One of the pleasures of walking into the Vegas Seven office each day is crossing paths with a creative team that sees the world from idiosyncratic angles and shares its visions with style and joy. That approach paid off for the magazine at the Nevada Press Association banquet on September 28 in Elko, where Vegas Seven took home 18 statewide awards, including eight first-place honors.
Matt Jacob’s Going for Broke, with its biting humor and sharp perspectives on sports betting, was honored for Best Column among weekly publications, topping off a Vegas Seven sweep in the category (David G. Schwartz’s column, Green Felt Journal, took second, and Michael Green’s Politics column won third). In the Best Feature category, Jason Scavone’s fascinating and deeply intuitive feature on the cult-film director Ted Mikels, “Ted Mikels Will Not Let Go,” won top honors for Best Feature, and Stacy J. Willis’ haunting “Ronda and the Dark Angel” took second. Art director Christopher A. Jones won first place for both Best Overall Design and Best Cover Design.
Staff photographer Anthony Mair also took home multiple honors: Best Portrait, for his powerful photo of UNLV big men Anthony Bennett, Mike Moser and Khem Birch for our 2012 basketball preview (he also took second prize in the portrait category, for his July 14, 2012, cover shot of Frankie Moreno), and Best Photo Essay for his work on our 2012 A&E Fall Preview.
Meanwhile, the whole team shared the heavy lifting on Vegas Seven’s Best of the City package, which won Best Special Section. The good news wasn’t limited to the newsroom: Vegas Seven’s advertising team won the NPA’s prestigious General Excellence award for the third year in a row. Congratulations to all of our award winners—that’s 62 NPA nods in less than four years of publication. And here’s to more great storytelling and visionary art in the years ahead.