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Gold, Silver Top Off Incredible Awards Season for Outdoor Canada

We’re going to need a bigger trophy wall at the Outdoor Canada offices! Still riding high from our big wins at the annual Canadian Society of Magazine Editors awards, we brought home even more hardware Friday night.

This time our contributors earned silver and gold, along with three honourable mentions, at the National Magazine Awards gala in Toronto. The wins put Outdoor Canada in 12th place overall in terms of most awards picked up in front of the boisterous crowd of 600-plus magazine industry professionals.

Field editor Mark Raycroft, who was in the audience with his wife, Pili, was first up, with silver in the How-to category. Mark’s winning piece was “The Secret language of deer,” an in-depth look at whitetail communication strategies. It appeared in our Hunting 2010 annual. Congrats Mark!

As for gold, that went to contributor Charles Wilkins for his piece “Another fine day afield,” which was published in our Winter 2010 issue. I was particularly excited about that win, as Charles and our team spent considerable time and resources on the piece, which precipitated two investigative TV reports on the shooting death of American hunter Mark Harshbarger. For more on that story, click here. Charles was also on hand, with his daughter, Eden, to pick up the much deserved award. Well done, my friend.

Finally, our three honourable mentions were:

  • Honourable mention (Editorial Package): “The ultimate danger guide, by Mark Anderson, Ken Bailey, Bob Izumi, Aaron Kylie, Jake MacDonald, Bruce Masterman, Leavon Peleikis, Gord Pyzer, Charles Wilkins & Staff (Summer 2010)
  • Honourable mention (How-to): “Cool moves,” by Gord Pyzer (Winter 2009/10)
  • Honourable mention (Single Service Article Package): “Visit. Hunt Stay,” by George Gruenefeld & Staff (Hunting 2010)

AND EVEN MORE AWARDS!!

The news was a tad slow coming, but great news nonetheless: on Saturday we received official word from the Outdoor Writers of Canada that Outdoor Canada’s contributors earned even more kudos, this time in the form of the OWC’s National Communications Awards.

Announced June 4 during the organization’s annual conference in Saskatoon, Outdoor Canada’s wins included:

  • 1st (Magazine Feature, Fishing): “The oldest fish are the biggest fish and other angling myths,” by Gord Pyzer (Fishing 2010)
  • 2nd  (Magazine Feature, Fishing): “Natural capital,” by Bob Sexton (May 2010)
  • 3rd (Magazine Feature, Fishing): “Go for the grand slam,” by Gord Pyzer (Winter 2011)
  • 3rd (Magazine Column): “Lunar lunkers,” by Gord Pyzer (Summer 2010)

Yup, that’s right: we swept the fishing feature category. Very cool. All in all, I have to say it was a hugely successful awards season for Outdoor Canada and, of course, for our readers, for whom we strive to continually publish top-notch, award-winning content. Again, giant congratulations to our winning contributors. Now, let’s get to back work on our next round of stellar work.

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh

Patrick Walsh is Outdoor Canada's Editor-in-Chief and Brand Manager. He grew up fishing and hunting in Bracebridge, Ontario, where he began his magazine career in 1983 as assistant editor of Muskoka Life magazine. Since then, he has worked for a variety of media, both in Canada and abroad, earning numerous writing and editing awards. In 2005, 2011 and 2012, the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors named him Editor of the Year, while Outdoor Canada was honoured as Magazine of the Year (in the medium circulation category). Walsh has been at the magazine's helm since 2000.

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