The card game Hanabi (designed by Antoine Bauza, published by Asmodée) has won the 2013 Spiel des Jahres, Germany's "Game of the Year" award and, I believe, the most significant game award. Bauza's previous designs include 7 Wonders (winner of the 2011 Deutscher Spiele Preis and the 2011 Kennerspiel des Jahres, and my pick as the #2 card game of 2010) and Ghost Stories (my pick as the #2 board game of 2008).
The board game Legends of Andor (Michael Menzel, Fantasy Flight Games) won the Kennerspiel des Jahres ("Expert" Game of the Year). Legends of Andor is Menzel's first published game design.
Image courtesy of Asmodée