American Society of Magazine Editors

Best Cover Contest 2016 Winners & Finalists

Best Cover Contest 2016 Winners and Finalists

Best News and Politics | Best Celebrity and Entertainment | Best Business and Technology | Best Women's Lifestyle | Best Sports and Fitness | Best Fashion and Beauty | Best Travel and Adventure | Best Style and Design | Most Delicious | Brainiest | Readers' Choice Award Winner Cover of the Year

 

Cover of the Year

Winner

Vanity Fair
"Call Me Caitlyn," July

Chris Dixon, Designer
Annie Leibovitz, Photographer

"Vanity Fair’s July issue introduced Caitlyn Jenner to the world. Design Director Chris Dixon chose simple typography to keep the focus on Annie Leibovitz’s striking portrait.  'Vanity Fair has had its share of buzzy covers...' said The Washington Post, 'but probably none has landed with such a thermonuclear impact as this one did.' Beyond record-breaking sales and web traffic, V.F.’s 'Call Me Caitlyn' cover sparked a larger conversation about gender identity and expression. To quote President Obama, 'Look at this month’s cover of Vanity Fair to see how America is more accepting of people for who they truly are.'"
 

Readers' Choice Award Winner

Winner

ESPN The Magazine
"Body 2015: Chantae McMillan," July 20

Chin Wang, Designer
Carlos Serrao, Photographer

"Chantae McMillan is a heptathlete who competes in seven track and field disciplines, including the high jump and the long jump. “We hauled a trampoline to the Imperial Sand Dunes in California to have Chantae mimic her high-jump technique,” says Karen Frank, ESPN The Magazine’s director of photography, of the desert shoot locale inspired by a long-jump sand pit. This unique shot, taken by photographer Carlos Serrao on June 12, is even more amazing considering it was captured on a day the mercury hit 108. This was one of six Body Issue covers designed by creative director Chin Wang."

 

Best News and Politics

Best Cover Winner

New York
"Cosby: The Women," July 27–August 9

Amanda Demme, Photographer

"Sometimes a cover transcends its role as the illustration of a story—and becomes the story itself. Over a series of nine photo shoots, Amanda Demme captured 35 of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. She posed them facing the camera directly—facing a culture that wouldn't listen to them, facing Cosby himself.  Under each accuser was the period of the alleged assault. Each woman sat in a chair. A thirty-sixth chair was left empty, a stand-in for all those who have yet to come forward, in the Cosby case and any other."


 
 
Readers' Choice Winner

TIME
"America, 1968 2015," May 11

D.W. Pine, Designer
Devin Allen, Photographer

"When protests took over Baltimore in the aftermath of Freddie Gray’s death, amateur photographer Devin Allen took to Instagram and found himself propelled on the global stage. One of his most iconic images, shot at the heart of the protests on April 25, made the cover of TIME and brought back memroies of 1968. 'When I shot that, I thought it was a good picture, so I uploaded [from my camera] to my phone,' said Allen. 'By the time I’d done that, the police was all around me. I was in the middle of it.'"


 

Finalist

Esquire
"Women & Men," April

David Curcurito, Designer
Robert Trachtenberg, Photographer

"The April issue—Women & Men—strives to examine the state of relations between the sexes. Inspired by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the idea for the cover was to show man and woman in all their natural glory, absent of clothing and vanity. Chelsea Handler and Nick Offerman, prominent entertainers confident in their own skin, represented ideal subjects. Their hilarious, insightful Q&A introduces the issue’s theme, which delves deep into our current difficulties, from sexual assault to stalking. We raise these topics—which are both timely and timeless—with the hope of nurturing understanding and starting a conversation between today’s women and men."
 

Finalist

The New Yorker
"
Solidarité," January 19

Françoise Mouly, Designer
Ana Juan, Illustrator

"Ana Juan created this powerful cover in the immediate aftermath of the murderous attack on Paris's Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015. The cover was published on newyorker.com the following day, and appeared on newsstands on Monday, January 12th. The stark, moving imagery quickly became a symbol of the tragedy."
 

Finalist

The New Yorker
"Nine
," June 29

Françoise Mouly, Designer
Barry Blitt, Illustrator

"'It’s distressing contemplating another story like this,' Barry Blitt said about the appalling murders of nine worshippers at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on June 17, 2015. He created this somber cover, titled 'Nine,' in the wake of the violence. The cover was published on newyorker.com two days after the tragedy, and appeared on newsstands the following Monday, June 22nd."
 

