Despite six deserved nominations and a banner year of provoking, stimulating, visually exciting covers, New York magazine only won one category (Most Controversial, for its September cover "HATE," which turned President's Obama's "HOPE" poster to reflect a more dismal political climate). But its loss in the Lifestyle category is especially confusing. Its beautifully artistic, minimalist "Reasons to Love New York" cover, a hand-painted image of a woman walking through a snowy Central Park, perfectly encapsulated the issue's theme and was far more fresh and visually interesting than its fellow nominees. This includes the winner, a GQ cover featuring a stock photo of Johnny Depp. The image was not even a new photo shoot, rewarding laziness (albeit creative budget-slashing) over cleverness.
You can view all the winners at Amazon.com, and vote for which of the 12 should win the all-encompassing Magazine Cover of the Year prize. Here's a list of the winners:
NEWS & BUSINESS
The Atlantic, May 2010: "Fat Nation"
ENTERTAINMENT & CELEBRITY
GQ, December 2009: "Clint Eastwood"
FASHION & BEAUTY
The New Yorker, March 29, 2010: "Homage"
GQ, February 2010: "The 25 Most Stylish Men in the World 2010"
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY & NATURE
National Geographic, April 2010: "Water: Our Thirsty World"
SPORTS & FITNESS
Sports Illustrated, December 11, 2009: "Pictures of the Year"
HOUSE & HOME
Coastal Living, April 2010: "Weekend Paradise"
Playboy, November 2009: "Marge Simpson"
New York, September 28, 2009: "HATE"
Texas Monthly, August 2009: "The 50 Best Burgers"
Sports Illustrated, February 12, 2010: "Swimsuit 2010"
Harper's Bazaar, December 2009: "Twilight"
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