Amsterdam Weekly Wins Three European Newspaper Awards

DATE: 6 January 2006

AMSTERDAM WEEKLY, the capital’s free cultural paper, has won three European Newspaper Awards. The paper was selected for Awards of Excellence in three categories: Front Page, Illustration, and Photography. The Photo Notes series from renowned photographer Hans Eijkelboom was singled out in the Photography category. He spends nearly two hours every day taking photographs of people on the street in Amsterdam and the results appear twice a month on page three in AMSTERDAM WEEKLY. Illustrations cited for the award included the work of Jan Rothuizen (a silhouette of Queen Beatrix), Martijn F. Overweel (a talkative swan) and Anje Jager (a portrait of Theo van Gogh). AMSTERDAM WEEKLY has attracted some of Amsterdam’s most creative young photographers and illustrators to its pages. Danny Calvi provided art direction at the time and drew many of the talented artists to the paper. This is the second major recognition within one year for AMSTERDAM WEEKLY, an independent paper which will celebrate its 100th issue and second anniversary this March. Last summer, the paper was exhibited at the European Design Show at London’s Design Museum as one of the most inspiring and innovative design projects in Europe over the past two years. AMSTERDAM WEEKLY is one of four papers in the Netherlands, including NRC Handelsblad, to be selected for the honour in the seventh annual European Newspaper Awards. More than 300 newspapers from 26 European countries entered the competition. The paper joins such established papers as UK’s The Guardian and Germany’s Die Zeit. Last year, Het Parool was honoured in the general excellence category. The awards will be given later this spring in the city hall in Vienna.

About Amsterdam Weekly AMSTERDAM WEEKLY, a free cultural paper publishing since March 2004, was inspired by North American free weeklies like the Village Voice but is something new in Amsterdam: a free city paper combining quality journalism with a critical guide to arts and entertainment in the region. The paper has a free circulation of 21,000 and is distributed to nearly 550 locations all over the city, including cafés and restaurants, bars, bookshops, record stores, fitness clubs, and the Amsterdam Uitburo. Upon AMSTERDAM WEEKLY’S debut in March 2004, Het Parool wrote: “Amsterdam Weekly is visibly made with a lot of love.” INFORMATION BELOW FOR CONTACT ONLY, NOT FOR PUBLICATION For more information, please contact publisher Todd Savage of Amsterdam Weekly at +31 20 522 5200 or
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