National Magazine Awards 2014 Winners Announced

Bon Appétit, National Geographic, New York and The New Yorker Top Winners; Graydon Carter Honored

The winners of the 2014 National Magazine Awards were announced tonight at the annual awards presentation at the New York Marriott Marquis. Fast Company was named Magazine of the YearBon Appétit and National Geographic both won two awards; New York won three; and The New Yorker won four. Two magazines won National Magazine Awards for the first time: Cosmopolitan, which debuted as a women’s magazine in 1965, and Modern Farmer, founded just last year.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The membersellieBW_0 of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the National Magazine Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

This year’s awards demonstrated not only the enduring power of some of our best known titles but also showcased the exciting stories and compelling images to be found in new print and digital publications,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors, which sponsors the awards. “Whether it’s the reporting in TIME, the feature writing in The New Yorker, the service journalism in O, The Oprah Magazine or the digital magic of National Geographic, the National Magazine Awards showed once again why 91 percent of American adults read magazine media regularly.”

Known as the Ellies, for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” given to each winner, the 2014 awards dinner was attended by 600 magazine media editors and publishers and was hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, the co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Sixty-six magazines were honored as finalists in 24 categories, and 17 magazines won awards.

Among the notable award winners were TIME, which won its third National Magazine Award for Public Interest for Steven Brill’s 24,000-word investigation of health-care costs, “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us”; Bloomberg Businessweek, which won the Single-Topic Issue award for the magazine’s examination of the 2008 financial crisis, “Five Years From the Brink”; and W, which won the Feature Photography award for the second year in a row for Tim Walker’s photo portfolio, “Stranger Than Paradise,” featuring Tilda Swinton. Continue reading

2014 Sony World Photography Awards L’Iris d’Or and competition winners revealed

  • American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz wins L’Iris d’Or and $25,000 prize
  • Professional category winners announced
  • Chen Li, China, named Open Photographer of the Year
  • Mary Ellen Mark receives Outstanding Contribution to Photography award
  • British student wins Student Focus and German photographer collects Youth Award
  • Winners of KKF Book Awards for Best Photography and Moving Image Books revealed

Thirty-one year-old American photographer Sara Naomi Lewkowicz is the winner of the 2014 L’Iris d’Or, Sony World Photography Awards Photographer of the Year award. Beating over 139,554 entries from 166 countries, this represents the highest number of entries in the awards’ seven year history. The photographer collected her award – Sony digital imaging equipment and $25,000 (USD) prize money – at the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony held in London last night.

2014 Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA) LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Winner of the L'Iris d'Or award Sara Naomi Lewkowicz and award presenter Masaru Tamagawa, President Sony Europe during the 2014 Sony World Photography awards (SWPA) at the London Hilton on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for World Photography Organisation)

2014 Sony World Photography Awards (SWPA)
LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 30: Winner of the L’Iris d’Or award Sara Naomi Lewkowicz and award presenter Masaru Tamagawa, President Sony Europe during the 2014 Sony World Photography awards (SWPA) at the London Hilton on April 30, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for World Photography Organisation)

The judges voted unanimously for Lewkowicz’s hard-hitting series, ‘Shane and Maggie’, – an intimate examination of domestic violence as a process – as this year’s winner. Through her project, Lewkowicz seeks to take a deeper, unflinching look at domestic abuse as a process as opposed to a single incident.  She examines how a pattern of abuse develops and eventually crests, as well as its short and long-term after-effects on victims, their families, and their abusers. The story is inescapable; horrific and tender, fierce and unfathomable, luridly colored.

One month into their courtship, Shane had Maggie's name tattooed on his neck in large black letters.

‘Shane and Maggie’, – an intimate examination of domestic violence as a process: One month into their courtship, Shane had Maggie’s name tattooed on his neck in large black letters.