Best Celebrity and Entertainment

Best Cover Winner

Vanity Fair
"Call Me Caitlyn," July

Chris Dixon, Designer
Annie Leibovitz, Photographer

"Vanity Fair’s July issue introduced Caitlyn Jenner to the world. Design Director Chris Dixon chose simple typography to keep the focus on Annie Leibovitz’s striking portrait.  'Vanity Fair has had its share of buzzy covers...' said The Washington Post, 'but probably none has landed with such a thermonuclear impact as this one did.' Beyond record-breaking sales and web traffic, V.F.’s 'Call Me Caitlyn' cover sparked a larger conversation about gender identity and expression. To quote President Obama, 'Look at this month’s cover of Vanity Fair to see how America is more accepting of people for who they truly are.'"

 

Readers' Choice Winner

GQ
"Our Tastiest Comedy Issue Yet! Starring Amy Schumer," August

Fred Woodward, Design Director
Chelsea Cardinal, Designer
Krista Prestek, Director of Photography
Mark Seliger, Photographer

"Amy Schumer’s 2015 was as astronomically successful as years get — a box office smash, Trainwreck; an HBO special; a critically acclaimed and Emmy-nominated third season of her show, Inside Amy Schumer. So we paired her with a bona fide intergalactic icon, Star Wars’ C-3PO, in a Mark Seliger shoot so hilariously hot that it made news the moment it arrived on stands. On the cover, Schumer wears a Princess Leia bikini and her usual, assured comic confidence. She’s funnier than the rest of us without saying a thing."
 

Finalist

The Hollywood Reporter
"The Reign of Kevin Hart
," January 23

Shanti Marlar, Designer
Jon Contino, Illustrator
Martin Schoeller, Photographer

"Three or four other set ups — one shot had Kevin Hart covered in adorable puppies, another put the comedian in beauty parlor with curlers in his hair — had meticulously been planned for this shoot at Milk Studios in Los Angeles last January. But the wig was pure improv. Photographer Martin Schoeller had brought the outrageous hair piece to the shoot as a lark, but Hart instantly took a liking to it and began posing with it on (and his shirt off). 'The best covers happen when the subject is game,' says Laski. 'And Hart was definitely game.'”
 

Finalist

The New York Times Magazine
"The Culture Issue,
" October 11

Anton Ioukhnovets, Designer
Erik Madigan Heck, Photographer

"Our Culture Issue explores the idea of identity and the selves we inhabit. Erik Madigan Heck’s powerfully stylized portrait of Nicki Minaj sets off her own assertive self-expression."
 

Finalist

Rolling Stone
"Adele: A Private Life,
" November 19

Joseph Hutchinson, Designer
Theo Wenner, Photographer

"When Adele walked into Theo Wenner’s photography studio to shoot her Rolling Stone cover, she was wearing a tracksuit, with unkempt hair and no makeup. 'She looked so understated and cool,' said Wenner. 'I wanted to shoot her like that.' Adele loved the idea, and the end result was a striking image of the biggest music star in the world completely unglamorized and vulnerable, yet looking more beautiful than ever. 'There's a real gravity to her,' Wenner said. 'The picture that ended up on the cover was the last frame of the whole day.'"

 

Best Business and Technology
 

Best Cover Winner

Newsweek
"What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women," February 6

Priest + Grace, Designer
Edel Rodriguez, Illustrator

"The critical mass of men in the technology world has bred a culture of sexism and misogyny.  Women may account for the majority of users of many of these online environments, but they are very much in the minority of those who build them.  This cover inspired a media discussion on whether the image itself was sexist...mission accomplished. The image of a woman being harassed by a mouse pointer shows the male-dominated industry’s perception of women in the workforce, and the ease with which they’re routinely victimized."

 

Readers' Choice Winner

The California Sunday Magazine
"Death," April

Leo Jung, Designer
Amy Friend, Illustrator
Amy Friend and John von Pamer, Photographers

"Our cover story chronicled how the legendary design firm Ideo is reimagining death. The end of life is usually associated with sadness, darkness, and emptiness, but we wanted to avoid these qualities. We love the work of Canadian artist Amy Friend, specifically her series Dare alla Luce, in which she manipulates archival photographs with a needle and then projects light through them. For the cover, we used an existing photograph of a woman in silhouette by John von Pamer, which Friend then worked with and re-photographed. The resulting image has an ethereal quality, a perfect analogue for this story."
 

