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Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image With People Runner Up Ilan Wittenberg 104B
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Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image Taken In New Zealand Winner Kurt McManus 110A
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image Taken In New Zealand Runner Up Kurt McManus 110C
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Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image Taken Outside New Zealand Runner Up Richard Moore Warrior Savo
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image Taken Outside New Zealand Runner Up Joshua Donnelly 108B
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Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image Taken Outside New Zealand Runner Up Thomas Seear Budd 119B
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image That Captures The Essence Of Maori Winner Peter De Graaf 116A
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image That Captures The Essence Of Maori Peter De Graaf 116C
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Unpublished Travel Image Winner Giora Dan 102G
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Unpublished Travel Image Runner Up Giora Dan 102B
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Unpublished Travel Image Runner Up Lynn Clayton 113C
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image With People Runner Up Ilan Wittenberg 104d
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image With People Runner Up Ilan Wittenberg 104f
Travcom Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Best Travel Image With People Runner Up Ilan Wittenberg 104E
The Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year for 2016 - Ilan Wittenberg
A hunched nun is walking briskly across the busy platform in front of the dome of the Rock Mosque. The old city of Jerusalem, Israel. Published in D Photo
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Travcom Awards for Writing - 2016

Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year

Winner: Julie Orr-Wilson 

for Getting by without Language

 

Runner Up: Yvonne van Dongen

for Going to Hell and Back Page 1 and Going to Hell and Back Page 2

 

The winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year was selected from one of the category award winners, her prize is two tickets to Madrid flying with Cathay Pacific.

Julie Orr-Wilson took this year's top spot with her story Getting by without Language published in the Otago Daily Times.

The writing judge was Alastair Carthew, a New Zealander who has lived in Thailand for the last 15 years, working as a journalist in newspapers, magazines, radio and television and as an airline business executive, lecturer and consultant around Asia. He has written on travel for international magazines such as Tatler and Prestige and national newspapers, such as The Nation (Thailand), edited and written industry websites and run newsletters in the tourism and hospitality industries. He has contributed to and edited books on journalism and the environment in Asia and lectured on public relations New Zealand, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. He is a former chief parliamentary correspondent for Television New Zealand and New Zealand correspondent for Newsweek and the Christian Science Monitor.

Carthew said ‘Julie's story Getting by without Language stood out for its humour, some of it self-deprecating; generous and creative use of quotes, its objectivity toward the subject, its feeling of being there and its human element. The writing is spare, not overly descriptive or dramatic, yet vividly illustrates a story full of colour and clever use of words to describe the most normal of events. It was not just a travelogue, more an evocative journey by the writer who displays an enticing ability to take the reader with them in pursuit of an end objective.’

Ngāi Tahu Award for the Best Travel Story over 1000 words

Winner: Julie Orr-Wilson

for Getting by without Language

Published in the Otago Daily Times

Runner up: Bruce Ansley

for Kurow to Burkes Pass
Published in Wild Roads - a New Zealand Journey

Runner up: Yvonne van Dongen

for In the Home of the Rastas Page 1 and In the Home of the Rastas Page 2
Published in The Press

Runner Up: Jill Worrall

for Joining the Marching Season in Derry
Published in the Timaru Herald

Spark Digital Award for the Best Travel Story under 1000 words

Winner: Alice Galletly

for The Definition of Cool
Published in AA Directions

Runner up: Ewan McDonald

for Sailing in Nero's Wake
Published in the NZ Herald

Runner up: Paul Rush

for Dive of Discovery
Published in the Waikato Times

Heritage Hotels Award for the Best Travel Story about New Zealand

Winner: Geoff Chapple

for Travels Through our Landscape Page 1 and Travels Through our Landscape Page 2
Published in the Sunday Star Times

Runner up: Jill Malcolm

for Hanging out in the Hunua Ranges
Published in Motorhomes, Caravans and Destinations