Talking about her win, Lewkowicz comments: ”I’m completely stunned; there was such extraordinarily strong work, I figured there was no way I would win – I was just excited to receive one award! I am completely overwhelmed


‘Rain in an ancient town’ by Chinese amateur photographer Chen Li was announced as the Open Photographer of the Year at this year’s Awards

Talking about the winning series, jury chair, W.M. Hunt commented: “Vibrating colour, crackling, dramatic and full of impact, intimate and unsettlingly provocative.”

Lewkowicz is a native New Yorker pursuing a master’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University in Athens. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. Her work has been published in publications such as Time Magazine, Stern and Days Japan. She has won several grants and awards, including the 2013 Alexia Student Grant, first place in the Contemporary Issues Category for World Press Photo and the 2013 Ville de Perpignan Remi Ochlik Award. She has been named the 2013 College Photographer of the Year by COPY and other awards and honours include POYi, Days Japan, the World Report Award by Festival for Ethical Photography in Italy and numerous others.

Chosen by our esteemed Honorary Judging Committee, the L’Iris d’Or – the competition’s most distinguished award – is presented to one single photographer whose work represents the pinnacle of the entries received. The photographer is chosen from within the first place winner of all the professional categories. The L’Iris d’Or winning series of work, alongside those of the other winners announced tonight at the awards, will be displayed as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House from 1 – 18 May. The images will also be published in the 2014 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards book.

Open Photographer of the Year – Chen Li, China
Chinese amateur photographer Chen Li was announced as the Open Photographer of the Year at this year’s Awards. Chen Li’s winning image, ‘Rain in an ancient town’, was selected from over 65,000 entries from across the world in a competition that sought to find the world’s single best image taken by an amateur photographer or photography enthusiast. Chen Li, who lives in Fenghuang County, Hunan Province, has been a keen amateur photographer for over 30 years.  Continue reading

Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive Set for May 10 throughout Nation

National Organizations Pitch in to Help Millions of Americans Facing Hunger in All 50 States

About one in six Americans goes hungry or wonders where the next meal will come from. That’s a reality of life in the United States today. But another fact of life in this country is that people and organizations get together to tackle such problems and to help their fellow Americans. Hunger affects about 49 million people around the country, including millions of children and senior citizens. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

To combat hunger, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 22nd annual food drive on Saturday, May 10. Using the unparalleled postal networks, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Last year, letter carriers collected 74.4 million pounds of food donations along their postal routes, the second-highest amount since the NALC’s food drive began in 1992. That brought the total to nearly 1.3 billion pounds for the food drive.

(The 280,000-member NALC represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.)

Among the many local volunteer groups that will help are the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, National Guard units, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Boy/Girl Scouts, various student groups, local Rotary Clubs, local and state AARP groups and local United Way volunteers.

This year’s Letter Carriers’ Food Drive never has been more important, as  the extreme winter weather from this past winter and the other natural disasters many regions experienced not only exacerbate problems in many communities but also turn some who typically give food into recipients of help.

Many people in this country still go hungry every day,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “We are honored to be able to help people in need by leading an effort that brings out the best in so many Americans. Six days a week, letter carriers see first-hand the needs in the communities where we work, and we’re committed to helping meet those needs.

On May 10, as they deliver mail, the nation’s 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents leave near their mail boxes. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Carriers will bring the food to local food banks, pantries or shelters, including many affiliated with Feeding America, which is a national partner in the drive, as are United Way, AARP Drive to End   Hunger, Publix,  Campbell Soup Co., the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the AFL CIO, Valpak, Valassis and Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.

The Postal Service’s universal network, reaching 151 million addresses six days a week, makes it possible for us to provide this critically needed assistance,” NALC food drive coordinator Pam Donato added.

People who have questions about the drive in their area should ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office, or go to, or Radio and TV public service announcements in English and Spanish are available on the food drive page of the NALC website – feel free to use them.

