2015 Magazine Media Awards Gala Dinner

The 2015 Magazine Media Awards celebrate the printed page’s time of transformation.

Click here the full list of winners. 

See the evening in pictures at our Facebook gallery here. 

The MPA welcomed a glamorous crowd of magazine industry movers and shakers at the annual Magazine Media Awards Gala Dinner. Held on Thursday 3 September 2015 and Origami themed, the Awards celebrated both talent and the transformative nature of the printed page.

The Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) Magazine Media Awards, home of the industry’s most-coveted titles and trophies, brought Shed 10 alive with celebration last night.

Big names, big ideas and big ambitions were all in attendance as the industry gathered to acknowledge and award talent, with 119 finalists hopeful to see their names unveiled. Origami (the theme for the evening) symbolises paper’s infinite potential, demonstrating the ability for magazines to evolve towards multi-platform offerings that go well ‘beyond the page’.

44 winners were named across a variety of sales, editorial, photography, design, branding and innovation categories. New Zealand Weddings, Metro, Dish, NZ Marketing and Women’s Day notably came out on top in their respective ‘Best Magazine’ categories. Meanwhile, NZ Life & Leisure took out the much-coveted title of Magazine of the Year, and industry heavyweight Ben Fahy outshone the competition to snap up the Editor of the Year award. The full list of winners can be seen at www.mpa.org.nz

Following a review of the awards programme to better reflect the changing nature of the medium, 2015 saw a huge 37% increase in awards entries. The judges were blown away by the thinking, planning and execution on display; frequently noting how difficult it was to choose a single winner.

In his opening speech, MPA Chairman Paul Dykzeul commented, “I’ve never known a time in my career where we have such a rapidly and ever-evolving landscape. That inevitably brings its challenges and at times, unquestionably leaves us a little breathless.”

“But can I say to you unequivocally, I’ve never been more confident about our industry and our position in the media world.”

While the magazine medium has never been more dynamic, the solutions have never been more innovative or inspiring – and there’s nothing more celebration-worthy.

The MPA are hugely grateful to judging convener Kim Mundell and the 41 judges who generously gave their time and shared their industry experience in choosing our winners, and would also like to thank their family of sponsors:

NZ Post
Gordon & Gotch
BJ Ball
Getty Images
Solution Dynamics
Action HQ