National Geographic magazine was nominated for National Magazine Awards for best photography and best tablet edition on Thursday.
The January, November, and December 2014 issues were submitted to the judges for consideration in photography. Those issues featured cover stories on indigenous defenders of the Amazon, zombie parasites, and the joy of food.
The nominees for general excellence in general interest include Politico, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Wired, and GQ. The nominees for magazine of the year are Cosmopolitan, New York, Vogue, Hollywood Reporter, and Better Homes and Gardens. First-time nominees include Grantland, Politico, and Refinery29, among a field of 66 publications to receive recognition.
The annual National Magazine Awards are considered the premier awards for magazine journalism and are administered by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Winners will be announced in New York on February 2.
This year saw 1,548 entries from 263 publications in 24 categories. The 340 judges represent a broad swath of the magazine industry.
The National Magazine Awards were launched in 1966, with Look magazine receiving the first honor. Awards for digital journalism were introduced in 1997.
Over the years National Geographic has won 23 National Magazine Awards. Last year, the magazine was honored for best tablet edition and best multimedia feature.
The awards are also called "Ellies," after the Alexander Calder-designed "Elephant" statue that's presented to each winner.