2019 Winners and Finalists

Best News and Politics | Best Entertainment and Celebrity | Best Business and Technology | Best Service and Lifestyle | Best Sports and Fitness | Best Fashion and Beauty
Best Travel and Adventure | Most Delicious | Brainiest | Most Controversial
Readers' Choice AwardsCover of the Year
 

Cover of the Year

TIME
"Her Lasting Impact," October 15

D.W. Pine, Designer
John Mavroudis, Illustrator 

 

 

 

Best News and Politics

Best Cover Winner
TIME
"Her Lasting Impact," October 15

D.W. Pine, Designer
John Mavroudis, Illustrator

Finalists

National Geographic
“The Story of a Face,” September

Emmet Smith, Designer
Maggie Steber, Photographer

New York Magazine
“72 Years of School Shootings, by Those Who Survived Them,” October 29-November 11

Jody Quon & Tom Alberty, Designers
Michael Avedon, Photographer 


The New Yorker
“Welcome to Congress,” November 19

Barry Blitt, Illustrator


TIME
“Stormy,” April 23

D.W. Pine, Designer
Tim O'Brien, Illustrator 

Readers' Choice Winner
TIME
“I’m a Teacher in America,” September 24

D.W. Pine, Designer
Maddie McGarvey, Jared Soares and Alex Welsh, Photographers

Best Entertainment and Celebrity

Best Cover Winner

The New York Times Magazine
Maya Rudolph cover, September 16

Gail Bichler, Designer
Vanessa Prager, Illustrator
Alex Prager, Photographer

Finalists

GQ
“Hands Down, Our Best Comedy Issue Ever,” June

Martin Schoeller, Photographer

Harper’s Bazaar
Zoë Kravitz cover, October

Elizabeth Hummer, Designer
Camilla Akrans, Photographer

The New Yorker
“Golden Opportunity," March 5

Chris Ware, Illustrator

Rolling Stone
Chadwick Boseman cover, March 8

Joseph Hutchinson, Designer
Norman Jean Roy, Photographer

Readers' Choice Winner

Billboard
“This Is BTS,” February 17

Nicole Tereza, Designer
Peter Ash Lee, Photographer
 


Best Business and Technology

Best Cover Winner

TIME
“The Drone Age,” June 11

D.W. Pine, Designer


Finalists

Bloomberg Businessweek
“Big Changes at the Top,” March 19

Nejc Prah, Designer
Simon Dawson/Bloomberg, Photographer

The California Sunday Magazine
“A Kingdom From Dust,” February 4

Leo Jung, Designer
Trent Davis Bailey, Photographer
 

The New York Times Magazine
“Is Google Too Powerful?,” February 25

Gail Bichler, Designer

Popular Science
“Intelligence,” Spring

Pete Sucheski, Designer
The Voorhes, Photographer

Readers' Choice Winner

Popular Science
“Intelligence,” Spring

Pete Sucheski, Designer
The Voorhes, Photographer


Best Service and Lifestyle

Best Cover Winner

New York Magazine
“How to Be an Artist,” November 26-December 9

Jody Quon & Tom Alberty, Designers
Joe Darrow & John Ritter, Illustrators

Finalists

The Atlantic
“The Sex Recession,” December

Peter Mendelsund, Oliver Munday, Designers

The California Sunday Magazine
“The Way Home,” December 2

Leo Jung, Designer
Ricardo Nagaoka, Photographer

 

Garden & Gun
“Best of the Sporting South,” December 2018/January 2019

Marshall McKinney, Designer
Andy Anderson, Photographer

Sonoma
“Take Me to the River,” July/August

Ryan Mesheau, Designer
Ron Koeberer, Photographer

Readers' Choice Winner

Concealed Carry
“Perfect Fit,” April

Ken Wangler and Dustin Reid, Designers, Illustrators and Photographers


Best Sports and Fitness

Best Cover Winner

The New Yorker
“In Creative Battle,” January 15

Mark Ulriksen, Illustrator


Finalists

The California Sunday Magazine
“Mavericks,” August 5

Leo Jung, Designer
Rose Marie Cromwell, Photographer

ESPN The Magazine
Adam Rippon cover, July 8

Chin Wang, Designer
Mark Seliger, Photographer

The New York Times Magazine
“The Enthusiast’s Guide to the Winter Games,” February 4

Gail Bichler, Designer
Idris Khan, Photographer

TIME
Roger Federer cover, April 30/May 7

D.W. Pine, Designer
Peter Hapak, Photographer

Readers' Choice Winner

ESPN The Magazine
Simone Biles cover, December 2018/January 2019

Chin Wang, Designer
Danielle Levitt, Photographer

Best Fashion and Beauty

Best Cover Winner

InStyle
Serena Williams cover, August

Rina Stone, Designer
Robbie Fimmano, Photographer


Finalists

 

