Journalist and author Alanna Mitchell reported a largely unexamined ecological crisis in her book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis. Mitchell traveled the world to join scientists in the field as they studied the ocean's "vital signs." Her beautiful writing makes for an engaging, accessible, and authoritative account of the science behind the story.
Each year the Grantham Prize Jury selected up to three entries to receive Awards of Special Merit. Each entry recognized in this category received US$5,000, and there was no ranking among the recipients of this honor. The prize jury typically used the Awards of Special Merit to highlight work that goes beyond the norm for its medium.