We are very excited to announce that Beneath Cold Seas has scooped the Design & Artistic Merit category of the 2012 National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA), an annual awards programme recognizing the best in outdoor writing and publishing.
Featuring remarkable photography by David Hall, Beneath Cold Seas reveals the underwater world of the North American Pacific coast, which contains the most diverse and spectacular marine life of any coldwater ecosystem on the planet.
“The judges were unanimous in their assessment of photographer David Hall’s work,” said Ron Watters, Chairman of the Awards. “He is a gifted artist and has created a masterpiece.”
This year’s National Outdoor Book Awards winners, revealed on Thursday 15 November, were chosen by a panel of judges consisting of educators, academics, book reviewers, authors, editors, and outdoor columnists from across the USA. In their official review of Beneath Cold Seas, the judges said: “This book is a work of art from every possible angle – from the exquisite photographs, to the book’s design, to its flawless printing and production process. There’s no other way to describe it: David Hall has created a masterpiece.
“It’s not something that came easy. His underwater photographic technique had been painstakingly developed and refined over years of work. And what a difficult environment in which to work: diving in bitter cold waters, working in a neutrally buoyant state without a tripod, not having the ability to use telephoto lenses (because of the turbidity of the water), and dealing with a limited amount of time (due to air and nitrogen concerns).
“Hall has everything right in this book. This is a complete and moving immersion in the breathtaking underwater world of the Pacific Northwest.”
Marine biologist Sarika Cullis-Suzuki, who wrote the introduction to Beneath Cold Seas, said that the book would also appeal to British audiences: “The north Atlantic faces issues similar to the north Pacific, such as overexploitation and the need for increased protection. And while our species may differ, I think UK audiences will connect with these images through their familiarity of temperate ocean waters, and through their acknowledgement that we as developed nations must step up to increase marine conservation efforts.”
Buy Beneath Cold Seas at Amazon UK.