Finalist

Bloomberg Businessweek
"The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch,
" January 26–February 1

Robert Vargas, Designer
Finlay Mackay for Bloomberg Businessweek, Photographer

"Bloomberg Businessweek’s Jan. 26 issue features a jaw-dropping interpretation of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad. It's a provocative and powerful take on the decline of a retailer whose strength in the marketplace had been built on images of the rippled abs of post-pubescent men. The cover also hints at the fall of Abercrombie’s longtime CEO, 70 year-old Michael Jeffries, whose entire persona had been indelibly linked to the brand’s image."
 

Finalist

The New Yorker
"The Mouse of Wall Street,
" September 7

Françoise Mouly, Designer
Joost Swarte, Illustrator

"'The stock market is all about fear and anxiety, best shown in how a mouse reacts to a cat,' says the Dutch cartoonist Joost Swarte about his drawing for this cover. When Swarte first sent his sketch to New Yorker cover editor Francoise Mouly, the markets were in free fall—but then a day later they had rebounded. Swarte amended the image to show 'the optimistic mouse.' On newyorker.com, the image appears as an animated gif to reflect the market’s ups and downs. See the gif here: http://bit.ly/1JrGLn5."
 

Finalist

PC Magazine
"3D Printers,
" November Digital Edition

Jackie Smith, Designer
Paul Majak, Photographer

"For the cover of our recent 3D printing issue, we knew we needed to display many diverse examples of the technology’s potential.  We started by custom-printing nearly every element that was used on the cover, including our logo and the headline.  Then members of our art, photography, and editorial teams spent many hours working on the complex layout of the 3D-printed items, balancing color against color, and the familiar against the fresh, to create a unique tapestry of objects that was at once intricate, dramatic, and playful. The final result is a dynamic, surprising presentation of 3D printing’s endless possibilities."
 

Best Women's Lifestyle

Best Cover and Readers' Choice Winner

Glamour
"Women of the Year [Reese Witherspoon]," December

Tom Munro, Photographer

"In 2015 Glamour celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Women of the Year Awards, the premier event honoring women worldwide. With Reese Witherspoon’s commitment to providing opportunities for women in Hollywood through her production company Pacific Standard, there was no one better to cover this milestone issue. Photographed by Tom Munro and styled by Laura Ferrara, her beautiful and classic cover helped to generate more than 5.2 billion media impressions for Women of the Year."
 

 

Finalist

Parents
"Girl Power! Raise a Confident Daughter,
" November

Agnethe Glatved, Designer
Melanie Acevedo, Photographer

"Photographed by Melanie Acevedo on the streets of Brooklyn, our November cover epitomizes the positive energy of today’s Millennial moms. Parents celebrates its 90th anniversary next year, but after a 2015 redesign, the magazine is as fresh-faced and stylish as its audience. To illustrate the cover story, “Raise a Happy, Confident Girl,” creative director Agnethe Glatved and photo director Lily Alt wanted to feature a real mom and daughter. Four-year-old Pilar and her mother, Christelle, reflect our diverse Millennial readers and the fact that Parents now focuses as much on mom as a woman as on children’s health and well-being."
 

Finalist

People
"The World's First Size 22 Supermodel! [Tess Holliday]," June 1

Andrea Dunham and Catriona Ni Aolain, Designers
James White, Photographer

"People made international news with its 2015 Body Issue, featuring the incomparable Tess Holiday, a size-22 model and social media star who, at 5'5" and 280 lbs., is making serious waves in the fashion industry. The cover—shot by James White and designed by Creative Director Andrea Dunham and Director of Photography Catriona Ni Aolain—showcased the gorgeous 29-year-old in a body conscious lace unitard and featured her brilliantly simple (yet somehow revolutionary) body-positive motto: 'You can be beautiful regardless of your size.' Well said, Tess."
 

Finalist

Redbook
"Real Women, Real Style Tips," September

Kirby Rodriguez, Designer
Chris Craymer, Photographer

"In a bold departure from traditional service or fashion magazines, REDBOOK dedicated our September cover not to trend-conscious celebs, but to six women who represent the gorgeous mix of shapes, ages, and personal styles that make up America. The women—winners of our second annual Real Women Style Awards—brought an electric energy to the studio that photographer Chris Craymer captured in the two group shots that ran without retouching, and which resonated with women around the country. The cover gained an astonishing 315 million media impressions, and was, as Bustle.com said, 'an awesome show of diverse body positivity.'"

