AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
The Awards of Excellence competition honors overall excellence throughout a publication. Honors are given in each EPA membership category. The top award in each category is the “Award of Excellence”; judges may also give “Awards of Merit.”
Award of Excellence: Physician, Scott DeNicola, editor; Jan Koenig, art director; Focus on the Family, publisher. The judge said, “You know your focus and meet the needs well. There is a good mix here, written so that the tired physician at the end of the day can find material that is uplifting, encouraging and informational.”Awards of Merit: Christian Camp & Conference Journal, Alison Hayhoe, editor; Mike Hames, art director; Christian Camping International/ USA, publisher; Leadership, Marshall Shelley, editor; Raymond Whitlock, art director; Christianity Today Inc., publisher; Women of the Harvest, Stephanie Nelson, editor; Cindy Blomquist and Fred Zietz, art directors; Women of the Harvest Ministries Intl., publisher.
Judge: Roger C. Palms, past president of EPA and former editor of Decision magazine.
Award of Excellence: Youth and Christian Education Leadership, Wanda Griffith, editor; Ariel Vasquez, art director; Pathway Press, publisher. The judge said, “This publication is exceptionally well done. In every area you are working hard to create a fine magazine. You have done superior work.”Awards of Merit: Alliance Life, Mark Failing, editor; Beryl Glass, art director; The Christian and Missionary Alliance, publisher; Contact, Jack Williams, editor; Randall House Publications, art director; National Assoc. of Free Will Baptists, publisher.
Judge: Roger C. Palms
Award of Excellence: Indeed, Chris Tiegreen, editor; Lon Foster, art director; Walk Thru the Bible, publisher. The judge said, “The content and graphics flow together well with no jangling and eye confusion. I would have real trouble trying to improve on this publication. Keep doing what you are doing. This is a winner.”Award of Merit: Our Daily Bread, Kurt De Haan and Tim Gustafson, editors; Terry Bidgood, art director; RBC Ministries, publisher.
Judge: Roger C. Palms
Award of Excellence: Discipleship Journal, Sue Kline, editor; Anne Elhajoui, art director; NavPress, publisher. The judge said, “Good work at focusing on the message without belaboring it. Excellent design architecture. Stories reinforce without repeating.”Awards of Merit: Books & Culture, John Wilson, editor; Jennifer McGuire, art director; Paul D. Robbins, publisher; Reformed Worship, Emily R. Brink, editor; Dean Heetderks, art director; CRC Publications, publisher; Sports Spectrum, Dave Branon, editor; Steve Gier, art director; Sports Spectrum Publications, publisher.
Judge: Jan Colbert, Missouri School of Journalism, in Columbia, Mo.
Award of Excellence: World Vision, Shelly R. Ngo, editor; The Journey Group, art director; World Vision, U.S., publisher. The judge said, “Great writing that personalizes mission work with compassion and genuine appeal. Extraordinary use of documentary photography. Commercial magazines could learn a lot about putting together a magazine from World Vision.”Awards of Merit: Send!, Heidi Chupp, editor; Rod Karmenzind, art director; Gospel for Asia, publisher; Trans World Radio, Dawn Overman, editor; Kathryn Carson and Charlene Hayden, co-art directors; Trans World Radio, publisher; Word Alive, Dave Crough and Dwayne Janke, co-editors; Laird Salkeld, art director; Wycliffe Bible Translators of Canada, publisher.
Judge: Jan Colbert
Award of Excellence: The Voice of the Martyrs, Tom White, editor; Sean Allen, designer; The Voice of the Martyrs, publisher. The judge said, “Amazing! Fantastic! Extremely well-crafted!”Awards of Merit: Money Matters, Chuck Thompson, editor; Sean Allen, designer; Crown Financial Ministries, publisher; Plugged In, Bob Smithouser, editor; Jim Cail, art director; Focus on the Family, publisher; Tween Ages, Jesse Florea, editor; Mike Harrigan, art director; Jody Reiner, designer; Focus on the Family, publisher.
