National Geographic : 1987 Aug
On Assignment FROMLEFT, SEATEDOR KNEELING:HOWARDE. PAINE, GERARDA. VALERIO,ALLENCARROLLANDJANADKINSON ROCKSCULPTURE,ROBERTW. MADDEN.STANDINGFROMLEFT: JOHNF. DORR, SALLYSUOMINEN-SUMMERALL, JONSCHNEEBERGER,HAROLDE. ABER, JR., W. ALLANROYCE,THOMASR. KENNEDY,RICHARDK. ROGERS,JOHNB. GARVER,JR., STEVEMcCURRY,JOHNF. SHUPE, THOMASY. CANBY.PHOTOGRAPHSBY SISSE BRIMBERG(ABOVE)AND VICTORR. BOSWELL,JR., NGS IN MAGAZINE PUBLISHING there's no such thing as a one-man show any more, so when staff members (like these gathered in the courtyard at headquarters, above) or their divisions win awards for publish ing excellence, all 350 members of our staff share in the satisfac tion and the pride. Take the "Soviets in Space" article of October 1986, for instance. It won the Aviation/ Space Writers Association's top award for space writing for science editor Tom Canby, as well as a National Space Society award for 1986. The article was "a great collaborative effort," says Tom. "It distilled the ex pertise of more than a dozen staffers and consultants. Many of us have worked on space arti cles for years-developing the background to know what ques tions to ask." Our thoroughness and accuracy on a subject long cloaked in secrecy won even the Soviets' admiration. Contract photographer Steve McCurry, winner of a coveted Overseas Press Club award for the best photographic reporting from abroad for his Philippines coverage (July 1986), praised staff support, saying, "I was in touch often with headquarters to brainstorm ideas." Steve may generously credit the team ef fort, but the award is rightfully his. It was an assignment that required great personal courage and instinctive talent. The American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award for photogra phy-symbolized by an Alexan der Calder "Elephant" stabile (left)-is a team award, as was the University of Missouri National Press Photographers "Best Use of Pictures" award for 1986. Both honor the combined efforts of photographers, picture editors, layout designers, en gravers, printers, and the many others who contribute to the photographic presentations in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.