Here's what ilustreishon had to say:
It always feels nice to get some recognition based on one's work. There is a lot of good stuff in all the categories, good designers, good illustrators. I can recognize some names, old rivalries and new friendships on the list.
I also have some advice:
1) If you do what you love, sometimes clients will change their minds and see the real potential of their covers. I rarely limit myself to their brief.
2) Try not to do stuff you'd be embarrased to show. You can get the money, but your dignity and self-esteem will take a toll. Trust me.
3) Before doing anything, drop the client a message and discuss some ideas before starting. If they don't answer, you can tell it's gonna be a hard ride working with them. Weed them out and know when to withdraw.
Congrats to you all. Now I want my 99designs statuette to show off to my clients!