Black Belt Bounty book earns awards at Regional Outdoor Media Conferences

Published 9:27 am Thursday, October 1, 2020

An Alabama Black Belt Adventure Association book won three awards at a pair of regional outdoor media conferences last week.

Black Belt Bounty earned first place in the Industry Public Relations Category at the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association’s annual Excellence in Craft awards.

The hardcover book also finished third at the Outdoor Book Category by SEOPA.

Black Belt Bounty received an award at the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers for the Best of Industry Public Relations during their annual Awards-In-Craft presentation.

“These recent awards are a testament to the various contributors that helped make this ALBBAA 10th anniversary publication a treasure for any conservationist or avid outdoors enthusiast,” ALBBAA Director Pam Swanner said.

The Black Belt includes the following counties: Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Wilcox.

“We are incredibly grateful for the talents of those who truly captured the essence of the Black Belt within these pages,” Swannier said. “The history, traditions, food, abundant natural resources and people continue to make this region a destination that we are proud to call home and support. We are honored by these awards and offer sincere appreciation to SEOPA and AGLOW for recognizing this work.”

Black Belt Bounty features images from wildlife photographers and artists complimented by award-winning writers statewide and Black Belt. The book also has wild game and other recipes created by celebrity chefs.

ALBBAA credited several companies that sponsored Black Belt Bounty: Alabama Power Company, Thomas and Cindy Harris, Alabama Farmer’s Cooperative, Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation, Alabama Wildlife Federation, PowerSouth, University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, University of West Alabama and Sumter County Nature Trust, Alabama Farmer’s Federation and John Hall & Company.

“This recognition by regional outdoor media organizations from around the country and the contribution of all that made Black Belt Bounty a resounding success allows us to further our mission of promoting this special region of the Black Belt as a world-class outdoor recreation area,” ALBBAA Board President Thomas Harris said.

The 228-page book costs $60.45 and can be purchased at 905 Gallery.