Native Plants Plants of the Mid Atlantic Wins Best of Show in the STC 2014-2015 International Summit Awards June 05, 2015 11:52

The International Summit Awards (ISA) just announced that the BAEE book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic was given a Distinguished Technical Communication award and honored as the Best of Show in its category in the Society for Technical Communication (STC)! The Best of Show (BOS) and all ISA Distinguished award winners will be on display at the STC Summit in the Expo Hall, June 21-24 in Columbus, Ohio.

Best of Show
Best of Show entries exhibit the ideal for their category. They are not judged against each other; they are judged solely against established standards. For example, how do you compare the best annual report with the best software guide? In STC competitions, the best annual report is compared with the ideal annual report, and the best software guide with the ideal software guide. Thus, the Best of Show judges must determine how close each candidate comes to realizing the ideal for its category. The entry that comes closest to the ideal for its category is the Best of Show.

Distinguished Technical Technical Communication
An entry that wins an award of Distinguished Technical Communication is clearly superior in all areas. The entry contains no major flaws and few, if any, minor flaws. It applies the principles of technical communication in an outstanding way, particularly the way that it anticipates and fulfills the needs of its audience.

Contributors 
Bonnie S. Driggers; Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE); Karen Ringstrand; Countess Clarissa Bonde, BAEE Board Member; Nancy Christmus, Nativescapes Horticultural Consulting; Dr. Marc Epstein, California Dept. of Food and Agriculture; Cynthia Lockley; Lydia Inglett, Ltd Book Publishing; Jean Morra; Dr Douglas Tallamy, Prof. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, U of Delaware; Keith Tomlinson, Meadowlark Botanical Gardens; Kyle Wallick, Botanist at the USBG