Bridgeman Images is thrilled to unveil the winners of the 2024 Book Cover Awards, celebrating exceptional creativity and innovation in book cover design. Our esteemed panel of expert judges, including industry leaders and creative visionaries, had the challenging task of selecting outstanding covers that captivate, resonate, and push the boundaries of artistic expression. Explore the winners of this year's edition below:


North America: Cecilia R. Zhang - "The Vegan" by Andrew Lipstein

Cecilia R. Zhang takes the crown in North America for her mesmerizing cover of "The Vegan" by Andrew Lipstein, published by FSG in the United States. Zhang masterfully blends elements from a Japanese Grass Lizard lithograph and a 1940s Italian promotional postcard to create a visually striking composition. The neon greens scream off the cover, beckoning book lovers to grab this title off the shelf.


Japanese Grass Lizard (colour litho), German School, (19th century) / Private Collection / © Purix Verlag Volker Christen / Bridgeman Images

Advertising postcard: Spumante Mirafiore, Italy, 1947 / Photo © Andrea Jemolo / Bridgeman Images


Europe: Rafaela Romaya - "Some of Us Just Fall" by Polly Atkin

Rafaela Romaya secures the European title with her outstanding cover for "Some of Us Just Fall" by Polly Atkin, published by Hachette in the United Kingdom. Romaya seamlessly blends artworks by contemporary women artists Rose Lascelles and Genevieve French, creating a cover that is both modern and timeless.


Bright Nude, 2013 (acrylic on canvas), French, Genevieve / Private Collection / © Genevieve French. All Rights Reserved 2024 / Bridgeman Images

Gunnera, 2018 (oil on canvas), Lascelles, Rose / Private Collection / © Rose Lascelles. All Rights Reserved 2024 / Bridgeman Images


People's Pick: Jan de Boer - "Wolventijd" by Torre Skeie

The People's Pick, determined by a global online vote, goes to Jan de Boer for the cover of "Wolventijd" by Torre Skeie, published by Uitgeverij Omniboek in The Netherlands. De Boer's chilling modernization of a historic 1901 etching of Nordic viking ships, recolored and adapted for a contemporary audience, stood out and garnered widespread acclaim.


Nordic mythology: Viking ships into a maelstrom off the coast of Scandinavia, Engraving from “Nordisch-Germanische Gotter und Helden” by Wilhelm wagner 1901 / Private Collection / Photo © The Holbarn Archive / Bridgeman Images


Expert Panel Judges:

  • Harriet Bridgeman (Founder, Bridgeman Images & Artists’ Collecting Society)
  • Piers Russell-Cobb (Owner and Managing Director at MediaFund Limited)
  • Rebecca Nuotio (Head of Commercial Brand Development and Sales at the British Library)
  • Claudia Zeff (Deputy Chair, Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration)
  • Ralph Steadman (Artist & Illustrator)


The Bridgeman Images Book Cover Awards provide a global platform for book publishers and designers, regardless of scale, to showcase their creativity. With regional sub-categories and a worldwide digital People’s Pick, the awards celebrate diversity in cultural and creative expressions. Participation in these awards not only allows designers to showcase their work but also provides an opportunity for international recognition and visibility.


Bridgeman Images is committed to fostering a vibrant community where the talents of entrants shine. We congratulate the winners and extend our gratitude to all participants in this year's edition. As we look ahead, we eagerly anticipate the creative brilliance that designers will bring to our archive in the coming year.


Thank you for being part of this celebration of artistic excellence and innovation in book cover design.

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