The Bridgeman Images Book Cover Awards 2021


Bridgeman's Book Cover Award is back. Submit your 2021 entries now and win $250!

For almost 50 years, Bridgeman Images has proudly partnered with designers by providing eye-catching photography and artwork that helps bring their book cover designs to life.

Each year, we look back and take a moment to celebrate the creative and inspiring ways Bridgeman images are used in book covers. As it was a particularly difficult year, we skipped this award in 2020 but we’re pleased to announce it has returned for 2021. As before, there will be a trade category and a scholarly category with a $250 prize for each.


How To Enter

To submit a cover of your choice for this iteration of the competition, simply email us your choice as a PNG image to

Any cover design that uses a Bridgeman image and is confirmed for publication will be automatically entered for consideration in the 2021 book cover competition. We are looking forward to seeing all the new book covers that used Bridgeman Images this year.


Keep up with our updates on Social

Keep up to date with the latest by following the #BridgemanImagesBookCover2021 competition on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

The competition closes on December 3rd. Don't miss your chance to enter!


2019's Winning Covers

Our 2019 winning entries in the Trade and Academic categories were...

bridgeman book cover award winners

Trade Winner

Book title: King of the Mississippi
Publisher: Hogarth
Winning Designer: Matt Dorfman

A quirky and creative juxtaposition utilising multiple images from our extensive collection of contemporary and archival photography.

Academic Winner

The angled fonts interact perfectly with the contemporary art by David McConochie, one of our Studio artists. A very modern design for a very modern topic.

Book Title: Design for The Smart Enough City
Publisher: MIT Press
Winning Designer: Molly Seamans

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