The American Society of Magazine Editors today said it is introducing three new categories, as well as modifications to some existing categories for next year’s National Magazine Awards.

Beginning next year, the Photo Portfolio/Photo Essay category will be divided into two separate categories: Photojournalism and Photo Portfolio. Photojournalism will recognize the photographic documentation of an event or subject in real-time, while Photo Portfolio will honor creative photography and photo illustration, including portraiture, according to a statement from ASME.

Two new online categories, Interactive Service and Interactive Feature, have been added to the contest. Interactive Service will recognize a service feature on the Web offering practical advice or instruction, while Interactive Feature will honor an editorial Web feature focusing on news, entertainment and other subjects. Both categories look at a site’s creative use of multimedia technology, user involvement, and personalization and community tools.

Also, three categories that previously only accepted articles from print magazines will now accept online articles as well. The categories are: Essays; Columns and Commentary; and Reviews and Criticism.