South African women's glossy, SARIE magazine, as well as Business-to-Business publication RISKSA, walked away with five awards each at the 2013 MPASA PICA Awards last night.
The awards took place at the Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention Resort. They were closely followed by Men's Health (four awards). Known as the "Oscars" of the SA magazine industry, the MPASA PICA Awards recognise individuals and companies in the magazine industry that deliver publishing and editorial excellence, and display excellent teamwork.
SARIE dominated the event by taking home the Rossi Trophy for Consumer Magazine of the Year, the Jane Raphaely Consumer Editor of the Year award for Michélle van Breda, as well as awards for Consumer Publishing Excellence - General Interest, Non-Professional Writer of the Year: Consumer for Annerie du Plooy ("Ter Gedagtenis aan Henk"), and Online Solution. Three of these awards included consecutive repeat wins for the title. SARIE brand extension SARIE KOS also performed well, clinching the award for Décor, Crafts, Food and Gardening, while its recently launched brand extension in the English language, SARIE FOOD, won for Annuals, Directories, Product Guides & Special Editions.
RISKSA in turn managed not only to successfully defend four of its category wins from last year, but also walked away with the Profile Writer of the Year: Business-to-Business award (Hanna Barry for "Leading Lloyd's"). Repeating their 2012 wins, the RISKSA team once again managed to secure the awards for Professional Services and Cover of the Year in the Business-to-Business Publishing Excellence sector, and Andy Marks again took home the Watling Trophy for Editor of the Year: Business-to-Business Publishing.
Men's Health was victorious in two new categories this year - Columnist of the Year: Consumer for Adam Cooke ("Man to Man") and Health and Wellness Writer of the Year for Gordon Laws ("King of the Fat Guys"). These awards were added to repeat wins from last year, namely Designer of the Year: Consumer for "A Bunch of Real Losers" by Robert Cilliers and Clinton Jurgens, as well as Consumer Publishing Excellence - International General Interest.
Commended, and a Special Award
Other titles commended at the 2013 MPASA PICA Awards included High Life and Joburg Style - both securing three awards each. High Life won Feature Writer of the Year: Customer (Janine Stephen for "Spot the Dog"), Designer of the Year: Customer (Craig Baxter for a series of designs) and Customer Publishing Excellence - Cover of the Year. Joburg Style secured a repeat win for Editorial Publishing Excellence - Photojournalist of the Year: Consumer (John Ferraz for "The Invisibles"), and also took home two new awards for Feature Writer of the Year: Consumer (Elizabeth Donaldson for "Voices on a Train") and Consumer Publishing Excellence - Consumer Magazines (largely free distribution). Customer Magazine of the Year honours went to Woolworths Taste, while Robbie Stammers of The Intrepid Explorer received the award for Editor of the Year: Customer Publishing.
A Special Award for Editor was bestowed on Chris Bishop of Forbes Africa, whose publication did not fit into any of the Editor of the Year categories, owing to its distribution model.
As main sponsor of the event, Peter Metcalfe, executive director: sales of Paarl Media, says: "Paarl Media congratulates the winners of the 2013 PICA Awards - as committed industry players we are proud to play our part in promoting excellence in the printing and publishing industry.
"This event and the great work recognised is testament to the quality being produced by the magazine industry, inspiring all in attendance and motivating future journalists, designers and publishers - this in itself makes our contribution to this industry event rewarding."
Says Willem Breytenbach, chairman of MPASA: "The 2013 MPASA PICA Awards represented a highlight for the magazine industry this year as it saw the largest number of entries of the past four years. We should all get excited about the vast range of opportunities available to us. We now have the ability to supply content in many different formats and on a wide range of platforms previously unavailable to us. Magazines are content leaders that deliver the best content via print, online, mobiles and apps. We will take back our birthright! Magazine titles from all media houses need to stand together to take back our birthright. We create the best multi-platform media!"
