Every year, the Spectrum Awards pick the most amazing art in science fiction and fantasy, from a number of categories including book covers, advertising, and concept art. This year’s nominees are absolutely stunning. Here are some of our absolute favorites.


The Spectrum 23 nominations were announced by Santa Cruz-based Flesk Publications yesterday, and they include five finalists in each of eight categories. The winners in each category will be named at the Spectrum 23 Awards Ceremony on May 7, which is held at the Society of Illustrators. But here are some of the images that blew us away from among the finalists. [via File770]

Discworld by Bartosz Kosowski
King Under the Mountain by Jaemin Kim
Natural Connection by Wesley Burt
Behind the Veil by Julie Bell
The Language of Knives by Sam Weber
Finnegan’s Field by Greg Ruth
Traveling To a Distant Day by Tran Nguyen
Empathy by Donato Giancola
Renard and the Strawberries by Annie Stegg Gerard
Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Karla Ortiz
Vesuvius by Donato Giancola
Tom, Thom by Rovina Cai
Glitch by Andrew Thompson
Dragon Island by Dejian Wu
Munchasaurus Rex by Chris Ayers
Tribes of Kai, page 41 by Daren Bader
Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen by Chris Seaman

See the rest over at the Spectrum 23 site.

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