Heather Saitz’s photo essay took gold awards for photography and design.

Swerve magazine was the big winner at the Alberta Magazine Awards, claiming four gold and two silver citations.

“We’re thrilled to be recognized by our peers in Alberta, especially when there were so many strong contenders,” said Swerve Editor Tom Babin. “Swerve is lucky to have such a great, passionate staff, and so many contributors doing wonderful work. Kudos to former editor Val Berenyi who helped bring these stories to life.”

Swerve swept the Service category, with Judy Aldous taking gold for It’s Hammer Time, which offered tips for buying at auctions and estate sales. Meghan Jessiman took silver for If You Shake It, They Will Come, an article that itemized everything needed to create a modern-day bar cart and tasty cocktails.

Omar Mouallem won gold in the Essay category for his Swerve article  Why the Kids Don’t Drive, which looked at the declining number of 20-somethings who are getting driver’s licences.

It was a big night for Mouallem, who also won silver for his Swerve piece, Will the Real Burger Baron Please Stand Up?, and a gold in the Profile category.

On the visual side, Swerve’s former art director, Danae Thompson, won gold in Feature Design, for No Vacancy, a photo essay chronicling mid-century North American motels. The photographer, Heather Saitz, won gold in Photography, Landscape, Still Life, Architecture for one of the shots in that same article.

The awards were handed out March 20 at a ceremony at the Carriage House Inn in Calgary.

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