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Art & Photography

See below for the list of 2024 winners in the ART & PHOTOGRAPHY category, for books with a copyright date of 2023. 

The New Big 5: A Global Photography Project for Endangered Wildlife
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Graeme Green

Publisher: Earth Aware Editions

ISBN: 9781647228705

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The New Big 5 unites over 145 leading wildlife photographers and advocates to spotlight Earth's beauty and address urgent conservation challenges. Originally a colonial hunting term, the project led by Graeme Green reshapes it, highlighting endangered species through global votes. The New Big 5 includes Elephants, Gorillas, Tigers, Lions, and Polar Bears, featuring 226 captivating photos and enlightening essays, fostering awareness and admiration for our precious wildlife.

Food & Drink: Modernist Cuisine Photography
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Nathan Myhrvold

Publisher: The Cooking Lab, LLC

ISBN: 9781737995135

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Food & Drink: Modernist Cuisine Photography features a fresh collection of mouthwatering images from photographer Nathan Myhrvold and the Modernist Cuisine team. With over 200 photographs from Modernist Bread, Modernist Pizza, and the Modernist Cuisine Gallery by Nathan Myhrvold, this new title captures the stunning details of the foods and drinks we love from a surprising, playful perspective—it’s a visual feast served up in a gorgeous coffee-table book.

Layered Landscapes: The Photographic Art of Jenny Okun
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Jenny Okun with introductions by Michael Webb, Craig Krull

Publisher: ORO Editions

ISBN: 9781957183404

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Layered Landscapes is a collection of essays and photographs of our beautiful world from just outside our homes all the way to the heavens. The book has introductions by Michael Webb (architecture writer) and Craig Krull (gallerist).

See below for the list of 2023 winners in the ART & PHOTOGRAPHY category, for books with a copyright date of 2022. 

Bay of Life: From Wind to Whales
2023 Gold Winner

Authors: Frans Lanting and Chris Eckstrom

Publisher: Earth Aware, an imprint of MandalaEarth

ISBN: 978-1-64722-143-0

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Explore the wonders of one of Earth’s natural crown jewels: California’s Monterey Bay—the hottest hot spot for biodiversity in North America, according to The Nature Conservancy. Bay of Life describes  the story of the area's remarkable recovery, which shows that damaged ecosystems can be restored when people care and act together.

Lost and Found: Assemblage Artists of Northern California
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: Esther Siegel and Spencer Brewer

Publisher: Esther Siegel and Spencer Brewer

ISBN: 978-0-578-33772-2

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Lost and Found is ‘visual jazz’; a delightful and thought-provoking tour through the world of assemblage art of eight northern California assemblage artists. Journey into this visual feast for the eyes as the artists and their unique sculptures harmoniously come together to deliver a wondrously ‘wow’ experience.

Picturing Freedom: African Americans & Their Cars, A Photographic History
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: Stanley B. Burns, MD & Elizabeth A. Burns

Publisher: Burns Archive Press

ISBN: 978-1-936002-12-2

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Picturing Freedom chronicles and celebrates the photographic history of African Americans and their cars by focusing on personal images of the pride and joy of car ownership (1900-1980+). With over 450 unique photographs and comprehensive histories of photography, car freedoms, and travel, this publication enhances the visual narrative of our culture.

See below for the list of 2022 winners in the ART & PHOTOGRAPHY category, for books with a copyright date of 2021. 

California Indian Basketry: Ikons of the Florescence

2022 Gold Winner
Author: Wayne A. Thompson, Eugene S. Meieran

Publisher: Sunbelt Publications, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-941384-52-7

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This richly illustrated photographic overview captures the beauty and artistry of the remarkable world-class, Native American Indian baskets of California, circa 1895 to 1940, known as the Florescence or Flowering. It is a tribute to these artisans and includes biographical snapshots of weavers and portraits of their masterpiece California Indian baskets, which today exist in museums and private collections throughout the United States.

Alice: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist

2022 Silver Winner
Author: Dwight McInvaill with Caroline Palmer & Anne Tinker

Publisher: Evening Post Books

ISBN: 978-1-929647-52-1

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This elegant volume is a personal account of Alice’s life, drawing on unpublished papers, letters, and interviews, including over 200 pieces, many shared for the first time. The most comprehensive compilation of Alice’s work, it is a pillar of Southern art scholarship and a gorgeous addition to an art lover’s collection.

Our National Monuments: America's Hidden Gems

2022 Silver Winner
Author: QT Luong

Publisher: Terra Galleria Press

ISBN: 978-1-7335760-7-9

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The first photography book dedicated to America's large national monuments opens our eyes to vast landscapes rivaling the national parks in beauty, diversity, and historical heritage.  Discover less-traveled and adventurous destinations through introductions from local conservationists, comprehensive photographic coverage of highlights, and practical travel notes describing the author's wide-ranging explorations.

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copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Fighting for My Life: Finding Hope and Serenity on Martha's Vineyard
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Michael Blanchard

Publisher: Genevieve Press

ISBN: 978-0-9915028-5-1

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Fighting For My Life begins with Michael’s first days in rehab and chronicles his journey back to a new life filled with reflection, creativity and connection with others. Through the lens of his camera and poignant essays he takes the reader on a moving journey from the wreckage of alcoholism to a life rebuilt on the foundations of sobriety and contribution.

Grouse & Woodcock: The Birds of My Life
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Timothy C. Flanigan

Publisher: Wild River Press

ISBN: 978-0-9993093-8-4

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This lavish all-color celebration in print of America's 100% wild native game birds is the life's work of a master wildlife photographer, a retired Pennsylvania conservation officer, who long ago gave up his shotgun for studying and capturing near-impossible images of these elusive species in their secretive woodland habitats.

Street Culture
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Seleen Saleh

Publisher: Goff Books

ISBN: 978-1-943532-59-9

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Street Culture is a stunning collection of photographs representing women and men of color who exhibit a unique style. Seleen Saleh’s photographs reveal individuality, fearlessness, and creativity in the most vibrant beings who collectively represent street style.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the ART & PHOTOGRAPHY category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Art in the White House
2020 Gold Winner

Author: William Kloss

Publisher: The White House Historical Association

ISBN: 978-1-931917-76-6

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Art historian William Kloss presents a comprehensive catalog of the White House fine arts collection of more than 500 works by America’s most celebrated artists.

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Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Publisher: WinterBadger Press

ISBN: 978-1-7331044-0-1

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Art and science are seamlessly woven into a stunning coffee table book inspiring hope and action. A thoughtful collaboration of many hearts and minds dedicated to protecting Nature’s beauty.

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Cultures in Transition: Spirit Heart Soul
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Oliver Klink

Publisher: True North Editions

ISBN: 978-1-943013-13-5

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Cultures in Transition explores the changes that people go through, the subtleties that make their life evolve, their spiritual guiding light in 5 Asian Countries.

2020 Silver Winner

Author: Chris Rainier

Publisher: Earth Aware Editions

ISBN: 978-1-68383-645-2

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Mask presents a striking collection of rare masks steeped in ancient tradition, captured through the lens of one of the world’s most celebrated documentary photographers.

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