Playboy Magazine’s Editorial and Design Awards and Nominations

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2014

March 2014

Playboy magazine Articles Editor Hugh Garvey won a Bert Greene Award for “Best Culinary Based Column” from the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) for the magazine’s monthly “Food” column.  Columns submitted for consideration included “Pimp My Ramen” (October 2013); “The New Oyster Cult” (December 2013); and “Bones Brigade” (January/February 2014). 

February 2014

Playboy magazine won Gold (First Place) at the North American Travel Journalists Association’s (NATJA) 2013 Awards for Excellence in Travel Writing, Photography, Promotion on behalf of the article by Brett  Forrest titled, “The Bone Thieves” (June 2013).

January 2014

Playboy magazine won the “2013 Best Crime Reporting Award” from the New York Press Club on behalf of the article by Bob Drury titled, “Law and Disorder” (December 2012).

2013

November 2013

Playboy magazine won four National Journalism Entertainment Awards from the LA Press Club, and received a third place nod in one category.

Winner, Career Best Work, Celebrity Interview: David Sheff for “Playboy Interview: John Lennon and Yoko Ono” (January 1981)

Judge’s comments: Great interviews were so much easier to get when gods walked the earth and were willing to sit for them. Lennon and Ono were emerging from five years of press-free seclusion when David Sheff got to them for a marathon encounter in which virtually no subject was off-limits.  You don’t hear about such total celebrity access being granted anymore. Because it isn’t.”

Winner, Career Best Work, Entertainment Feature: Steve Pond for “Aaron Neville’s Amazing Grace” (July 1990)

Judge’s comments: The carefulness choosing every work makes this piece an example of great journalism storytelling that is almost extinct, sadly.”

Winner, Print—Newspapers or Magazines, Best Personality Profile:  Alex Pappademas for “Ghost in the Machine” (April 2013)

Judge’s comments: “Not only was the subject interesting and the great writing well-sourced, we learn how a tragic accident derails a promising career and transforms D-O-C into Rap’s most influential Ghostwriter.”

Winner, Print—Newspapers or Magazines, Best Feature/Series, Over 1,000 Words: Stephen Rebello for “The Birth of Redneck Cinema” (March 2013)

Judge’s comments: A hilarious and delightful exploration of a uniquely madcap moment in Hollywood history.”

Third Place, Any Media Platform, Best Investigative:  Neal Gabler for “Death of a Salesman” (September 2012)

Nominee, Career Best Work, Entertainment Feature: Joe Morgenstern for “Life, Art and Malkovich” (May 1990)

Nominee, Print—Newspapers or Magazines, Best Feature/Series, Over 1,000 Words: John Meroney for “Why is Everyone Talking at Me?” (November 2012)

Playboy magazine’s November 2013 “Lips” cover was named “Cover of the Day” by the Society for Professional Designers (SPD).  The SPD describes their “Cover of the Day” honor as “a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper cover design from around the world.”  This is only the second time Playboy has been given this honor, both under the watch of Art Director Mac Lewis.

Read more here.

September 2013

Playboy magazine won the “Best Spirits Writing” award from the Association of Food Journalists on behalf of the article by Wendy Goldman Rohm titled, “The Talented Mr. K” (July/August 2012).

August 2013

Playboy magazine won the prestigious Society for Professional Designers (SPD) for “Screwed” (November 2012).  The piece will be included in the organization’s hardbound book of the best magazine designs of the year.

Playboy magazine was named one “of the most accurate men’s magazines” by editing service Grammarly.

May 2013

Playboy magazine won the Chicago Headline Club’s prestigious Peter Lisagor Award for “In Depth Feature Reporting” on behalf of the article by Steven Kotler titled, “Superhuman” (March 2012).

Playboy magazine won an award from the New York Press Club for “Best Crime Reporting” on behalf of the article by Bob Drury titled, “Law and Disorder” (December 2012).

March 2013

Playboy magazine’s HBO/True Blood advertising event at Comic Con 2012 won Best Entertainment/Sports Event at Folio: & min’s annual FAME Awards.  The magazine was the only men’s title nominated in any of the categories.

– The marketing event was also a finalist in the awards’ Best Custom Advertiser Event and Best Overall Single Event (B to C) categories

– The Playboy Jazz Festival was also inducted into the FAME Awards’ inaugural Hall of Fame as part of this award ceremony

2012

December 2012

Playboy magazine was included in the Columbia Journalism Review’s Must-Reads of 2012: Profiles on behalf of the piece by Carl Zimmer titled “King of the Cosmos” (January/February 2012).

– Other “Must-Reads” came from publications including The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker

April 2012

Playboy magazine Executive Editor A.J. Baime won the International Motor Press Association’s Ken Purdy Award for Excellence in Automotive Reporting, 2011

– Baime won on behalf of Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Glory at LeMans

Playboy magazine won the American Copy Editors Association’s award for “Best Headlines, Non-Newspapers” (2011)

– Judges’ Comments:

“Especially liked the playfulness of the Playboy entries and surprised by the variety of topics covered in the magazine.”

