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Paul Daly – Winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year



A wharf and cloud as the late evening stillness settles over the Aegean sea at dusk, Kuenkhuyu, Turkey.


©Paul Daly

Paul Daly – Winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year



Young Turkish men, in the back streets of Istanbul, Turkey.


©Paul Daly

Paul Daly – Winner of the Air Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort Award for the Best Travel Image taken Outside New Zealand



100 years on, a the rusting hull of a boat still gives a glimpse to this places past, Anzac cove, Gallipoli, Turkey.


©Paul Daly

Paul Daly – Winner of the AA Directions Award for the Best Travel Image with People



Nothing is more alive than the backstreets of cities such as Istanbul, Turkey.
Published in D Photo, April 2014.



©Paul Daly

Paul Daly – Winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year



One of the many small towns scattered across Cappadocia. Goreme, Turkey


©Paul Daly

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Travcom Awards for Writing - 2015

Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year

Winner: Venetia Sherson

for Counting Sheep

 

The winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year was selected from one of the category award winners.

The Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year receives two tickets to Zurich flying with Cathay Pacific.

Venetia Sherson took top spot with her story Counting Sheep published in NZ Life & Leisure magazine. Sherson is a Waikato-based writer and former Waikato Times editor who has won numerous awards.

The writing judge was Sarah Barrell from London. A travel journalist and editor with 20 years in the field, Sarah Barrell is a former travel editor of British national newspaper, The Independent on Sunday and former acting travel editor of BBC Olive magazine. She is currently associate editor of National Geographic Traveller (UK), and contributes as a freelance travel writer to a variety of leading UK publications.

Barrell said 'The winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year award is a writer in possession of that rare talent: a distinctive style. Venetia Sherson is blessed not only with a strong voice but also a lightness of touch that shows clear confidence as a writer. The journey she has made has been done by thousands before her but she recounts it with a fresh, down-to-earth insight that allows the reader to become completely immersed in a wild, remote travel experience.'

maui Award for the Best Travel Story over 1000 words

Winner: Venetia Sherson

for Counting Sheep

Published in NZ Life & Leisure magazine

Westpac Award for the Best Travel Story under 1000 words

Winner: Brett Atkinson

for Encounter Culture
Published in the NZ Listener

Heritage Hotels Award for the Best Travel Story about New Zealand

Winner: Joanna Wane

for The End of the Line
Published in North & South magazine

Interislander Award for the Best Story about a Journey

Winner: Liz Light

for Coasting with the Post
Published in North & South magazine

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

Winner: Jill Worrall

for My Own Dear Galway Bay
Published in the Timaru Herald

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

Winner: Mike White

for Survivor Island
Published in North & South magazine

Treadright Foundation Award for the Best Responsible Tourism Story

Winner: Pamela Wade

for Hoofing it up Hump Ridge
Published in the NZ Herald

AA Directions magazine Award for the Best New Travel Writer

Winner: Linda Moser

for Slainte

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 Linda Moser for Slainte. Steve said 'It was almost unfair that Linda Moser entered a category which is generally a place where naif writers - enthusiasts, amateurs, first timers - come to tell stories with energy but perhaps not a lot of craft. But her story about a wedding in Ireland was exquisitely crafted, beautifully told, and just plain better than many professional travel writers could ever hope to achieve. It's brilliant and I would like to read it published. There was also a freakishly high standard in other entries, notably the runner-up Lisa Holland with her story Not all who wander are lost about travelling the world, and the third place Norma Riley with Ashes to Life, about an expat who returns to NZ to bury his father's ashes at sea. Bravo to all who entered. I read these authors with pleasure and none more so than the remarkable Linda Moser.'

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

Winner: Liz Carlson

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

The judge for this inaugural award, the Christchurch Airport Award for the Best Travel Blog of the Year, was Simon Wilson, editor of Metro magazine and former editor of Cuisine and Consumer magazines. The winner is Liz Carlson, who blogs as Young Adventuress. Wilson said 'I chose Liz Carlson as the winner because she's got things to say. She believes in the virtue of being an independent woman travelling alone, which provides a real strength to the blog. She's also determined to communicate: her enthusiasm, her ideas, her experiences. She cares that she communicates. She does interesting things. She's a bit infectious and she's also very popular: 1.4 million visitors and 2.4 million views.'

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