Runner up: Diana Noonan

for How to Feed the Tourists of Mt Nicholas
Published in NZ Lifestyle Block

Interislander Award for the Best Story about a Journey

Winner: Yvonne van Dongen

for Going to Hell and Back and Going to Hell and Back Page 2
Published in the Sunday Star Times

Runner Up: Sharon Stephenson

for On the Right Track
Published in the Sunday Star Times

Runner up: Peter de Graaf

for Moved by the Spirits Page 1 and Moved by the Spirits Page 2
Published in the Northern Advocate

British High Commission and Tourism Ireland Award for the Best Travel Story about Britain or Ireland

Winner: Paul Rush

for Haunting Tales of the Moor
Published in the Northern Advocate

Runner up: Mike White

for Taking a Punt
Published in North & South magazine

NZ Maori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Story about a Maori Tourism Experience

Winner: Justine Tyerman

for Fiordland
Published in Destinations magazine

Runner Up: Peter de Graaf

for Godson to the Queen page 1 and Godson to the Queen page 2
Published in Northern Advocate

Runner up: Aaron Smale

for Toa Rangatira
Published in Mana magazine

Treadright Foundation Award for the Best Responsible Tourism Story

Winner: Alexia Santamaria

for Flat White, Long Black
Published in AA Directions

Runner Up: Gillian Vine

for Bringing Books to the Yasawas
Published in the Otago Daily Times

Runner up: Elisabeth Easther

for Whakatane: Souvenir Trap
Published in the NZ Herald

AA Directions magazine Award for the Best New Travel Writer

Winner: Simon Calcinai

for Maybe We Were the Seals

Runner up: Caroline Barron

for Ocean Bay

Highly Commended: Nic Frame

for Mysore

Highly Commended: David Rewi

for Netball Trip

Highly Commended: Kelly Marsden

For the King Watches

The New Travel Writer of the Year award was judged by NZ Herald staff writer Steve Braunias. Braunias has won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award three times. The winner of the AA Directions New Travel Writer of the Year Award is Simon Calcinai for Maybe we were the Seals. Braunias said: “Throughout the awards the standard of the 2016 entries was the highest I can remember. There was a lot to like and admire. The story I have judged first, Maybe we were the Seals, was so good and so original and so striking. It takes the reader to Cape Kidnappers, back in time, then returns to the present, and along the way makes a detour to a lake in Russia, where there are said to be a lot of seals. A lake in a distant continent, a cape with a gannet colony on the edge of an island in the Pacific – the writer somehow manages to join the dots, in writing that includes bursts of te reo. The story tells a story. It moves towards a moment. It’s a strange and singular piece of writing and it’s the absolutely deserving winner of the 2016 Travcom new travel writing award.”



Christchurch Airport Award for the Best Travel Blog of the Year Award

Winner: Liz Carlson

for her blog:  http://youngadventuress.com/

Runner Up: Melanie Dower

For her blog https://heyhelsinkiblog.com/

Runner Up: Megan Singleton

For her blog http://www.bloggeratlarge.com/

The winner of the Christchurch Airport Award for Best Travel Blog 2016 is Liz Carlson, who blogs as Young Adventuress. This is the second year this award has been given, and the second year that Liz has won it. The judge, Metro magazine's editor-at-large Simon Wilson, said: “Liz Carlson's blog again stood out for the entertaining quality of the writing, for its infusion with her own engaging personality, and because she has things she wants to say. Unlike so many travel bloggers, Liz doesn't merely record the places she has been and the events she has taken part in. She tells us about facing up to her fears, she interrogates her own values and she puts the whole process of travel in larger social, cultural and environmental contexts. She's an enthusiast and she cares, and all those things make her good to read.

Runner up Melanie Dower provides a charming outsider's commentary on her adoptive city, Helsinki, while the other runner up, Megan Singleton, has an inquiring mind and an assiduous commitment to sharing her experiences.”

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