National Geographic magazine was nominated for "magazine of the year" on Thursday in the National Magazine Awards for Print and Digital Media. National Geographic was also nominated in the best photography category and for having the best single issue, which was all about climate change.
The other nominees for magazine of the year—considered the most prestigious of the awards—include The Atlantic, The Hollywood Reporter, New York, and The New Yorker. Vogue won that award last year.
The annual National Magazine Awards are 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 1, at an event that marks the 50th anniversary of the awards.
"We're honored to be nominated for these prestigious awards, and among such talented competition," said Susan Goldberg, Editor in Chief of National Geographic. "These nominations are a tribute to our staff of wonderful photographers, writers, graphic artists and editors. We're proud of their work every day."
National Geographic's climate issue featured a stories about how Germany is taking dramatic steps to transition to solar and wind energy and how melting ice is changing life for Greenland's hunters. The issue's digital expression included an interactive that let readers explore the energy mix of their own countries and explanatory videos featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy.
In the photography category, National Geographic submitted issues with cover stories about the war on science, Pope Francis, and the Virgin Mary. For magazine of the year, National Geographic submitted issues with cover stories on ivory, Pope Francis, and global warming.
This year's National Magazine Awards saw 1,590 entries from 282 publications, with several receiving first-ever nominations, including BuzzFeed News and Eater. New York magazine received the most nominations, with 9. The New York Times magazine received 7 nominations. Other multi-finalists include GQ with six; The New Yorker with five; Bon Appetit with four; and Matter, National Geographic and Poetry, each with three.
The awards were launched in 1966, with Look magazine receiving the first honor. Awards for digital journalism were introduced in 1997.
The awards are also called "Ellies," after the Alexander Calder-designed "Elephant" statue that's presented to each winner.
Over the years National Geographic has won 25 National Magazine Awards. Last year the magazine won for best photography and for best tablet edition, a category that was eliminated this year.