BGTW Announces Shortlist of Contenders for Prestigious BGTW Awards

Following extensive deliberation by a panel of industry and media judges, the BGTW are delighted to announce the 2017 finalists for their Awards.

A big thank you to all those who entered. We look forward to welcoming the finalists and the industry at large to the 2017 British Guild of Travel Writers Awards Dinner on 5 November, at the prestigious Lancaster Ballroom at the Savoy London. If you would like to join us for this lavish event held on the eve of World Travel Market please contact Benita ([email protected]) to book your place.

The finalists in each category are…

Best Destination Feature under 850 words – sponsored by TravMedia:

Emma Gregg for Monkey Business published in Journeys Magazine
Aaron Millar for View from the USA: Coolness Matters published in National Geographic Traveller
Pól Ó Conghaile for Oman: About a Boy published in the National Geographic Traveller

Best UK Feature under 850 words – sponsored by The Eden Hotel Collection:

Emma John for Once Upon a Time in the Midlands: a road trip from Shropshire to Worcestershire published in The Guardian
Ben Lerwill for The Joys of Winter Walking in the Lake District published in Rough Guides
Sue Watt for Constable Country published in Discover Greater Anglia Magazine

Best European Feature over 850 words – sponsored by Sunvil:

Kerry Christiani for Svalbard: the sound of silence published in Lonely Planet
Helen Ochyra for Balearic Bliss: welcome to Cabrera published in The Times
James Stewart for Once upon a time in the West published in Wanderlust

Best Overseas Feature – sponsored by ANTOR (Association of National Tourist Offices and Representatives):

Emma Gregg for Safari for 73-year-old beginners published in National Geographic Traveller
Adrian Phillips for A Wild, Rolling-Eyed Beast of a Route published in National Geographic Traveller
Jeannine Williamson for Magical Myanmar published in World of Cruising

Kenneth Westcott Jones Memorial Award for Best Transport Feature – sponsored by Jules Verne:

Ben Lerwill for The Balkan Express: from Belgrade to Bar by railway published in The Observer Magazine
Paul Wade for The curious story of the world’s first bicycle published in The Sunday Telegraph
Penny Watson for Meals on Wheels (Street food in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Saigon Food Tours) published in  Traveller 

Adele Evans Award for Best Guidebook – sponsored by Sweet Home Alabama:

Emma Gregg for Great Breaks Brighton, Sussex & the South Downs published by Insight Guides
Jini Reddy for Wild Times published by Bradt Travel Guides
Duncan JD Smith for Only In Edinburgh published by The Urban Explorer

BGTW Travel Blogger of the Year – sponsored by Travel PR:

Kathryn Burrington for Travel with Kat
Stuart Forster for Go-Eat-Do

Photographer of the Year – sponsored by FujiFilm UK Ltd:

Tim Bird for a portfolio of images published in Finnair Bluewings Magazine
Diana Jarvis for a portfolio of images published in Rough Guides, Travel Africa Magazine and Coolplaces.com
Nori Jemil for a portfolio of images published in Rough Guides and National Geographic Traveller

Travel Writer of the Year – sponsored by Travel PR:

John Malathronas for a portfolio of pieces published in the Globe & Mail (Canada), National Geographic Traveller, Get Lost! (Australia) and Travel Africa
Aaron Millar  for a portfolio of pieces published in National Geographic Traveller and The Times
Emma Thomson for a portfolio of pieces published in The Times, The Telegraph and  The Independent

Tickets are currently on sale for this event, be sure to book now to avoid disappointment. 

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