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Canadian Rockies Annual Wins ‘Best New Magazine’ at 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards

March 21, 2017


by Meghan J. Ward and Dee Larosa

Banff-based mountain culture publishing house, Crowfoot Media, and the Canadian Rockies Annual came home with a slew of awards at the 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards, including Best New Magazine, Feature Writing: Short, Photography: Landscape, Still and Architecture, and Photography: Best Essay or Series. 



It is hard to believe that we first sat down at the Maclab Bistro in September 2014 to conceptualize what would eventually become the Canadian Rockies Annual.

Fast-forward two-and-a-half years, and here we are still buzzing from the incredible news that the magazine just took home the award for Best New Magazine at the 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards. From the time of that first “Maclab meeting”, as it’s come to be known, it would be another seven months before we launched Crowfoot Media, the creative powerhouse behind the publication, and another 15 months before we went to print on Volume 1. It has been a long journey of building not just a magazine but also a business, and for us this award affirms all of those efforts.

In addition to Best New Magazine, the Canadian Rockies Annual also took home a number of other awards:

  • Gold – Feature Writing: Short (for Graeme Pole’s “Designs of the Wild”)
  • Gold – Best Photograph – Landscape, Still and Architecture (Paul Zizka’s “Booming Ice Chasm”)
  • Silver – Best Photography – Landscape, Still and Architecture (Brandon Brown’s “Grizzly”)
  • Gold for Best Photograph: Essay or Series (for Wayne Simpon’s essay, “Alter Egos,” featuring Eric Harvie, Sue Shih and Raphael Slawinski).
One of three portraits Wayne Simpson shot for

One of three portraits Wayne Simpson shot for “Alter Egos”, which won Gold in the category of Photography: Best Essay or Series at the 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards.

The magazine was also a finalist in the categories of:

  • Best Alberta Story (for Tera Swanson’s “Patterns of the Past”)
  • Art Direction for a Single Issue (Dee Larosa)
  • Best Digital Presence: Website (

Our thanks goes out to our core team members, the dozens of creatives we have collaborated with (writers, photographers, and visual artists), our partners, advertisers, retailers, and distributors. And to our readers, subscribers, and anyone who has taken the time to flip through the pages of our inaugural issue – thank you. It’s because of you that independent publishing exists.

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