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National Geographic, Female Writers Dominate List of National Magazine Award Hopefuls

National Geographic MagazineWhen the American Society of Magazine Editors announced its finalists for the National Magazine Awards, the list included often-recognized—and little-recognized—names.

The field of the 2013 National Magazine Award hopefuls was announced this week, with a century-plus old and oft-recognized title—National Geographic—leading the charge with seven nominations.

But the yellow-spined magazine isn’t the only notable dominating the list of finalists; female reporters and writers are doing the same, claiming 17 of the 34 spots available, as well as representation in every one of this year’s 23 categories.

That’s quite an improvement over last year’s field, in which women were nominated for seven of 24 writing or reporting slots but received no recognition in four categories.

National Geographic, first published in 1888, is up for an Ellie—so named for the Alexander Calder stabile “Elephant” presented to each winner—in the following categories:

  • General Excellence, Print in News, Sports and Entertainment Magazines;
  • General Excellence, Digital Media;
  • Photography;
  • Feature Photography for August’s “In the Shadow of Wounded Knee” by Alexandra Fuller with photographs by Aaron Huey;
  • Website;
  • Tablet Magazine; and
  • Multimedia for its November iPad edition “Cheetahs on Edge.”

The highest award in the magazine industry and often likened to the Pulitzer Prize, the Ellies will be officially presented Thursday, May 2 in New York City.

Bestowed annually since 1966, the National Magazine Awards have evolved as the publishing world has, expanding to recognize excellence in digital media, such as websites, video, tablet editions and the like.

For a complete list of finalists, visit the American Society of Magazine Editors website here.