As a writer, Craig Childs has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed
books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National
Public Radio's Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York
Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside and Orion. His subjects
range from pre-Columbian archaeology to US border issues to the last free-flowing
rivers of Tibet.
The expeditions that Childs goes on often last weeks or months, informing his writing with a hard-earned sense of landscape and culture. The New York Times says "Childs's feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he's a modern-day desert father.” He has been called a “born storyteller” by the New York Sun, and the LA Times says his writing is “like pure oxygen,” and "stings like a slap in the face." He has won several key awards, including the Sigurd Olsen Nature Writing Award and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, an honor he shares with Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams and N. Scott Momaday.
Childs is an Arizona native, and grew up back and forth between there and Colorado. In his teens, Childs began working as a river guide, and since then has held numerous jobs to support his field time, from gas station attendant to journalist to beer bottler. Now making a living as a writer, Childs lives off the grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains in Colorado.
Visit Craig Childs' site: www.houseofrain.com
San Francisco, CA – January 13, 2008 – Author, adventurer and nature photographer James Balog has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure by the Rowell Award Judging Panel.
The award was presented on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in San Francisco at the Hotel Nikko. The event was sponsored by the Rowell Legacy Committee and its partners, The Yosemite Fund and the Commonwealth Club of California.
The Rowell Award celebrates the accomplishments of famed adventurers and photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell, who died in a plane crash in 2002. The Rowell Award honors that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions.
James Balog’s images have reflected a lifelong involvement with the outdoors and his quest to understand the complex relationship between humans and the environment. His work grows out of a passion for the environment as an artist, scientist, explorer and adventurer. He is the author of six books, including Tree: A New Vision of the American Forest and Survivors: A New Vision of Endangered Wildlife, which were hailed as major breakthroughs in nature photography. Balog’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside, Vanity Fair and Life. He is a contributing editor to National Geographic Adventure. His provocative photographs have received widespread international acclaim and have been exhibited in prominent arts institutions worldwide. His latest project, the Extreme Ice Survey, involves Balog and his team installing 26 time-lapse cameras on 16 glaciers in five countries that will produce over 300,000 images via satellite to document glacial melt over the next two years.
The $15,000 cash award was established by The Rowell Legacy Committee, which is composed of family members, friends, business associates and admirers of the late Barbara and Galen Rowell.
Visit Jim Balog's site: www.jamesbalog.com