Bradford, Pa. (April 10, 2006) -- Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the
Allegheny National Forest
won five Gold ADDY awards, including work
for black-and-white and color photography. The book also won top honors
in the categories for publication design, cover design, printing excellence,
and interactive multi-media.
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Pennsylvania Wilds was also selected Best of Show in the
category for innovative interactive multimedia for its
accompanying CD found in each book.

Photographer Ed Bernik first came to the area years ago as
a trout fisherman. His documentary photography of the
Kinzua Bridge has become part of the historical record. On
the day after he photographed the bridge a tornado
destroyed it. He was the
last man to photograph the intact
bridge.

After the bridge collapsed, Bernik  turned desperation into
inspiration. He decided to return to the woods immediately
to tell its full story with his camera.

Included in
Pennsylvania Wilds are the first pictures of the
Kinzua Bridge after its collapse. Bernik was among the few
journalists allowed to visit the scene close up in July of
2003. From there, Bernik and Forest Press did much more.

The resulting product teamed up professional writers,
designers and bookmakers and contains nearly 100 pages
of fine-art photography of the forest’s natural beauty.

An awards ceremony took place Friday, April 7, 2006 at the
Ambassador Hotel and Conference Center in Erie, Pa. More
than 200 club members and guests, including regional
advertising, media and marketing professionals attended to
honor the best and most creative advertising work in all
regional media.

Forest Press spokesperson Linda Devlin said the awards
"confirm what consumers and booksellers across the
country have been telling us about the book--it’s a gorgeous
book and the CD captures the spirit of a very distinctive
place."
Read more about the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative here.
Professional
photographer
publishes award
winning book

From:
The Forest Press
Pennsylvania Wilds: Images from the Allegheny National Forest, text by
Lisa Gensheimer
. Released in March 2006 it includes an illustrated history,
essays about people who live and work in the forest region today, and nearly
100 pages of fine-art photography of the forest's natural beauty. Many of the
photographs transcend documentation, presenting the abstract beauty of
nature at its finest. Photographer Ed Bernik was the last person to photograph
the intact Kinzua Bridge and the first to document its destruction.
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