Winners of ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration Also Released; Awards Presentation Returns Live on April 5 After Two-Year Hiatus

NEW YORK (February 24, 2022)—The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today announced via Twittercast the finalists for the 2022 National Magazine Awards. The 57th annual awards honor magazines and websites for editorial excellence in categories ranging from Reporting and Photography to Podcasting and Video. ASME will announce the winners of the National Magazine Awards on Tuesday, April 5, at Brooklyn Steel, a music venue in Williamsburg, New York. The finalists and winners of the ASME Award for Fiction, the ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration, and the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30 will also be honored. 

“ASME is proud to present this year’s National Magazine Award finalists, a terrific representation of both print and digital journalism,” said Sid Holt, executive director of ASME. “We’re also delighted that after two years of virtual awards shows, we’ll be able to celebrate the finalists and winners in person.” 

In 2022, 15 titles received multiple nominations across 16 categories. New York leads the nominations with eight. Other titles with multiple nominations include 5280, AARP The Magazine, The Atavist, The Atlantic, Audubon, Bloomberg Businessweek, Harper’s Magazine, National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, ProPublica, Quanta, Stranger’s Guide and TIME. 

Twenty publications are nominated for the most prestigious honor, General Excellence. Repeat finalists this year are The Atlantic, Audubon, New York, The New York Times Magazine and Stranger’s Guide. First-time finalists in this category include The Athletic, Grist, High Country News and The Nation. 

Finalists nominated for the first time in any category include Airloom Media, The Athletic, Bloomberg Green, Columbus Monthly, Crooked Media, Insider, The Journal, Pineapple Street Studios, Pipe Wrench, Undark and The Yale Review. 

ASME also today announced both finalists and winners for the ASME Award for Fiction, ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration and the ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30. The ASME Award for Fiction winner is The Georgia Review for "After God, Fear Women," by Eloghosa Osunde, "Come With Me," by Nishanth Injam, and “Copper Queen,” by Aryn Kyle.

Winners of the ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration are Catapult, InStyle, National Geographic, New York, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Southern Living and The Verge. 

The honorees for ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30 are Karen Hao, senior AI editor, MIT Technology Review; Jamie Lauren Keiles, contributing writer, The New York Times Magazine; Katy Schneider, features editor, New York; Stephania Taladrid, contributing writer, The New Yorker; and Cat Zhang, assistant editor, Pitchfork. 

Established in 1966, the National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME. Originally limited to print magazines, the awards now recognize magazine-quality journalism published in any medium. 

Two hundred and twenty-four national and regional media organizations submitted entries this year, including 486 in print, 484 in digital and 104 in multiplatform. 

The 209 print- and digital-magazine editors, art directors, photo editors and journalism educators who judged the National Magazine Awards this year met virtually in January to choose the 2022 finalists. 

Winners receive “Ellies,” the elephant-shaped statuettes modeled on Alexander Calder’s stabile “Elephant Walking,” created in 1942. 

Tickets to the 2022 National Magazine Awards are now on sale. National Magazine Awards ticket sales provide support for the Osborn Elliott Scholarship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Named in honor of the former Newsweek editor, ASME president and Columbia Journalism School dean, the scholarship is awarded to students who intend to pursue careers in magazine journalism. 

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National Magazine Awards 2022 Finalists
1.     General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment

  • The Athletic
  • The Atlantic
  • New York
  • The New York Times Magazine
2.     General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle
  • AFAR
  • Bon Appétit
  • ELLE
  • Harper’s Bazaar
  • Outside                                                                                                                       
3.     General Excellence, Special Interest

  • Audubon
  • Car and Driver
  • Columbia Journalism Review
  • High Country News
  • The Trace
4.     General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics
  • The Georgia Review
  • Grist
  • The Nation
  • Quanta
  • Stranger’s Guide 
5.     Podcasting

6.     Video

7.     Design

8.     Photography

  • ESSENCE for “Of Earth & Sky,” photographs by Lorna Simpson
  • National Geographic for “Swarm,” photographs by Charlie Hamilton James
  • Poetry for “From ‘Crowns,’” poems by Patricia Smith; photographs by Sandro Miller
  • Stranger’s Guide for “El Chocó,” photographs by Kike Arnal, “Exodus,” photographs by Nicoló Filippo Rosso, and “Reggaeton,” photographs by David Estrada Larrañeta
  • TIME for “The Cost
9.     Single-Topic Issue