GREY GOOSE® Vodka Celebrates The 140th Kentucky Derby with A Toast to the Sport of Kings with Vodka Crafted from the Fruit of Kings

GREY GOOSE® Vodka will toast the best of thoroughbred horse racing, for the tenth consecutive year at the 140th Kentucky Derby. This year, the most exciting two minutes in sports coincides with the launch of the brand’s newest expression, GREY GOOSE Le Melon Flavored Vodka, crafted with Cavaillon melons from Provence, France. One of the world’s sweetest, most flavorful fruits, the legendary Cavaillon melon has a rich and intriguing history, said to have been coveted by French kings and nobility.

GREY GOOSE vodka celebrates six-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher at the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby.  (PRNewsFoto/GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka)

GREY GOOSE vodka celebrates six-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher at the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. (PRNewsFoto/GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka)

In a special salute to Todd Pletcher, the record-holding six-time Eclipse Award winner as Outstanding Trainer of the Year, GREY GOOSE master mixologists have created the All the King’s Horses cocktail. Crafted with GREY GOOSE Le Melon, in a unique pairing with fresh grapefruit and spicy jalapeno, All the King’s Horses will be served to celebrities and notable guests at the GREY GOOSE lounge on the Kentucky Derby red carpet, and to guests at the 26th Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, the annual star-studded bash that is a highlight of Derby weekend.

Pletcher’s horses have found the winner’s circle nearly 2,900 times in 16 years and he has earned more than $200 million in trackside earnings.  This year, “The King” brings four contenders to the hallowed gates: Arkansas Derby winner Danza, Risen Star winner Intense Holiday, Spiral Stakes winner We Miss Artie, and Vinceremos.

GREY GOOSE(R) All The King's Horses (PRNewsFoto/ GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka)

GREY GOOSE(R) All The King’s Horses (PRNewsFoto/ GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka)

GREY GOOSE® All The King’s Horses
1 1/2 parts GREY GOOSE Le Melon Flavored Vodka
1 part fresh grapefruit juice
1 part ST_GERMAIN® Liqueur
1 part fresh lemon juice

Muddle 1 slice jalapeno in a shaker
Add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously
Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice and top with soda

In keeping with the Kentucky Derby tradition started in 2006, GREY GOOSE will also feature the GREY GOOSE Oaks Lily cocktail, the official cocktail of the Kentucky Oaks races, which take place on Friday at Churchill Downs. This specialty cocktail, served in a commemorative glass, will be available on the red carpet and for purchase at racetrack concessions and VIP areas throughout the races, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the GREY GOOSE Oaks Lily to benefit Horses and Hope.  To date, Churchill Downs has donated more than $90,000 to the initiative.


GREY GOOSE(R) Oaks Lily (PRNewsFoto/GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka)

GREY GOOSE(R) Oaks Lily (PRNewsFoto/GREY GOOSE(R) Vodka)

1 part GREY GOOSE Vodka
1/2 part fresh lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup
3 parts cranberry juice
Splash of orange liquor

Fill glass slightly above rim with cubed ice. Pour ingredients in order listed to 1/2 inch from top of glass. Stir slowly and garnish with a blackberry and lemon.


bareMinerals‘ ( unwavering obsession with improving women’s complexions was the catalyst behind their new awe-inspiring fluid foundation which was formulated to defy the very notion of a “liquid” format. Launching nationwide today, the highly-anticipated release of bareSkin™ Pure Brightening Serum Foundation leverages the brand’s renowned credentials of delivering beautiful skin through their iconoclastic bare minimum approach.
bareSkin™ Foundation in 20 Skin-Perfecting Shades

bareSkin™ Foundation in 20 Skin-Perfecting Shades

Created with purity in mind, bareSkin Foundation is liquid foundation done differently. No oil. No silicone. No water. No parabens. No fragrance. Formulated with the bare minimum ingredients without sacrificing benefits, this ultra-thin, weightless fluid harnesses jojoba-coated mineral pigments suspended in a coconut-derived serum base. Combined with a potent blend of Vitamin C and supercharged Lilac Plant Stem Cells, this formula is a clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one. 95% of women experienced a measurable improvement in the appearance of dark spots.**

