ASME Names 2007 Best Cover Contest Finalists
The American Society of Magazine Editors earlier this week announced the finalists for its 2007 Best Cover Contest. Topping the list for best cover of the year are Esquire for its December 2006 Best & Brightest issue, featuring actor George Clooney; The New Yorkerâs September 11, 2006 cover featuring a tightrope walker over New York City; and the July 2007 Africa issue cover of Vanity Fair, which featured legendary boxer Muhammad Ali and democratic presidential candidate Barack Obamaâone of that issueâs 20 covers shot by Annie Leibowitz.
âThey are a reflection of our culture and our world,â ASME executive director Marlene Kahan says of the best cover of the year finalists. âThey provide a snapshot of not just American culture and celebrity but global concerns and national tragedies.
ASME received 300 entries this year from 138 magazines, down about 17 percent from 350 entries last year, Kahan says. Other finalists include CondĂ© Nast Traveler, now-defunct LIFE and Wired for Best Celebrity Cover, The American Lawyer, GQ and TIME for Best Concept Cover and Harperâs Bazaar, Vanity Fair and W for Best Fashion Cover.
One of Kahanâs favorite entries this year is the January 2007 issue of Texas Monthly. âThere are always those enduring coverlines,â Kahan tells Folio:. âWill you ever forget that infamous National Lampoon coverline, âIf you donât buy this magazine weâll shoot this dogâ which was brilliantly spoofed by Texas Monthly this year: âIf you donât buy this magazine, Dick Cheney will shoot you in the face'?â
The winners will be revealed Tuesday, October 30, at the American Magazine conference in Boca Raton, Florida.