NZ House & Garden's blue-hued April issue, shot at the home of avid antique collector Sandy Smith, has beaten off fierce competition in the race to be named Magazine Cover of the Year 2012 in The Maggies.
It beat titles across all five categories to win the supreme title, as well as winning the lifestyle category.
NZ House & Garden editor Sally Duggan described the winning cover as a "classic harmony of blue, white and green with mad, mixed-up touches".
“Unlike decorating your own home, which is a success when you think it is, creating a winning cover involves pleasing a cast of thousands," she said.
"The clever mixture of beautiful things presented on the April cover was actually a long drawn-out creative process by art director Richard Brunton and stylist Sarah Charles, which involved three separate visits to the historic art-filled Petone villa where it was photographed."
Elsewhere, New Zealand Doctor (May) was crowned business and trade winner, Healthy Food Guide (March) was named the best food and wine cover, Antarctic (June) took out the specialist category and Adventure Magazine (December) reigned in sports.
Initiated by online subscription company, iSUBSCRiBE, the covers entered in The Maggies were shortlisted by a panel of industry heavyweights and then put to a public vote over five weeks.