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BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards 2022

Winners and finalists

The BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards (MEA) recognise the work published and produced by our members. The 10 individual awards and four portfolio awards were judged by more than 30 travel media and industry professionals, both in the UK and from our sister travel writing organisations in the US and Australia.

The winners were announced at the BGTW Annual Gala Awards on the eve of World Travel Market on Sunday 6 November at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London where we also announced the BGTW International Tourism Awards 2022 winners.

The winners and finalists in the BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards are:

*TRAVEL FEATURE OF THE YEAR – UK: Sponsored by made Tourism Marketing*

Pól Ó Conghaile
Northern Lights, National Geographic Traveller UK

Simon Parker
Exploring the wildest corner of Britain – in winter, The Telegraph

WINNER: Lorna Parkes
House of horror: Bath opens world’s first museum dedicated to Mary Shelley, The Guardian

Michael Unwin
Springwatch unplugged: A stay at one of Britain’s most remote holiday homes, The Guardian

Jessica Vincent
The plan to connect every British town, BBC Travel

Kerry Walker
Why the wilds of Mid Wales are the perfect antidote to Britain’s busy beaches, The Telegraph

*TRAVEL FEATURE OF THE YEAR – NON-UK: Sponsored by Visit Scotland*

Emma Gregg
Leave no trace, National Geographic Traveller

Ben Lerwill
How the safari sector is bouncing back in South Africa’s north east, National Geographic Traveller UK

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Shafik Meghji
Sustainability and survival in the Bolivian Amazon, JRNY

Shafik Meghji
A journey to the end of the world, Wanderlust

WINNER: James Stewart
Noah? Show me where the ocean is? The Daily Telegraph

Antonia Windsor
Foodie adventures and family nostalgia in the Algarve, The Times

*TRAVEL FEATURE OF THE YEAR – REGIONAL AND SPECIALIST MEDIA: Sponsored by Great Scotland Yard – The Unbound Collection by Hyatt*

Richard Collett
How hiking Britain’s longest trail helped me recover from COVID-19, Lonely Planet

Stuart Forster
Immerse yourself in medieval times, Discover Germany, Switzerland and Austria

Lynn Houghton
Feeling of freedom, Selling Travel / BMI Publishing

WINNER: Ben Lerwill
Step by (slow) step, Breathe Magazine

Jonathan Thompson
Here’s what really happens to your lost luggage, METRO

*SPECIALIST TRAVEL FEATURE OF THE YEAR – THE BRYN FRANK AWARD: Sponsored by Representation Plus*

Ash Bhardwaj
Travellers of colour, The Telegraph

Brian Jackman
Tuning in, Travel Africa

Shafik Meghji
Hope is out there: What a decade of travels in Bolivia has taught me about the climate crisis, Adventure.com

Adrian Phillips
High on a hill, National Geographic Traveller UK

Adrian Phillips
The coast is clear, National Geographic Traveller UK

WINNER: Jessica Vincent
The city of rice: Alicante’s enduring obsession with arroz, National Geographic Traveller Food

*TRANSPORT FEATURE OF THE YEAR – THE KENNETH WESTCOTT-JONES AWARD: Sponsored by Travel Connection Group*

Claire Boobbyer
Take the road less travelled: cycling Norfolk’s country lanes, The Times

Isabel Conway
Captivated by the Queen of the French waterways, The Business Post

Tracey Croke
A Musher’s Tale, MiNDFOOD Magazine

Ben Lerwill
A winter’s trail: Taking Wales’s fabulous Cambrian coastal railway off season, The Independent

James Stewart
Sailing back from the brink, Financial Times

WINNER: Sue Watt
The Elephant Express and beyond, JRNY

*TRAVEL GUIDE BOOK OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by ANTOR*

Claire Boobbyer
Havana Pocket Precincts, Hardie Grant

Steph Dyson
Moon Chile, with Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Moon

WINNER: James Rushforth
Photographing Iceland, Volumes 1 & 2, fotoVUE

Murray Stewart
Camino Ignaciano – Walking the Ignatian Way in Northern Spain, Bradt

