Anna Lenzer's fall 2009 Mother Jones cover story, “Spin the Bottle,” which made waves across the globe when it was published, has won the 2010 Maggie Award for best feature in the consumer category. A close look behind the cool image of Fiji Water, the article probed the celebrated symbol of purity that depends for its profits on environmental plunder and a military dictatorship. The story was covered in outlets as well-known as The New York Timesand the LA Times; as far afield as Australia Network News and Scotland's The Herald; and locally disseminated by food co-ops and employees at a New York City Whole Foods.
Award-winning photographer Eugene Richards (also a Fellow at The Nation Institute) has wonfirst prize at the prestigious 2010 World Press Photo Award for his series, War is Personal. The series began as eight photographic essays profiling the human cost of the Iraq War and was supported by The Investigative Fund and published in The Nation. Since then, Richards has continued working on this series, which will soon be published in a book this fall. The award-winning photographs will be touring 45 different countries as an exhibition till early 2011. Richards is also currently exhibiting another series of photographs, A Procession of Them, at Roosevelt University's Gage Gallery in Chicago (till May 14).
Congratulations Anna and Gene!