Publish Awards finalists revealed; NewsLifeMedia leads pack with 20 short-listed entries

The finalists of this year’s Publish Awards, recognising the best in print and digital publishing across Australia have been revealed, with NewsLifeMedia leading the finalist pack with a total of 20 entries short-listed.


NewsLifeMedia, which publishes titles such as Vogue, and GQ, has been shortlisted in the Consumer/Custom Publishing Company of the Year category while the company’s CEO, Nicole Sheffield, is on the shortlist for new category, Executive of the Year.

Sheffiled has been shortlisted in the Publish Executive of the Year category

Sheffiled has been shortlisted in the Publish Executive of the Year category

Sheffield will face off against Junkee Media’s CEO Neil Ackland, Allure Media’s Alison Rice, Mamamia’s Kylie Rogers and Refraction Media’s Karen Taylor.

Bauer Media boasts 15 shortlisted entries, including in the Consumer/Custom Publishing Company of the Year.

Pacific Magazines, which grabbed a total of seven shortlisted entries, is on the shortlist for Publishing Company of the Year alongside Medium Rare Content Agency and Vice Australia in  the consumer/custom category.

Vice was also shortlisted in the multi-channel brand of the year category.

The leading business media publisher is Key Media with seven finalists. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia has four nominations.

In the business journalist of the year category, Australian Pharmacist’s Andrew Daniels competes with LSJ’s Jane Southward and The Adviser’s Adam Zuchetti.

Fairfax Media and Allure Media grabbed a total of 11 nominations while News Corp’s The Australian claimed two.

NewsLifeMedia’s Donna Hay is shortlisted for consumer editor of the year, alongside Qantas Magazine’s Kristin Galliot, Time Out Melbourne’s Rose Johnstone, Home Beautiful’s Wendy Moore and Vogue Living’s Neal Whitaker.

Donna Hay has been shortlisted as consumer editor of the year

Donna Hay has been shortlisted as consumer editor of the year

In the business editor of the year category, LSJ’s Claire Chaffey has been shortlised alongside Human Resource Director’s Iain Hopkins, Elite Agent Magazine’s Samantha McLean, Mortgage Professional Australia’s Sam Richardson and InTheBlack’s David Walker.

More than 270 entries were submitted to the awards with an expert panel of judges from across the publishing industry scrutinising all entries.

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on September 15 which follows the Publish conference, organised by Mumbrella.

To book tickets for the ceremony click here.

The Publish Awards are sponsored by BlueStar Web and Publish takes place in association with industry body Publishers Australia.

The shortlist:

Magazine cover of the year (business)

  • Acuity, Vol 3, Issue 5, June 2015 – CMMA Digital & Print for Chartered Accountants Australia & NZ
  • Australiasian Mining Review, Issue 13, 2016 – APRS Media
  • Australasian Mine Safety Journal, Issue 27, Summer 2016 – APRS Media
  • Create, Vol 2, No 4, May 2016 – Mahlab Media for Engineers Australia
  • INTHEBLACK, October 2015 – Bauer Works for CPA Australia/INTHEBLACK

Magazine cover of the year (consumer/custom)

  • The Captain, Issue No. 2 – Moby Dick Content
  • Collective Hub, Issue 29, January 2016 – The Messenger Group
  • Country Style, Christmas 2015 – NewsLifeMedia
  • Delicious, March 2016 – NewsLifeMedia
  • Good Weekend, May 16 2016 – Fairfax Media

Designer of the year (business)

  • Kate Barnett, INTHEBLACK – Bauer Works
  • Andy Raubinger, LSJ – The Law Society of NSW
  • Aaron Sammut, Australasian Mine Safety Journal – APRS Media

Designer of the year (consumer/custom)

