Limited time only: Access pro member benefits for less than $5/month. Access Classes, Stats, Priority Directory listing and more!Upgrade now

Winner of the Best Nature Photography Book

Published June 6th, 2012

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

Wild in Arizona, Photographing Arizonas Wildflowers


CHANDLER, Ariz. – Arizona-based co-authors Paul Gill of Phoenix and Colleen Miniuk-Sperry of Chandler have taken home top honors in two international book competitions for their recently published guidebook, “Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How.”

The 2012 International Book Awards has named their new travel guide as the Winner in the Best Nature Photography Book and Best Interior Design – Non-Fiction categories. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of JPX Media Group, explains, “The 2012 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world.” In its third year, the JPX Media Group of Los Angeles recognized print, e-books and audio books in over 100 categories.

The book was also named a Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Best Overall Design and Best Travel/Travel Guide categories. Miniuk-Sperry independently published the book through her Chandler-based company, Analemma Press, and therefore qualified for entry in the prestigious awards program established in 2007 to recognize and honor outstanding independently published books in 60 different categories.

“These awards truly honor the team effort between not just Paul and I, but also our editor - Chandler resident Erik Berg – our focus group members, families, sponsors, retail partners, supporters, everyone who contributed to this book coming together.” Miniuk-Sperry says of the accolades.

Miniuk-Sperry and Gill’s book "Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona's Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How" (Analemma Press, 2012) is a 224-page guidebook packed with 60 descriptions of the most beautiful spots to see wildflowers across Arizona. Peter Ensenberger, the former Director of Photography at the Arizona Highways magazine, describes it as "packed with vital information and tips on the best places to find and photograph Arizona's bountiful blooms."

“We all lead such busy lives, it’s so important we savor opportunities to enjoy the natural world,” Miniuk-Sperry suggests. “With our book, we hope to help people discover little-known places to experience breathtaking scenery within Arizona with their friends and families while giving them the best chance to see wildflowers at the right time.”

After a 10-year career at Intel Corporation, Miniuk-Sperry left her software project management job in 2007 to pursue outdoor photography and writing full-time. Her work has been published in National Geographic calendars, the Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, AAA Highroads, Mushing Magazine, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications. She also leads photography classes for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, Arizona Wildlife Federation, Through Each Others Eyes, and numerous private workshops. To view her work, visit

Since 1975, Gill has turned all of his attention to photographing the grandeur of nature. Gill’s photographs have graced the cover and pages of the world-renowned Arizona Highways magazine, calendars and books, Natures Best, Smith-Southwestern calendars and postcards, and many other scenic publications, calendars and books. His work has also been displayed in numerous fine art galleries and several pieces are featured within the Smithsonian Museum’s permanent collection of nature photography. His work can be seen at

More information about the award-winning guide book, including a free downloadable 18-page sample, can be found at

Login or sign up to comment.