The Oxford American Wins National Magazine Award

The Oxford American today won the National Magazine Award in the Video category for its original video series, SoLost (http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/sections/solost).

“The National Magazine Award is the highest honor in our industry,” said Warwick Sabin, publisher of The Oxford American. “This recognition not only confirms our standing among the best magazines in the nation, but it also demonstrates that The Oxford American is a leader in presenting content across multiple media formats.”

This is The Oxford American’s third National Magazine Award. Previously the magazine won for Best Single-Topic Issue in 1999 and 2004, and it has been a finalist in numerous categories over the years.

Sabin accepted the award at a ceremony held today at the Hilton New York. Sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, the National Magazine Awards were established in 1966 and have long been recognized as the preeminent awards for magazine journalism.

In winning the award this year, The Oxford American triumphed over four other finalists: The New York Times Magazine, Slate, Entertainment Weekly, and Chow. This is the second year in a row that The Oxford American’s SoLost series has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in the Video category.

“When we first outlined the concept for SoLost in 2009, we wanted to translate the mission and sensibility of The Oxford American to a video format,” Sabin said. “That meant creating a series that would be serious, bold, irreverent, playful, and most importantly, an accurate and honest portrayal of the South as it exists today. If this National Magazine Award is confirmation that we succeeded, then the credit largely belongs to our videographer, Dave Anderson.”

SoLost is directed and photographed by Dave Anderson, who has been recognized as “one of the shooting stars of the American photo scene” by Germany’s fotoMAGAZIN and named a “Rising Star” by Photo District News. A multi-talented image-maker, Anderson worked in the Clinton White House and at MTV before discovering photography. His acclaimed first project, “Rough Beauty,” was the winner of the 2005 National Project Competition awarded by Center, Santa Fe and was published with an essay by Anne Wilkes Tucker. Vince Aletti of The New Yorker has called his work “as clear-eyed and unsentimental as it is soulful and sympathetic.” Anderson’s work has been featured in magazines from Esquire to Stern and can be found in the collections of prominent museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans; the Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

SoLost is available for free viewing at: http://www.oxfordamerican.org/articles/sections/solost

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