  • Bloomberg Businessweek for “The Heist Issue”
  • Columbus Monthly for “Racial Divide: A Special Issue,” guest edited by Wil Haygood
  • Kazoo for “The Art Issue”
  • New York for “Remember the Office?”
  • Popular Science for “The Heat Issue”
10.   Service Journalism

11.   Lifestyle Journalism

12.   Reporting

13.   Feature Writing
14.   Profile Writing

15.   Essays and Criticism

16.   Public Interest

ASME Award for Fiction
The Georgia Review for "After God, Fear Women," by Eloghosa Osunde, "Come With Me," by Nishanth Injam and “Copper Queen,” by Aryn Kyle
  • Harper’s Magazine for “Greensleeves,” by Hermione Hoby, “Place of Safety,” by Tony Earley, and “Women Corinne Does Not Actually Know,” by Rebecca Makkai
  • McSweeney's Quarterly for "Bears Among the Living," by Kevin Moffett, "The Mating Call," by Mikkel Rosengaard, and “An Unlucky Man,” by Samanta Schweblin, translated by Megan McDowell
  • The New Yorker for "Good-Looking,” by Souvankham Thammavongsa, “Featherweight,” by Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, and “Selection Week,” by hurmat kazmi
  • Stranger's Guide for “A Beginner's Guide to Estrangement,” by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, “A Sudden Liberating Thought,” by Kjell Askildsen, translated by Seán Kinsella, and “King of the Tyrant Lizards,” by Malerie Willens
ASME Awards for Photography and Illustration
Best News and Entertainment Photograph
The New Yorker for "The Long Prologue to the Capitol Hill Riot," photograph by Balazs Gardi
Best Service and Lifestyle Photograph
National Geographic for “Cheetahs for Sale,” photograph by Nichole Sobecki
Best Profile Photograph
InStyle for “The First," photograph by Camila Falquez
Best Conceptual Photograph
New York for “New Yawk Style,” photograph by Bobby Doherty
  • National Geographic for “L.A.’s Tree Canopy Reflects Urban Inequity,” photograph by Elliot Ross
  • The New Yorker for "Acorn," photograph by Kyoko Hamada 

Best News and Entertainment Story

New York for “What’s Going On in Washington Square Park?,” photographs by Daniel Arnold and Daniel Galicia
Best Service and Lifestyle Story
Southern Living for “The Magic of Meringue,” photographs by Antonis Achilleos
Best Photo Portfolio
The New Yorker for “Saving the Butterfly Forest," photographs by Brendan George Ko
Best Print Illustration
Rolling Stone for “The Enemy Within,” illustration by Brian Stauffer
Best Digital Illustration
The Verge for “Verge 10,” illustration by Micha Huigen
Best Illustrated Story
Catapult for “I Do Not Want to Write Today: A Comic,” illustrations by Shing Yin Khor
ASME NEXT Awards for Journalists Under 30
Karen Hao, Senior AI Editor, MIT Technology Review                                                         
Nominated by Niall Firth, Editorial Director, Digital, MIT Technology Review
Jamie Lauren Keiles, Contributing Writer, The New York Times Magazine                               
Nominated by Willy Staley, Story Editor, The New York Times Magazine
Katy Schneider, Features Editor, New York                                                                         
Nominated by Alexis Swerdloff, Deputy Editor, New York
Stephania Taladrid, Contributing Writer, The New Yorker                                                   
Nominated by David Remnick, Editor, The New Yorker

Cat Zhang, Assistant Editor, Pitchfork                                                                                  
Nominated by Puja Patel, Editor in Chief, Pitchfork
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About ASME

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for the editorial leaders of magazines and websites published in the United States. Founded in 1963, ASME strives to safeguard the First Amendment, support the development of journalism and defend the editorial integrity of print and digital publications. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School, conducts training programs for reporters and editors and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.


About Columbia Journalism School

For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees.

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