Judge: Joseph Farah, CEO and editor, WorldNetDaily.com
Award of Excellence: Christian Week, Doug Koop and Kelly Rempel, editors; Ryan Roth Bartel, art director; Fellowship for Print Witness, publisher. The judge said, “One of the finest Christian newspapers I have seen both in appearance and content.”Awards of Merit: The Charlotte World, Warren Smith, editor; Kim Pickering, art director; Warren Smith, publisher; Christian Examiner, Lori Arnold, editor; Lamar and Theresa Keener, art directors; Keener Communications Group, publisher; The Southeast Outlook, Ninie O’Hara, editor; Chris Birke, art director; Southeast Christian Church, publisher.
Judge: Joseph Farah
Award of Excellence: The Family Room, John Cooper, editor; Journey Communications, designer; FamilyLife, publisher. The judge said, “This publication fulfills its function extremely well. Good blend of inspirational and practical. A great resource for families.”Awards of Merit: Boundless, Blake Roeber, editor; Superlative Solutions, designer; Focus on the Family, publisher; Christianity Today.com, Ted Olsen, managing editor; Jennifer McGuire, designer; Christianity Today, publisher; Passageway.org, Steve Knight, editor; Matthew Taylor, designer; Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc., publisher.
Judge: Robby Richardson, Director of International Internet Ministries, Gospel Communications International
Award of Excellence: Stillpoint, Patricia C. McKay, editor; Lora E. Maggiacomo, designer; Gordon College, publisher. The judge said, “Your magazine seems to be the perfect stillpoint in this era’s turbulent and frenzied magazine world.”Awards of Merit: Kindred Spirit, Sandra Glahn, editor; Keith Yates, art director; Dallas Theological Seminary, publisher; Worldwide Challenge, Judy Nelson, editor; Journey Group, art director; Campus Crusade for Christ, publisher.
Judge: Gary Warner, Journalism professor at John Brown University and former EPA Executive Director
Award of Excellence: Clubhouse Jr., Annette Bourland, editor; Kathleen Gray Ziegler, art director; Focus on the Family, publisher. The judge said, “A nice read. A nice look. A nice tone. The Christian faith is shared gently and naturally without being pushed.”Awards of Merit: Breakaway, Michael Ross, editor; Tom Hook, art director; Focus on the Family, publisher. Clubhouse, Jesse Florea, editor; Peg Mamalakis, art director, Focus on the Family, publisher.
Judge: Gary Warner
Most Improved Publication
Award of Excellence: Advance, Bill Shepson, editor; Jo Ann Antoine, art director; International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, publisher. The judge said, “A major, even radical redesign in both physical format and design philosophy. The difference between the old and the new is breathtaking.”Awards of Merit: Christian Standard, Mark A. Taylor, editor and publisher; On Mission, Carolyn Curtis, editor; Missy Newby, art director; North American Mission Board, publisher; Samaritan Ministries’ Christian Health Care Newsletter, Ray King, editor; Design Corps, art director; Samaritan Ministries International, publisher.
Judge: William Thorn of the Marquette University Journalism Department in Milwaukee.
First Place: Preaching, “The Gospel of Blood” by Robert ColemanSecond Place: Christian Research Journal, “Context! Context! Context!” by Steve Bright
Third Place: The Voice of the Martyrs, “Trust in the Lord (America, Get Ready!)” by Tom White
Fourth Place: Inside Journal, “Good and Mad: The Angry Jesus” by Rev. Les Fairfield
Fifth Place: Campus Life, “The Bible: Why Bother?” by Mark Galli
Judge: Howard Hendricks, distinguished professor at Dallas Theological Seminary and chairman of the Center for Christian Leadership
Cause of the Year: The Global AIDS Pandemic
First Place: The Charlotte World, “A 21st Century Passage to India” by Warren SmithSecond Place: Christian Reader, “The Princess Warrior” by B. Denise Hawkins
Third Place: The Southeast Outlook, “Just Say ‘No’” by Ninie O’Hara
Fourth Place: Campus Life, “What Can We Do About AIDS?” by Mark Moring
Fifth Place: Decision, “Demonstrating Radical Compassion” by Arthur Ammann, M.D.
Judge: Bruce Sonnenberg, Board President, He Intends Victory, a ministry in Irvine, Calif.