Finalist

Southern Living
"The Soul of Summer," July

Robert Perino, Designer
Patricia Lyons, Photographer

"There’s a tantrum taking place in this picturesque image. Everyone was taking a break from the shoot (except for the photographer), and the homeowner’s daughter began pushing a neighbor on the tire swing.  The neighbor’s sister (pouting on the steps) was furious that she wasn’t in on the fun. We snapped this shot right when she rested from stomping around in anger. This cover is special to our staff; not only does it capture a real moment, but the homeowner lost her 3-year-old son to brain cancer, and her family’s story of resiliency continues to inspire us."

 

Best Sports and Fitness

Best Cover and Readers' Choice Winner

ESPN The Magazine
"Body 2015: Chantae McMillan," July 20

Chin Wang, Designer
Carlos Serrao, Photographer

"Chantae McMillan is a heptathlete who competes in seven track and field disciplines, including the high jump and the long jump. “We hauled a trampoline to the Imperial Sand Dunes in California to have Chantae mimic her high-jump technique,” says Karen Frank, ESPN The Magazine’s director of photography, of the desert shoot locale inspired by a long-jump sand pit. This unique shot, taken by photographer Carlos Serrao on June 12, is even more amazing considering it was captured on a day the mercury hit 108. This was one of six Body Issue covers designed by creative director Chin Wang."

 

Finalist

ESPN The Magazine
"James Harden: When Was the Last Time You've Seen Anything Normal From Me?" October 26

Chin Wang, Designer
Bella Howard, Photographer

"'This use of typography isn’t design for design’s sake,' says ESPN The Magazine creative director Chin Wang of the 2015 NBA Preview cover featuring Houston Rockets All-Star James Harden. 'The typography matches the subject. Harden is kooky and unpredictable, and the angled type [with the first angled masthead in two years] is a reflection of his strong personality. The design is unique and loud, as is Harden.' The inflatable ball also plays a key role in the image captured by photographer Bella Howard. 'He’s not one who takes himself too seriously,' Wang says, 'and he’s having fun with it.'"
 

Finalist

Men's Fitness
"Game Changer: Miles Teller," October

Andy Turnbull, Designer
Doug Inglish, Photographer

"Men’s Fitness’ second annual 'Game Changers' issue was conceived as a celebration of the 'men of the future right now.' And there was no one better to helm the cover in 2015 than Miles Teller, the boyish standout in last year’s indie film, Whiplash, who dramatically whipped himself into leading-man form in 2015. Teller's statuesque cover image was a remarkable success because it managed to convey the qualities that all of the 2015 Men's Fitenss 'Game Changers' share: youth, strength, ambition, and permanence."
 

Finalist

Men's Health
"The Reader Issue," November

Tom O'Quinn, Designer
John Loomis, Photographer

"On October 12, we announced live on Today the winner of our second-annual Ultimate Men’s Health Guy contest. This year, the award—the November 2015 cover—went to Tim Boniface, a firefighter (and reader) from Lexington, Kentucky. But all five of our finalists were amazing, and each deserved their own newsstand cover, so we decided to give it to them: We created this Special Collector’s Edition and sprinkled it across newsstands around the country. Response from readers was tremendous—finding the special cover become a scavenger hunt across our social channels."
 

Finalist

Sports Illustrated
"Sportsperson of the Year: Serena Williams," December 21

Chris Hercik, Designer
Yu Tsai, Photographer

"Serena Williams is the most dominant athlete in the world today—no one, male or female, rules a sport as thoroughly as she does women's tennis. That excellence made her an easy choice to be Sports Illustrated's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year, though it was hardly the only argument in her favor. In 2015 Williams also cut an imposing figure off the court, as an outspoken advocate for racial and gender justice and against body shaming in our culture. It's all there—power, regal beauty, self-confidence—in a striking cover photo by Yu Tsai that Williams herself helped conceive and design."

 

Best Fashion and Beauty

Best Cover and Readers' Choice Winner

Harper's Bazaar
"Rihanna: Killer Fashion," March

Norman Jean Roy, Photographer

"Navigating celebrity can be like swimming with sharks, but for our March cover star, Rihanna, actually took the plunge, submerging herself in a tank filled with three live, eight-foot predators. Our subscriber cover, an homage to the 40th anniversary of Jaws, played off that idea daringly, as Rihanna was captured by photographer Norman Jean Roy reclining in a Chanel swimsuit between the teeth of a stunt shark while the real ones circled as he shot her. It was a killer moment—and a killer cover, which garnered more than 650 million hits online. Click here for the video evidence."

