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Publish Awards finalists revealed: Pacific Magazines, Medium Rare, Momentum Media lead the pack

Finalists for this year’s Publish Awards, recognising the best in print and digital publishing across Australia, have been announced, with Pacific Magazines achieving the most finalists.

Pacific Magazines scored 13 nominations for titles including Marie Claire, InStyle and Better Homes & Gardens in categories including Magazine Cover of the Year – Consumer/Custom, Special Edition of the Year, Consumer Publication of the Year and Brand of the Year.

It will also go up against Medium Rare Content Agency, which has landed nine nominations, for the Publishing Company of the Year – Large Publishers.

Medium Rare Content Agency has nine nominations including Kirsten Galliott for Editor of the Year – Consumer/Custom

Medium Rare’s shortlistings include Best Launch/Relaunch of the Year – Large Publisher, Editor of the Year – Consumer/Custom and two in Custom Publication of the Year.

News Corp publications are nominated in ten categories, while business publisher Momentum Media has eight and Bauer Media has seven nominations.

The hotly contested Editor of the Year – Consumer/Custom category will be fought out by: Angus Kidman of finder.com.au; Emily Taylor of InStyle; Julia Zaetta, Better Homes and Gardens; Kirsten Galliott, Qantas Magazine and Seamus Bradley of RoyalAuto.

Editor of the Year – Business will be battled out between LSJ’s Claire Chaffey, Accountants Daily’s Katarina Taurian, Business Insider Australia’s Paul Cogan and Elite Agent’s Samantha McLean.

RACV’s RoyalAuto also scored highly in the shortlisting with a total of seven nominations, Allure Media had five and Buzzfeed and Broadsheet both have six nominations.

Buzzfeed is one of many youth-oriented publishers represented, with six nominations

Youth-oriented publishers represented on the shortlist include Buzzfeed, VICE and Junkee, while 9Honey, Guardian Australia, Fairfax Media, realestate.com.au and Domain are all represented.

The entries will now be scrutinised by a panel of more than 50 expert judges on two judging days next month.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at The Westin Sydney on October 19 which follows the Publish conference.

To book tickets for the ceremony, click here.

The Publish Awards takes place in association with industry body Publishers Australia.

The full shortlist:

Magazine Cover of the Year – Consumer/Custom:

  • AFR Magazine, Fairfax Media
  • Marie Claire, Pacific Magazines
  • RoyalAuto, RACV
  • Selector Magazine, Wine Selectors
  • Stellar Magazine, News Corp Australia

Magazine Cover of the Year – Business:

  • Acuity June/July 2017, CMMA Digital & Print for Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Acuity December 2016, CMMA Digital & Print for Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand
  • Current, Mahlab for the Australian Water Association
  • Lab+Life Scientist Apr/May 2017, Westwick-Farrow Media
  • LSJ, The Law Society of NSW

Designer of the Year:

  • Lisa Luscombe, Art Director – RoyalAuto, RACV
  • Tim Beor, Creative Director, Fairfax Media
  • Tony Rice, Creative Director – Qantas Media, Medium Rare Content Agency
  • Sam Yates, Art Director, News Corp
  • Sophia Park, Creative Director, Medium Rare Content Agency

Single Article of the Year – Small Publisher:

  • Nick Cave – Premonitions of Love, Mark Mordue, Neighbourhood Paper
  • The Killing of Ting Fang, Brett Williams, Police Association of South Australia
  • The Quantum Gamble, Wilson da Silva, UNSW Sydney, Engineering Faculty, Refraction Media

Journalist of the Year – Small Publisher:

  • Bernadette Chua, Cruise Passenger, Big Splash Media
  • Jane Southward, LSJ, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Mark Di Stefano, Buzzfeed News

Young Writer of the Year:

  • Adam Baidawi, GQ Australia, NewsLifeMedia
  • Gina Rushton, Buzzfeed News
  • Kate Allman, LSJ, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Lane Sainty, Buzzfeed News
  • Maddison Connaughton, VICE Australia
  • Rachel Worsley, Australian Doctor

Editor of the Year – Consumer/Custom:

  • Angus Kidman, finder.com.au
  • Emily Taylor, InStyle, Pacific Magazines
  • Julia Zaetta, Better Homes and Gardens, Pacific Magazines
  • Kirsten Galliott, Qantas Magazine, Medium Rare Content Agency
  • Seamus Bradley, RoyalAuto, RACV

Editor of the Year – Business:

  • Claire Chaffey, LSJ, Law Society of New South Wales
  • Katarina Taurian, Accountants Daily, Momentum Media
  • Paul Colgan, Business Insider Australia, Allure Media
  • Samantha McLean, Elite Agent

Event of the Year:

  • Better Business Summit, Momentum Media
  • Broadsheet Restaurant, Broadsheet Media
  • The Girlfriend Movement, Girls Make Your Move, Pacific Magazines
  • Vogue Fashion’s Night Out 2016, NewsLifeMedia
  • Women’s Health – Fit Night Out 2017, Pacific Magazines

Publish Executive of the Year:

  • Alison Rice, Allure Media
  • Jeremy Cabral, finder.com.au
  • Louisa Hatfield, Pacific Magazines
  • Nick Shelton, Broadsheet Media
  • Rob Gallagher, Adventures Group Holdings

Best Use of Short-Form Video:

  • Asahi, Broadsheet, Broadsheet Media
  • Change The Date to May 8, Mate, Junkee, Junkee Media
  • Impact, RoyalAuto, RACV
  • The Converted: Butter Factory, realestate.com.au/Lifestyle
  • The Privilege Walk, Buzzfeed

Best Podcast:

