The College of Coastal Georgia's Dr. Jim Fullerton joined judges from all over the country in selecting the best in books for the annual National Outdoor Book Awards.
NOBA is known as a prestigious book award program focusing on the outdoor world. The program has awarded books for 20 years and recognizes outstanding writing and publishing.
Fullerton, associate professor of Management and Leadership Development, has been a judge for the past 19 years. He and his wife Sara, who previously worked at a children's bookstore and is former elementary school teacher, worked together judging the children's category. Fullerton said they enjoy the annual competition.
Several award-winning books this year were ocean-related, including "A Fly Rod of Your Own" by John Gierach, "No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon" by Erik Weihenmayer and Buddy Levy, "Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean" by Jonathan White, and "Pup the Sea Otter" by Jonathan London.
NOBA is a non-profit, educational program sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Associations of Outdoor Recreation and Education and Idaho State University.
To see all of this year's winners, visit http://www.noba-web.org/books17.htm.