2014 Travel Journalism Awards

The ASTW celebrated our member’s finest achievements at the annual Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence at the INTERCONTINENTAL FIJI GOLF RESORT & SPA, Fiji on 1st November 2014.

ASTW TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR
This award was proudly sponsored by:

Fiji

WINNER: Ben Groundwater

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The type of town that makes travelling great
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FINALISTS:
Tim Richards: Pack it in: how to travel with only carry-on luggage;
Illuminating signs of the times;
Shift in the cool
Belinda Jackson; Return to Eden;
Colour my world;
Tripping the light fantastic
Brian Johnston: Matters of grave concern;
Ringstrasse cycle;
Naked Glories


ASTW TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
This award was proudly sponsored by:

PNG

WINNER:
Cameron Cope: Fists and Magic – Senegal Wrestlers

FINALISTS:
Kara Murphy: Enchanted Cave
Roderick Eime: Burma Brickworker
Angela Saurine: Dawn on the Ganges River


ASTW BEST COMMUNICATOR/COMMUNICATIONS TEAM of the YEAR
This award was proudly sponsored by: Travmedia

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WINNER:
Kim McKay & Klick Communications: Mudgee Region Tourism


ASTW BEST PR CAMPAIGN
This award was proudly sponsored by: Sidekicker

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WINNER:
Annike Morgan on behalf of PPR for South Africa Tourism Australia: Promoting South Africa


OUTSTANDING TOURISM OR TRAVEL PRODUCT
This award was proudly sponsored by: Professional Public Relations

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WINNER
Michelle Eckersley: World Expeditions for the Larapinta Trail product


BEST AUSTRALIAN STORY OVER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by: Voyages

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WINNER:
Kerry van der Jagt: Saltwater Dreaming

FINALISTS:
Marie Barbieri; Sydney’s Harbour Islands
Robert Upe; The Ghan: as good as gold


BEST AUSTRALIAN STORY UNDER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by: Tourism Australia

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WINNER:
Cameron Cope: Myths and Mountains

FINALISTS:
Christine Retschleg: Raw Ambition, a healthy deal
Daniel Scott: Welcome to the hottest town in Australia


BEST INTERNATIONAL STORY OVER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by: Intercontinental Fiji Golf & Spa

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WINNER:
Robert McFarland: Working on the Chain Gang

FINALISTS:
Ben Groundwater: Night Visions After Dark
Daniel Scott: Brighton, England: Scenes from the seaside


BEST INTERNATIONAL STORY UNDER 1000 WORDS
This award was proudly sponsored by: Macau Government Tourism Office

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WINNER:
Daniel Scott: Bar/fly Wimbledon Common

FINALISTS:
Brian Johnston: Naked Glories
Craig Tansley: Exploring Columbia’s Ancient City of Cartegna


BEST ADVENTURE TRAVEL

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WINNER: Roderick Eime: Spirit of Africa

FINALISTS:
Glen A Baker: Climbing with tigers in Bhutan
Catherine Marshall: Mystic Rivers
Louise Southerden: Climbing the walls


BEST FAMILY TRAVEL STORY
This award was proudly sponsored by: Outrigger Resorts

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WINNER:
Tiana Templeman: Racing road trains in a campervan

FINALISTS:
Helen Hayes: Snow heaven in Innsbruck
Sheridan Rhodes: The Big Trip


BEST LUXURY TRAVEL STORY
This award was proudly sponsored by: Inspired Luxury & Elite Havens

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WINNER:
Louise Southerden: Wildly Indulgent

FINALISTS:
Brian Johnston: God it looks like Daniel
Craig Tansley: Aspen in Summer


BEST FOOD TRAVEL STORY
This award was proudly sponsored by: Intrepid Travel

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WINNER:
Christine Retschlag: Rough road from prison gate to plate

FINALISTS:
Briar Jensen: Culinary Cape Malay
Georgia Pickard: The greatest gourmet secret of 2013
Jocelyn Pride: Tracey’s Crab Shack


BEST RESPONSIBLE TOURISM STORY
This award was proudly sponsored by: The Travel Corporation

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WINNER:
Belinda Jackson: Sustainable Melbourne

FINALISTS:
Rob Dunlop: Sports stars kick-start Kokoda campaign
Sheridan Rhodes: Bonding on the Beach


BEST CRUISE STORY
This award was proudly sponsored by: Travmedia

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WINNER:
Belinda Jackson: Search for the glow

FINALISTS:
Brian Johnston: Afloat in a French idyll
Kerry van der Jagt: Awash with tall tales


BEST TRAVEL BOOK WRITER
This award was proudly sponsored by: Travmedia

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WINNER:
Danielle Lancaster: 4WD Treks Close to Brisbane

FINALISTS:
Lee Mylne: A glass half full and other travel stories
Louise Southerden: Adventures on Earth
Christine Retschlag: Destination Desire – The Global Goddess, a single woman’s journey


BEST USE OF DIGITAL – WRITER
This award was proudly sponsored by: Wotif

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Winner:
Christina Pfieffer: TRAVELTHERENEXT

FINALISTS:
Annabel Candy: Get in the Hot Spot
Lee Mylne: A glass half full and other travel stories
Christine Retschlag; The Global Goddess