South African glossy business-to-business magazine Leadership has been named the best in the world in the annual Tabbie awards presented by the US-based Trade Association Business Publications International (Tabpi), an association of more than 100 publishing houses.
The magazine won the 2010 gold award in the best single issue category, which Tabpi describes as “the competition’s most comprehensive, in a contest which attracted more then 500 nominations from the US, Canada, the UK, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
“Leadership’s overall quality is exemplary,” the judges said. “The writing is top notch, and it is easy to see how it is immediately useful to its target audience. The reporting is balanced and evolves from a wide range of writers who are knowledgeable in their subject matter. The columns and viewpoints are engaging and relevant to the magazine’s audience.
“Overall, the magazine is a delight for the eyes and the mind, which are qualities not often found in the same publication.”
The winning issue was Leadership‘s 300th edition, published in December 2009.
In accepting the award, Leadership editor Robbie Stammers said: “We feel very privileged. The team works very hard and to be recognised by our peers at this level is very satisfying.”
Leadership is the flagship in the list of business magazines published in Cape Town by Cape Media Corporation. “It is good to see that South Africa can lead the way even in such a highly competitive industry as ours,” said managing director Robert Arendse.
The top 10 winners are:
1 Leadership (gold) – South Africa
2 Indesign (silver) – US
3 Architect (bronze) – US
4 Engineering and Technology – UK
5 Move – US
6 Buildings – US
7 The Conference Board Review – US
8 Construction World – India
9 Educause Review – US
10 Exhibitor Magazine – US