The National Media Awards Foundation is excited to announce we are now accepting submissions for the 7th annual Digital Publishing Awards! This year, there are 24 categories Canadian content creators and digital publishers can submit their original work to, for the chance to be recognized by Canada’s most prestigious media awards organization.
The 24 DPA categories feature a mix of awards for individual creators, teams of creators and publications at large, plus two special awards: The Emerging Excellence Award and the Digital Publishing Leadership Award.
For 2022, nine awards are also open to applicants of both the National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B, as well as applicants of the DPAs. For this cross-program initiative, all entries in each category will be evaluated by a single panel of judges, and one winner will be announced per each category below:
The fee to submit work to the DPAs is $125 per category, plus HST. The early bird fee is $115 per category, plus HST. Please note that the entry fee is only $25 for the two special award categories (Emerging Excellence Award and Digital Publishing Leadership Award). Gold winners of each individual creator award will receive a cash prize of $500, plus a winner’s certificate. Team creator and publication-specific awards will receive a certificate and/or winner’s seal.
Support for Freelancers
Independent writers and creators are entitled to an exclusive promotion under the Freelancer Support Fund, which allows them to get two entries for the price of one. The promotion only applies to individual creator categories (those with a $500 cash prize for Gold winners.) For more details on eligibility and how to access the promotion, click here.
The DPA Early Bird Rate offer ends on January 24, 2022 and the final submission deadline is January 28, 2022 at midnight (ET). Note that the deadline for the Emerging Excellence Award and the Digital Publishing Leadership Award is March 2, 2022.
National Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards: B2B
Looking for more writing, visual or editorial categories? Try the National Magazine Awards, where Canadian content creators and both digital and print magazines are invited to submit their work to 28 different categories. If you’re looking to submit business-to-business content, be sure to check out the National Magazine Awards: B2B’s 18 unique categories.
Since 1977, the NMAF has promoted and honoured excellence in journalism, writing, and visual creation in the Canadian magazine industry. In 2021, almost 2,000 entries across all three of our awards programs were evaluated by a dedicated roster of more than 230 volunteer judges from all areas of the magazine and digital media industries.
We welcome applications from people who bring different perspectives to the judging process—from established industry leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We are also committed to addressing systemic racism and structural biases in Canadian media by ensuring that our judging panels are reflective of Canada’s cultural diversity.
For National Indigenous History Month, the NMAF would like to highlight the exceptional work of the Indigenous creators who received awards and nominations this year.
Best Feature Article
“Teaching Indigenous Star Stories,” written by Kelly Boutlsalis, with art by Blue Hummingbird, and published by The Walrus, was the Gold winner for Best Feature Article.
Kelly Boutsalis is a Mohawk journalist from Six Nations who writes about Indigenous peoples’ achievements as well as education, style, art, and mental health. Their work has appeared in Elle Canada, Chatelaine, Mashable, the Toronto Star, and more.
Blu Hummingbird Beadwork specializes in weaving traditional beadwork techniques and teachings with modern imagery, materials, and aesthetics. Brit Ellis (aka Blu Hummingbird) is a Haudenosaunee Femme, beadwork and cosmetic tattoo artist living in Tkaronto.
Best Digital Editorial Package & Best Arts & Culture Storytelling
“60 Years of Indigenous Music Game Changers” (CBC Music) received Honourable Mention in the categories of Best Digital Editorial Package and Best Arts & Storytelling. The project was created to “Celebrate the artists who have broken boundaries, claimed space and given their communities a voice.” Rhiannon Johnson, Mer Young, and Mishiikenh Kwe were among the contributors to the project.
Rhiannon Johnson is an Anishinaabe journalist from Hiawatha First Nation based in Toronto. Rhiannon has been with the CBC Indigenous unit since 2017 focusing on Indigenous life and experiences throughout Ontario.
Long Beach, Hidalgo Otomi Mescalero-Chiricahua Apache artist Mer Young has created a body of artwork manifested in collages, drawings, paintings, and public artworks. Young’s artworks aim to inspire, celebrate and elevate repressed indigenous, first nations and native cultures and women of color.
Autumn Smith/Mishiikenh Kwe (Turtle Woman) is an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Odawa) artist from the Caribou Clan in Magnetawan First Nation.
Best News Coverage
In the Best News Coverage category, “Wet’suwet’en coverage,” published by The Narwhal, received an Honourable Mention.
Stephanie Wood was a contributor to the story. Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh journalist living and writing in North Vancouver. In 2020, Steph was nominated for the Emerging Indigenous Journalist award by the Canadian Association of Journalists.
