Welcome to the first ‘Bridgeman Book Cover Design Awards 2017’

Bridgeman prides itself on working closely with designers in all industries, but since Bridgeman’s early history nearly 50 years ago, the close working relationship with publishing designers – especially with the creation and design of book covers – is second to none in the licensing industry.

Today we are proud to announce the first winners of the ‘Bridgeman Book Cover Design Awards’. Each winner will receive $250 prize money.

Congratulations to this year’s winners! Any cover design that uses a Bridgeman image and is confirmed for publication will be automatically entered for consideration in the 2018 best book cover competition. We are looking forward to seeing all the new book covers in 2018. Happy designing!

The winners for 2017 are as follows:

Trade Winner

Book title: The Disappearance of Emile Zola

Publisher: Pegasus Books

Winning Designer: Derek Thornton of FaceoutStudio





Here are the images used in the design by Derek Thornton:


Bird's-eye view of the Paris Expositon of 1900

Bird’s-eye view of the Paris Exposition of 1900, Eiffel Tower in the background. Chromolithograph. / Universal History Archive/UIG / Bridgeman Images


A View of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, 1870 (oil on canvas), Anderson, John MacVicar (1835-1915) / Private Collection / © Christopher Wood Gallery, London, UK / Bridgeman Images


Academic Winner

Title: Squid Empire

Publisher: ForeEdge, University Press of New England

Winning Designer: Eric M. Brooks


Here is the image Eric M. Brooks used to design the winning Book Cover:



Examples of various Cephalopods ‘Kunstformen der Natur’, 1899 (colour litho), Haeckel, Ernst (19th century) (after) / Private Collection / Prismatic Pictures / Bridgeman Images