Benjamin Franklin and I – keep your fingers crossed.

Picture: Sunset over Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

Image: Sunset over Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

It is with a great amount of pride and honor that I’d like to announce I’ve learned from my publisher that my book, Photographing California; Volume 1- North, has been nominated as a Top-Three Finalist for the 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award in the Regional Titles category. The award, handed out by the Independent Book Publishers Association, is apparently a pretty big deal in the publishing world, and to even get nominated as a finalist is an incredible recognition, akin to being nominated for an Oscar or perhaps winning an award at the Sundance Film Festival.

My publisher, Laurent Martres of Graphie International, started his PhotoTripsUSA publishing company with his own three volume book set, Photographing the Southwest. He’s now expanded his “Photographing…” series to include other photographers and other states, including Oregon, and now Northern California, with other titles on the way. In fact, another title he produced, Photographing the World, with fellow photographer Tom Till has also been nominated as a Top-Three Finalist in the Travel category. To have two books published in the same year by the same publisher get nominated for such a prestigious award speaks volumes to the care and quality with which Laurent puts into the layout and printing of these books.

For more about information about my book, click here or on the photo below. You can also order yourself a copy today from Amazon.com, or better yet, visit your local independent book store, and have them order a copy for you.

Image: Book cover Photographing California Volume 1 North

The awards will be announced next week at the Book Expo America in New York City. I’d really appreciate it if you’d keep your fingers crossed for me, and perhaps send a quick “Good Luck” thought out into the Universe. While I’m delighted as heck just to be honored with the nomination, I have to admit that winning the award would certainly be a nice feather in the cap.


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4 Comments on “Benjamin Franklin and I – keep your fingers crossed.”

  1. David Leland Hyde (@PhilipHydePhoto) Says:

    Keeping fingers crossed for you here, Gary. Hope you get it.

  2. QT Luong Says:

    “… speaks volumes to the care and quality with which Laurent puts into the layout and printing of these books”

    you’re too modest Gary, not to mention the quality of the photography and writing… both Laurent and Tom are superb photographers as well.

  3. Greg Russell Says:

    Congrats on this one, Gary. I agree with QT; you’re much too modest.

  4. Gary Crabbe / Enlightened Images Says:

    You’re right, I am too modest; which probably explains why I waited a week to add on a comment to my blog that says, – “Hey, Guess what? I won!” Last Wednesday, my book won the Gold Medal Award for Best Regional Book in the 2013 IBPA Awards. ** Very Happy **



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