Allure
“All About Hair,” June split covers

Sølve Sundsbø, Photographer

The Hollywood Reporter
Tiffany Haddish cover, June 13

Shanti Marlar, Designer
Miller Mobley, Photographer

The New Yorker
“Savoring Summer,” September 10

Kadir Nelson, Illustrator

The Washington Post Magazine
“Wake Up and Dream,” April 29

Beth Broadwater, Designer
Juco, Photographer

Readers' Choice Winner

Allure
Priyanka Chopra cover, Summer Digital Cover

Daniel Jackson, Photographer

Best Travel and Adventure

Best Cover Winner

Travel + Leisure
“The Adventure Issue,” July

Paul Martinez, Designer
The Ingalls (Gemma and Andrew Ingalls), Photographers


Finalists

Bicycling
“To Be a True Champion of This Race, You Can’t Just Win. You Must Win Beautifully,” July

Jesse Southerland, Designer
Narayan Mahon, Photographer

Condé Nast Traveler
“The Southeast Asia Edition,” Volume VIII

Parker Hubbard, Designer
Loes Heerink, Photographer

Texas Monthly
“Off the Grid,” April

Emily Kimbro, Designer
Nick Simonite, Photographer

 

Virtuoso Life
“The Hotel Issue,” May/June

Melanie Fowler, Designer
Nick Misani, Illustrator

Readers' Choice Winner

Airbnb Magazine
“How the Chile Pepper Took Over the World,” Winter

Valero Doval, Illustrator

Most Delicious

Best Cover Winner and Readers' Choice Winner

Food & Wine
“The Photography Issue,” March

Winslow Taft, Designer
Romulo Yanes, Photographer


Finalists

Bon Appétit
“How to Build a Better Sandwich,” March

Rachael Ray Every Day
“This Is How We Roll,” July/August

Phoebe Flynn Rich, Designer
Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott, Photographer

Saveur
"Italian Garden Cooking,” Fall

Sean Johnston, Designer
Eva Kolenko, Photographer
 

Wired
“The Mutant Future of Food,” August

Maurizio Di Iorio, Photographer

Brainiest

Best Cover Winner and Readers' Choice Winner

National Geographic
“Planet or Plastic?,” June

Emmet Smith, Designer
Jorge Gamboa, Illustrator
 


Finalists

The Atlantic
“How Evangelicals Lost Their Way (and Got Hooked by Donald Trump),” April

David Sommerville, Designer
Javier Jaén, Illustrator

Bloomberg Businessweek
“A.I. Painted This,” May 21

Chris Nosenzo, Designer
Robbie Barrat, Illustrator
 

Time Out New York
“The Sex Issue,” January 31-February 6

Tom Hislop, Creative Director
Stephen Meierding, Photographer

The Washington Post Magazine
“What Makes Someone Native American?,” August 26

Christian Font, Designer
Travis Dove, Photographer

Most Controversial

Best Cover Winner

New York Magazine
“It’s the Corruption, Stupid,” April 2-15

Tom Alberty & Jody Quon, Designers

Finalists

The New Yorker
“Unheard,” October 8

Ana Juan, Illustrator

TIME
“The Opioid Diaries,” March 5

D.W. Pine, Designer
James Nachtwey, Photographer

TIME
“The Summit Crisis,” July 30

D.W. Pine, Designer
Photo-illustration by Nancy Burson for TIME

Wired
Mark Zuckerberg cover, March

Jake Rowland, Photographer

Readers' Choice Winner

VICE
“Burnout and Escapism,” December

Lia Kantrowitz and Kitron Neuschatz, Designers and Illustrators
Elizabeth Renstrom, Photographer

Readers' Choice Awards

Winner

Billboard
“This Is BTS,” February 17

Nicole Tereza, Designer
Peter Ash Lee, Photographer


Finalists

Concealed Carry
“Perfect Fit,” April

Ken Wangler and Dustin Reid, Designers, Illustrators and Photographers

Entertainment Weekly
“Some Like It Scot!,” October 12

Chuck Kerr, Designer
Greg Garry, Illustrator
Ruven Afanador for EW, Photographer

ESPN The Magazine
“The Legend of Ninja,” October 1

Chin Wang, Designer
Benedict Evans, Photographer

National Geographic
“Planet or Plastic?,” June

Emmet Smith, Designer
Jorge Gamboa, Illustrator

 

 

All publication dates 2018 unless otherwise indicated