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Sierra Club's Awards Antelope Valley Poppy  Reserve by Rob Badger

Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography 

Rob Badger and Nita Winter received the
Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography: Which honors superlative photography that has been used to further conservation causes. 

 The Sierra Club honored the couple with the 2020 Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography. It’s the latest of several awards Rob and Nita have received in response to their “Beauty and the Beast” photography book (co-published by WinterBadger Press and the California Native Plant Society), and in recognition of Rob’s 40 years of conservation photography.

We are not just looking for pretty pictures,” the Sierra Club nominating committee shared with Rob and Nita. “We are looking for photographers who use their work to help further a conservation cause. We were all struck by the stunning photos and the combination of art and activism that was reflected in the book." 

Photo: “Field of wildflowers in Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve with snow on the San Gabriel Mountains” courtesy of 2020 Ansel Adams Award winners Rob Badger and Nita Winter 


10 book award medals for Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

Plus an additional 11 medals: 3 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze medals and an honorable mention.

Spectacular!!! Your pictures are wonderful!!! Beautiful!!!! How could you not win this award? The professionals that contributed to this book have written with their hearts!!! I was moved by Gordon Leppig's words!!! Your book accomplishes what it set out to do - make us all join in to preserve this wonderful natural world of ours!!!! Rank #1  ~ First Time Best Book - Nonfiction — Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Judge Feedback (Gold Awarded)

Winner of the National Outdoor Book Awards - Design and Artistic Merit Category

September 1, 2020 - NOBA Winners Announced.

Beauty and the Beast is the winner of the Design and Artistic Merit Award.

Review: "The first part of this large format book is entitled, "The Gift of Beauty." It's referring to wildflowers, of course, but it is also an apt characterization of the book itself. It is truly a gift, a gift of artistic beauty that would grace anyone's home. From wide view photographs of vast fields of color to intricate close-ups of individual flower species, it is a book of wonder and a celebratory feast for the eyes. Complementing the photographic artistry are 18 essays which help deliver a message of what has been - and will be - lost in the natural world if global warming continues unchecked."

2020 IPA (International Photography Awards) Winners 3rd Place and Honorable Mention

October 2020- 2020 IPA Winners Announced -- Awe-Inspiring Finalists of the International Photography Awards!

The 2020 International Photography Awards has received more than 13,000 submissions from some of the most important photographers from around the world, and the judges have faced the incredibly challenging task of selecting the  winners in each of the 13 categories. 

Showcasing some of the most outstanding photographic work from around the globe, the world-renowned  International Photography Awards (IPA) has named the Category Winners and finalists in its 2020 Photography Competition for the Professional and Non-Professional/Student categories.  

Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change received 3rd Place in the Book/Nature category and Honorable Mention in the Book/Self Published category. You need to scroll down in the Professional section to reach the Book categories.

The judges praised this year’s winners for their exceptional work across various genres and styles. Hossein Farmani, IPA’s founder and president, commented, "In these unprecedented times, this year's entries reflect some of the biggest challenges facing our generation--not the least of which is dealing with a virus which, for the first time, is an event that has affected every person on earth in some way. We see photography at its best--whether covering the Covid pandemic, or the world’s uprising against injustice--the images captured are breathtaking. I can easily say these are the best images I have seen in the last decades." 

2020 Prix de la Photographie Winners - Bronze: Book/Nature

September 2020 -  The “Prix de la Photographie, Paris” (P×3) promote the appreciation of photography, discover emerging talent and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris.

Each submitted photographs was evaluated by the esteemed professional Px3 Jury panel. Winning entries were given titles of gold, silver, or bronze levels, along with honourable mentions from many distinguished submissions. The “Photographer of the Year,” “Best New Talent” and the 1st category winner’s photography are exhibited in Paris. "Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change" received Bronze Medal in the Book/Nature Category.

The Living Now Book Awards - Gold: Living Green

August 5, 2020 - The Living Now Book Awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that can help us improve the quality of our lives, from cooking and entertaining to fitness and travel. Each year, “books for better living” are chosen for their unique ability to enrich readers’ lives and promote global sustainability. The Living Now Awards medalists are an exceptionally impressive list of inspiring books, a testament to the dedication of authors and publishers today. "Beauty and the Beast" received a gold medal in the (#6) Green Living category. 

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Gold medal Best first time book Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards:  1 Gold + 2 Silver

This is one of the most lavishly illustrated and aesthetically beautiful books that I have had the pleasure of savoring. Close ups of particular flowering plants, some of which are highlighted/stressed by black backgrounds, and interspersed among these are wide-angle shots/panoramas of landscapes that are stunningly magnificent, even at times very impressionistic in the best sense of that word. The text is carefully and intriguingly woven around the photographic images in such a way as to reinforce the natural elegance of the color photography. A glossary of terms and a general index and another of plant names conclude this gem of a publication. The cover of the bound volume offers another treat, a bright yellow California poppy (?). Each signature of the book appears to be sewn in and that should amply insure the durability of this publication. The book rank is: #1 ~ Art & Photography — Design Judge Feedback

May 8, 2020 - Today, the coffee table book “Beauty And The Beast: California Wildflowers And Climate Change,” won a gold medal for the Bill Fischer First Time Book Award – Non Fiction category. It also received two silver awards in the Art and Photography and Nature and the Environment categories.

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award program recognizing excellence in book editorial and design is regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers.

2019 Foreword Indies Book Awards - 2 Silver + 1 Bronze

  • Silver Medal for Coffee Table Book (General) 
  • Silver Medal for Regional (Adult Nonfiction) 
  • Bronze Medal for Nature (Adult Nonfiction)

June 17, 2020—Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards today The awards recognize the best books published in 2019 from small, indie, and university presses, as well by self-published authors. You can view all of the winners here:


“For a couple of months a year, our editorial team gathers together for the collaborative work of reading through the thousands of worthy INDIES submissions we receive, whittling categories down to the few books that best represent the spirit and potential of independent publishing,” says Managing Editor Michelle Anne Schingler. “The task of judging books is never easy—our impulse, as readers, is to embrace all titles—but it’s work that we take seriously, as do the librarians and booksellers who further narrow the categories after us.

“The end result are short lists of winners that represent the best of the best—independent titles that you absolutely should not miss. In these troubled times of tremendous change, we hope that you’ll find these selections inspiring—a reminder of what we’re all working toward together.”

Over 2,100 entries were submitted in 55 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 9 finalists per genre. Those finalists were then delivered to individual librarians and booksellers tasked with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.

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