COLUMBIA, SC--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - Sales have begun for "Beautiful Places: The Timeless Beauty of South Carolina State Parks," available at

The 140-page hardcover coffee table South Carolina photography book contains more than 100 vivid color images from the 47 South Carolina State Parks managed by the S.C. State Park Service and was produced as part of the parks' celebration of 75 years of providing recreational opportunities in the South Carolina outdoors and stewardship and conservation of the Palmetto State's natural and cultural assets.

National Geographic Quality Photographer jon o. holloway

The book features the photography of jon o. holloway of Greenwood, South Carolina, a nationally known photographer whose work has appeared in such venues as National Geographic. He spent a year on the project, capturing the South Carolina State Parks through the seasons.

Chad Prosser, director of the SC Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism, is the book's author. Cal Harrison, a freelance writer and Columbia, South Carolina native who now lives in Ridgeway, South Carolina researched and wrote the section on the park system's history, which includes a number of vintage images. Public broadcast nature host and Adjunct Faculty, University of South Carolina, School of the Environment, Rudy Mancke wrote the foreword.

Financial support for the book was provided by FUJIFILM Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. of Greenwood, South Carolina and BMW Manufacturing Co. in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

"Beautiful Places" is being sold online and will be available in bookstores Sept. 1. The Web site is at The Beautiful Places Alliance was created to help fund improvements and programs at the South Carolina State Parks and will be the recipient of all proceeds from the book's sales.

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Contact Information: Contact: Marion Edmonds 803-734-1370