New York, Vanity Fair and Harper’s Bazaar were among the 10 magazine covers chosen by customers as “Best Magazine Cover of the Year” in their respective categories, ASME announced today.

For the third annual competition, visitors to were prompted to vote on nominated covers in 10 categories, marking the first time in the four-year history of the contest that the winners were determined by consumers rather than by ASME members. Magazine covers were eligible if they appeared in issues dated from June 1, 2008, through May 30, 2009. More than 100,000 votes were counted.

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 on Oct. 14 at the Magazine Innovation Summit in New York.

Here’s the full list of category winners:

Entertainment & Celebrity: Vanity Fair
(January 2009 issue)

Sports & Fitness: Sports Illustrated
(December 12, 2008 issue)

Fashion & Beauty:
Harper’s Bazaar
(March 2009 issue)

House & Home: Veranda
(October 2008 issue)

Lifestyle: Condé Nast Traveler
(August 2008 issue)

News & Business: New York
(March 2, 2009 issue)

Science, Technology & Nature: Audubon
(August 2008 issue)

Most Delicious: Bon Appétit
(August 2008 issue)

Sexiest Cover: ELLE
(December 2008 issue)

Best Obama Cover: Rolling Stone
(July 10-24, 2008 issue)