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Journalism professor's photo to be cover of new book

A photograph by Sterling Trantham, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications at New Mexico State University, will be the cover photo for the book "New Mexico 24/7."

Sterling Trantham's photo was chosen to be the cover for the new book "New Mexico 24/7." (Courtesy photo)

The photo shows Berenise Avalos, a fourth grade student at La Mesa Elementary School, as she was waiting to perform a musical skit for kindergarten, first and second grade students at the school. Avalos was 10 years old when the photograph was taken.

DK Publishing will publish 52 books -- one for each state, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico -- for the project depicting life in America during a one-week period. The pictures were taken in May 2003.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers is the national distributor for the project and the books will be available for purchase in September.

One thousand photographers nationwide were selected to participate in the week-long project, which is the first of its kind to be done entirely with digital cameras. It is also the largest book publishing venture in history, with more than 2.8 million images filed for the project.

Of the 20 photographers who were selected for the project in New Mexico, Trantham was the only one from the southern part of the state. Some of the photographs Trantham took for the project were published in the national book "America 24/7" and others will be included in "New Mexico 24/7."

Trantham's photographs have appeared in numerous publications and an exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe in 2000.

Trantham was chosen as a National Geographic Faculty Fellow in 2001. He also has received the Willard Van Dyke Memorial Grant for Documentary Photography and placed second in the Excellence in Photographic Achievement Awards.