It’s the first thing you see on newsstands or in your mail box, and perhaps the last thing you see before you fall asleep with the magazine on your face. A great magazine cover sells itself, tells its own story, and makes you hungry to read what’s inside. It might be clever, witty, timely, delightful, or poignant–or all of these. Maybe it’s just beautiful. Or may it’s that je ne sais quoi.
This year’s National Magazine Awards jury evaluated a trove of incredible covers from magazines across Canada–from B.C. to Newfoundland, Yellowknife to Montreal, and everywhere in between.
Now it’s time for you, as a connoisseur of magazine covers, to vote for your favourite. The voting ends on May 18 and we’ll announce the winner of the People’s Choice Vote on May 19 on Twitter @MagAwards.
February 2016 Air Canada enRoute Stephanie Sosiak, art director Kari Medig, photographer Rachel Wine, photo editor Jean-François Légaré, editor
Why Design Matters Canadian Business John Montgomery, art director James Cowan, editor
Hillary ? L’actualité Jocelyne Fournel, directrice artistique Carole Beaulieu, rédactrice en chef
Sexism on the Festival Circuit Maisonneuve Anna Minzhulina, art director Daniel Viola, editor Raphael Ouellet, photographer Andrea Bennett, associate editor
Black Lives Matter NOW Magazine Troy Beyer, art director Enzo DiMatteo, editor Ethan Eisenberg, photographer
Rudy Wiebe Gets the Last Word New Trail Marcey Andrews, art director Lisa Cook, editor-in-chief John Ulan, senior photographer
When Sobeys Met Safeway Report on Business Domenic Macri, art director Duncan Hood, editor Jens Kristian Balle, photographer
Le temps des fraises Ricardo Caroline Blanchette, directrice artistique Laura Osborne, rédactrice en chef Brigitte Coutu, éditrice
The Culture Issue THIS Magazine Valerie Thai, art director Lauren McKeon, editor
[This post has been updated] No single element of magazine publishing encapsulates the relationship between editorial, design, circulation and audience quite like the Magazine Cover. A great cover sells the stories within the magazine. And it also tells a story of its own, through eye-catching visual art, arresting cover lines, and perhaps a bit of that ephemeral je ne sais quoi.
The nominations have been announced and our judges have selected 10 finalists for this year’s award for Best Magazine Cover. The cover is a crucial component of a magazine, as it not only allows the magazine to show off some design chops, but acts as the gateway into the expertly packaged mix of editorial and artwork.
The Gold and Silver winners will be announced at the National Magazine Awards gala on June 5 in Toronto. [Tickets & Gala info]
Behold, the Top 10 Magazine Covers of the Year. Click to view, then vote for your favourite and Tweet your vote.
BEST MAGAZINE COVER NOMINEES
Peter Nguyen, Art Director, Steven Sandor, Editor, Curtis Trent, Photographer: “Stephen Mandel” Avenue Edmonton