 

Finalist

Harper's Bazaar
"Kendall Jenner Transformed," May

Karl Lagerfeld, Photographer

"When it comes to the Kardashians, it’s easy to feel like you’ve seen everything, but for our May issue, we captured one of the clan’s youngest members, Kendall Jenner, like she’s never been seen before. At 20, Kendall has blossoming career as a model and has become a regular for top designers. For the issue, we asked the biggest of them all, Karl Lagerfeld, to shoot her in the hautest of the season’s couture looks. The result was an image that, like Kendall herself, was both fashionably forward (and formidable) and a pop-culture sensation, scoring nearly 64 million hits online."
 

Finalist

New York
"Serena's Sweep," August 10–23

Norman Jean Roy, Photographer

"For New York’s 'Fall Fashion' issue, photographer Norman Jean Ray delivered a classic, instantly iconic image.  Serena Williams -- to many a machine, not a human form -- was here rendered as an elegant, seductive beauty, her athletic power turned into a power no less profound.  Williams had endured a long period of body shaming over her musculature (seen in certain quarters as somehow distastefully masculine) and the photograph served as a simple rebuke -- proud, stunning, beautiful. The cover went seriously viral, shared for its exquisite loveliness and as an exhibit in the heated conversation about female body image."


Finalist

W
"
Gigi Hadid: The World’s Most Connected Supermodel," September

Johan Svensson, Designer
Steven Meisel, Photographer

"Beautiful, ambitious, and spectacularly connected, Gigi Hadid is a model for the digital age. It is for that reason the super social supermodel was selected for the September 2015 issue of W Magazine, which was shot by Steven Meisel and styled by W's Fashion and Style Director Edward Enninful. This was Gigi Hadid's first major fashion magazine cover in the US."

 

Finalist

WSJ. 
"
Rocket Woman: Karlie Kloss Suits Up at SpaceX," December 2015/January 2016

Maciek Kobielski, Photographer

"For the cover of our December/January issue, WSJ. gained unprecedented access to SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, to photograph supermodel Karlie Kloss. The 550,000-square-foot facility, founded by Elon Musk, is where the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft (depicted on the cover alongside Kloss) were developed; both have since completed numerous missions for NASA. Photographer Maciek Kobielski, stylist George Cortina and creative director Magnus Berger navigated rigorous security protocols to be cleared for the rare opportunity to shoot within SpaceX. The result is a dynamic image of one of the most iconic faces and facilities in the world."

 

Best Travel and Adventure

Best Cover Winner

The New York Times Magazine
"The Voyages Issue," September 27

Matt Willey, Designer
Alec Soth, Photographer

"For our photographic Voyages Issue, we sent six photographers on trips of their choosing. The cover image, shot by Alec Soth, is a self-portrait photographed in the reflection of his Tokyo hotel window. Despite the beckoning lights from the city below, Soth remained in his room entranced by the digital universe he could explore with his phone."

 

 

 

Readers' Choice Winner

Oklahoma Today
"The Indians & Cowboys Issue," July/August

Steven Walker, Designer
Shane Bevel, Photographer

"The feature covers the Choctaw ponies, a herd of wild Spanish mustangs. The photographer camped out for three days to shoot the horses, and at night could hear them whinnying. The cover image was selected for the epheral light across the top of the horses head, and cropped so the reader could look into the eyes of the horse. This cover deliberately has no cover lines in order to send a message of tranquility and uninterrupted space, and has been very popular with readers."

 

 

Finalist

AFAR
"
Will Travel for Food," May

Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson, Designer
Andrew Rowat, Photographer

"For AFAR's annual Food Issue, we sent the acclaimed Oakland, California-based chef Russell Moore (Camino) to Korea to taste his way through the country and connect with his culinary heritage. For the cover, photographer Andrew Rowat captured the elegant simplicity of the cuisine in its authentic environment. Creative director Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson utilized the white space on the image to emphasize bold, authoritative cover lines that urge readers to explore and eat in some of the world's more off-the-beaten-path destinations, which is intrinsic to the mission of AFAR."
 

