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BSME 2020 Talent Awards – shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2020 British Society of Magazine Editors Talent Awards has been announced.

BSME 2020 Talent Awards – shortlist announced

The BSME Talent Awards recognise the best writers, designers, sub-editors, production teams and support staff in the UK magazine sector.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 24 June at a special online announcement. As well as individual awards, there are prizes for the magazine with the best scoops, innovations and campaigns of 2019. 

The BSME Talent Awards runs every summer for departmental heads, deputies and wider editorial team members, complementing the main annual BSME Awards for editors. Winners will receive a trophy, certificate and kudos for being at the top of their game, say the organisers.

BSME Chair Maria Pieri said: “Anyone who's worked on magazines knows that editorial success is a team effort – our Talent Awards are designed to recognise those who put in the graft behind the scenes, from writers to designers, production specialists to office managers and editorial assistants. The standard of entries this year proves the UK has a vibrant magazine sector, fizzing with ideas and brilliant storytelling.”

The shortlist:

BEST SUBBING / PRODUCTION TEAM

  • BBC Countryfile Magazine:  Margaret Bartlett, Maria Hodson - Immediate Media (Bristol)
  • Disney Magazines:  Moray Laing, Karen Stewart, Hannah Tibbetts - Immediate Media
  • Stella and The Telegraph Magazine:  Charlotte Cox, Joanna Morris, Tina Nandha, Stacey Thomson - Telegraph Media Group
  • The Sunday Times Travel Magazine:  Nuala Harvey, Paula Rodney - News UK
  • The Week Junior:  Phil Clough, Vanessa Harriss, Hugh Porter - Dennis Publishing
  • Time Out Media:  Sarah Cohen, Kei Kikuchi - Time Out
  • Waitrose & Partners Food:  Sarah Cobbold, Susannah Ewart-Jones, Diana Gollop, Claire Hills, Hayley Pawley - John Brown Media
  • Which?:  Joanna Bregosz, Angus Dawson, Claire Kielczewska, Hannah McEwen, Melinda Powers, Paul Ryan, Jack Tomlin, Melanie Train, Alastair Warman - Which? Ltd

BEST ART TEAM

  • BBC Science Focus Magazine:  Steve Boswell, James Cutmore, Joe Eden, Jenny Price - Immediate Media (Bristol)
  • Drapers:  Alison Fisher, Anisha Panchasara - EMAP Publishing Ltd
  • Modus:  Rob Hearn, Sam Walker - Sunday
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK):  Lauren Atkinson-Smith, Lauren Gamp, Kelly McKenna, Olly Puglisi, Becky Redman - APL Media
  • Sainsbury's magazine:  Cassie Eade, Sarah Knight - SevenC3
  • Stella Magazine:  Sinead Ham, Jason Morris - Telegraph Media Group
  • The Telegraph Magazine:  Alicia Field, Andy Greenacre, Mark Hickling, Matthew Levett, Will Martin, Kuchar Swara - Telegraph Media Group
  • Times Luxx: Lee Belcher, Matilda de Lageneste, David McKendrick, Cindy Parthonnaud, Ed Seymour  - News UK
  • Top Gear:  Peter Barnes, Andy Franklin, Mark Riccioni, Elliott Webb - BBC Studios

BEST SECTION EDITOR / TEAM

  • Delicious. Magazine: delicious. Food Team - Sophie Austen-Smith, Jen Bedloe, Olivia Spurrell - Eye to Eye Media
  • Digital Spy: Soaps Editor - Daniel Kilkelly - Hearst Magazines UK
  • Goodhousekeeping.com/uk: Digital Team - Caroline Bloor, Joanne Finney, Verity Mann, Ciara McGinley, Susanne Norris, Francesca Rice, Keren Sim, Megan Sutton, Simon Swift, Isabella Thorpe Woods - Hearst Magazines UK
  • GQ.co.uk: Fashion Team - Faye Fearon, Zak Maoui, Angelo Mitakos, Teo van den Broeke - Condé Nast Britain
  • Hearst Lifestyle Hub: Consumer Affairs Team - Caroline Bloor, Joanne Finney, Kalpana Fitzpatrick, Emilie Martin, Susanne Norris, Bella Thorpe-Woods - Hearst Magazines UK
  • olive: Cookery Team - Adam Bush, Amanda James, Janine Ratcliffe - Immediate Media
  • Pulse: News & investigations team  - Lea Legraien, Sofia Lind, Nicola Merrifield, Anviksha Patel, Emma Wilkinson - Cogora
  • The Week Junior: Features Editor - Ben Isaacs - Dennis Publishing
  • Wired: Start Section Team - Amit Katwala, Gian Volpicelli - Condé Nast Britain

