Cover Photo Contest

The idea of crowd sourcing book covers is new and exciting…it may even translate into increased book sales. As long as the author/publisher still respects the image owners’ rights, it’s a certainly a technique worth trying. So lets try a contest of our own.

Below are three photographs I researched for use on the front cover of a college astronomy textbook. Only one of these three photographs made it to publication. Vote for your favorite by adding a comment to my blog. The results will be posted here, as well as, on Let see how many readers select the “winning cover photo”.  Visual Connections is offering a free Amazon gift certificate to a randomly chosen reader who selects the “winning cover photo”.

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Photo A – Artist’s concept of a gas giant planet orbiting a red dwarf K star Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STSci)
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Photo B – Ultra violet photo of a M3.2 solar flare captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory Credit: AFP PHOTO / NASA/SDO
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Photo C – Simulation of a black hole flare
Credit: Image: NASA, S. Gezari (The Johns Hopkins University), and J. Guillochon (University of California, Santa Cruz)

10 thoughts on “Cover Photo Contest

  1. Pamela Dawson

    I vote for Photo C. Of course, the horizontal image requires that the inside pages follow the same format. If that is not possible, the photo could be encased or floated in a box on a vertical cover. The type design would have to be very clever.


  2. Linda Knowles

    Photo A is the most cover worthy, even though it is not the most unusual image. It is serene, elegant, and dramatic at the same time – lends itself to lots of design options. So I’m voting for A.


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