Fellow periodical fiends, take note: the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has announced the finalists for the 2012 National Magazine Awards. Vice and the visual crack that is the overhauled Bloomberg Businessweek are up against the big boys (The New Yorker, New York, and GQ) for general excellence in the general interest category (how general!), and we’re pleased to see Aperture and House Beautiful also in the general excellence hunt, in the “thought-leader” and lifestyle categories, respectively. Below are the nominees in the design and photo categories, including nods for the Fabien Baron-helmed Interview and Steven Klein‘s Vogue portfolio of a hauntingly retro-chic Amber Valletta and son. Notably absent from the photography fimalists is Martha Stewart Living, which has frequently made the cut in years past. We’ve denoted 2011 winners (if re-nominated in that category) with an asterisk. The winners will be announced and receive their elephantine Alexander Calder-designed statuettes on May 3 in New York City.
Design: Honors overall excellence in magazine design, including the use of illustrations and photographs.
Bloomberg Businessweek, GQ*, Interview, New York, Wired
Photography: Honors overall excellence in magazine photography.
GQ, Interview, National Geographic, Virginia Quarterly Review, Vogue
News and Documentary Photography: Honors photojournalism and photography that documents news, sports, and entertainment events and news-related subjects.
Harper’s Magazine for “Juvenile Injustice,” October
Harper’s Magazine for “Uncertain Exodus,” July
National Geographic for “Too Young to Wed,” June
The New York Times Magazine* for “From Zero to 104,” September 4
TIME for “Birds of Hope,” January 17
Feature Photography: Honors portraiture; fashion, travel and nature photography; and food, shelter, and other still-life photography conceptual photography; and photo-illustration.
National Geographic for “Taming the Wild,” March
The New York Times Magazine for “Touch of Evil,” December 11
TIME for “Portraits of Resilience,” September 19
Vogue for “Lady Be Good,” March
W for “Planet Tilda,” August