– Portfolio Submitted:

The Born-Against Scientist (January 2011)

Tabloid Takedown (March 2011)

Neanderthal Love (March 2011)

The Great Galactic Gold Rush (April 2011)

Vintage Thunder (April 2011)

The Daly Show! (June 2011)

The Curse of Reality TV (July 2011)

An Afro in the Cosmos (August 2011)

Twelve Steps to Nowhere (October 2011)

To Protect and Observe (December 2011)

Playboy magazine won the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Bert Greene Award for “Best Culinary Writing about Beverages” on behalf of the piece by Kevin Cook titled “Beer Wars” (January 2011).

January 2012

Playboy magazine won the North American Travel Journalists Association’s gold award for “Best Travel Article on Leisure Activity (All Media)” on behalf of the piece titled “The Long Road” (March 2011).

Playboy magazine won the North American Travel Journalists Association gold award for “Best Travel Article on a Destination (Domestic Magazine)” on behalf of the piece titled “Down and Out in Baghdad” (September 2011).

2011

December 2011

Playboy magazine won the Readers’ Choice poll in the men’s magazine category in Ad Week’s 2011 Hot List.

November 2011

Playboy magazine won Folio’s 2011 Eddie Award in the category of Best Consumer: Men’s Lifestyle for the entire January 2011 issue.

Playboy magazine won the Society of American Travel Writers’ silver award in the category of “Best Magazine Adventure Travel Article” on behalf of the piece “The Long Road” (March 2011).

Playboy magazine won the Society of American Travel Writers’ silver award in the category of “Best Magazine Special-Purpose Travel Article” on behalf of the piece “Drinking in Islamabad” (July 2010).

Playboy magazine was included in Best American Sports Writing 2011 on behalf of the piece “Icarus: The Man Who Could Fly” (September 2010).

Playboy magazine was included in Best Sex Writing 2012 on behalf of the piece “Dynamics of Sexual Acceleration” (January 2011).

October 2011

Playboy magazine was nominated for Ad Week’s 2011 Hot List.

– Other nominees in the men’s magazine category include Maxim, Details, GQ, Esquire, Men’s Journal and Popular Mechanics.

September 2011

Playboy magazine was included in Best Food Writing 2011 on behalf of the piece “The Apostle of Indulgence” (April 2010).

– The piece was edited by Executive Editor A.J. Baime and Art Director Rob Wilson.

June 2011

Playboy magazine won a Society of Illustrators’ Silver Medal for the illustration work on behalf of the piece “Woman, Fire and the Sea” (October 2010).

– This world competition recognizes the most prestigious creative pieces in the industry.

Playboy magazine won a New York Press Club “Best Crime Reporting” award on behalf of the piece “Godfather and Son” (April 2010).

Playboy Contributor Steve Oney won a Los Angeles Press Club award in the magazine category for personality profiles.

– Oney was nominated on behalf of the piece “Hollywood Fixer” (December 2010). Comment included in the win: “Engaging and enlightening, a succinctly written profile that reveals an interesting man characterized by his atypical career.”

Playboy magazine won the International Association of Culinary Professionals’ Bert Greene Award for “Best Culinary Writing about Beer, Wine and/or Spirits” on behalf of the piece by Lawrence Osborne titled “Drinking in Islamabad” (July 2010).

May 2011

Lisagor 2011 Awards (Chicago Headline Awards)

– Best In-depth Reporting, Magazine or Magazine Section, Circulation 20,000+

Winner: Hillel Levin and John Conroy for “Area Two” (May 2010)

Finalist: Steven Kotler for “The New Psychedelic Renaissance” (April 2010)

– Best Arts Reporting and Criticism, Non-daily Publication, Circulation 20,000

Finalist: Rich Cohen for “The Spasm Band” (May 2010)

– Best Design in a Non-daily Publication, Circulation 20,000+

Winner: Digital Designer Cristela Tschumy for “World’s Hardest Sex Quiz” (April 2010), “Sleep is a Battlefield” (July 2010) and “The Big Heat” (November 2010)

Finalist: Art Director Rob Wilson for “Secret Marilyn” (December 2010), “How the Outfit Killed JFK” (November 2010) and “The New Super Spy” (May 2010)

– Best Illustration in a Non-daily Publication, Circulation 20,000+

Winner: Associate Art Director Cody Tilson for “Area Two” (May 2010), “Drinking in Islamabad” (July 2010) and “Baltimore Heroes” (June 2010)

April 2011

New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Award (NYSSCPA acknowledges journalists for their Excellence in financial reporting)

– Best Magazine Reporting—Over 1,500 Words

Winner: Aram Roston for “Vulture Capitalism” (December 2010)

– Best Magazine Reporting—Under 1,500 Words

Winner: William Poundstone for “How Much Will You Pay?” (June 2010)

Playboy Contributor Steven Kotler won third place in the Association of Health Care Journalists’ Awards in the category of General Interest Magazines on behalf of the piece “The New Psychedelic Renaissance” (April 2010).