The National Media Awards Foundation revealed the winners of the 2021 Digital Publishing Awards in a virtual ceremony hosted by Erica Lenti and live-streamed on our website (you can watch the broadcast here). Gold winners in creator-focused categories received a $500 cash prize, in addition to their award.
If you are a Gold winner, please contact us with your mailing address and SIN in order to receive your cash prize and certificate. Certificates for Silver winners and Honourable Mention are available upon request.
Winners and finalists can also celebrate their achievement by downloading Gold, Silver or Finalist’s seals here.
CBC News is a three-time silver winner in the categories of Best Digital Editorial Package, Best Social Storytelling, and Best Virtual Event.
The Globe and Mailhas received five Gold medals and five Silver medals in total, and The Globe and Mail’s “Gone” project has won Gold twice, for Innovation in Digital Storytelling and Best Digital Design.
The Local has won two Gold medals—including General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Small)—and two Silver medals.
The Narwhal has earned two Gold medals—including the prestigious award for General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Medium)—and one Silver medal.
The National Film Board of Canada is a two-time Silver winner, in Best Online Video: Feature and Innovation in Digital Storytelling.
Radio-Canada is the winner of three Gold medals—including one for General Excellence in Digital Publishing (Large)—and two Silver medals.
The Tyee received two Gold medals, including the Emerging Excellence award for Christopher Cheung.
EMERGING EXCELLENCE AWARD / PRIX D’EXCELLENCE : TALENT EMERGENT
Award sponsored by the Reader’s Digest Foundation / Prix commandité par la Fondation Reader’s Digest
Christopher Cheung The Tyee
Justine de l’Église Radio-Canada
Anya Zoledziowski VICE Canada
BEST DIGITAL EDITORIAL PACKAGE / MEILLEUR DOSSIER THÉMATIQUE
Carbon Cache The Narwhal Stephanie Wood, Sarah Cox, Lindsay Jones, Darren Calabrese, Amber Bracken, Emma Gilchrist
Vies noires, espaces verts – Black Lives, Green Spaces BESIDE Catherine Métayer, Caroline R. Paquette, Mark Mann, Casey Beal, Eliane Cadieux, Gabrielle Deronde, Olivier Mercier-Chan Kane, Phillip Dwight Morgan, Gaelle Elma, Carolyn Finney, Naima Green, Ricardo Lamour, Nzingha Millar, Fabrice Vil, Florence Rivest, et al.
60 Years of Indigenous Music Game Changers CBC Music Jesse Kinos-Goodin, producer; Ossie Michelin, Rhiannon Johnson, Andrea Warner, Holly Gordon, Melody Lau, Jesse Kinos-Goodin, writers; Mer Young, David J. Cutler, Mishiikenh Kwe, Samantha Leigh Smith, Ben Shannon, art; Geoff Isaac, Ben Shannon, website design; Vivian Tabar, video
Hidden Canada: Home and Away The Globe and Mail Jennifer Allford, Domini Clark, Jeremy Freed, Waheeda Harris, Johnny C.Y. Lam, Stacy Lee Kong, Gayle MacDonald, Benjamin MacDonald, Christopher Manza, Susan Nerberg, Amy Rosen, Maryam Siddiqi
Day Tripping From Home: 12 Hours in Paris Air Canada enRoute Sydney Loney Contributors: Lori Morgan, photo editor; Photo Researcher: Thomas Bouquin, photo researcher; Gabrielle Simpson, senior graphic designer, digital; Nancy Kovacs, product and content manager; et al.
My Queer Kitchen with Jennifer E. Crawford: Pandemic Edition Xtra Magazine Jennifer E. Crawford Contributors: Marissa Leon-John, co-writer of one column; Gordon Bowness, editor; Erica Lenti, editor; Corey Misquita, video producer; Riley Sparks, producer/story editor; Chelle Turingen, managing producer; Rachel Giese, editorial director; Allison Baker, copy editor
BEST NEWS COVERAGE (COMMUNITY PUBLICATION) / MEILLEURE COUVERTURE DE L’ACTUALITÉ (PUBLICATION COMMUNAUTAIRE)
WE Charity Canadaland Jesse Brown, Jaren Kerr, Shannon Kari, Jonathan Goldsbie, Andréa Schmidt, Kasia Mychajlowycz, John-Allan Namu
Nova Scotia Mass Shooting CBC News Elizabeth McMillan, Aly Thomson, Shaina Luck, Preston Mulligan, Haley Ryan, Anjuli Patil, Cassidy Chisholm, Brett Ruskin, Kayla Hounsell, Eric Woolliscroft, Brian MacKay, Monty Mosher, Steve Lawrence, Dave Irish, Angela MacIvor, Jennifer MacMillan, et al.
