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National Outdoor Book Awards
National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is one of the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award programs. Click
here for our index and the current award winners.
purpose of the Awards is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing
for books relating to the outdoors, nature, the environment. The
National Outdoor Book Awards
are administered by a non-profit, educational institution.
Design and Artistic Merit
Category: Books nominated for this award may be
of any genre, but they should be graphically and visually appealing and use
artistic design, photographs and/or other art forms to enhance subject matter or
to convey a message or theme. Nature or outdoor adventure topics are acceptable
in this category.
||Title and Author(s)
Mountain Ranges of Colorado. Photographed and written by John Fielder. Designed by Mark Mulvany.
This is a magnificent book! Mountain Ranges of Colorado is a
milestone in the art of mountain photography. It's also a labor of love, the
culmination of fifteen years of dedicated photographic exploration
throughout the mountains of
Colorado. Everything about this
book is impressive from the solid cover which resembles a smooth piece of
Mountain granite, to its cohesive and
intelligent design, to John Fielder's masterful photography.
of the Earth, Corner of the Sky photography by Art Wolfe
Nine years in the making and photographed on seven continents, Edge of
the Earth showcases an artist at the peak of his powers. While largely
known for his striking wildlife photography, Art Wolfe proves in this volume
that he is equally adept at capturing natural landscapes. Wolfe hopes that
his work will motivate others to protect wild lands whose destruction he has
witnessed first hand. Perhaps, that's why the book's images are so haunting:
places of temporal beauty, living on borrowed time in a world ever hungry
for land and resources.
Mountains Know Arizona: Images of the Land and Stories of Its People Photographs by
Michael Collier. Text by Rose Houk. Designed by Mary Winkelmann Velgos
This book started with a wish that would have been difficult to achieve
under any circumstances: tell the story of Arizona through the perspective of
its mountain ranges. Arizona,
after all, is a desert state. But photographer Michael Collier and writer
Rose Houk did just that. From seven of Arizona's mountain ranges, we
learn something of the state's first inhabitants, its settlers and fortune
seekers, its diversity of landforms and ecosystems, and even something of
contemporary life. This is a stylish and satisfying book and a testament to
a wish come true.
||First Light: Acadia National Park and Maine's Mount Desert
Island with photography by Tom Blagden, Jr. and text by Charles R. Tyson, Jr.
First Light is one of those rare books that excels in all measures of an
artistic achievement. It's an impressive and fitting tribute to Acadia, the
Northeast's only national park. From Tom Blagden's inspiring and
impassioned photography to the book's careful and sensitive design, and to
the printer's nearly perfect reproduction, this work sparkles and dazzles.
||Wilder Mississippi by Marlo Carter Kirkpatrick, Stephen Kirkpatrick (Photographs), Heidi Flynn Allen (Design)
No matter where you are — in the city, in an office, or in a bookstore in a
busy shopping center — open this book to the first page, you're suddenly
someplace else: to a place of quiet sounds, the flutter of wings, the rustle
of a white tail, the drip of morning dew. This is a book of subtleties, of
elegance and of mesmerizing images of Mississippi's natural world. Stephen
Kirkpatrick's brilliant and captivating photography is complemented with an
equally captivating design. So carefully executed are the design elements
that even the text of the book's subtitles resembles reeds protruding from
the surface of a pond. It all comes together beautifully and harmoniously, a
joyful pictorial hymn, celebrating the wilderness of Mississippi.
||The Living Wild by Photography by Art Wolfe
This is a book that will take your
breath away. The Living Wild is a technical and intellectual marvel,
providing a photographic celebration of the diversity of life inhabiting our
planet. Celebrated nature photographer Art Wolfe took three years to produce
the color photographs of 140 different species from 40 different countries
that grace the pages of this large format book. Wolfe is clearly at the top
of his game in The Living Wild, and this book should reinforce his
position among the best nature photographers in the field. Using a highly
effective combination of lens size and perspective, he almost brings the
viewer into the photograph, blurring the boundaries of real and artificial.
It's a sight to behold.
||Bradford Washburn: Mountain Photography by Bradford Washburn
Traveling the world for eight decades, mountaineer, explorer, scientist and
cartographer Bradford Washburn has documented the world's landscapes like no
other. This is his life's work as seen through his own camera: one hundred
large format mountain photographs, all exquisitely reproduced. The book
includes a short interview with Washburn, but it is the photos which speak
volumes about him and his artistic genius.
||Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail by Leonard Adkins
From a practical standpoint, this book
is a field identification guide of the flora of the 2,100-mile Appalachian
trail — and an
excellent one at that. But it is much more than a guidebook. It is a work of
art and a feast for the eyes. Wildflowers of the Appalachian Trail is
designed with grace and elegance and filled with exquisite, full-page color
photographs. It is rare to find a guidebook where every photograph is
perfect, but this is one. If you're hiking or traveling in the Appalachian
country, this is one book that you don't want to be without.
Track of the Tiger: Legend and Lore of the Great Cat
by Maurice Hornocker
Track of the Tiger is a
compelling and masterfully designed book with rich, stunning photography by
some of the world's best nature photographers. Nine essays, edited by
eminent biologist, Maurice Hornocker, bring alive this magnificent and
legendary animal, the largest of the world's cats.
The National Outdoor Book Award Categories
This is a non-profit, educational program. The winners are chosen by a panel
of judges consisting of respected outdoor columnists, authors, educators, and
book reviewers from throughout the country. In early November, the NOBA committee announces the winners of the nine
categories that make up the awards program plus a set of books that achieved
honorable mentions. The NOBA awards are given in nine different
you like this list of outdoor award winners, you may enjoy these additional
lists of award winning books on mountaineering. Check out the winners (and
finalists) of the following awards: