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Cover Design: Large Format


See below for the list of 2024 winners in the COVER DESIGN: LARGE FORMAT category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

Farmall Century: 1923-2023 — The Evolution of Red Tractors and Crawlers in the Golden Age of International Harvester
2024 Gold Winner

Author: Lee Klancher

Publisher: Octane Press

ISBN: 9781642341393

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The 100th Anniversary of the revolutionary Farmall tractor is celebrated in this authoritative model-by-model history that traces the evolution and design of the most significant farm tractors of the 20th century. Award-winning author Lee Klancher chronicles how and why the Farmall tractor came to exist and how it evolved.

Furnishing the White House: The Decorative Arts Collection
2024 Silver Winner

Authors: Betty C. Monkman, William G. Allman, Lydia S. Tederick, and Melissa C. Naulin; photography by Bruce M. White

Publisher: The White House Historical Association

ISBN: 9781950273379

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In Furnishing the White House: The Decorative Arts Collection, four generations of White House curators share their knowledge of more than two centuries of changing presidential taste, hospitality, and lifestyle. This richly illustrated and comprehensive history of White House decorative arts is the first published collaboration of these White House curators.

Journey into the Wild: Celebrating Nature’s Best Photography
2024 Silver Winner

Authors: Steve and Deborah Freligh

Publisher: Southwestern Advantage

ISBN: 9780981565712

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Selected from nearly three decades of submissions to the Nature’s Best Photography International Awards program, this unique photographic collection captures moments in time from the far reaches of Earth, inspiring a greater appreciation for nature and a commitment to conserving the planet for future generations.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the COVER DESIGN: LARGE FORMAT category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

Western Skies
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Darden Smith

Publisher: Dexterity

ISBN: 978-1-947297-42-5

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This beautifully designed and collectible book features writings and Polaroids that Austin-based singer-songwriter Darden Smith created and captured during road trips across West Texas. The perfect companion piece to his latest album, also titled Western Skies, the book is a stunning homage to the mythologies of Texas.

Detroit Steel Artists: How Edsel Ford, Ray Dietrich, Tom Hibbard, and Ralph Roberts Turned Motor City into a Styling Mecca Before Harley Earl
2023 Silver Winner

Author: Matthew Kilkenny

Publisher: Beaver's Pond Press

ISBN: 978-1-64343-752-1

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Detroit Steel Artists is the first comprehensive story of the avant-garde artists of the automotive business—the outcasts who changed Detroit forever and made styling a selling point in the early 1920s. Societal changes, including the modernization of business and the women's movement, were powerful factors for styling's rise in significance. With more than a hundred period and modern images, Detroit Steel Artists takes readers on a panoramic tour of some of the most beautiful cars of the Classic Car Era.

The White House in Gingerbread: Memories & Recipes
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: Roland Mesnier with Mark Ramsdell

Publisher: The White House Historical Association

ISBN: 978-1-950273-33-1

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This book shares memories, creations, and sweet recipes from former White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, who served at the White House from 1979 to 2004. The memoir also includes recipes for more than 30 White House holiday favorites, with step-by-step instructions and templates for constructing and decorating a White House gingerbread house.


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the COVER DESIGN: LARGE FORMAT category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

John Deere Evolution: The Design and Engineering of an American Icon
2022 Gold Winner

Author: Lee Klancher

Publisher: Octane Press

ISBN: 9781642340082

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An encyclopedic, behind-the-scenes look at how every model line built by John Deere since 1919 was designed and built. Matching the strong visuals is an in-depth history that includes interviews with the engineers, industrial designers, and other Deere & Co. people who designed, built, and sold the machines.

California Indian Basketry: Ikons of the Florescence
2022 Silver Winner

Authors: 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.

Trusted Eye: Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Claudia Fontaine Chidester

Publisher: Fontaine Archive, LLC

ISBN: 978-0-9888358-2-5

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Trusted Eye is a compelling visual narrative of an American wife and mother finding her place amid the rubble of war-torn Germany. Virginia Fontaine fought continually for recognition—as a woman, a photographer, an art curator, and, perhaps most importantly, a liaison between beleaguered German artists and the outside world.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the COVER DESIGN: LARGE FORMAT  category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Mark Kurlansky, cover designed by Christina Speed

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 978-1-938340-86-4

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From Kurlansky, bestselling author of Salt and Cod and many other works, a fascinating tribute to a magnificent species whose cycles of life are entwined with every aspect of nature, and whose survival is inextricably tied to the survival of the planet.

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

Author: Timothy C. Flanigan, cover designed by Gregory L. Smith, Gregory Smith Design

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.

Recipes from the President's Ranch: Food People Like to Eat
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Matthew Wendel, cover designed by White House Historical Association)

Publisher: White House Historical Association

ISBN: 978-1-931917-93-3

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Chef Matthew Wendel provides a first-hand account of his years working for President George W. Bush and his family at Camp David and at their Texas home on Prairie Chapel Ranch. He offers a collection of recipes, photographs, stories, and memories of daily life as senior advance representative in the Office of Presidential Advance and as the personal chef and personal assistant to the president. Providing wholesome, delicious, comforting food to guests was their way of saying "Welcome. We're glad you are here."


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the COVER DESIGN: LARGE FORMAT category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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A Century of Impact: National Parks Conservation Association 100th Anniversary
2020 Gold Winner

Designers:  Jeff Carroll and Robertson Design

Publisher: Grandin Hood Publishers

ISBN: 978-1-7339304-0-6

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12”x12” hardcover, 192 pages, 250+ stunning photos from America’s foremost outdoor photographer, and engaging text park profiles celebrating 100 years of National Parks.

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A Counting of Crows: A Memory Journal for Women Elders
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Betsy Kuhn

Publisher: Betsy Kuhn Fine Art

ISBN: 978-0-692-95689-2

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Betsy’s book is a tale of a life-changing experience that she subsequently dreamed, wrote, and painted into myth and meaning - an invitation to the reader to begin one’s own journaling.

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Norton Buffalo: Band Brother
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Kim Smith Miller

Publisher: Turn Point Press

ISBN: 978-1-7339270-0-0

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Norton Buffalo: Band Brother documents celebrated harmonica player Norton Buffalo. Author-photographer Kim Smith Miller brings Norton alive through her photographs and remembrances by other musicians.

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