First Place: SCP Journal, “Neale Walsh: Conversations With Myself” by Tal Brooke and Lee PennSecond Place: Christian Research Journal, “Gnostic ‘Christianity’ Revisited” by Daniel Hoffman
Third Place: Christianity Today, “A Distorted Predestination” by John Wilson
Fourth Place: Youth Culture@Today, “The Dave Matthews Band: Venerated Masters of Jam” by Walt Mueller
Fifth Place: AFA Journal, “God on the Big Screen” by Ed Vitagliano
Judge: Chris Willman, senior writer at Entertainment Weekly magazine
First Place: Israel My Glory, “Selling Islam in America” by Elwood McQuaidSecond Place: Church of God Evangel, “A Mother’s Failure” by Bill George
Third Place: Sojourners, “We Pledge Allegiance . . .” by Gerald W. Schlabach
Fourth Place: Books & Culture, “The Death and Life of Bonnie Witherall” by John Wilson
Fifth Place: The Marketplace, “An Extraordinary Invitation” by Gil A. Stricklin
Judge: Russ Pulliam, associate editor and columnist for the Indianapolis Star newspaper and director of the Pulliam Journalism Fellowships
First Place: Plain Truth, “When Adam Wept” by Alan DowdSecond Place: Brio, “I Thought I Was a Christian” by Marty Kasza
Third Place: In Touch, “And Sow On” by Sandy Feit
Fourth Place: The Church Herald, “Rock ’n’ Roll Revelation” by Kenneth Lobb
Fifth Place: Church of God Evangel, “Stairway to Freedom” by Jeff Friend
Judge: Dean Ridings, Sr. Editor – Communications, The Navigators, and former EPA board member
First Place: Christian Home & School, “First Guitar” by Sanya VanderVeen FeddemaSecond Place: Clubhouse, “Bamboo People” by Mitali Perkins
Third Place: On Mission, “My Father Tells Me We Need to Go” by Adam Miller
Fourth Place: Brio, “Soul Survivor” by Kathryn Springer
Fifth Place: Campus Life, “What a Bunch of Losers” by Elesha Coffman
Judge: Liz Curtis Higgs, author of 21 books
First Place: Christian Camp and Conference Journal, “Hitting Home” by Jerry B. JenkinsSecond Place: Indeed, “Lost in Leviticus but Alive in the Word” by Chris Tiegreen
Third Place: Christian Reader, “Just As I Am” by Chris Klein
Fourth Place: Campus Life, “I Lived a Lie” by Holly Vincente Robaina
Fifth Place: Physician, “My Night on Call” by Christine O’Connor Brokaw
Judge: Mike Yorkey, author and collaborator on over 40 books and former editor of Focus on the Family magazine
First Place: Marriage Partnership, “To Neglect Is Divine” by Mark GalliSecond Place: The Lutheran Witness, “The American Christmas” by Gene Edward Veith
Third Place: Leadership, “Gregg’s Other Life” by Jeff W. Smith
Fourth Place: Inside Journal, “The Making — and Remaking — of a Sex Offender” by Becky Beane
Fifth Place: Books & Culture, “The Land” by Gerald McDermott
Judge: Jim Dahlman, former magazine editor and currently associate professor at Milligan College in Tennessee
First Place: Leadership, “My Big Fat Greek Church Family” by Greg AsimakoupoulosSecond Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “The Hampered Chef” by Donna Hill
Third Place: Marriage Partnership, “It’s the Little Things That Count” by Rachael Phillips
Fourth Place: Christian Parenting Today, “Reasonably Happy Trails” by Debbie Farmer
Fifth Place: New Man, “Jesus Loves the Stupid Children” by Dave Meurer
Judge: Dennis Swanberg, speaker, author, and “Minister of Encouragement”
First Place: Marriage Partnership, “Happily Even After” by Paul KortepeterSecond Place: Books & Culture, “Public Intellectual” by Stephen N. Williams
