American Society of Magazine Editors

Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated and Harper's Bazaar Among Category Winners in Best Cover Contest

September 23, 2009

Ten Magazine Covers Were Chosen by Customers as Best Magazine Cover of the Year in Respective Categories.

NEW YORK, NY (September 23, 2009)—Ten magazine covers were chosen by customers as Best Magazine Cover of the Year in their respective categories, it was announced today by Peter Larsen, Director of Magazines at and Sid Holt, Chief Executive of American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). This marks the first time in the four-year history of the award that the winners were determined by consumers rather than by members of ASME.  Magazine covers were eligible if they appeared in issues dated from June 1, 2008, through May 30, 2009. customers voted through the first three weeks of September in an online poll featuring six finalist covers in each of 10 categories.  In the second round of public voting, which will take place now through September 30 on, consumers will pick the Best Cover of the Year among the 10 category winners.  The ultimate winner will be announced by ASME President David Willey at the Magazine Innovation Summit taking place in New York on October 14.

The Best Cover Contest category winners are:

Entertainment & Celebrity: Vanity Fair
(January 2009 issue)
The cover features “New American Sweetheart” Tina Fey, whose portrayal of Sarah Palin provided much-needed comic relief during an otherwise contentious election season.

Sports & Fitness: Sports Illustrated
(December 12, 2008 issue)
An underwater camera, firing at eight frames per second, provided the only photographic proof of Michael Phelps’ astounding, come-from-behind triumph over Serbia’s Milorad Cavic in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Fashion & Beauty: Harper’s Bazaar
(March 2009 issue)
The magazine’s Spring Fashion Issue cover features actress Sarah Jessica Parker, whose silvery gray organza Chanel dress picks up the early-morning light of daybreak on the Brooklyn Bridge, signaling the optimism of the new fashion season.

House & Home: Veranda
(October 2008 issue)
The rustic farmhouse featured on the cover where Dick Vervoordt lives with his family was strongly influenced and partly designed by his father, the celebrated Belgian designer and antique dealer Axel Vervoordt.

Lifestyle: Condé Nast Traveler
(August 2008 issue)
A solitary pool of one’s own with an infinity-edge view of the rugged Amalfi Coast and endless seas is a traveler’s fantasy made reality.

News & Business: New York
(March 2, 2009 issue)
New York eschewed familiar business-magazine conventions for a bold, daring and somewhat gruesome depiction of Bernie Madoff as the comic-book villain Joker.

Science, Technology & Nature: Audubon
(August 2008 issue)
Using high-speed photography and a pure white background, this portrait of a blue-and-yellow macaw in flight, taken from behind, fully captures and celebrates the magnificent color and design of this iconic parrot’s plumage.

Most Delicious: Bon Appétit
(August 2008 issue)
Photographer Kenji Toma brought his unique sense of creativity and energy to a relatively straightforward approach to a mouthwatering ice cream recipe, featuring dripping chocolate as a visual hook.

Sexiest Cover: ELLE
(December 2008 issue)
The graphic black and white image of country/pop star Carrie Underwood in a moment of apparent ecstasy yields a surprisingly sexier vibe in someone whose image up to then had been nothing but wholesome.

Best Obama Cover: Rolling Stone
(July 10-24, 2008 issue)
Photographer Peter Yang caught up with Barack Obama in Raleigh, North Carolina, just a few days after he had finally nailed down the Democratic Party’s Presidential nomination.