BEST DESIGNER

  • 1843 Magazine:  Jake Read - The Economist Group
  • Disney Magazines:  Jo Cloke - Immediate Media,  Immediate Media,  Immediate Media,  Immediate Media
  • Elle Decoration:  Jack Melrose - Hearst Magazines UK
  • Guardian Weekend Magazine:  Pauline Doyle - Guardian Media Group
  • Modus:  Rob Hearn - Sunday
  • National Geographic Traveller Food/National Geographic Traveller:  Lauren Gamp - APL Media
  • Top Gear: Elliott Webb - BBC Studios
  • Waitrose & Partners Food:  Katerina Varnavides - John Brown Media

BEST WRITER - BUSINESS

  • AJ (Architects’ Journal):  Frances Williams - EMAP Publishing Ltd
  • Campaign:  Gideon Spanier - Haymarket Business Media
  • Drapers:  Emily Sutherland - EMAP Publishing Ltd
  • Drapers:  Harriet Brown - EMAP Publishing Ltd
  • Evo:  Adam Towler - Dennis Publishing
  • Inside Housing:  Jack Simpson - Ocean Media Group Limited
  • Inside Housing:  Nathaniel Barker - Ocean Media Group Limited

BEST PRINT WRITER - CONSUMER

  • GQ:  Stuart McGurk - Condé Nast Britain
  • Grazia:  Laura Antonia Jordan - Bauer Media Group
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK):  Amelia Duggan - APL Media
  • National Geographic Traveller Food/National Geographic Traveller:  Farida Zeynalova - APL Media
  • New Scientist:  Graham Lawton - New Scientist Ltd
  • The Sunday Times Travel Magazine:  Alicia Miller - News UK
  • Times Luxx:  Gavanndra Hodge - News UK
  • Top Gear: Rowan Horncastle - BBC Studios

BEST DIGITAL WRITER - CONSUMER

  • elle.com/uk:  George Driver - Hearst Magazines UK
  • Goodhousekeeping.com/uk:  Megan Sutton - Hearst Magazines UK
  • GQ.co.uk:  Olive Pometsey - Condé Nast Britain
  • newscientist.com:  Adam Vaughan - New Scientist Ltd
  • topgear.com:  Greg Potts - BBC Studios
  • topgear.com:  Ollie Kew - BBC Studios
  • Wanderlust:  Peter Moore - Wanderlust Travel Media
  • which.co.uk:  Sarah Ingrams - Which? Ltd
  • wired.co.uk:  Matt Reynolds - Condé Nast Britain

BEST FEATURE IDEA – PRINT

  • Cosmopolitan: Meet the Scavengers - Kate Pasola - Hearst Magazines UK
  • Glamour: How wellness got whitewashed - Anita Bhagwandas - Condé Nast Britain
  • GQ: The Trial Of Shamima Begum - Jonathan Heaf, Anthony Loyd - Condé Nast Britain
  • National Geographic Traveller (UK): Can we save the coral reefs? - Tamsin Wressell - APL Media
  • Property Week: The Great Section 106 and CIL scandal - Graham Lanktree - EMAP Publishing Ltd
  • Songlines: Music and the Climate Crisis - Paulina Stopka - Mark Allen Group
  • Which?: The hidden cost of your smartphone - Emily Seymour, Aaron West - Which? Ltd
  • Wired: A very modern masterpiece - Victoria Turk - Condé Nast Britain

BEST CONTENT IDEA – DIGITAL

  • Campaign: Crisis at M&C Saatchi - Gideon Spanier - Haymarket Business Media
  • GQ.co.uk: Marcus Rashford interview - Paul Henderson, Jermaine Jenas, Elliot Morgan, Mateo Notsuke - Condé Nast Britain
  • Time Out Media: The 48 Best Cities in the World in 2019 - James Manning - Time Out
  • topgear.com: Top Gear 24 (TG24) - Topgear.com team - BBC Studios

