New York, N.Y. — The cover of the September/October 2011 issue of Bonnier’s American Photo commemorating 9/11 was picked as the top cover in the News & Politics category in the 2012 Best Cover Contest hosted by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The announcement was made this morning as ASME picked winners in 10 separate categories.


American Photo has devoted the heart of its September/October issue to an 18-page oral history of 9/11/01 based on the recollections of the photographers who risked their lives to cover the story. Though there was no shortage of iconic images we could have used, in this case we felt less was more. The somber black and white image (shot by NYU student Yoni Brook) projected a reflective calm and quiet emblematic of the story we were telling. After much internal discussion, we opted to remove all cover lines apart from the minimalist one you see here.” — Scott Alexander, editor-in-chief, American Photo.


American Photo topped two high-profile finalists in the category: Vanity Fair and People.


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