Western Magazine Awards 2012The Western Magazine Awards, celebrating their 30th year with 30 awards, have released a list of finalists and the Alberta talent certainly does shine. Shortlisted for the Alberta/NWT Gold Award Best Article is David Ebner’s “Oil Sands For Sale” in Alberta Views; Chris Turner’s “Bearing Witness”, Omar Mouallem’s “Under the Veil”, and Tim Bowling’s “On the Rails” in Eighteen Bridges; and Jeremy Klaszus’ “For the Love of God” in Swerve.  The Alberta/NWT Magazine of the Year are nominess are Alberta Venture, celebrating their 15th year; Eighteen Bridges, 2011 recipient of the Alberta Magazine Award for Best New Magazine; and Swerve, the most recent addition to the AMPA member family. Three of the four magazines up for Best New Magazine are also Alberta-based publications: Eighteen Bridges, HERS and Leap.

The Alberta magazines 2012 Western Magazine Award finalists are:

  • Alberta Oil

Best Illustration or Illustration Feature
Dushan Milic, Due Diligence
Trade Magazine of the Year

  • Alberta Venture

Best Photograph – People and Portraiture
Colin Way, “Family Matters”

  • AlbertaViews


David Ebner, “Oil Sands For Sale”


Chris Turner, “Paradigm Shift”

Regular Column or Department

Fred Stenson, “Wit”

  • Eighteen Bridges

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Don Gillmor “All In”
Tim Bowling “On the Rails”
Chris Turner, “Bearing Witness”
Greg Hollingshead, The Drug-Friendly House
Romesh Gunesekera, “Hazard”
Human Experiences

Jane Silcott, “Threshold”
Public Issues
Chris Turner, “Bearing Witness”
Science, Technology and Medicine
Russell Cobb, “Up in the Air”
Best Photograph – People and Portraiture

Jessica Fern Facette, “Cover Up”

  • Swerve

Bruce Weir, “The Wedding Guest Manifesto”
Travel and Leisure
Steve Burgess, “Livin’ It Up at the Hotel Esmeralda”
Best Photograph – Architectural, Landscape or Still Life
Marc Rimmer, “Bamboo Tiki Room
Best Photographic Feature or Series
Todd Korol, “Close Enough For You?”
Leah Hennel, The Black Swan’s Feet
Best Illustration or Illustration Feature
Byron Eggenschwiler, The Mouse & I: A Love Story
Best Art Direction – Article
Danae Thompson, “Dreaming of a Stress-Free Wedding?”
Vishu Mahajan, “The New Pin-Ups”

  • Western Living

Neal McLennan, “40 Foodies Under 40”
Various Contributors, “40 Most Important People, Places and Things”
Travel and Leisure
Masa Takei, “Haida Five”
Tyee Bridge, “School of Fish”
Best Photography – Architectural, Landscape or Still Life
Eydis Einarsdottir, “April Showers”
Clinton Hussey, “White Now”
Best Art Direction – Article
Randall Watson, Designers of the Year

  • Westworld

Regular Column or Department
Kerry Banks, “Profile”
Travel and Leisure
Kerry Banks, “Islands on the Edge”

  • Wine Access

Best Online Magazine

Read more about the Alberta finalists on the Alberta Magazine Publikshers Associaiton website.

Read the full list of WMA nominees at www.westernmagazineawards.ca

The winners will be announced at the 30th Annual WMA Gala at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel on Friday June 15, 2012.