Barbara Kruger’s Spitzer Take Is Cover of the Year

Thanks to sister blog FishbowlNY‘s champion Twittering from the American Magazine Conference in San Francisco, we know that New York‘s Barbara Kruger-annotated photo of Eliot Spitzer has bested Todd Eberle‘s shot of Marc Jacobs as Andy Warhol (Interview) and cartoonist Barry Blitt’s illustration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Senator Larry Craig (The New Yorker) to be named Cover of the Year in the third annual Best Cover Contest organized by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

The March 24 New York magazine cover (pictured above) also bested Blitt’s 3am phone call New Yorker cover and two others to take the Best News Cover prize, and its five-letter coverline—”BRAIN,” in Futura Bold Italic—nabbed Best Coverline honors, trumping WIRED‘s “Evil Genius” caption of a barbed wire-ringed Apple logo and The New York Times Magazine‘s “Oprah. Martha. Tyra.” Meanwhile, our pick for Best Fashion Cover—Paolo Pellegrin‘s stark runway shot for New York Look—triumphed, albeit in a tie with Vanity Fair‘s Style issue cover, featuring Gisele Bundchen helpfully demonstrating how to exit a limo when wearing a very short, spangled Roberto Cavalli dress. Get a closer look at all the winners and finalists here and head to FishbowlNY for ongoing coverage of the annual magazine confab.