Awards

Canada’s most honoured magazine since 2004

2013

36th National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Finalist

2012

35th National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Finalist

Canadian Online Publishing Awards

Gold, Consumer Magazine
  • Best Companion Website: walrusmagazine.com
Silver, Consumer Magazine
  • Best Web Design: walrusmagazine.com by Matthew McKinnon

2011

34th National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Finalist

Canadian Online Publishing Awards

Gold, Consumer Magazine
Silver, Consumer Magazine
Finalist, Consumer Magazine

Advertising and Design Club of Canada

Gold

2010

33rd National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Finalist

Canadian Online Publishing Awards

Finalist

2009

32nd National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Finalist

Utne Independent Press Awards

The Walrus won the 2009 Utne Independent Press Award for Best Writing. The awards, presented by the Utne Reader, were given on the evening of May 18, 2009, at the Independent Magazine Conference in Boulder, Colorado. “The goal is to honor independently minded publications that don’t shy away from tough stories and innovative ideas,” the magazine explained.

The editors said:

It is, once again, the year of The Walrus. Since launching in 2003, the Canadian general interest magazine “with an international outlook” has nabbed three Utne Independent Press Award nominations, taking the prize in 2004 for best new publication. Five years later and counting, it’s been consistently delightful to read—and last year the magazine outdid itself, its sparkling articles and fluid essays orbiting high above the rest of us earthbound publications.

As a digest charged with reprinting “the best of the alternative press,” we were exceptionally grateful to have it at our disposal. We culled Moira Farr’s exquisite “Minor Keys” about the emotional power of music and Charles Montgomery’s droll and heartwarming “Me Want More Square Footage.” All year long, the magazine’s Field Notes bulged with unpredictable global vignettes, from a visit to Somaliland’s only mental hospital to the history of Paraguay’s 100-year-old colony of Germans.

Walrus writers have a knack for telling personal stories and infusing them with contemporary meaning, giving its global news a beating, human heart. In “The First Little Mosque on the Prairie,” for example, a family saga gives way to the history of Islam in Canada. “Fat of the Land” whisks readers along on a trip to Borneo, unraveling the human and environmental consequences of the trans fat ban. Pick up The Walrus and you will read about things you never knew existed; you will be delighted, challenged, and, above all, sated.

Read more at utne.com.

Advertising and Design Club of Canada

Silver
  • Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article: “Our Faces, Our Selves” by Antonio De Luca, Bree Seeley, and Chris Lee (photography by Giles Revell and Matt Willey)
Two merit awards

2008

31st National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Finalist

Prix Pictet

The Prix Pictet is given to photography projects that highlight sustainability issues. The inaugural winner was Walrus contributor Benoit Aquin, for his photo gallery “The Chinese Dust Bowl,” about the desertification of farmland in China.

In presenting the award to Aquin, Kofi Annan, former secretary-general of the United Nations, said, “It is my hope that the Prix Pictet will help to deepen understanding of the changes taking place in our world and raise public awareness about the urgency of taking preventative action.”

Advertising and Design Club of Canada

Silver
  • Art direction for a single magazine page or spread: “The Counterpart” by Antonio De Luca, Paul Kim, Chris Lee, and Bree Seeley (illustration by Petra Mrzyk and Jean-François Moriceau)
  • Illustration: “Parallel Universe” by Graham Roumieu
  • Illustration: “Tunneling Through Time” by Chris Lee
  • Magazine cover: “Lightness of Being (The Queen)” by Antonio De Luca, Paul Kim, Chris Lee, and Bree Seeley (photograph by Chris Levine)

Arthur Kroeger Award for Public Discourse

Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs:

Devoted to insightful, informed discussion of Canadian current affairs, The Walrus magazine has quickly established itself as one of the best periodicals in Canada, and the only one of its type. The jury notes that:

For nearly five years now, The Walrus has been serving up compelling and thought-provoking ideas in an eclectic mix of enticingly-written articles, essays, and reviews. It has established itself as a periodical that digs deep, with a critical eye, into issues both mundane and arcane, from a perspective both Canadian and global. We all know how extraordinarily challenging the magazine industry in Canada can be. Nevertheless, reader by reader, The Walrus has been expanding its reach. It is now clearly tapping the shoulders of key thinkers and decision-makers in this country.

2007

30th National Magazine Awards

Magazine of the year
Gold
Silver
Finalist

Advertising and Design Club of Canada

Gold
Silver
Eight merit awards

2006

29th National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Alexander Ross Award for Best New Writer
Finalist
  • Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article:Is Africa’s Pain Black America’s Burden?” by Antonio De Luca
  • Art Direction for a Single Magazine Article:Strange Journey” by Antonio De Luca
  • Arts and Entertainment:Striking Back at the Empire” by Andrew Clark
  • Business:Shifting Sands” by Don Gillmor
  • Columns:In Memory Of,” “Missing Mordecai,” and “What Lies Beneath” by Ken Alexander
  • Essays:Totally Genius” by Dan Falk
  • Essays:The Wilderness Within” by Adam Gilders
  • Essays:America the Beautiful” by Don Gillmor
  • Essays:The Rising Fall of the American Empire” by James Laxer
  • Fiction: “Catechism” by Wayne Johnston
  • Fiction:Miss You Already” by Merilyn Simonds
  • Illustration: “Torrential Reign” by Jason Logan
  • Illustration: “Wireless” by Julie Morstad
  • Illustration: “A Decentralized Day” by Leif Parsons
  • Illustration: “Green Party Blues” by Mark Saunders
  • Illustration: “Good Guys, Bad Guys, and Little Guys” by Seth Scriver
  • Illustration: “Arsenal of Illusion” by Balint Zsako
  • Investigative Reporting:A Gentle Revolution” by Monte Paulsen
  • Photojournalism and Photo Essay:Al Rashad” by Rita Leistner
  • Politics and Public Interest:A Tribute Paid to Reason” by Chris Tenove
  • Politics and Public Interest:Shifting Sands” by Don Gillmor
  • Portrait Photography: “Corporate Cannabis” by Kourosh Keshiri
  • Science, Technology, and the Environment:Totally Genius” by Dan Falk
  • Science, Technology, and the Environment:Danger Signs” by Larry Frolick
  • Spot Illustration: “To Catch a Fish” by David Collier
  • Spot Illustration: “My Tennis Game” by Clayton Hanmer
  • Spot Illustration: “Tusky/Letters” by Jeff Ladouceur
  • Spot Illustration: “The Dictator Debt Catch” by Graham Roumieu
  • Spot Illustration: “Til Decree Do Us Part” by Sam Weber
  • Sports and Recreation:To Catch a Fish” by John DeMont
  • Travel:Israel on the Brink” by David Berlin
  • Travel:Danger Signs” by Larry Frolick
  • Travel:America the Beautiful” by Don Gillmor
  • Words and Pictures:The Forest’s Edge” by Ken Alexander, Antonio De Luca, Patrick Lane, and Eamon Mac Mahon

Advertising and Design Club of Canada

Gold
Silver
Nine merits

2005

28th National Magazine Awards

Gold
Silver
Finalist

2004

27th National Magazine Awards

Gold
Finalist
  • Essays: “Resisting the Veil” by Margaret Atwood
  • Essays:Ich Bin Ein Indianer” by Adam Gilders
  • Humour:Reader Rage” by Douglas Bell
  • Photojournalism and Photo Essay:Blind Trust” by Eamon Mac Mahon
  • Politics and Public Interest:Reasonable Doubts” by Larry Krotz
  • Politics and Public Interest:Blind Trust” by Marci McDonald
  • Still-Life Photography: “One Man’s Trash” by Douglas Coupland
  • Travel:The Genius of Django” by Deborah Kirshner

Utne Independent Press Awards

The Walrus has won the 2004 Utne Independent Press Award for Best New Title:

“To call The Walrus Toronto’s answer to Harper’s is to put it in fine company, but doesn’t quite convey what makes it so good in its own right. Smart, literary, and quintessentially Canadian, this quasi-monthly is a flash of brilliance from the city with the hottest magazine scene in the hemisphere.”

The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals across multiple platforms, publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year in print, tablet, and mobile editions; curating and producing the national series of public Walrus Talks; convening annual sector-based leadership dinners; posting original, high-quality content daily at thewalrus.ca; and designing such digital projects as Walrus Ebooks and Walrus TV. The foundation also trains young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.