Design gurus David Hillman and Simon Esterson are to lead the judging for the ninth Press Gazette Magazine Design Awards.
And for the second year, the event will run in tandem with the Magazine Journalism Awards – which will again reward excellence in magazine feature writing, reporting and sub-editing.
In recognition of the growing importance of websites and other digital platforms, there is a new category for digital journalist of the year.
Press Gazette editor-in-chief Tony Loynes said: ‘The judging process will be rigorous, scrupulously fair and carried out by some of the most respected figures in the industry. That means these awards are among the most prestigous prizes in the magazine world.
‘While we take the judging extremely seriously, the event itself should be great fun; a celebration of the people who make UK magazines the envy of the publishing world.”
Presenting the prizes at this year’s event will be the comedian and TV presenter Daisy Donovan. Other confirmed judges include Jeremy Leslie, group creative director of John Brown Publishing and Suzanne Sykes, launch art director of Grazia and Marie Claire. The venue is Cuban-themed bar Floridita in Soho, London, on Thursday 18 October.
The categories for the Magazine Design Awards are: young designer of the year; best designed features spread; best new design/redesign; best front cover; best use of typography; best use of illustration; and magazine designer of the year.
The best designed magazine category has been divided into sections for B2B, consumer magazines over and under 40,000 circulation, and customer magazines.
In the Magazine Journalism Awards there are prizes for: exclusive of the year; feature writer; interviewer; columnist; news reporter; business reporter; subbing team; reviewer; and digital journalist of the year.
Work must have been carried out between 1 August 2006 and 8 September 2007. The closing date for entries is 8 September and the shortlist will be announced on www.pressgazette.co.uk on 2 October. See www.magazineawards.co.uk.