The Kansas Sampler Foundation was recently notified that their "8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook" won first place in the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) category for travel book or guide.
Awards went to publications, travel writers, and photographers whose work was represented in print and electronic media. The competition, now in its 20th year, honors the "best of the best" of travel writing, photography and promotion that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide.
The "8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook" debuted in April of 2011. The 272-page book features the 216 finalists that were showcased in the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests that featured the 24 most significant things to see and do in the categories of architecture, art, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history and people.
Published by the Kansas Sampler Foundation,the 6x9" coffee table/guidebook features more than 800 photos taken by photographer Harland Schuster, Morrill. The book was written by Foundation director Marci Penner and designed by her sister, Liz (Penner) King. Mennonite Press, Newton, printed the book and Bobbie Pray, Lawrence, was the editor.
Penner said, "The award is indicative of the first-class job by our team but it is also a tribute to the content. It's nice to see Kansas get recognition for it's story and for what we have to see and do."
More than 8,500 books have been sold. For more information about the book, go to www.8wonders.org or call 620.585.2374.