Nature & Environment


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the NATURE & ENVIRONMENT 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

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.

Fossils Inside Out: A Global Fusion of Science, Art, & Culture
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Thomas Wiewandt

Publisher: Wild Horizons Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9781879728080

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For non-scientists and scientists alike, this elegantly crafted synthesis covers the past, present, and future of life on Earth––an enticing blend of prehistory, history, ecology, and geology––plus chapters on fossil collecting, imaging technologies, and the art of fossil preparation. Richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, maps, and other artwork. 

Marvelous Microfossils: Creators, Timekeepers, Architects
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Patrick De Wever, foreword by Hubert Reeves, translated by Alison Duncan

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN: 978-1-4214-3673-9

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Microfossils—the most abundant, ancient, and easily accessible of Earth's fossils—are also the most important. Training a powerful lens on the microscopic wonders of the universe, hundreds of photos, both exquisite and strange, accompany this startling exposé of a secret world invisibly evolving around us for billions of years.


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

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Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness & Save the Planet
2020 Gold Winner

Editor & Contributor: Paul Stamets

Publisher: Earth Aware Editions

ISBN: 978-1-68383-704-6

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Learn about the network under our feet, which has the ability to restore the planet’s ecosystems, repair our health, and resurrect our relationship with nature.

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

Authors: 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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A Wholly Admirable Thing: Defending Nature and Community on the South Carolina Coast
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Virginia & Dana Beach

Publisher: Evening Post Books

ISBN: 978-1-929647-41-5

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Stories that showcase the rise of South Carolina’s Coastal Conservation League to one of the country’s most tenacious and innovative conservation groups.

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