Buttrose bolsters Maggies judging panel

Ita Buttrose will return to chair this year's Maggies Awards, which recognise the best Australian magazine covers of the past year.

Buttrose, founder and former editor of Cleo magazine, will chair the panel of judges, joining The Australian's media editor Stephen Brook, iSubscribe founder and chief executive Andrew Burge and Fusion Strategy's managing director Steve Allen.

Journalist and Lifestyled editor Paula Joye and media personality Deborah Hutton will also form part of the panel, which boasts ten judges in total.

Buttrose said: “As one of the magazine industry's most coveted award competitions The Maggies continue to grow in popularity and rightly so as they recognise the exciting talent behind Australia's diverse magazine titles.

“The greatest challenge of course is to produce the unforgettable cover - the one with the WOW factor, the one that says pick me up NOW! As chair of judging panel that's what I will be looking for when I review the entries. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the editors and their designers have been doing with their covers in the past 12 months.”

The Maggies originated in the UK four years ago and were launched in Australia in 2010 by magazine and newspaper subscription business iSubscribe. The awards aim to improve the profile of the magazine industry and are supported by trade association Publishers Australia.

The judges will compile a list of nominated covers which will then be put to a public vote from 29 October via The Maggies website. The winners will be announced in early December.

Woman's Day took out the 2011 Magazine Cover of the Year award for its 4 April issue featuring a young Elizabeth Taylor.

Entries are now officially open and can be accessed via the website.

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