• Option one (far left) won the vote with 43 per cent, compared to 34 and 23 per cent for options two and three.

Your reactions to the options in our regular cover vote are hugely important. (As regular Canadian Geographic followers know, in advance of each issue’s publication we solicit your feedback to help us choose our cover.) Our team works hard to present three (sometimes four) great choices to get your opinion, and we typically side with voters on the final call. Still, we often have our favourites.

So when voters overwhelmingly agree with our internal preference, as happened with the June 2015 tally, we were excited. It also made us think we might be on to a particularly great cover. Like voters, the Canadian Geographic team was especially keen on option one — it took 43 per cent of the vote, compared to 34 and 23 per cent for options two and three. We liked that it featured a selection of the individual great explorers included in our feature story, and it seems outstandingly bold, clear and simple. And judging by voter comments, readers shared our reaction.

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