Couverture de la COVID-19 Radio-Canada Naël Shiab, Daniel Blanchette Pelletier, Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, Francis Lamontagne, Santiago Salcido, Charlie Debons, André Guimaraes, Mathieu St-Laurent, Melanie Julien, Martine Roy
Bias Behind Bars The Globe and Mail Tom Cardoso, Dawn Calleja, Ming Wong, Galit Rodan, Evan Annett, Randy Velocci, Murat Yükselir, Christopher Manza
Wet’suwet’en coverage The Narwhal Carol Linnitt, Amber Bracken, Stephanie Wood, Emma Gilchrist, Martin Lukacs, Shiri Pasternak
INNOVATION IN DIGITAL STORYTELLING / INNOVATION DE L’ANNEE
Award sponsored by Natalie Vineberg / Prix commandité par Natalie Vineberg
Gone The Globe and Mail Stephanie Nolen, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius, Timothy Moore International Contributor: Félix Márquez
Far Away From Far Away National Film Board of Canada Written by Michael Crummey from conversations with Zita Cobb; Bruce Alcock,Jeremy Mendes, creative directors; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada
America Votes CBC News Richard Grasley, Alisa Mamak, William Wolfe-Wylie and Matt Crider, Andrew Ryan, Meghan Sardesai, Richa Syal, CBC News Labs, Éric Grenier, Benjamin Blum, Alexander Panetta
Visualisations de données en 3D Radio-Canada Naël Shiab, Daniel Blanchette Pelletier, Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, Francis Lamontagne, Santiago Salcido, Charlie Debons, André Guimaraes, Mathieu St-Laurent, Melanie Julien, Martine Roy
Paddle of the Century The Doc Project, CBC Radio Jonathan Ore, Kevin Ball, Lakshine Sathiyanathan, Althea Manasan, Geoff Isaac
BEST FEATURE ARTICLE (SHORT) / MEILLEUR ARTICLE COURT
Dire adieu à sa grand-mère par facetime RAD Journaliste : Mathieu Papillon Monteur Texte et narration : Valérie Ouellet Illustrations : Victor Kurc Direction artistique : Charles Fortier : Florence Pelletier Réalisateur : Mathieu Waddell Chef de pupitre : et al.
BEST DIGITAL DESIGN / MEILLEURE CONCEPTION NUMÉRIQUE
Gone The Globe and Mail Stephanie Nolen, Laura Blenkinsop, Jeremy Agius, Timothy Moore International Contributor: Félix Márquez
The Uncounted Toronto Star Nathan Pilla Contributors: McKenna Deighton, Andres Plana, Tania Pereira
America’s Medical Supply Crisis Global Reporting Centre Andrew Munroe & Britney Dennison Contributors: Martha Mendoza, Juliet Linderman, Britney Dennison, Kate McCormick, Stephane Lavoie, Irena Hwang, Sharon Nadeem, writing/reporting; Britney Dennison, Andrew Munroe, digital producers; Peter Hamlin, illustration; Andrew Munroe, design/development; et al.
Far Away From Far Away National Film Board of Canada Written by Michael Crummey from conversations with Zita Cobb; Bruce Alcock, Jeremy Mendes, creative directors; Produced by the National Film Board of Canada Contributors: Intergalactic, interactive programming; Ruby Joy, narrator; Shawn Cole, sound design; Justin Simms, director of photography
BEST ARTS & CULTURE STORYTELLING / MEILLEUR REPORTAGE : ARTS ET CULTURE
60 Years of Indigenous Music Game Changers CBC Music Jesse Kinos-Goodin, producer; Ossie Michelin, Rhiannon Johnson, Andrea Warner, Holly Gordon, Melody Lau, Jesse Kinos-Goodin, writers; Mer Young, David J. Cutler, Mishiikenh Kwe, Samantha Leigh Smith, Ben Shannon, art; Geoff Isaac, Ben Shannon, website; Vivian Tabar, video
Agriculture : le Québec loin de l’autonomie alimentaire Radio-Canada Maxime Corneau, journaliste; Étienne Marcoux, réalisateur; François Dubuc, motion designer; Georges Sheehy, François Warnet, Marie-Andrée Cormier, preneurs de son; Catherine Marineau-Dufresne, réalisatrice-coordonnatrice; et al.
Fraude Organisée Rad Simon Coutu, journaliste; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice en chef; Thomas Christopherson, Patrick André Perron, Carl Mondello, vidéaste; Jean-Philippe Gagnon, monteur; Mathieu Waddell, réalisateur; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; et al.
