We’ve just learned some BIG news!  We’re so excited to share that our book has just won FOUR awards in two international book competitions!

The 2012 International Book Awards has named our guidebook as the:

  • Winner of the Best Nature Photography Book
  • Winner of Best Interior Design – Non-Fiction

As if that announcement didn’t already make our year, our book was also recently named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for:

  • Best Travel/Travel Guide
  • Best Overall Design

As the saying goes, “No man is an island” and as such, we have a long list of people to thank, including the two organizations who coordinated these contests.

We truly feel these awards honor the team effort between not just the two people with their names on the front cover, but also our talented editor, Erik Berg, in addition to our awesome focus group members who helped us finalize the layout and design of the book:  Erik Berg, Kelly Pape, Denise Schultz, Bev Secord, Kerry Smith, Holly Smith, and Floris Van Breugel.

We also have our generous book sponsors to thank for helping us see this project come to fruition: Tempe Camera, Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Wimberley, Hoodman, Think Tank Photo, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and STO-FEN.

We’d also like to thank our families for their patience and understanding when we’d disappear trying to capture that final shot or to rewrite the Introduction for the 11th time in the middle of the night.

Most of all, though, we’d like to thank YOU for reading our blog, buying our book, and sharing it with others!   Your ongoing support means so much to us.

So tonight, we raise our glasses to you, our valued team and community, in celebration.  CHEERS EVERYONE!

~Colleen and Paul

P.S. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of the book or eBook and would like to (or maybe you have a friend who might enjoy it?), please visit www.wildinarizona.com to order.  We’d love to send you a copy!  OK, that’s all for the shameless self-promotion plug… :D

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