Are These the Year’s Best Magazine Covers?

The American Society of Magazine Editors has spoken: At last night’s National Magazine Awards, Time took home top honors, with titles like Inc., New York, O, The New York Times Magazine, and Saveur winning in their categories. But while those award recipients are getting a lot of press this morning, the ASME gave out a whole other set of laurels that aren’t getting as much attention, for the year’s best magazine covers. After the jump, we look at their selections in an attempt to discern whether these 11 covers really were the most impressive of 2011. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Cover of the Year
New York, October 3, 2011: “Is She Just Too Old for This?”
Photographer: Danny Kim. Photo-illustrator: Darrow

We’re of two minds about this cover. Ever since Demi Moore posed nude and pregnant for Vanity Fair, magazines have been digging out this chestnut. So it’s more than a little bit overdone; there should certainly be more than one way to depict pregnancy on the cover of a major publication. But the image of a woman, apparently in her 60s, in the same pose is striking enough to do its job — that is, get you to pick up the magazine.