You've got to enter to win
You've got to enter to win - and Suzanne Blaney's Impressionism: Inspiration & Evolution got runner up in San Francisco Book Festival Awards. I've helped a few authors with their books, but so far as I know, Suzanne Blaney is the first to enter her book into a contest.
We worked hard on this book, for months, making sure quotations and images were properly attributed, getting the wording just right, etc. I was really happy when we got the paperback from Amazon and it looked so nice. Getting this award is really nice validation.
Of course you won't always win, but if you don't enter you definitely won't.