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2015 Cover Competition


The British Journal of Aesthetics (BJA) holds a competition each year open to students on full-time undergraduate or graduate courses at art and design schools or in fine art/design departments in any country to design a cover for the journal, which is published by Oxford University Press (OUP), both in print and online. The overall cover design includes an image, generally a black & white photograph of a sculpture or a detail from a print. It is normally but not necessarily a monochrome image. But winning entries in the competition have varied considerably from this norm.

Entries to the competition will consist in a .jpeg or .tiff containing an image (henceforth, the “image”), and a cover design incorporating the image (henceforth, the “design”), which can be assembled using a template that can be downloaded here (the template is available in InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop). You will also find the covers of recent issues on this page.

The resolution of the image must be at least 300dpi. There is no restriction on the use of colour. The winning entry will showcase the distinctive style of the artist, while remaining consistent with the series of covers as a whole. The winner and runners up of last year's competition can be seen on the BJA website here.

The specific brief for this year’s competition is to design a cover on the theme ‘Art in the digital age'.

To download a printable flyer to share with your students or colleagues, click here.


Read the Rules carefully before submitting your entry, to ensure you understand and accept them. Submitting an entry in the competition constitutes acceptance of the Rules.


The competition promoter is the British Journal of Aesthetics (BJA).


To be eligible to enter the competition, you must be enrolled on a full-time undergraduate or graduate course at an art school on 30 January 2015. The BJA reserves the right to verify eligibility.


Entries to the competition must be submitted by email to: Entrants should submit a .jpeg or .tiff file containing their image, as well as a .jpeg or .pdf file of the cover design incorporating their image. All entries must be accompanied by a .pdf containing a scanned letter, signed by the entrant, stating details of the course on which he or she was enrolled on 30 January 2015, together with the entrant’s contact details. The closing date is 24 October 2015. Entries which do not meet the entry requirements and entries which are received after the closing date will not be considered.


Personal data will only be retained and used by the BJA and OUP for the purposes of this competition. Personal data will not be passed on to any other parties without the prior express consent of the data subject.


The image must be an original, unpublished work that does not contain, incorporate or otherwise use any content, material or element that is owned by a third party or violates a third party’s intellectual property rights, including but not limited to the law of copyright or trade marks. It must not be subject to any third party rights or agreement which may require the BJA or OUP to seek permission from or pay any sum of money to any person or entity as a result of its use. By submitting an entry in the competition, each entrant represents and warrants that his or her image meets these criteria.


Each entry will be judged by a panel of judges consisting of the Editors of the BJA, the Publisher of OUP’s philosophy journals, Sarah Scutts, and the distinguished graphic designer John Morgan. Decisions and rulings of the judges are final and binding. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if no entry is submitted which they judge worthy of the prize. The judges’ decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decisions or the competition.


a) Shortlisted designs will be displayed on the BJA website. b) The winning design will be used on the cover of the BJA. The issue will carry a half-page about the winner and his or her work. The winner will receive 5 printed copies of the issue featuring their design, and will also be invited to choose £150-worth of books published by OUP, free of charge. Runners-up will also be considered for future issue covers of BJA and will be notified in due course. Should they be selected, a half page feature on the artist will be published in the same issue. The winner and runners-up will be notified by email in November 2015.


Each entrant will retain ownership of all intellectual property rights in the image submitted (including moral rights). However, by entering the competition, each entrant grants to the BJA on a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide basis, any necessary and relevant permissions relating to the reproduction of their entry in any media, as part of the publication and promotion of the journal. Each entrant accepts that the BJA and OUP reserve the right to alter and/or adapt the entry for the purposes of the production and promotion of the journal.


Each entrant warrants that their entries are their own original work and, as such, they are the sole and exclusive owner and rights holder of their image and that they have the right to grant all required licenses.