Cast your vote in ASME’s 2010 “Best Cover Contest”

Voting began yesterday in the 2010 “Best Cover Contest,” sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and hosted by Amazon.com.

“Magazine covers were eligible if they appeared on issues dated from June 1, 2009, to May 31, 2010. Beginning September 1, the 72 finalists will be posted on Amazon.com for 30 days. Customers will vote for their favorites in 12 categories, then choose the Cover of the Year from the 12 winners,” according to the press release. “The winners will be announced on October 3 in Chicago at the American Magazine Conference, the premier meeting for industry leaders hosted by MPA and ASME.”

A handful of magazines received multiple nominations, including New York, with 6—one of them, which has been selected as a finalist, featuring a portrait by Art Streiber—The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker, which each had 5, and Sports Illustrated, which had 3, including one shot by Walter Iooss.

The nominees gallery at Amazon.com includes the text submitted by each magazine with their entry, and in many cases the descriptions—written, it appears, by either the photo editor or the art director—read as mini-behind-the-scenes stories. It’s worth a look, even if you choose not to vote.

Here’s a peek…

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