Voting is now open for Readers’ Choice honors in the 2012 American Society of Magazine Editors Best Cover Contest. Beginning April 1, Black Enterprise readers have the chance to vote for its entry, the unforgettable January 2011 cover featuring rapper and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. Go to amazon.com/bestcoversvote to cast your vote for Black Enterprise.
Hosted annually on Amazon.com, the ASME Best Cover Contest celebrates some of the most exciting work published by magazines—and gives editors a chance to reach millions of new readers. This year the ASME Best Cover Contest honors magazine covers published between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2011. Every magazine cover entered in the ASME Best Cover Contest will be posted on Amazon.com.
For the January 2011 Black Enterprise cover story “The Many Faces of 50”, Jackson provided an all-access look into how he’s evolved an entrepreneur extraordinaire, speaking candidly about recent deals, notable milestones, and future plans for his burgeoning business empire. The exclusive cover image, photographed by Black Enterprise Director of Photography Lonnie C. Major, depicts an unseen side of 50 Cent—one that is all business. The cover is in stark contrast to the image fans of the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper have come to expect. “We took his rugged exterior and transformed him into what he truly is on the inside: an entrepreneur, a business man and a consummate professional,” says Major.
In the first stage of the contest, media consumers visiting Amazon.com will pick winning covers in these 10 categories:
- News and Politics
- Business and Technology
- Entertainment and Celebrity
- Sports and Adventure
- Health and Fitness
- Science and Nature
- Women’s Interests
- Men’s Interests
- Most Delicious
In the second stage, Amazon.com visitors will choose the Readers’ Choice Magazine Cover from the winners in each category, and ASME judges will choose the Cover of the Year.
The Readers’ Choice Magazine Cover and the Cover of the Year will be announced the day before the National Magazine Awards Annual Gala at the ASME Annual Meeting on May 2, 2012.