The ASTW celebrated our member’s finest achievements at the annual Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast on 12 October 2013.
ASTW TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR
This award was proudly sponsored by Etihad Airways
WINNER: Louise Southerden
Leaving No Trace
Temple for the senses
Judges comments: “Each of the three pieces skilfully evoked the environment in a fresh and engaging way. The tone was authentic and each piece transported the reader and combined relevant information with solid storytelling. All the entries were of a very high standard but the winning group of three stories stood out because of the originality and creativity of the writing. Each story went beyond the usual narrative about where to go and where to stay. A standout trio.”
Rob McFarland – Climb Borneo’s mesmerising Mt Kinabalu, Shake that thang, It’s a hard way to the top table
Ute Junker – The chills are alive, Paddle Power, Winter of their content
ASTW TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
This award was proudly sponsored by South Africa Tourism
WINNER: Rod Eime
Illulisat Ice Field
Judges comment: “Excellent image. Good use of perspective and scale. The lighting is spot on and the viewer is able to experience the remote and exotic feel of this boat and the people aboard.”
Midnight Sun in Greenland
Judges comment: “Perfect! This image has it all. Nice angel of subject ship, great colour, ice in the background and the lights reflected on the water. Inspirational.”
Andrew Bain – A road carved through mountains, Muddy Paths, Ice Formations
Cathy Finch – The Lost World, Hitting the wall – a warped adventure, Blurred Lines
ASTW PR COMMUNICATOR OF THE YEAR
This award was proudly sponsored by TravMedia
WINNER: Lynne Ireland
AUSTRALIAN STORY OVER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
WINNER: Andrew Bain, Beyond the Bay
Judges comment: “Beyond the Bay scored highly on all criteria, especially quality of writing, reader interest, and information. There was excellent scene setting, good use of quotes and colour with a lively opening. It made me want to go there.”
Craig Tansley – Oh Maggie you stole my heart
Sue Gough Henly – Arty Hobart
AUSTRALIAN STORY UNDER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by Hamilton Island
WINNER: Sue Gough Henly, Living Museum
Judges comments: “Entertaining and enlightening. Very evocative, took me there and made it sound a very special destination offering a terrific experience.”
Kara Murphy – Reflective magic
Rob McFarland – Just here for a flying visit
Sue Gough Henly – Eureka moment
Sue Gough Henly
INTERNATIONAL STORY OVER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by Tourism Authority of Thailand
WINNER: Louise Southerden, Temple for the Senses
Judges comment: “Original idea, original writing and an original destination.”
Brian Johnston – A boy’s own game drive
Craig Tansley – A joint like Aspen
INTERNATIONAL STORY UNDER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by Tourism Fiji
WINNER: Andrew Bain, A winding passage to the Heavens
Judges comment: “Striking piece, beautifully written. Makes me want to take the trip, which is saying something for an 8-day road journey. It’s romantic without being sentimental or trite.”
Cameron Cope – Brass Drums & Cocoa Leaves
David McGonigal – A short cut above them all
BEST JOURNEY OR ADVENTURE
This award was proudly sponsored by World Expeditions
WINNER: Lee Atkinson, Snake Ways
Judges comments: “Takes the reader on the journey. The originality of the writing went beyond being safe and perfectly captured the experience of the trip.”
Andrew Bain – Winter Wanderland
Louise Southerden – Just add water
BEST RESPONSIBLE TOURISM STORY
This award was proudly sponsored by Delaware North Companies
WINNER: Louise Southerden, Assisted Development
Judges comment: “Shows diverse ways to give back. Simply written but effective in message.”
Angela Saurine – Dangerous crossing on Kenyan trek of terror
Christina Pfeiffer – Golden Memories
TRAVEL INDUSTRY ANALYSIS
This award was proudly sponsored by Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Winner:Tim Richards, World’s Most Expensive Cities Not So Bad … If You’re Australian
Judges comments: “an excellent, superbly written piece involving fascinating research on changing times that shows the cost of travel today is perhaps not as expensive as one might perceive when compared to past years. Travelling is, indeed, just as much of a bargain today as it always was.”
Christina Pfeiffer – Exploring cheap and cheerful India
Robert Upe – A feast at 30,000 feet
BEST USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA – TRAVEL WRITER
This was award proudly sponsored by Macau Government Tourist Office
Winner: Christina Pfeiffer, Travel There Next
Judges comments: “Pfieffer not only understands the key digital platforms and how to write for each of these audiences, but she also has a clear understanding of where the market is headed. She consistently has high user-engagement across all channels and I’m personally excited to see where Pfeiffer takes her digital writing next.”
Kerry Heaney – Eat Drink + Be Kerry
Lee Mylne – A glass half full
BEST USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA- PR MEMBER
This award was proudly sponsored by Klick Communications
Winner: Karena Noble, Explore Uluru – creating an active Facebook community for Ayers Rock Resort
Judges comment: “Single goal, highly engaged audience in one platform. Word of mouth was the key driver, which is always the best form of marketing.”
JACK BUTTERS MEMORIAL AWARD FOR MOST OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE ASTW
Winner: Kay O’Sullivan
(There are no finalists for this award – the winner is selected by the ASTW committee.)
Warm thanks to the incredible Judges who judged this year’s entries – no easy task.
Fran Atkinson – Former section editor of The Age – deputy on A2 and Green Guide
Margot Saville – Author of the Battle for Bennelong. Former lawyer, turned journalist. Works at Crikey.com
Scott Goodkin – US born, widely travelled, Goodkin’s images have been used locally and internationally
Paul Dymond – Professional travel writer and photographer. Has worked for Lonely Planet, various state boards and numerous publications
Belinda Jackson – Much published travel writer. Not a member of the ASTW.
Jan Bowen – Jan is the MD of Plain English, and is a passionate advocate of the need to communicate in language that readers will understand, want to read and can relate to. She has published more than 30 books.
Rowan Barker – Rowan is the director of media and communications for the Tourism and Transport Forum. As per the awards guidelines he judged an international category.
Mike Smith – General Manager, Marketing and Public Relations for World Trade Travel. Former travel editor. He was assigned a category that did not compromise the awards.
John Bell – Former chairman of the British Travel Writers Guild, vice-president of the European Travel Press, VP of London Tourist Board. Produced and presented travel shows for the BBC and CNN.
Jeni Port – Freelance food and wine travel writer.
Rod Howard – Rod Howard is the author of numerous books and he is a former arts administrator for the mid-north coast region of NSW.
Karina Growth – Karina Growth has had 15 years in the Australian tourism and travel business, having held senior management roles within the inbound sector, domestic retail travel sector, charter boat industry and travel distribution networks. She now runs her own consultancy, Tourism Business Solutions, based in Sydney.
Keith Austin – Former SMH travel editor, freelance writer, author.
Lance Richardso – Travel writer based in NYC. Not a member of the ASTW so fulfills the judging criteria.
Leonie Vandeven – Media and Marketing communications manager Brisbane Airport Corp. Formerly with Virgin.
Paul Taylo – Paul is a lecturer in sustainable tourism at the William Angliss Institute, Victoria.
Dr Claire Ellis – Board member of Ecotourism Australia. Formerly a director of Infrastructure and Industry Development, Tourism Tasmania, has run various tourism and charter businesses and worked for three years in Indonesia as World Wide Fund for Nature.
Rosemary Adsett – Lecturer school of Tourism University of Queensland
Alistair Smith – Author and multiple winner of various ASTW travel writing awards. Has downscaled and is virtually retired.He is no longer a member of the ASTW which makes him eligible for judging.
Sharon Ireland – Associate executive producer at M&C Saatchi. Field of expertise digital media.