  • Decoding Genius, Fairfax Media for GE
  • Is It On?, Buzzfeed News
  • Modern Babies, Nova Entertainment for Genea Limited  
  • Six Tackles With Gus, Wide World of Sports/9Podcasts, Nine Entertainment Co
  • Smart Property Investment Show, Smart Property Investment, Momentum Media

Best Launch/Relaunch of the Year – Small Publisher:

  • Camper, Adventures Group Holdings for Camper
  • Ingenuity, Refraction Media for UNSW Sydney Faculty of Engineering
  • Neighbourhood Paper, Neighbourhood Paper and Moth Projects Creative
  • Shut Up & Take My Money, D’Marge

Association or Member Organisation Magazine of the Year:

  • Create, Mahlab for Engineers Australia
  • HRM, Mahlab for Australian Human Resources Institute
  • In The Black, BauerWorks for CPA Australia
  • LSJ, The Law Society of NSW
  • WA Works, Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA

Website of the Year – Consumer/Custom:

  • Broadsheet, Broadsheet Media
  • Buzzfeed Australia, Buzzfeed
  • Elle.com.au, Bauer Xcel Media
  • Taste.com.au, News Digital Networks Australia
  • Who What Wear Network, Allure Media

Website of the Year – Business:

  • Business Insider Australia, Allure Media
  • In The Black, CPA Australia
  • Lawyers Weekly, Momentum Media
  • StrategicRISK
  • The Urban Developer

Publishing Company of the Year – Small publisher:

  • Grin Creative
  • Lord Media
  • Lovatts Media
  • Mahlab
  • Provincial Media
  • REfraction Media

Consumer Publication of the Year – Small Publisher:

  • Geelong + Surf Coast Living, Provincial Media
  • Get Lost Magazine, Grin Creative
  • Man of Many, Man of Many
  • Selector, Wine Selectors
  • Unique Luxury, Unique Estates Australia

Business Publication of the Year:

  • Acuity, Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, CMMA Digital & Print
  • Australian Doctor, Australian Doctor Group
  • Elite Agent, Elite Agent
  • In The Black, BauerWorks for CPA Australia
  • Lawyers Weekly, Momentum Media
  • LSJ, Law Society of New South Wales

Custom Publication of the Year:

  • Coles Magazine, Medium Rare Content Agency for Coles
  • Qantas Magazine, Medium Rare Content Agency for Qantas
  • Voyage, Storyation for APT
  • Wool, The Woolmark Company

Single Article of the Year – Large Publisher:

  • Could This Ad Help Close The Pay Gap?, Sarah Grant, Marie Claire, Pacific Magazines
  • Dame Quentin Bryce: Pioneer, role model & our granny!, Juliet Rieden, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Bauer Media
  • Impact, Nick Place, Meredith O’Shea, Miguel Rios, Seamus Bradley, Royal Auto, RACV

Best E-commerce Strategy:

  • Better Homes and Gardens Shop, Pacific Magazines
  • Cosy PROJECT, Universal Magazines
  • Who, What, Wear Network, Allure Media

Special Edition of the Year:

  • Australian Women’s Health Diary 2017, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Bauer Media and Breast Cancer Institute of Australia
  • Diana, A Beautiful Life Remembered, New Idea, Pacific Magazines
  • Herald Sun Footy17, Herald Sun, News Corp
  • Impact, RoyalAuto, RACV
  • Time Out Sydney – The Deadly Issue, Time Out Australia

Best Launch/Relaunch of the Year – Large Publisher:

  • Domain Magazine, Domain
  • Girlfriend, Pacific Magazines
  • JONES, Medium Rare Content Agency for David Jones
  • Punkee, Junkee Media
  • Stellar Magazine, News Corp Australia
  • whimn.com.au – With Her in Mind Network, News Corp Australia
  • 9Honey, Nine Entertainment Co

Journalist of the Year – Large Publisher:

  • Emily McPherson, nine.com.au, Nine Entertainment Co
  • John Rolfe, The Daily and Sunday Telegraphs, News Corp
  • Juliet Rieden, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Bauer Media
  • Michelle Endacott, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Bauer Media
  • Natalie Cornish, 9Honey, Nine Entertainment Co
  • Nick Place, RoyalAuto, RACV

Columnist of the Year:

  • Aleks Vickovich, Momentum Media
  • Des Ryan, SALIFE Magazine, Canongate Partners

Salesperson/Team of the Year:

  • Bauer Media Victoria, Bauer Media
  • Gillian Cornu and Jacques Cornu, Coles Magazine, Medium Rare Content Company
  • Paula Connell, WA Works, Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA
  • Qantas Sales Team, Qantas Magazine and Travel Insider, Medium Rare Content Company

Publish Award for Innovation:

  • AAP Publish, Australian Associated Press and Cognitives
  • Newsroom.ly, Newsroom.ly
  • Spike Native Network, Archer Platforms, Momentum Media

Brand of the Year:

  • Better Homes and Gardens, Pacific Magazines
  • Broadsheet, Broadsheet Media
  • Lawyers Weekly, Momentum Media
  • Taste.com.au, News Digital Networks Australia
  • VICE Australia

Branded Content Studio of the Year:

  • Broadsheet Studio, Broadsheet Media
  • Concrete Playground, Concrete Playground
  • Guardian Labs Australia, Guardian Australia
  • The Domain Content Studio, Domain
  • VICE Brand Studio, VICE Australia

Consumer Publication of the Year:

  • Finder.com.au
  • Halliday Wine Companion, Hardie Grant
  • Home Beautiful, Pacific Magazines
  • Stellar Magazine, News Corp Australia
  • Take 5 Magazine, Bauer Media
  • The Australian Women’s Weekly, Bauer Media

Publishing Company of the Year – Large Publisher:

  • Pacific Magazines
  • Medium Rare Content Agency
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