BEST PODCAST: ARTS & CULTURE / MEILLEUR BALADO : ARTS ET CULTURE
Brainwashed CBC Podcasts Michelle Shephard, host/writer; Chris Oke & Lisa Ellenwood, writers/producers; Cesil Fernandes, sound design; Sarah Melton, associate producer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer; Evan Aagaard, video producer; Ben Shannon, art director
CANADALAND Canadaland Jesse Brown, host; Kasia Mychajlowycz, senior producer; Roslyn Kufuor, senior producer; Andréa Schmidt, managing editor; Kevin Sexton, managing editor; Tiffany Lam, Karl Dockstader, Sean Vanderklis, and Justin Ling, contributing reporters
Recall: How to Start a Revolution CBC Podcasts Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, creators; Geoff Turner, showrunner; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, associate producers; Geoff Turner, Jessica Linzey, Francis Plourde, writers; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer
Satanic Panic CBC Podcasts Lisa Bryn Rundle, host; Lisa Bryn Rundle & Ilina Ghosh, script writers; Arif Noorani, executive producer; Tanya Springer, producer; Christopher Oke, editor; Olivia Pasquarelli, scoring and music supervision; Evan Kelly, sound engineer; Emilie Quesnel, digital producer
Party Lines CBC Podcasts & CBC News Elamin Abdelmahmoud, Rosemary Barton, Emma Godmere, Kristin Nelson; Fabiola Melendez Carletti, digital producer
Le Casanova de Montréal QUB radioLe Bureau d’enquête Brigitte Noël, Anne-Sophie Carpentier, Étienne Roy, Ève Lévesque, Bastien Gagnon-Lafrance, Philippe Séguin
Dérives Radio-Canada Olivier Bernard, animateur et réalisateur; Jo-Annie Larue, chef de projet de contenu; Alain Kemeid, conseiller au contentu; Annie Reeves, directrice développement et production audionumérique; et al.
Spacing Radio Spacing Glyn Bowerman, Neil Hinchley, Matthew Blackett
The Big Story The Big Story Jordan-Heath Rawlings, Claire Brassard, Stefanie Phillips, Ryan Clarke
The Frozen Front Line The Globe and Mail Louie Palu, Clare Vander Meersch, Christopher Manza, and Globe visuals team
24 Hours Around the World Air Canada enRoute Lori Morgan, photo editor; Gabrielle Simpson, senior graphic designer, digital; Thomas Bouquin, photo researcher; Stefanie Sosiak, art director; Nancy Kovacs, product and content manager; Kate Wells, senior digital editor; Jody Sugrue, editor-in-chief; Andrew Elkin, managing editor
Grosse Année RAD Mathieu Papillon, Nicolas Pham, Alessandra Rigano, journalistes; Johanne Lapierre, rédactrice; Pasquale Harrison-Julien, chef de pupitre; Carolina Cabral, coordonnatrice de production; Ariane Lafleur, stratège; Charles Forti, direction artistique
AZ Awards Gala 2020 Azure Magazine Nelda Rodger, Elizabeth Pagliacolo, Vicky Lee, Anna Lin, Kari Silver, Evan Pavka, Mahasti Eslahjou, Wyatt Clough, Paddy Harrington, Tristan Marantos, Jessica Allen, Francesco Sgaramella
Quel avenir pour les ensembles et paysages patrimoniaux ? Esquisses, le magazine de l’Ordre des architectes du Québec Cathy Beauséjour, conseillère en communication (OAQ); Virginie Harvey, coordonnatrice de la formation continue (OAQ); Véronique Bourbeau, directrice des communications et des relations publiques (OAQ); Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec
Ask & Answer: Government Pandemic Support HuffPost Canada Althia Raj, host/producer; Amanda De Souza, producer; Stephane Sannuto, director; Allia McLeod, supervising producer; Luisa Cruz, floor director; Sasha Nagy, executive producer; Jessica Zimmerman, post-production supervisor
Microfestival – Pierre Kwenders Live URBANIA Pierre Kwenders, artiste; Gabriel Lajournade, réalisateur; Nicolas Roy-Bourdages, directeur technique; Alexis Demers, Aiguilleur Xavier Havitov, ingénieur son; Natan B. Foisy, Antoine Benhini, caméramans; Francis Robert, assistant caméra; et al.
A special thank you to the talented Natalie Vineberg, who created this year’s visuals.
Thank you to Vesselin Stroumsky, for developing the NMAF’s online submissions and judging platforms.
We are also grateful to our roster of volunteer judges, who lent us their expertise and diligence in evaluating this year’s entries — thank you! To view the full roster of judges, please visit our website.
We welcome applications from people who bring different perspectives to the judging process—from established industry leaders to celebrated emerging talents. We are also committed to addressing systemic racism and structural biases in Canadian media by ensuring that our judging panels are reflective of Canada’s cultural diversity. Do you have any questions about the judging process? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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