More than 600 magazine editors gathered in New York tonight for the 2014 National Magazine Awards, where the best writing, design, photography and digital content from the past year were honored in a ceremony hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Fast Company took home the night’s top prize, Magazine of the Year, beating out finalists The Atlantic, Bon Appétit, Esquire and New York. General Excellence awards went to New York in the General Interest category, Sunset for Service and Lifestyle, Bon Appétit for Style and Design, Field & Stream for Active Interest, Inc. for Special Interest and Poetry for Literature, Science and Politics.
Winning a total of four Ellies in the Fiction, Feature Writing, Columns and Commentary, and Essays and Criticism categories, the New Yorker took home the most awards of any title. New York magazine followed with three, while Bon Appétit and National Geographic won two apiece. Broken down by publisher, Condé Nast led the pack with eight awards, while Hearst and Time Inc. tied with two each.
Two titles received Ellies for the first time: Cosmpolitan, which won in the Personal Service category for Your Cosmo Guide to Contraception and the one-year-old Modern Farmer, which was honored for its Modern Farmer Handbook section.
On the digital side, New York magazine was awarded with the Ellie for Best Website, while National Geographic won for both Tablet Magazine and Multimedia. Glamour dominated the digital video category with its Screw You Cancer documentary series. (None of the digital-only outlets nominated for awards this year took home an award.)
During the evening, the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame Award was presented to Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter. Befitting his magazine’s Hollywood ties, Carter got a special video introduction from none other than Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.