National Geographic Magazine Wins National Magazine Award for General Excellence

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National Geographic magazine took home the award for General Excellence in the News, Sports and Entertainment category last night at the American Society of Magazine Editors’ (ASME) 54thannual Ellie Awards at Brooklyn Steel in Williamsburg, New York. The magazine was given the most prestigious honor for “continuing to reinvent itself on every platform” and exploring “the complexities of race while confessing its own past transgressions and campaigning to fight the world’s “plastic apocalypse,” the judges wrote. It was nominated alongside 4 other publications in its category. The awards presentation was hosted by John Avlon of CNN.

In her acceptance speech, Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine and Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners, Susan Goldberg, told the crowd that her magazine “is creating unforgettable, visual journalism that’s urgent, part of the conversation, and that’s making a difference. And we are doing it with tools that allow us to reach larger and more diverse audiences than ever.”

The National Magazine Awards, known as the Ellies for the elephant-shaped statuettes presented to each winner, are administered by ASME, and “honor print and digital publications that consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy enterprise and imaginative design,” and are regarded as the most prestigious in the magazine industry.

The full list of winners can be seen here.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

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