Last night was the big ASME ceremony here in New York announcing the winners of the 2011 National Magazine Awards. Some highlights: National Geographic was named Magazine of the Year; in the General Excellence category, Women’s Health won in Fashion, Service and Lifestyle Magazines, while Los Angeles emerged victorious among Special Interest Magazines and New York took top honors in the New, Sports and Entertainment Magazines section. Also, GQ won for Design. Our congratulations to all of the finalists and winners.
And a special hooray for the winners in the Photography category: W, for overall excellence in magazine photography; The New York Times Magazine, for News and Documentary Photography; and ESPN The Magazine, for Feature Photography for “Bodies We Want,” in the October 18 issue. Congratulations, too, to Art Streiber, who shot a huge nude portfolio of the U.S. Women’s Water Polo team for that issue of ESPN, including the cover:
Here’s an excerpt from ESPN‘s official NMA entry:
10. FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY
“Bodies We Want,” Issue 10/18/10
The theme of our second annual Body Issue was “No Limits,” because the issue is, at heart, a vehicle to explore the seemingly boundless potential of the human body. The centerpiece of this exploration is “Bodies We Want,” a photo portfolio in which we showcase 31 world-class athletes of all shapes and sizes, stripped completely bare: from New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire to Olympic skier Julia Mancuso to U.S. soccer goalie Tim Howard to the dozen members of the U.S. women’s water polo team. The polo players made the biggest splash with their daring, can-do spirit, following the lead of photographer Art Streiber, who was literally held underwater for the shoot by a scuba diver. …
In the end, these bodies don’t need enhancement; their athletic excellence is all right there. The images of the 31 athletes…have one essential thing in common: They are portraits in strength and beauty and athleticism.
For the complete list of NMA winners, go here.