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Up Here, left, and Up Here Business received 15 National Magazine Award nominations this week. ((CBC))

Two magazines that feature Canada's North have scored some of the country's top magazine honours this week.

Up Here magazine, a publication about life and culture in the North, has been nominated for six National Magazine Awards, including magazine of the year and several writing and photojournalism categories.

The Yellowknife-based magazine, which publishes eight times a year, joins Report on Business Magazine and Maisonneuve in the best-magazine category.

"The National Magazine Awards are the top awards for the magazine industry in Canada," Up Here editor Aaron Spitzer told CBC News on Wednesday.

"It's like the Oscars or the Emmys or the Junos or whatever. This is the sort of gala awards event for our business."

Up Here is also nominated in the categories of:

  • Best single issue, for its 25th anniversary special.
  • Society writing, for the article The Good, the Bad and the Booze, by Tim Querengesser.
  • Sports and recreation writing, for The Wild Quest, by Katharine Sandiford
  • Photojournalism and photo essays, for Ian Stewart's photographs in The Wild Quest.
  • Personal journalism, for freelance writer Noah Richler's piece, Noah Richler Was Here.

The National Magazine Awards, which honour excellence in Canadian magazine writing, photography, illustration and design, will be handed out in Toronto on June 4.

Meanwhile, Up Here's sibling magazine, Up Here Business, has been nominated for nine Kenneth R. Wilson Awards, which are organized by the Canadian Business Press and Magazines Canada. Those awards will be handed out on June 1 in Toronto.

Up Here Business, which has been covering northern business and politics for the past three years, was nominated for best issue, best cover and best photography.

As well, three writers — Querengesser, Sandiford and Up Here Business editor Michael Ganley — scored three nominations for best feature article. Ganley was also nominated for best regularly featured column or department.