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You should never judge a book by its cover.  Unless you are a shortlisted winner in The Maggies Magazine Cover of the Year Awards, that is.

Our Andrew Dyson cover for The Walkley Magazine‘s Press Freedom issue (March-May 2014) is one of five magazine covers shortlisted in the Business and Trade category for the 2014 consumer awards.

Andrew Dyson, and his cover for The Walkley Magazine

Andrew Dyson, and his cover for The Walkley Magazine

In a single, powerful illustration Dyson spotlights restraints on media, from Peter Greste’s incarceration to data security. Dyson has drawn for The Age opinion pages since 1998, and has won Walkley awards for both cartooning and artwork.

“I am honoured to be named a finalist for the Maggies,” Dyson said. “Magazines are one of the few remaining mass media that provide readers with deep coverage of important issues.. They also offer the artist time and scope to do their best, and I thank The Walkley Magazine for allowing me to illustrate its press freedom edition.”

Dyson says he aimed for simplicity when he worked on this cover.

“I think the best approach for a cover with a serious subject is to keep it simple and bold – there are too many competing visual stimuli nowadays. It is also useful to capture an appropriate mood for the subject, and I hope I have succeeded in this.”

A panel of industry heavyweights selected the shortlisted winners and included Ita Buttrose, Deborah Hutton, author Sarah Wilson, media consultants Phil Scott and Andrew Cowell, James Manning, Mark Fletcher, CEO and founder of iSUBSCRiBE Andrew Burge and Executive Director Magazine Publishers of Australia Mary Ann Azer.

The winners of the Maggies will be announced in Sydney on October 15, with the winners in each category selected by votes from the general public. So please take a minute to cast your vote for The Walkley Magazine, for Andrew Dyson, for press freedom and for bloody great illustration in magazines – by clicking here.

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Voters will each be given a five dollar iSUBSCRiBE gift voucher as thanks for their contribution.  The voucher can be redeemed across iSUBSCRiBE’s entire range of 2,000 magazine and newspaper subscriptions.  One dollar from every subscription sold using iSUBSCRiBE vouchers will be donated to Alzheimer’s Australia.