Scottish Magazine Awards 2013 – the winners

The Drum has been named Magazine of the Year at the 2013 Scottish Magazine Awards hosted by PPA Scotland.

The title also won Business & Professional Magazine of the Year, as well as the award for Business & Professional Magazine Design and Editor Gordon Young triumphed in the Business & Professional Magazine Editor of the Year category.

More than 300 guests joined in the celebrations at the gala dinner and award ceremony hosted by comedienne Susan Calman on Thursday 12 December at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh.

The Murray Cochran Award, sponsored by The Scots Magazine, went to Peter Martin, General Manager Magazines, Menzies Distribution, for his outstanding 33 years’ service to the Scottish magazine publishing industry.

The award was established in 2009 to recognise the outstanding achievement and contribution made by an individual to the Scottish magazine publishing industry.

Edinburgh-based publisher White Light Media took home two awards: Fraser Allen was named Publisher of the Year and its drinks title Hot Rum Cow was awarded Consumer Magazine Design of the Year.

The People’s Friend, published by DC Thomson, won Consumer Magazine of the Year and Big Issue Editor Paul McNamee took home the award for Consumer Magazine Editor of the Year.

PPA Scotland Business Manager Nikki Simpson said: "Our eleventh successful Scottish Magazine Awards are testament to just how strong the magazine publishing sector is in Scotland.

“The standard of entries was exceptionally high and well done to all our winners but especially The Drum, in what has been an outstanding year for the team.”

The 2013 Scottish Magazine Award winners

Scottish Magazine of the Year

The Drum – Carnyx Group

Brand Extension of the Year

The Scottish Dental Show – Connect Communications

Business & Professional Magazine of the Year

The Drum – Carnyx Group

Business & Professional Magazine Design of the Year

The Drum – Carnyx Group

Business & Professional Magazine Editor of the Year

Gordon Young - The Drum, Carnyx Group

Consumer Magazine of the Year

The People’s Friend – DC Thomson

Consumer Magazine Design of the Year

Hot Rum Cow – White Light Media

Consumer Magazine Editor of the Year

Paul McNamee – The Big Issue

Customer Magazine of the Year

Discover NLS – Think

Business & Professional Magazine Writer of the Year

Katie MacKintosh – Holyrood, Holyrood Communications

Consumer Magazine Feature Writer of the Year

Adam Forrest – The Big Issue

The Murray Cochran Award

Peter Martin – General Manager Magazines, Menzies Distribution

Internal Magazine of the Year

Slainte – NHS Western Isles

Magazine Cover of the Year

Holyrood ‘Hung out to Dry’ – Holyrood Communications

Online Presence of the Year – The List

Publisher of the Year

Fraser Allen – White Light Media

Sales Performance of the Year

Antony Begley – 55 North

Small Publishing Company Magazine of the Year

Menopause Matters – Menopause Matters

The judges were: Sally Cartwright (ex-Hello! Magazine, ABC Chairman and Chairman of Judges), Gordon Adam (Business Development and Communications Manager, Royal Society of Edinburgh), Nick Alexander (Chairman, Acorn Web Offset), Grace Aungier (Chief Executive, Magazines Ireland), Alastair Balfour (Director, Company Creators), Kathy Crawford Hay (Publishing Consultant, ex-PPA Scotland), Nick Haworth (Director, Primitive Media), Rebecca Heaney (Managing Director, RAPP Edinburgh), Peter Houston (Director, Flipping Pages, Consultant and Trainer), Margaret Hughes (Journalism Course Leader, University of West of Scotland), Ally Palmer (Director, Palmer Watson) and David Riddell (Publishing Consultant, ex-Homes & Interiors Scotland).

The awards were sponsored by: Acorn Web Offset, Air Business, Dovetail, Greenroom Films, Headley Brothers, Magfest, Matthew Ball Design, MCL Edinburgh, Menzies Distribution, Midton Acrylics, Paramount Printers, Pensord, and Primitive Media.

About the Professional Publishers Association (PPA)

The PPA says: “PPA is the association for magazine publishers and providers of consumer, customer and business media in the UK. PPA’s role is to promote, protect and advance the interests of the industry in general and member companies in particular and has been doing so for 100 years.

PPA’s membership consists of some 220 publishing companies ranging from consumer magazine publishers to business-to-business data and information providers, customer magazine publishers and smaller independent companies.

PPA Scotland represents member organisations from the Scottish magazine publishing industry and launched the Scottish Magazine Awards in 2003. The current Chairman of PPA Scotland is Alan Ramsay, Connect Communications.”