Congratulations to Aaron Huey for winning National Gold in Photography at the 2014 Independent Publisher Awards for his sold-out monograph, Mitakuye Oyasin. In this powerful book of photographs, Huey portrays both the broken social landscape and the ceremonial warrior culture of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
The “IPPY” Awards were launched in 1996 and are designed to bring increased recognition to titles published by independent authors and publishers. They were established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents. This year’s IPPY competition attracted 3,650 entries in the national categories, 1,150 regional entries and 440 e-book entries. The medalists represented 44 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, five Canadian provinces, and eight countries overseas.
“Independent publishers are growing in number, and the quality of their work is increasing,” said awards director Jim Barnes. “One element driving the high rate of excellence is participation from university presses. This year, 29 medalists came from university presses and 9 came from museums. Their elevated level of writing, editing, design and production raises the bar and inspires us all.”