Third Place: Charisma, “He Sees God in the Stars” by Andy Butcher
Fourth Place: Christianity Today, “ ‘Jesusy’ Anne Lamott” by Agnieszka Tennant
Fifth Place: Breakaway, “John Smoltz Is Out of Control” by Jeremy V. Jones
Judge: Holly G. Miller, published author of 13 books and more than 2,000 articles, Anderson University Professional in Residence, and associate editor for The Saturday Evening Post
First Place: Christianity Today, “The Positive Prophet” by Ted OlsenSecond Place: Send!, “In Due Season” by Heidi Chupp
Third Place: Books & Culture, “Living Like a Man” by Christine Bieber
Fourth Place: Christian History, “A Mind on Fire” by Stephen R. Holmes
Fifth Place: Youth Culture@Today, “50 Cent’s Worth” by Walt Mueller
Judge: Bob Welch, columnist at the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Oregon, author of seven books, and winner of Gold Medallion Award
First Place: Books & Culture, “Daddy Long Legs” by Robert SiegelSecond Place: Reformed Presbyterian Witness, “Insomnia” by Leslie Goerner
Third Place: Decision, “Untitled” by Bill Batcher
Fourth Place: Mennonite Brethren Herald, “Nailed Death” by Esther Regehr
Fifth Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Just Right” by Joan Stevenson
Judges: Jill Baumgaertner, Professor of English and Dean of Humanities, Wheaton College
First Place: The Lutheran Witness, “Bethlehem 2,000 Years Later” by David L. MahsmanSecond Place: Christian Reader, “The Sex Lives of Christian Teens” by Jennifer Parker
Third Place: Inside Journal, “Inmates Restore Classics and Their Lives” by Ron Humphrey
Fourth Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “Dirty Little Secret” by Ramona Richards
Fifth Place: Christianity Today, “Biblical Archaeology’s Dusty Little Secret” by Gordon Govier
Judge: Steve Rabey, award-winning freelance journalist from Colorado Springs
First Place: On Mission, Reel Evangelism by various authorsSecond Place: Kindred Spirit, Endure to the Finish by various authors
Third Place: Books & Culture, Civil War by various authors
Fourth Place: Enrichment, Worship in the Church by various authors
Fifth Place: Send!, Asia’s Children by various authors
Judge: Terry White, founder, Minnesota Christian Chronicle and the Christian Communicator, and past EPA president
First Place: Christian Research Journal, “Viewpoint” by Robert A. Harris, Douglas R. Groothuis, and Elliot MillerSecond Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “Life With Liz” by Liz Curtis Higgs
Third Place: Contact, “An Encouraging Word” by Keith Burden
Fourth Place: Minnesota Christian Chronicle, “Editor’s Note” by Bryan Malley
Fifth Place: Reformed Quarterly, “President’s Message” by Dr. Robert C. Cannada Jr.
Judge: Dr. Dennis Hensley, professor of English and director of the Professional Writing Major at Taylor University, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
First Place: Breakaway, “Invasion of the Urban Legends” by Shawn FinleySecond Place: Leadership, “Lose the Tagline” by Ed Koehler
Third Place: Indiana Christian News, “Noah” by David Reddick
Fourth Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Josie and Jake and Coconut, Too” by Stephen Carpenter
Fifth Place: Clubhouse, “Sand Dudes” by Christopher Maselli and John Kanzler
Judge: Chuck Asay, prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Colorado Springs Gazette syndicated with Creators Syndicate Inc.