Finalist

AFAR
"The Future of Travel
," June/July

Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson, Designer
David Black, Photographer

"For AFAR's Vanguard Issue, we highlighted five trends shaping the future of travel. The democratization of private jet membership resonated with creative director Elizabeth Spiridakis Olson and photo director Tara Guertin. For the photography direction, they treated the topic boldly and more conceptually than a straightforward destination-centric cover. At the Phoenix Airport, where photographer David Black shot the image, we deliberately played with the scale of the plane and the female traveler. The typography adds to the graphic statement, making this one of our strongest covers this year."

 

Finalist

Condé Nast Traveler
"New York City
," November

Pari Dukovic, Photographer

"When New York City topped our 2015 Readers' Choice Awards list, we asked Turkish-born photographer Pari Dukovic to shoot the cover image as a love letter to the world’s most famous skyline. Like the opening scene of Woody Allen’s 1979 film, Manhattan, or Berenice Abbott’s seminal images from the 1930s, we wanted to create an image that was as iconic as it was nostalgic. 'Imagine seeing the skyline for the first time and how exhilarating it is to experience the energy and vibrancy of the whole city,' says Dukovic, 'I wanted to portray this visual impression in a painterly way.'"

 

Best Style and Design

Best Cover Winner

Nautilus
"Playing War: Games, Not Missiles," September/October

Len Small, Designer
Brian Stauffer, Illustrator

"Jonathon Keats' cover story on the history of modern war games is perplexing—how to suggest the sport of games juxtaposed with the anxiousness of war. The art by Brian Stauffer gives us a double-take, and then poses the question: What is more dangerous, playing the game or losing the contest?"

 

 


 

Readers' Choice Winner

Wired
"Cities by Design MMXVI," October

Billy Sorrentino, Designer
Patrick Clair, Illustrator

"Our Design Issue this year focused on cities and the fundamental building blocks for creating urban infrastructure—and the cover was the cornerstone of the issue itself. This month, it’s less a canvas and more a viewfinder, a look into a cement and stone megalopolis composed of the most famous buildings in the world. Even the typography is literally carved into the stone of the cover itself. Working with Emmy-award winning artist Patrick Clair, we gave our readers the cover design our design issue deserved."


 

Finalist

Audubon
"Parakeet,
" July-August

Kevin Fisher, Designer
Tom Fowlks, Photographer

"What’s more stylish and better designed than a bird, in this case a parakeet of the genus Psittacara, commonly known as conures, with wildlife rehabber, Brooke Durham, wearing her tattoo as a mark of her commitment to these beautiful creatures."

 

Finalist

Real Simple
"More Energy Now,
" February

Abbey Kuster-Prokell, Designer
Stephen Lewis, Photographer

"The February cover story was about energy and metabolism. The challenge: how to create a conceptual still life cover that communicated this topic clearly?  Together with photographer Stephen Lewis, we developed this 'flying' pinwheel:  a graphic, beautiful object that perfectly represents energy and movement."

 

Finalist

Surface
"Tadao Ando,
" February

Ogata, Photographer

"Japanese architect Tadao Ando rarely opens up to the press. This cover shoot and feature story took nearly a year of planning to execute. The Surface team felt it apt to photograph Ando, who is known for his expertise in concrete, in front of his signature material. The resulting portrait, which was taken at his firm's studio in Osaka, Japan, shows Ando in a deeply focused gaze, as if looking beyond the photographer. The image reflects the meditative nature of both Ando and his quietly powerful work."

 

Most Delicious

Best Cover Winner

New York
"Cook Me. A Home Chef's Resource Book" November 9–15

Bobby Doherty, Photographer

"To illustrate a special issue devoted entirely to food and drink and holiday indulgence, New York’s staff photographer Bobby Doherty created a visually decadent combination of eggs and oyster shells. It looked so good, in fact, that we asked the issue’s editor, Gillian Duffy, to turn it into an actual dish."

 

 

 

 

Readers' Choice Winner

Los Angeles
"L.A.'s Best New Restaurants" January

Steven Banks, Designer
Bobby Haiqalsyah, Illustrator
Squire Fox, Photographer

"Using natural daylight—and a steady hand for that drip of extra chocolate—photographer Squire Fox captured this delicious brioche bomboloni with hazelnut gelato from République for our 'Best New Restaurants' cover. We finished it with a light dusting of illustrative typography from Bobby Haiqalsyah."

