Last night, it was revealed that New Nature Magazine has won in the ‘Green and Eco Company Category’ of the UK Blog Awards 2018, beating some seriously tough competition to take home the prestigious prize for virtual work. Hooray!
Born of a conversation between myself and managing editor, Alex Pearce, in late 2016, New Nature aims to provide an outlet for the voices and creative talents of young naturalists, embolden and support early-career conservationists and, ultimately, to hammer home the fact that, despite prevailing stereotypes, young people do in fact care for the natural world. This is something I feel we have achieved over the course of our first year (and a bit) as an e-magazine: publishing work from myriad young writers, featuring advice and guidance from some of the biggest names in conservation and even having a few of our writers selected for bigger, brighter opportunities elsewhere.
From the outset, New Nature has been about encouraging, promoting and supporting Britain’s flourishing community of young conservationists: something that, based upon the kind feedback of readers, we feel we are achieving, step by step. This award, issued in absentia at a rather glam ceremony in London is just the cherry on top. And I know I speak for each and every member of our incredible (voluntary) team when I say that we are thrilled to have been recognised among the ranks of such talented individuals and organisations. I, for one, certainly feel a certain sense of vindication that my baby is receiving such praise on a national scale – as the e-zines Founder and Managing Director, it sort of feels like a child has graduated from college. Or moved into their first house.
I am incredibly grateful to everyone that reads, downloads, shares and enjoys New Nature each month and could not thank more our supporters for their backing over our initial stint. This award has served as a serious wake-up call and an incentive to strive for greater heights in the future – something we hope to achieve by securing full-time promotional sponsors and a small degree of finances to help the magazine grow, prosper and reach more young people than ever before over the coming months and years. Though, for now, such things can wait…
If so inclined, the latest issue of New Nature can be downloaded here: goo.gl/jFZZJZ