March 2011

Executive Editor A.J. Baime won the American Copy Editors Society’s Best Headlines Award in the non-newspaper category.

– Baime was nominated on behalf of his work on the following pieces: 1) “The Big Heat” (November 2010), 2) “Godfather and Son” (April 2010) 3) “Overnight Sensation” (July 2010), 4) “School of Fish” (March 2010) and 5) “The Test of Time” (July 2010).

Playboy Contributor Chris Mooney won the 2011 Wilbur Award for Magazines – Editorial for his Forum commentary “The Born-Again Scientist” (December 2010).

– The Wilbur Award for Magazines – Editorial is an annual award given by the Religion Communications Council for the best journalism in the secular media about religion

Playboy Contributor Aram Roston won third place in the National Headliner Awards—Best Magazine Coverage of a Major News Event for his work on “The Man Who Conned the Pentagon” (January 2010).

2010

October 2010

Playboy’s November 2009 cover featuring Marge Simpson won the “Funniest Cover” in the American Society of Magazine Editor’s (ASME) 2010 Best Cover Contest.

– The cover competed against six other finalists from magazines including The Economist, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated. Marge is now up against 11 other category winners for the Best Cover of the Year Award.

September 2010

Playboy and TBS won Media Industry News’ Print/Web Campaign of the Year for its print and online ad campaign for TBS’ show Neighbors From Hell. The campaign was recognized in a room full of very distinguished marketers from across the country.

– Other competitors included: 1) CFO Publishing—CFO.com; 2) Conde Nast—Proctor & Gamble, Must Have Its; 3) The Economist—Corporate Expectations Barometer; 4) Hearst Integrated Media—Chevy Traverse: Lust Haves; 5) Reader’s Digest—Maxwell House’s “Make a Good Day Great;” 6) Time Inc. Corporate Sales—Intel What’s Next; 7) US Weekly-Diaries of a Celebrity Mom; and 8) WebMD—P&G Iams on WebMD.

March 2010

“The Hurt Locker” won an Academy Award for Best Picture. Playboy’s September 2005 issue ran the article “The Man in the Bomb Suit” by Mark Boal, which inspired the film.

The Playboy Foundation-supported film, “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers,” was nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary (Feature) category.

– The film tells the story of a former Pentagon insider, Daniel Ellsberg, and his fight to reveal truths behind the war in Vietnam. According to Filmmaker Magazine, “As a history lesson, [“The Most Dangerous Man in America”], is as solid as a textbook, stitching together old broadcast footage, first-person testimony, tart excerpts from the Nixon White House tapes, and noir-ish recreations into riveting, revelatory political drama.”

2009

December 2009

Playboy.com Editor Scott Smith is named one of MINonline’s Top 21 Social Media Superstars for his Playboy.com efforts.

Playboy Editorial Director Jimmy Jellinek is named one of Chicago’s Top 40 under 40 honorees. For more information, visit here.

May 2009

Playboy magazine won a New York Press Club award for investigative journalism. The award was in recognition of “Dope,” an article written by T.J. English and edited by Chris Napolitano, which appeared in the magazine’s December 2009 issue.

– “Dope” explores the rise to power of DEA Agent Lee Lucas, who employed shoddy evidence, partnered with thugs and abused the authority of his position, only to be indicted in 2009.

April 2009

Senior Editor Chip Rowe won the 2009 American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Media Award, given to a journalist for outstanding reporting on biological research in either print or broadcast journalism.

– In the November 2008 issue of Playboy, Rowe’s feature “Sexual Male: The Hard Facts,” which was part five of the six-part series, described in detail the findings during the past decade relating to male and female sexual development. The AIBS Media Award was established in 1995 to recognize excellence in reporting on topics pertaining to biological sciences.

 

Notable Published Works by Playboy Editors and Contributors

2011

Playboy Art Director Rob Wilson contributed to Communication Arts magazine as part of a five-person panel selected nationally for their expertise in evaluating illustration.

July 2009

Playboy Executive Editor A.J. Baime published a new book titled, “Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferarri, and their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans.”

– “Go Like Hell” tells the story of how Henry Ford II sought to reinvent a faltering Ford Motor company in the 1960’s – by building a car that could beat Ferrari at the most prestigious and brutal road race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “If you like cars – nay, if you have ever seen a car – you must read this book!” says New York Times bestselling author Garth Stein. “Go Like Hell” is currently available in hardcover from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Read the “Wall Street Journal” review here.

June 2009

Playboy Contributing Editor Jonathan Littman co-wrote a guide to navigating a work life full of undesirable coworkers aptly titled, “I Hate People!: Kick Loose from the Overbearing and Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out of Your Job.”

– Mr. Littman and his co-author, branding expert Marc Hershon, instruct readers how to practice “Solocrafting” to avoid tying the fate of their careers to the irksome individuals around them. “I Hate People” is currently available in hardcover from publisher Little, Brown and Company. Read the “Wall Street Journal” review here.