  • Josh Beggs, GQ Australia – NewsLifeMedia
  • Tim Beor, Good Weekend – Fairfax Media
  • Sam Franks, Myer Emporium & Westfield Style Guide – Bauer Works
  • Tony Rice, Qantas Magazine – Medium Rare Content Agency
  • Brendon Wise, The Captain – Moby Dick Content

Best app on mobile or tablet device

  • The Australian Newsflash – The Australian
  • Donna Hay – NewsLifeMedia
  • Fresh, Woolworths – NewsLifeMedia
  • Qantas magazine – Medium Rare Content

Best use of short-form video

  • Aboriginal People respond to Australia Day’ – BuzzFeed
  • ‘The American Act’ – Junkee Media
  • ‘The Breakfast Bowl’, New Idea – Pacific Magazines
  • ‘Fibre to football’ – The Woolmark Company
  • ‘New Mums with Kayla Itsines’ – Nine Entertainment Co.

Best podcast

  • Bowraville, The Australian – News Corporation
  • CarAdvice Podcast –
  • Game Changers: Radio – Craig Bruce Coaching and Bad Producer Productions
  • Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Kotaku Australia – Allure Media
  • Mamamia Out Loud – Mamamia Women’s Network

Best Ad

  • ‘BMW 7 series’, AFR Magazine – Brand & Audience Prestige Group, Fairfax Media/ Vizeum and Ogilvy
  • ‘Glad to help’, – NewsLifeMedia

Salesperson/team of the year 

  • CarAdvice Sales Team, “Ford Everest & BMW M2” – CarAdvice
  • Brand & Audiences Prestige Group – Fairfax Media
  • Kate Phillips, Qantas Magazine Sales Team – Medium Rare Content
  • NewsLifeMedia National Sales Team – NewsLifeMedia
  • Nick Stanley, Australian Hospital & Health Care Bulletin – APRS Media
  • RACV RoyalAuto ad sales team – RACV

Single article of the year

  • “The Courageous journey of Ian Roberts, Rugby Leagues first openly gay player”, Patrick Skene, The Guardian Australia – Red Elephant
  • “Inside EB Games: When The Dream Job Becomes A Nightmare”, Mark Serrels, Kotaku Australia – Allure Media
  • “Peaks and Troughs: Following the game to the ends of the Earth”, Geoff Lemon, The Roar – The Roar
  • “We’re not a cult”, Juliet Rieden, The Australian Women’s Weekly – Bauer Media
  • “Unforget”, Brett Williams, The Police Journal – The Police Association of SA

Young journalist of the year

  • Kate Allman, LSJ – The Law Society of NSW
  • Mark Di Stefano – BuzzFeed
  • Tara Francis, Collective Hub – The Messenger Group
  • Nick Gibbs, SALife Magazine – SALife
  • Hayley Williams, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Kotaku Australia  – Allure Media

Journalist of the year (business)

  • Andrew Daniels, Australian Pharmacist – Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • Jane Southward, LSJ – The Law Society of NSW
  • Adam Zuchetti, The Adviser – The Adviser

Journalist of the year (Consumer/Custom)

  • Kate Kristen, Take 5 Magazine – Bauer Media
  • Michael Sheather, The Australian Women’s Weekly – Bauer Media

Editor of the year (business)

  • Claire Chaffey, LSJ – The Law Society of NSW
  • Iain Hopkins, Human Resource Director – Key Media
  • Samantha McLean, Elite Agent Magazine – Elite Agent Magazine
  • Sam Richardson, Mortgage Professional Australia – Key Media
  • David Walker, INTHEBLACK – Bauer Media for CPA Australia

Editor of the year (consumer/custom)

  • Donna Hay, Donna Hay – NewsLifeMedia
  • Kristin Galliott, Qantas Magazine – Medium Rare Content
  • Rose Johnstone, Time Out Melbourne – Print & Digital Publishing
  • Wendy Moore, Home Beautiful – Pacific Magazines
  • Neale Whitaker, Vogue Living – NewsLifeMedia