First Place: Christian Research Journal, “Killing God” by Dwayne CogdillSecond Place: The Lookout, “Worship” by David Strasser and Mike Helm
Third Place: Moody, “God in Our Image” by Scott Ferguson and Jeff Amstutz
Fourth Place: Discipleship Journal, “The Blessings of Beatitude Living” by Laurie LaFrance
Fifth Place: Decision, “Faith in a Time of War” by Peter Taylor
Judge: Tim Walker, creative director of DOXA Total Design Strategy in Fayetteville, AR, and former designer of Life@Work Journal
First Place: Moody, “The Heart of John McCullough” by Chris ParkerSecond Place: Breakaway, “Lost Boy Found” by Stan Watts and Tom Hook
Third Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “The Hampered Chef” by Chris Bellamy
Fourth Place: Reformed Presbyterian Witness, “Remember and Consider” by Nicora Gangi Manwaring
Fifth Place: Clubhouse Jr., “Kids in Spaceship” by Joe Lacey
Judge: Bonnie Rieser, Seattle-based commercial artist and instructor at Cornish College of the Arts
First Place: World Vision, “The Wonder Times” by Jon Warren, photographer, and The Journey Group, designerSecond Place: Decision, “Capturing the Heart of India” by Peter Taylor, designer; Bob Paulson, writer; and Greg Schneider, photographer
Third Place: Today’s Pentecostal Evangel, “AIDS: The Long Goodbye” by Randy Hurst, designer, and Gaylon Wampler, photographer
Fourth Place: Leaders for Today, “City Set on a Hill” by Billy Grimes, photographer, and Tres Rice, designer
Fifth Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Active Duty” by Guy Gerrard, photographer, and The Journey Group, designer
Judge: Jerilee Bennett, award-winning photographer, Colorado Springs Gazette
First Place: World Vision, “Medical Staff Nurse and Brazilian Infant” by Jon WarrenSecond Place: Moody, “The House That Love Built” by Tamara Reynolds
Third Place: Decision, “Northeast Oklahoma Festival” by Greg Schneider
Fourth Place: Word Alive, “African Market” by Dave Crough
Fifth Place: Worldwide Challenge, “Siberian Women” by Guy Gerrard
Judge: Mark Reis, award-winning photographer and deputy photo director, Colorado Springs Gazette
Single Photo/Controlled Setting
First Place: Campus Life, “Surf Camp” by Bill BilsleySecond Place: Christianity Today, “Gracia Burnham” by Eric Steinbakken
Third Place: Enrichment, “If I Had to Do It All Over Again” by David Edmondson
Fourth Place: On Mission, “Backlit Portrait With Pentagram Necklace” by John Swain
Fifth Place: Today’s Christian Woman, “Growing in Grace” by Mark DeLong
Judge: Steve Starr, award-winning photographer from Colorado Springs
Two-Page Spread Design
First Place: Brio and Beyond, “Do You Want to Be Sexy?” by Lexie RhodesSecond Place: Christian Research Journal, “Killing God” by Dwayne Cogdill
Third Place: Moody, “If They Should Die Before They Wake” by Jeff Amstutz and Greg Breeding
Fourth Place: Enrichment, “Transforming Your Church Into a Modern-Day Adullam” by Richard Slaton
Fifth Place: Decision, “Capturing the Heart of India” by Peter Taylor
Judge: Kevin Gatta, owner and principal designer, Gatta Design & Co., and full professor of Graphic Design, Pratt Institute, N.Y.
Typography and Lettering
First Place: Word Alive, “The Right Type” by Laird SalkeldSecond Place: Moody, “Who Is God?” by Jeff Amstutz and Greg Breeding
Third Place: Beacon, “Glorifying God” by Michael Miller
Fourth Place: Woman’s Touch, “Little Sins, Big Problems” by Lori Strohmeier
Fifth Place: CS (Christian Single), “Gambrell on Grace” by Susan Maywald
Judge: David A. Scott, database publisher for Association of Christian Schools International in Colorado Springs
Publication DesignFirst Place: Go! by Aaron Cessna and Cortney Williams
Second Place: Breakaway by Tom Hook
Third Place: Christian Research Journal by Dwayne Cogdill
Fourth Place: Jubilee Extra by Dara Schminke
Fifth Place: Discipleship Journal by Anne Elhajoui, Lisa Pence and Adele Mulford
Judge: Kelly Vorhauf Bryant, freelance illustrator and assistant professor of graphic design at Auburn University
First Place: Advance, design by Jo Ann AntoineSecond Place: Samaritan Ministries’ Christian Health Care Newsletter, design by Design Corps
Third Place: Stillpoint, design by Lora E. Maggiacomo
Fourth Place: Moody, design by Jeff Amstutz and Greg Breeding, Journey Group, Inc.
Fifth Place: Youthworker, design by Ross Cluver
Judge: William Korbus, professor emeritus, department of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin
First Place: Joel Kilpatrick, “Growing Churches in a Land of Change”Second Place: Joyce K. Ellis, “A Woman of Global Compassion”
Third Place: Linda McCullough Moore, “God Above Gods”
Fourth Place: Joanne Brokaw, “Why Do Nice Girls Dress Like That?”
Judge: Andy Scheer, managing editor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild and longtime managing editor of Moody magazine
A special thanks to Chuck Johnson of Focus on the Family and his hard-working Colorado Springs committee for their work on this year’s contest.