 


 

 

Finalist

Bon Appétit
"The Toast With the Most,
" January

Alexander Grossman, Designer
Peden + Munk, Photographer

"The January 2015 cover of Bon Appétit’s New Healthy issue, shot by photography team Peden + Munk, perfectly embodies the moment in food: health with a side of decadence. The close-up of grainy muesli bread—spread with thick, creamy labneh, honey and olive oil pooling in the crevices, toasted hazelnuts sprinkled on top—is a beautiful representation of what’s to come in the issue: recipes, techniques, and stories that capture the American food scene. And nothing says it better than a slice of seriously upgraded toast."

 

Finalist

Garden & Gun
"The Southern Food Issue,
" August/September

Marshall McKinney, Designer
Johnny Autry, Photographer

"Ask any Garden & Gun reader how to make a tomato sandwich, and he or she is likely to respond with three timeless ingredients: sliced tomato, white bread, and mayonnaise. We paid tribute to a Southern summertime tradition with a big, juicy cover starring three glistening slices of heirloom tomato and a thick slather of mayonnaise, accented with garden-fresh basil and generous pinches of salt and pepper by talented photographer and stylist duo Johnny and Charlotte Autry. 'I just sat there salivating,' wrote one of dozens of readers who duplicated the image in emails and on their social media feeds."
 

Finalist

Saveur
"The Saveur 100,
" January/February

Adam Bookbinder, Designer
Marcus Nilsson, Photographer

"The January/February cover features chef Justin Smillie's peppercorn-crusted short ribs with lemon, olives, radishes, and colatura. The issue is our annual 'Saveur 100,' featuring the 100 best and most exciting culinary items of the year, and these shortribs kick off our list at number one. The short ribs are brined with toasted seeds and lemon before being coated in a toasted peppercorn paste. The dark intensity of the beef is offset by peppery shaved radishes and the vibrant acidity of lemons, red wine vinegar, and briny anchovy extract."

 

Brainiest

 

Best Cover and Readers' Choice Winner

New York
"Times Square: The City's Id, Now and Always" October 5–18

Bobby Doherty, Photographer

"A live-action cartoon, perfectly encapsulating the story it illustrates by riffing off the single most famous photograph of its subject, this cover sums up in a single image Time Square’s peculiar ability to both delight and disgust, often at the exact same time."

 

 

 

Finalist

Bloomberg Businessweek
"If You Can't Read That, You'd Better Read This,
" June 15–28

Robert Vargas, Designer

"The mission of the Code issue was set forth clearly in the editor’s letter: 'The world belongs to people who code. Those who don’t understand will be left behind.' To this point, the cover is written in Python 3—with a translation inside, for those who clearly need to read the whole issue."

 

Finalist

The Chronicle Review
"The Isolated Black Professor,
" January 30

Scott Seymour, Senior Art Director
Kevin Val Aelst, Illustrator
Rose Engelland, Photo Editor

"We had a number of concepts for the cover, and frankly were not wowed by any of them. So we turned to photo illustrator Kevin Van Aelst, a conceptual powerhouse who always comes through for us. This case was no exception. His simple depiction of an abacus with a majority of white beads separated from a few black beads proved a powerful way to illustrate author John L. Jackson Jr.’s story."
 

Finalist

The New Yorker
"90th Anniversary [Eustace Tilley],
" February 23

Françoise Mouly, Designer
Kadir Nelson, Illustrator

"When the The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, asked cover editor Françoise Mouly to think of ways to celebrate the magazine's ninetieth anniversary, she started with the cover of the first issue, from February, 1925. That image, of a character later dubbed Eustace Tilley, became the magazine’s presiding dandy. For the 2015 Anniversary Issue, we published nine covers to mark ninety years, selecting images that bring Eustace Tilley squarely into the twenty-first century. This cover, by Kadir Nelson, proves that The New Yorker's cover art is as alive today as it was in 1925. To see all nine covers: http://bit.ly/1Fh7Uv5."
 

Finalist

WIRED
"Sex in the Digital Age,
" March

Billy Sorrentino, Designer

"Creating a cover for WIRED’s first Sex Issue was a delicate task. We spent many months crafting balanced and thought-provoking editorial for the issue, which touched on all aspects of sexuality through a WIRED lens. But coming up with a singular image to represent this breadth of content was a challenge, and we went through nearly 50 cover options, ranging from sexy to scientific to quirky to safe. Ultimately, we arrived at the most WIRED cover possible: the emoji for sex, followed by the three dots of anticipation."

 

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