BEST PICTURE EDITOR / RESEARCHER

  • 1843 Magazine:  Melanie Grant - The Economist Group
  • Elle Decoration:  Sharon O'Neill - Hearst Magazines UK
  • Guardian Weekend Magazine:  Kate Edwards, Caroline Hunter - Guardian Media Group
  • Metropolitan Eurostar, Metropolitan, Land Rover Magazine:  Rebecca Naylor - Cedar Communications
  • Telegraph Magazine:  Andy Greenacre - Telegraph Media Group
  • The Sunday Times Travel Magazine:  Kate Hockenhull - News UK
  • The Week Junior:  Rachel Billings - Dennis Publishing
  • Waitrose & Partners Food:  Alice Patient - John Brown Media

BEST SCOOP

  • C+D: Medicine Shortages - Thomas Cox - Informa
  • cosmopolitan.com/uk: I Buried My Grief interview - Cat Harvey Jenner - Hearst Magazines UK
  • Inside Housing: Barking Fire Risk Assessment - Jack Simpson - Ocean Media Group Limited
  • Pulse: GP Practices Closing - Lea Legraien - Cogora
  • Which? Travel: The camera doesn’t lie (but car hire companies do) - Guy Hobbs - Which? Ltd

BEST DEPUTY

  • Auto Express: Stuart Milne - Dennis Publishing
  • Good Housekeeping: Terry Barbrook - Hearst Magazines UK
  • goodhousekeeping.com/UK:  Francesca Rice - Hearst Magazines UK
  • National Geographic Traveller Food:  Nicola Trup - APL Media
  • The Observer Magazine:  Shahesta Shaitly - Guardian Media Group
  • Times Luxx:  Lisa Grainger - News UK
  • Top Gear:  Jack Rix - BBC Studios
  • WW Magazine:  Andrea Leebody - The River Group

BEST EDITORIAL ASSISTANT

  • AJ (Architects’ Journal):  Rupert Bickersteth - EMAP Publishing Ltd
  • BBC Science Focus Magazine:  Amy Barrett - Immediate Media (Bristol)
  • Dare (Superdrug):  Annie Whitfield - The River Group
  • Girl Talk:  Carly Hacon - Immediate Media
  • Prospect Magazine:  Rebecca Liu - Prospect Publishing Ltd
  • Pulse:  Eleanor Philpotts - Cogora
  • Stella and The Telegraph Magazine:  Anna Clarke - Telegraph Media Group

THE 2020 FIONA MACPHERSON NEW EDITOR

  • 1843 Magazine:  Rosie Blau - The Economist Group
  • Digital Spy:  Laurence Mozafari - Hearst Magazines UK
  • Icon Magazine:  Priya Khanchandani - Media 10 Ltd
  • The Week Junior:  Felicity Capon - Dennis Publishing

BEST INNOVATION

  • BBC Countryfile Magazine: BBC Countryfile: The Plodcast - Jack Bateman, Ben Youatt - Immediate Media (Bristol)
  • Disney Frozen Magazines: Disney Frozen Magazines - Jen Anstruther, Lizzie Barber, Alessandro Clerico, Jo Cloke, Molly Edwards, Siobhan Gallagher, Maria Goodspeed, Rowena Kinghorn, Monica Labrosse, Marie Le Fevre, Stacy Roe, Karen Stewart, Hannah Tibbetts, Liv Wood - Immediate Media
  • Stella Magazine: Stella: Show Guide and Post Event Feature - Stella Magazine Team, Marianne Jones - Telegraph Media Group
  • Survivor Stories: Launch of site to tell stories of rape survivors  - Lizzy Dening - Survivor Stories

BEST CAMPAIGN

  • Boundless: Boundless – 50 Great Drives - Harriet Dixon, Richard Jenkins, Dan Read - Immediate Media (Bristol)
  • C+D: #MedicineShortagesWeek  - Thomas Cox - Informa
  • Grazia: Ban The ‘Rough Sex’ Defence campaign - Rhiannon Evans, Anna Silverman - Bauer Media Group
  • Inside Housing: End Our Cladding Scandal - Inside Housing editorial - Ocean Media Group Limited
  • which.co.uk: Stop fake reviews - Neena Bhati, Daniel Dalton, Tommy Handley, Paul Lester, Hannah Walsh - Which? Ltd
  • Women's Health: Project Body Love  - Claire Sanderson, Nikki Osman - Hearst Magazines UK