Vote for the PPA Awards Cover of the Year

The PPA Awards, which will be held on June 27 at Grosvenor House, are the Oscars of the magazine industry – celebrating the best of the best in 25 categories.

The public has a part to play in determining the winner for the Cover of the Year category. There are 10 worthy contenders in the running to be crowned with the title. Every vote counts and you can choose your favourite (or favourites) daily until midnight on June 12.

Read on as the magazines state their case for why they should get your vote – then cast your vote here and book your ticket for the PPA Awards here.

Gardeners’ World

Getting the two big beasts of gardening together, to mark the 50th anniversary of Gardeners’ World TV, was the hardest part. On the day we just had a laugh, shot some photos, made a video of it all that reached 1m+ people and boosted sales by 25%. Simple but effective.


You wouldn’t like The Very Hungry Caterpillar when he’s angry. What happens when a giant, mutated caterpillar takes over Beanotown? Chaos, capers and hilarity! If angry caterpillars aren’t your thing, perchance we could interest you in eggy pongs, pranks and jokes?

Country Life

This cover shot, specially commissioned from leading countryside photographer Sarah Farnsworth, for a feature about Lakeland or Fell terriers – one of our nation’s feistiest and most characterful breeds – sums up what readers of our 120-year-old title love best: a celebration of typical country dogs in a beautiful rural location.

Inside Housing

A week after the Grenfell Tower fire, Inside Housing launched a campaign setting out steps government and landlords should take to prevent a repeat of the tragedy. Sonny Dhamu produced an important cover which called on readers to live up to its central rallying call: Never Again.


Combining a must-make, must-eat show-stopping festive recipe, a bold and brave design (not seen before in food mags), and four production finishes (rarely used together) meant the olive 2017 Christmas cover was a winner creatively and commercially. It was the brand’s best-selling issue in five years!


Many magazines addressed the Weinstein #MeToo scandal, but Stylist’s graphically simple, smart cover – created just hours before print deadline – cut through the noise. This topic was like the world’s biggest cover championships and Stylist held its own with the best with this cover filled with strength, wit and promise.

Architects’ Journal

The gender pay gap is a massive issue. So how do you turn it into a compelling cover? We raided AJ archives and juxtaposed our key survey findings over this outdated image. This deliberately provocative cover tells a story. We hope it will play a part in changing future narratives.

The Big Issue

When Theresa May called the snap election last spring, we knew we had to work quickly to make The Big Issue readers get involved, to allow everybody who is part of The Big Issue community feel they were part of a group that could genuinely effect change. We quickly conceived of and mobilised what we named the Activist Army – a means of uniting our readers to ask questions of their potential MPs, demanding they back a Prevention agenda to help the poorest in society. This is from the streets up, not the top down.

British Vogue

The first of new British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful’s tenure, the December 2017 cover is an instant classic. Supermodel Adwoa Aboah is captured superbly by photographer Steven Meisel, working with Enninful to produce a beautiful, bold image that, with the line ‘Great BRITAIN’, is the ultimate magazine cover as manifesto.


Jony Ive created this subscribers cover for our December issue, coinciding with an exclusive feature on Apple Park. In the absence of a cover visual, the masthead – set in Apple’s original colour spectrum – is focal point, uniting Apple’s distinctive aesthetic with Wallpaper*’s reputation as the leading design magazine.

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