National Geographic Wins Four National Magazine Awards

Picture of a man holding a frozen cadaver on its sideVic Spitzer, director of the Center for Human Simulation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, holds Potter’s frozen corpse. She donated her body to be a “visible human.”
Photograph by Lynn Johnson

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced winners for the 2020 National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media during a special virtual presentation.

National Geographic earned four wins in the Feature Photography, Best Social Media, Feature Design, and Photography categories.

The wins highlighted the breadth of National Geographic’s storytelling abilities, from the iconic print magazine to its wildly popular social platforms. The awards, called the Ellies for the elephant-shaped statue given to winners, are administered by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

National Geographic received Ellie Awards for the following distinctions:

I’m delighted our work has not only captured the attention of our global audiences, but of the Ellie judges, who recognize that we’re using every means and every platform to shine a light on the planet’s most important and inspiring stories, empowering people to help make the world a better place.

Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine

This year, 245 media organizations submitted entries for the 55th annual Ellie Awards. There were 590 print, 531 digital and 133 multiplatform entries. The finalists were chosen by a panel of editors, art directors, photo editors and educators.

The New York Times Magazine took top honors with five wins, followed by National Geographic and Bon Appétit, who each won four. National Geographic had first-time wins in Feature Photography and Social Media.

National Geographic Magazine received the third most overall nominations. The New York Times Magazine led the nominations with 10, followed by New York magazine with nine nominations and National Geographic Magazine with eight.

At the virtual presentation, Debra Adams Simmons, the executive editor of culture and history at National Geographic, presented the ASME NEXT Awards to five journalists: Tyler Foggatt of The New Yorker, Jazmine Hughes of The New York Times Magazine, Miles Kohrman of The Trace, Natalie Krebs of Outdoor Life and Field & Stream, and Sarah Esther Maslin of The Economist. These awards honor outstanding achievement by magazine journalists under the age of 30.