Melony Boucher, PICA project manager, adds: "Kudos all around to a job well done! To those who entered the 2013 MPASA PICA Awards, I salute you for filling our world with brilliant journalism, breath-taking and eye-popping visuals, and bursts of colour. We're already looking forward to welcoming you to the 2014 event."
For the first time in the history of the MPASA PICA Awards, interested parties are able to download the enriched PICA Winners Showcase magazine (go to your app store, search for "PICA Awards" and download to your tablet). The magazine will not only showcase the award winners, but also all the latest news of the PICA Awards.
The 2013 MPASA PICA Awards also allowed non-MPASA members to enter for this first time this year.
Another first for the MPASA PICA Awards was the addition of new categories targeting the youth market. The overall youth market winner was Totem.
For more information about the MPASA PICA Awards, visit www.mpasa.org.za and click on the PICA 2013 banner. For the latest updates, follow @mpasamags on Twitter.
WINNERS OF 2013 MPASA PICA AWARDS
EDITORIAL PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:
Columnist of the Year - Consumer: Adam Cooke - "Man to Man: a series of columns" - Men's Health, Media24
Columnist of the Year - Business-to-Business: Peter Major - "Stop Blaming the Past" - SA Mining, Times Media
Columnist of the Year - Customer: Darrel Bristow-Bovey - "Home Alone" - Fresh Living, John Brown Publishing
Feature Writer of the Year - Consumer Elizabeth Donaldson - "Voices on a Train" - Joburg Style, Ballyhoo Media
Feature Writer of the Year - Business-to-Business "A Lost Generation?" by Wessel Ebersohn, Kathleen Ebersohn & Mbali Dlamini - Debate, Debate
Feature Writer of the Year - Customer Janine Stephen - "Spot the Dog" - High Life, Cedar Communications
Profile Writer of the Year - Consumer Erns Grundling - "Suidwes se Storieman" - Weg!, Media24
Profile Writer of the Year - Business-to-Business Hanna Barry - "Leading Lloyd's" - RISKSA, COSA Communications
Profile Writer of the Year - Customer AJ Opperman - "Hulle Noem Haar Liewe Verna" - Taalgenoot , ATKV
Health and Wellness Writer of the Year Gordon Laws - "King of the Fat Guys" - Men's Health, Media24
Travel Writer of the Year Will Bendix - "The Alchemy of Gambia" - ZigZag, Media24
Non-Professional Writer of the Year - Consumer Annerie du Plooy - "Ter Gedagtenis aan Henk" - SARIE, Media24
Non-Professional Writer of the Year - Business-to-Business Vincent Kuo - "The Art of Civil Engineering" - South African Institution of Civil Engineering
Non-Professional Writer of the Year - Customer Michael 't Sas-Rolfes "Hunting Safaris' Future" - Wildlife Ranching, AgriConnect
Designer of the Year (Layout of the Year) - Consumer Robert Cilliers and Clinton Jurgens - "A Bunch of Real Losers" - Men's Health, Media24
Designer (Layout) of the Year - Business-to-Business Michelle du Pisani - "Uncomfortable Familiarity - the Bredasdorp Reality" - Debate, Debate
Designer (Layout) of the Year - Customer Craig Baxter - a series of designs - High Life, Cedar Communications
Photographer / Photojournalist of the Year - Consumer John Ferraz - "The Invisibles" - Joburg Style, Ballyhoo Media
Visual Production of the Year - Consumer Crystal Birch and Jonathan Taylor - "Triple Threat" - FHM, Media24
Visual Production of the Year - Customer Tina-Marié Malherbe, Dirk Pieters, Marianne Burke - "Fade to Blue" - Plascon Spaces, New Media Publishing
OVERALL PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE AWARDS:
Philip Tyler Trophy - Launch/Relaunch VISI - New Media Publishing
Youth Market TOTEM - John Brown Media
Annuals, Directories, Product Guides and Special Editions SARIE FOOD - SARIE KOS, Media24
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