The Atlantic Takes Top Honors at National Magazine Awards

Here are your 2016 Ellie winners

Last night in New York, the American Society of Magazine Editors handed out this year's National Magazine Awards (also known as Ellies) to 18 different print and digital publications. The night's big winner was The Atlantic, which took home the top prize of Magazine of the Year, beating out The New Yorker, National Geographic, New York and The Hollywood Reporter.

Other notable winners included New York, which was the only publication to collect multiple Ellies (for Magazine Section, Website, Multimedia and General Excellence in News, Sports and Entertainment); Vice News, which won the Video award for the second year in a row; and The Hollywood Reporter, which also won for a second consecutive year in the General Excellence, Special Interest category.

There were also eight first-time winners: BuzzFeed News for Public Interest; The California Sunday Magazine for Photography; Eater for Leisure Interests; FamilyFun for Personal Service; The Intercept for Columns and Commentary (also significant due to the fact that the winning journalist, Barrett Brown, is currently incarcerated in a federal prison); Lucky Peach for General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle; Matter for Reporting; and Politico for Feature Photography.

Here is the full list of winners:

General Excellence, News, Sports and Entertainment

Honors publications covering politics, business and technology as well as pop culture and leisure interests

Winner: New York

General Excellence, Service and Lifestyle

Honors publications covering health and fitness as well as fashion, design, food and travel

Winner: Lucky Peach

General Excellence, Special Interest

Honors publications serving highly defined reader communities, including city and regional magazines

Winner: The Hollywood Reporter

General Excellence, Literature, Science and Politics

Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts

Winner: Oxford American


Honors overall excellence in print magazine design

Winner: Wired


Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography

Winner: The California Sunday Magazine

Single-Topic Issue

Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

Winner: Bloomberg Businessweek for "Code: An Essay," June 15-28


Honors magazine websites and online-only magazines

Winner: New York


Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

Winner: New York for "This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn," at and Nov. 16-22 print issue


Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine media

Winner: Vice News for "Selfie Soldiers: Russia's Army Checks In to Ukraine," June 16 at

Public Interest

Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

Winner: BuzzFeed News for "The New American Slavery," July 24, and "All You Americans Are Fired," Dec. 1, by Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine, at

Personal Service

Honors magazine journalism that serves readers' needs and aspirations

Winner: FamilyFun for "The Happy Family Playbook," by Jennifer King Lindley, May

Leisure Interests

Honors magazine journalism that provides practical information about recreational activities and special interests

Winner: Eater for "The Eater Guide to Surviving Disney World," Aug. 26 at

Magazine Section

Honors the editorial direction of print or digital departments or sections

Winner: New York for "The Culture Pages"


Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles

Winner: Matter for "My Nurses Are Dead, and I Don't Know If I'm Already Infected," by Joshua Hammer, Jan. 12 at

Feature Writing

Honors original, stylish storytelling

Winner: The New Yorker for "The Really Big One," by Kathryn Schulz, July 20

Feature Photography

Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

Winner: Politico for "Front Row at the Political Theater," photographs by Mark Peterson, November/December

Essays and Criticism