The Best Art Vinyl: How to Enter

By Art Vinyl

Published 29th Apr 2019

The Best Art Vinyl Award is awarded to the best record cover design of the year.

The award is open for entries which are reviewed by the Art Vinyl Selection Panel. The panel select 50 finalists that are put to a public vote in November. The winner is announced the following January. 

This year, the 2019 finalists will be exhibited alongside The Auction Collective's Lend Your Ears + Open Your Eyes auction at the Lazinc gallery (9 - 16 January). 

2016 Winner: The Last Shadow Puppets, Everything You’ve Come to Expect
Label: Domino, Design: Matthew Cooper, Cover Photograph: Jack Robinson



What records can be submitted?

Only records released in 2019 on the 12” vinyl format can be put forward for the award. 

How do I enter? 

Send a physical copy of the record, with an accompanying letter, to:  

Art Vinyl / Memory Box
Esprit House
5 Railway Sidings

DA13 0YS

What are the deadlines? 

12 November:  Deadline for submissions
20 November:  50 finalists announced online and put to a public vote 
9 - 16 January:  Preview of the Finalists exhibited at Lazinc Gallery alongside Lend Your Ears + Open Your Eyes

16 January 7 pm:  Winner Announced

What if the record is released after the deadline? 

If the record is scheduled for release after November 2019, then send a digital image of the final design to 

How much does it cost to enter? 

Nothing - the competition is free to enter. To help Art Vinyl run multiple exhibitions across several locations in the future, the winner is asked to provide seven copies of the record for them to use. 

What does the winner receive? 

The winner receives The Best Art Vinyl 2019 Award, manufactured and designed by Vinylize


The Best Art Vinyl 2019 Award, manufactured and designed by Vinylize


Can I enter the Award and the Lend Your Ears + Open Your Eyes auction? 

Yes, the original artwork used for the cover can be submitted to The Auction Collective's open call. If selected, it will then be exhibited and auctioned, with the sale proceeds going to the artist. See here for more details. 

How can I stay updated about the award? 

Follow @artvinyl on Instagram or Facebook here


For more information on the award, submissions and Art Vinyl, contact: 

Andrew Heeps
Art Vinyl