Every year, the Best Art Vinyl prize is awarded by a mix of the public and industry judges to the best album cover art and design.

Last year's winnner was Dan Hillier’s illustration for the debut album by Royal Blood in at the top spot. In second place was the debut from FKA Twigs, followed by Singles by Future Islands.

Previous winners include Thom Yorke’s The Eraser from regular Radiohead contributor Stanley Donwood, and work from the sixteenth century Dutch artist Pieter Bruegel for The Fleet Foxes eponymous LP.

This year's shortlist of 50 will be announced on November 2 – though five of this year's nominees have been revealed, which we're showcasing in this story.

Image: Leftfield's Alternative Light Source cover features an 1990 artwork by modern artist Mark Wallinger called School Classroom.

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