Western Magazine Awards 2012Eighteen Bridges, the “Alberta-based little-magazine-that-could” garnered serious accolade at the Western Magazine Awards on June 15 in Vancouver, bringing home gold for Best New Magazine as well as Magazine of the Year (Alberta/NWT). The magazine also took the Gold Award for Best Article (Alberta/NWT) with Chris Turner’s “Bearing Witness” and Don Gillmor’s “All In” written award for Arts, Culture, and Entertainment. Calgary-based Swerve magazine received awards for: Service for Bruce Weir’s “The Wedding Guest Manifesto”; Best Photographic Feature or Series for Todd Korol’s “Close Enough for you”; and Best Illustration or Illustration Feature for Byron Eggenschwiler’s work in “The Mouse & I: A Love Story.” Trade Magazine of the Year went to Venture Publishing’s Alberta Oil, which had recently received the Magazine of the Year award at the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for the Canadian business press.

Here are the winners:

The Winner of The Lifetime Achievement Award – Sean Rossiter


Arts, Culture, and Entertainment – Eighteen Bridges, Don Gillmor, All In

Business – Up Here, Tristin Hopper, The Golden Boy And The New Stampede

Environmental – Up Here, Lauren Mckeon, The Great Divide

Fiction – Event, Kate Millar, Year Of The Rooster

Human Experience – Vancouver Magazine, Timothy Taylor, Blood Brothers

Profile – Geist, George Fetherling, Man of A Hundred Thousand Books

Public Issues – Vancouver Magazine, Danielle Egan, Lost Girls

Regular Column or Department – Vancouver Magazine, Frances Bula, Urban Fix

Science, Technology and Medicine – BC Business, Michael Mccullough, The Audacity Of General Fusion

Service – Swerve, Bruce Weir, The Wedding Guest Manifesto

Student Writing – Pacific Rim Magazine, Stacey Hooper, Performance of A Lifetime

Travel And Leisure – Western Living, Tyee Bridge, School of Fish


Best Photograph – Architectural, Landscape Or Still Life – British Columbia Magazine, Bruce Kirkby, Ultimate Parks

Best Photograph – People and Portraiture – Up Here Business, Michael Ericsson, Premier Floyd Roland: The Final Interview

Best Photographic Feature or Series – Swerve, Todd Korol, Close Enough For You?

Best Illustration or Illustration Feature – Swerve, Byron Eggenschwiler, The Mouse & I: A Love Story

Best Art Direction – Article – BC Business, Catherine Mullaly, Pour Me Another

Best Art Direction – Cover – Vancouver Magazine, Randall Watson, June 2011


Gold Award Best Article – Alberta/NWT – Eighteen Bridges, Chris Turner, Bearing Witness

Gold Award Best Article – BC/Yukon – Vancouver Magazine, Timothy Taylor, Blood Brothers

Gold Award Best Article – Western Living, Shel Zolkewich, Hooked

Gold Award Best Article – Saskatchewan – The Crow, Kent Morrison, The La Loche Project


Best New Magazine – Eighteen Bridges

Trade Magazine of The Year – Alberta Oil

Best Online Magazine – The Tyee

Magazine of The Year – Alberta/NWT – Eighteen Bridges

Magazine of The Year – BC/Yukon – Vancouver Magazine

Magazine of The Year – Manitoba – Geez

Magazine of The Year – Saskatchewan – Grain Magazine

The Magazine of The Year – Western Canada – Vancouver Magazine

The Western Magazine Awards Foundation (WMAF) honours and celebrates editorial excellence in Western Canadian magazine writing, photography, illustration and art direction.  See more at www.westernmagazineawards.ca.