Created for all skin types and skin tones, bareSkin Foundation is available in 20 skin-perfecting shades with sleek, shade-matched bottles to make it easy for women to find their perfect match. bareSkin Foundation also utilizes a non-chemical broad spectrum SPF 20 and is both hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

The transformation begins with the buff of the patent-pending Perfecting Face Brush, a perfect complement to bareSkin Foundation. Engineered with a unique fluid reservoir, the intelligent brush design lets you adjust your coverage-with each weightless drop–for a truly seamless application.

bareMinerals was founded on the belief that women deserve good-for-you makeup alternatives, emphasizing a solution-oriented approach to beautiful skin. A longtime detractor of liquid foundations, bareMinerals champions a less-is-more philosophy by developing products with purity in mind. Problem-solving cosmetics formulated with carefully selected ingredients that place a

bareSkin™ Foundation & Perfecting Face Brush

bareSkin™ Foundation & Perfecting Face Brush

premium on skin, specifically designed to improve the look of skin, instantly and over time, allowing women to achieve their best complexion ever—complexions that have resulted in millions of compliments around the globe.

With the launch of Original Foundation in 1995, bareMinerals introduced a foundation so unique it disrupted the industry. Made with only five pure ingredients, it liberated skin from harsh chemicals and captured the hearts and complexions of millions of women who willfully abandoned their liquid foundations to become fanatically faithful to the skin-loving formula. With unparalleled popularity and cult-like status, bareMinerals Original Foundation is the most awarded prestige foundation according to industry-leading publications, and receives countless consumer-voted awards and accolades for its powerhouse formula that notably transforms complexions with skin-perfecting properties.

Since the debut of Original Foundation, the brand has launched only two other foundations in the span of nearly 20 years. bareMinerals Matte Foundation was introduced in 2009 (also in loose powder form), and bareMinerals READY™ Foundation, the brand’s first solid foundation, was introduced in 2012. Today, bareMinerals sells one foundation every three seconds globally.

Although achieving staggering success in its existing foundation formats, bareMinerals recognizes that liquid foundation remains a preferred format for most women. Taping into this mindset; bareMinerals has seized the opportunity to reimagine liquid foundation on its own terms—with a refreshingly new perspective—acutely focused on providing a good-for-you alternative to ensure that these women too, can experience their best skin ever. Simply put, bareMinerals set out with a no complexion left behind mindset.

Committed to its problem-solving roots, bareMinerals set out with a very specific mandate in mind—create a fluid formula that stays true to the brand’s less-is-more philosophy with the same integrity and good-for-you approach as its other award-winning Original, Matte, and bareMinerals READY™ Foundations. Identifying a game-changing opportunity as a result of research conducted with liquid foundation users, bareMinerals discovered 61% of women surveyed wished their liquid foundation didn’t clog pores, cause breakouts or other negative skin reactions.* Resolved to forge a new foundation frontier, bareMinerals embarked on a quest to invent the “holy grail” in liquid foundation to deliver across the three pillars—cosmetic, skincare, and good-for-you benefits to provide women with what they were still passionately searching for in the innovative way only bareMinerals can. After 83 submissions, bareSkin™ Pure Brightening Serum Foundation was born; a clinically proven, tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one.

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bareSkin™ Foundation Print Advertisement

The bareSkin™ Foundation Global Advertising Campaign will be supported by TV, print, digital, and social marketing efforts throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. bareMinerals will air both 15-second and 30-second TV spots in the spring and fall (US market) to coincide with the timing of the print campaign. A targeted social media campaign, including a confessional-style video series, went live in April as a pre-launch teaser in the US, and additional social programs including influencer meet-ups at various bareMinerals boutiques, will occur in May and September (US market) to further drive social engagement. Global advertising and marketing initiatives outside the US will commence in September 2014 to coincide with the launch of bareSkin Foundation in key global markets throughout Europe and Asia. For more on bareSkin Foundation, including a shade-matching tool and application tips,

**Based on an independent 8-week U.S. Clinical Study

*bareMinerals Brand Usage & Attitude Survey (conducted by Northstar®, July 2013)