek Ward, New Zealand Listener - Bauer Media 
Yifan (Wade) Wu, Idealog - Tangible Media

Home & Food      

Fiona Lascelles,  Cuisine  - Fairfax Media
Juliette Wanty,  Homestyle - The Pluto Group Ltd.
Sarah Gladwell, Home New Zealand  - Bauer Media 

Industry & Trade     

Sally Travis, NZ Plumber - Master Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers NZ Inc.
Yifan (Wade) Wu, NZ Marketing/ StopPress - Tangible Media

Lifestyle 

Emma Staddon,  UNO Magazine  - Spectre Publishing
Lisa Lodge, Good - Tangible Media
Tanya Wong, Nadia - Bauer Media

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.

'Homes to Love'  -  Bauer Media
'New Zealand Weddings Digital'  - Tangible Media
'NZGeo.com'  - Kōwhai Media

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.

Consumer Special Interest      

Alistair Hall, Wilderness - Lifestyle Publishing
Jo McCarroll, NZ Gardener  - Fairfax Media
Nadene Hall, NZ Lifestyle Block - Lifestyle Magazine Group

Current Affairs & Business       

Jeremy Hansen, Paperboy - Bauer Media
Pamela Stirling, New Zealand Listener - Bauer Media
Susannah Walker, Metro - Bauer Media

Home & Food      

Sally Duggan, NZ House & Garden - Fairfax Media
Shelley Ferguson, Nadia, Your Home & Garden, Taste - Bauer Media

Industry & Trade      

Beverly Sellers, NZ Plumber Master Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers NZ Inc
Damien Venuto, NZ Marketing/StopPress - Tangible Media
Sarah Dunn, NZ Retail - Tangible Media

Lifestyle       

Carolyn Enting, Good - Tangible Media
Jenny Rudd, UNO. Magazine - Spectre Publishing
Sido Kitchin, Woman’s Day - Bauer Media

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.

Consumer Special Interest      

Lynda Hallinan, NZ Gardener - Fairfax Media
Meghan Walker, Wilderness Magazine - Lifestyle Publishing
Rebecca Hayter,  Wilderness & Boating New Zealand  - Lifestyle Publishing and Boating New Zealand Ltd

Current Affairs & Business       

Donna Chisholm, North & South and New Zealand Listener - Bauer Media
Kate Evans, New Zealand Geographic - Kōwhai Media
Rebecca Macfie, New Zealand Listener  - Bauer Media 

Home & Food      

Alice Neville, Cuisine - Fairfax Media
Sue Allison, NZ House & Garden - Fairfax Media
Sue Hoffart, NZ House & Garden - Fairfax Media

Industry & Trade      

Elly Strang, NZ Retail Magazine, Idealog - Tangible Media
Erin McKenzie, NZ Marketing/StopPress - Tangible Media
Matthew Lowe, NZ Plumber - Master Plumbers, Gasfitters & Drainlayers NZ Inc

Lifestyle       

Claire McCall, NZ Life & Leisure - Lifestyle Magazine Group
Emma Clifton, NEXT - Bauer Media
Rachael Russell, NEXT - Bauer Media

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.

Consumer Special Interest      

New Zealand Weddings - Tangible Media
NZ Gardener - Fairfax Media
NZ Lifestyle Block - Lifestyle Magazine Group

Current Affairs & Business       

New Zealand Geographic - Kōwhai Media
North & South - Bauer Media
New Zealand Listener - Bauer Media

Home & Food      

Dish - Tangible Media
Healthy Food Guide - Healthy Life Media Ltd
NZ House & Garden - Fairfax Media

Industry & Trade      

NZ Marketing - Tangible Media
NZ Retail - Tangible Media
NZ Truck & Driver - Allied Publications

Lifestyle       

Nadia - Bauer Media
NZ Life & Leisure - Lifestyle Magazine Group
Woman’s Day - Bauer Media

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.

All campaigns - Fashion Quarterly, Miss FQ, FQ Life, FQ.co.nz, MissFQ.co.nz - Bauer Media
Nadia magazine launch - Nadia - Bauer Media
New Zealand Geographic - Kōwhai Media

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. 

Consumer       

Maddie Thomas, Your Home and Garden - Bauer Media
Nicola Saunders,  Home NZ, Simply You Living, Homes to Love - Bauer Media 
Rachel McLean, Sales Manager - Australian Market & Women's Weekly /Lifestyle New Zealand - Bauer Media

Current Affairs & Business       

Guy Slater, New Zealand Listener, Metro, Paperboy, Noted.co.nz - Bauer Media
Krista Rostenberg,  KiaOra Magazine - Bauer Media
Vernene Medcalf, NZ Marketing/ StopPress - Tangible Media

Best Owned Media

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.

Air New Zealand's Inflight Magazine, KiaOra - Bauer Media
Countdown Food Magazine, Food - Bauer Media 
Toast Magazine, Toast - JetPlane

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. 

Consumer       

Danelle Bohane, Together Journal - Kenyon Enterprises
Manja Wachsmuth, NZ House & Garden - Fairfax Media
Todd Eyre, Nadia - Bauer Media

Current Affairs & Business       

Richard Robinson, New Zealand Geographic - Kōwhai Media
Simon Young, Metro - Bauer Media

   

Best Publishing Innovation / Best 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.

"homestyle Spatial Design - for F-A-B-R-I-C- of Onehunga" homestyle - The Pluto Group Ltd.
"NZSUV" NZ4WD - Adrenalin Publishing Ltd
"The Insider’s Guide to New Zealand 2017" NZ Life & Leisure - Lifestyle Magazine Group

Best Retail/Subscription Campaign

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

Miss FQ Retail Launch Campaign - Miss FQ -  Bauer Media
Nadia Subscriptions Launch Campaign - Nadia -  Bauer Media
NZ Gardener's Plan Bee - NZ Gardener -  Fairfax Media

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. 

'Nadia Launch' Nadia - Bauer Media
'Paperboy Launch' Paperboy - Bauer Media
'Xero - Life Beyond Business' NZ Listener, North & South, KiaOra, Next - Bauer Media

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.   

"Holden Carversations" Paperboy, Fashion Quarterly, Miss FQ, Taste - The Media Collective @ Bauer Media 
"Nestle: Bakers’" Choice foodtolove.co.nz, Taste, The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day - The Media Collective @ Bauer Media 
"Style Your Space (for Citta)" Homestyle - The Pluto Group

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.

Editorial

Bea Taylor, NZ House & Garden - Fairfax Media 
Elly Strang, NZ Retail, Idealog - Tangible Media 
Georgia Bramley, Bauer Digital Team - Bauer Media 
Saru Krishnasamy, Food To Love - Bauer Media

Commercial

David Owen, Insights IQ Bauer Media
Emi Hooper, Food Magazine & Taste Magazine & foodtolove.co.nz - Bauer Media 
Jill Larson, Eye Magazine, Beautiful You, The Beauty Book, New Zealand's Best Dining Guide and Chinese Eye - Magazine Publishers

Best Rising Brand

Awarded to the best new magazine brand launch or to the best magazine brand relaunch. 

Miss FQ, Bauer Media
Nadia, Bauer Media
Paperboy, Bauer Media

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).