Real Living wins overall Excellence Award from Publishers Australia

L-R: Sandy Dao, John McDonald and Deb Bibby of Real Living

L-R: Sandy Dao, John McDonald and Deb Bibby of Real Living

Monthly homes and lifestyle magazine Real Living has won the overall Excellence Award from Publishers Australia.

The Bauer Media Group publication magazine was also named best consumer magazine for circulation above 20,000 and judges praised its editorial and design, commented on its wide presence across many platforms and innovative events, resulting in a healthy advertising revenue and circulation growth.

Real Living Editor Deborah Bibby said: “All the negative press about magazines in this past year has only spurred us on at real living to be more fearless and creative. To that end we are very lucky to have incredible support behind the scenes from all departments at Bauer Media from advertising, retail, marketing, circulation, research and management – this win is truly a big team effort.”

The magazine has a circulation of around 80,000 and a target market of women 25-44.

Sterling Publishing’s mortgage and finance magazine The Adviser took the B2B magazine of the year award for the second year in a row, while Weight Watchers magazine won in the custom magazine category and Haymarket Media’s Limelight was consumer magazine of the year for circulation under 20,000.

Launch of the year went to Bauer Media Group’s Women’s Fitness magazine.

Mumbrella editor Tim Burrowes was named B2B Journalist of the year, on the day he announced would be his last on the news desk as he takes on the new role of content director across the Focal Attractions group of brands.

Focal Attractions was also a runner up for Small Publisher of the Year, while Mumbrella was a runner up for Multi-Channel Brand of the Year.

Encore editor Brooke Hemphill was a finalist for editor (below 20k circ.) while deputy editor of Mumbrella and Encore Nic Christensen was a finalist for B2B journalist of the year and Single Article of the Year.

More than 80 companies were represented at the awards and around 420 guests attended the event at Sydney’s Hilton hotel on Friday, resulting in 29 award winners.

The Australian's Sally Jackson and Tim Burrowes

The Australian’s Sally Jackson and Tim Burrowes

The winners:

B2B Magazine of the Year

  • The Adviser – Sterling Publishing

Custom Magazine of the Year

  • Weight Watchers – Bauer Custom Media

Consumer Magazine of the Year (below 20k circ.)

  • Limelight – Haymarket Media

Consumer Magazine of the Year (above 20k circ.)

  • Real Living – Bauer Media

Best Website

  • – Haymarket Media

Editor of the Year (above20k circ.)

  • Victoria Carey for Country Style, NewsLifeMedia

Editor of the Year (below 20k circ.)

  • Susan Hurley for Homespun Universal Magazines

Multi Channel Brand of the Year

  • James Halliday’s Wine Companion – Hardie Grant Media

Regional Publication of the Year

  • Adelaide Hills Magazine – Adelaide Hills

Small Publisher of the Year

  • The Run Fit Group

Best App on Mobile or Tablet Device

  • Coles Magazine – Bauer Custom Media

B2B Designer of the Year

  • Aaron Sammut for Australasian Mine Safety Journal – APRS

Custom Designer of the Year

  • Kate Barnett for INTHEBLACK – Bauer Custom Media

Consumer Designer of the Year

  • Jarrad McCallum for Dirt Action -Universal Magazines

Single Article of the Year

  • ‘Pay Gap’ by Rosie Squires for CLEO – Bauer Media

New Journalist of the Year

  • Stacey Hicks, that’s life! – Pacific Magazines

B2B Journalist of the Year

  • Tim Burrowes, – Focal Attractions

Consumer Journalist of the Year

  • Rosie Squires, CLEO – Bauer Media

Relaunch of the Year

  • Homespun – Universal Magazines

Launch of the Year (below 20k circ.)

  • SMSF Adviser – Sterling Publishing

Launch of the Year (above 20k circ.)

  • Women’s Fitness – Bauer Media

Association or Member Organisation Magazine of the Year

  • Royal Auto – RACV

Most Successful Audience Development Campaign

  • Australian Caravan+RV – NRMA Publishing

Special Edition of the Year

  • One Direction box set for Girlfriend – Pacific Magazines

B2B Cover of the Year

  • Australasian Mine Safety Journal – APRS

Custom Cover of the Year

  • My Nikon Life – CMMA

Consumer Cover of the Year

  • Australian Gourmet Traveller, Bauer Media

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