Small publisher of the year

  • Conversant Media
  • Grin Creative
  • Premium Publishers
  • Provincial Media Pty Ltd
  • Refraction Media

Event of the year (business)

  • 14th annual Australian Mortgage Awards 2015 – Key Media
  • 14th annual National HR Summit 2016 – Key Media

Event of the year (consumer/custom)

  • 2016 TV WEEK Logie Awards – Bauer Media/TV Week
  • GQ Men of the Year Awards 2015 – NewsLifeMedia
  • Junket – Junkee Media
  • Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Melbourne 2015 – NewsLifeMedia
  • Fit Night Out  – Women’s Health/Pacific Magazines

Special edition of the year

  • The Australian Women’s Weekly 2016 Australian Women’s Health Diary – Australian Women’s Weekly/ Breast Cancer Institute of Australia (BCIA)
  • Business Pulse – Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia
  • Colour for Spring, Better Homes and Gardens – Pacific Magazines
  • The Future Issue, Time Out Sydney, May 2016 – Print & Digital Publishing Ltd
  • Your ultimate Guide to Nature and Adventure in Tropical North Queensland – Australian Geographic

Launch/re-launch of the year

  • – Pacific Magazines
  • – NewsLifeMedia
  • Dolly Relaunch – Bauer Media
  • Groom + Guy – Thirty Twelve Ninety
  • Who What Wear – Allure Media

Multi-channel brand of the year

  • Australian Gourmet Traveller – Bauer Media
  • Broadsheet
  • Girlfriend – Pacific Magazines
  • Vice Australia
  • Vogue Australia – NewsLifeMedia

Association or member organisation magazine of the year

  • Australian Pharmacist – Pharmaceutical Society of Australia
  • INTHEBLACK – BauerWorks/ CPA Australia/ INTHEBLACK
  • The Journal – Australia and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF)
  • RoyalAuto – RACV

Business magazine of the year

  • Acuity – CMMA Digital & Print/ Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand
  • Australasian Lawyer – Key Media
  • Elite Agent – Elite Agent
  • INTHEBLACK – CPA Australia/ Bauer Works

Custom magazine of the year

  • Coles magazine – Medium Rare Content
  • Fresh, Woolworths – NewsLifeMedia
  • Myer Emporium – Bauer Works
  • Profile Magazine – Profile Magazine
  • Qantas Magazine – Medium Rare Content

Consumer magazine of the year (above 20,000 circ)

  • Australian Financial Review Magazine – Fairfax Media
  • Frankie magazine – Frankie press
  • – NewsLifeMedia
  • Vogue Australia – NewsLifeMedia

Consumer magazine of the year (below 20,000 circ)

  • Geelong + Surf Coast Living – Provincial Media
  • get lost – Grin Creative
  • Living in The Shires – Living in The Shires/ Harcourts Graceville
  • Peppermint – Peppermint Magazine

Website of the year (business)

  • Business Insider Australia – Allure Media
  • HRM Online – Australian Human Resources Institute/ Mahlab Media
  • – Bauer Media/ CPA Australia/ In the Black
  • Insurance Business – Key Media

Website of the year (consumer/custom)

  • Broadsheet
  • BuzzFeed
  • –
  • POPSUGAR Australia – Allure Media
  • – NewsLifeMedia
  • The Roar – Conversant Media

Publish Executive of the year

  • Neil Ackland – Junkee Media
  • Alison Rice, POPSUGAR Australia – Allure Media
  • Kylie Rogers, Mamamia – Mamamia Women’s Network
  • Nicole Sheffield – NewsLifeMedia
  • Karen Taylor-Brown, Careers with Code and – Refraction Media

Business publishing company of the year

  • Key Media
  • Octomedia

Consumer/custom publishing company of the year

  • Bauer Media
  • Medium Rare Content Agency
  • NewsLifeMedia
  • Pacific Magazines
  • Vice Australia

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