Martin Symington
Britain’s Sacred Places, Bradt

Kerry Walker
Under the Stars – Europe, Lonely Planet

*TRAVEL NARRATIVE BOOK OF THE YEAR – THE ADELE EVANS AWARD: Sponsored by Scenario Two*

WINNER: Tharik Hussain

Minarets in the Mountains: a Journey into Muslim Europe, Bradt

Shafik Meghji
Crossed off the Map: Travels in Bolivia, Practical Action Publishing/Latin America Bureau

Simon Parker
Riding Out: A journey of love, loss and new beginnings, Summersdale

*TRAVEL PHOTO FEATURE OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Visit Mississippi*

Tim Bird
Snow brings light and life to Helsinki, ThisisFinland.fi

Bella Falk
What will happen to the 7th continent? BBC Travel

Jeremy Flint
Madeira Photo Journal, British Airways High Life Magazine

Emma Gregg
Leave no trace, National Geographic Traveller

Lynn Houghton
Back to where it all began, Wanderlust

Nori Jemil
‘More like war photography’: Photographing the Arctic during a climate crisis, Adventure.com

Mike Unwin
Sri Lanka’s return to the wild, Wanderlust

WINNER: Simon Urwin
Southern Comforts, JRNY

*TRAVEL BLOG POST OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Visit West – Visit Bath and Visit Bristol*

Mary Anne Evans
An idiot’s guide to French architecture, Mary Anne’s France

WINNER: Paul Healy
Embrace a new you with these 16 outdoor adventures in England, Anywhere We Roam

Alastair McKenzie
Where Nelson lost his arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, MechTraveller

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jonathan Thompson
In Jordan, To Grandmother’s house we go, Afar.com

Sue Watt
Tracking mountain gorillas in the post-pandemic era, RoundTrip Foundation

*TRAVEL BROADCAST OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Riverside Studios*

WINNER: Ash Bhardwaj
First dispatch from Nepal, The First Mile podcast

Heidi Fuller-Love
Meet the locals – Crete, BBC From Our Own Correspondent

Shafik Meghji
The unparalleled beauty of Easter Island, Wanderlust: Off the Page podcast

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Simon Parker
Gorongosa National Park, The Telegraph – Journeysmiths

Jonathan Thompson
Quebec – Adventure Cities, Discovery Channel

*BGTW TRAVEL BLOGGER OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Visit Alabama*

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lucy Dodsworth
Explore the Cotswolds

Mary Anne Evans
Mary Anne’s France

Bella Falk
Passport & Pixels

WINNER: Paul Healy
Anywhere We Roam

Alastair McKenzie
MechTraveller

Claire Robinson
Weekend Candy

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Susan Schwartz
A Lush Life Manual

*BGTW TRAVEL BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Explore Cognac*

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ash Bhardwaj
North York Moors National Park, BBC, The First Mile, Costa Rica Tourist Board

Isabel Conway
World Report RTE One Radio

Andrea McVeigh
Travel in your Pocket podcast

Aaron Millar
Wanderlust: Off the Page

WINNER: Simon Parker
The Telegraph, Journeysmiths

Jonathan Thompson
Adventure Cities, Afar, Times Travel

*BGTW PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Explore Charleston*

Tim Bird
ThisisFinland.fi, Bradt – The Travel Club e-zine

Tracey Croke
MiNDFOOD

Bella Falk
Discover Britain, BBC Travel

Jeremy Flint
Canon Photo Plus magazine

Diana Jarvis
The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Space.com, The Guardian, Weather2Travel

Nori Jemil
Wanderlust Magazine, Adventure.com, Outlook Travel Magazine

WINNER: James Rushforth
fotoVUE

Karolina Wiercigroch
National Geographic Traveller UK

*BGTW TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR: Sponsored by Hyatt*

Heidi Fuller-Love
What it’s like to be one of Europe’s last night watchmen, Telegraph Travel
Mussolini’s fascist outpost, Telegraph Travel
Walk like a Minoan, The Guardian
Hitchhiking in the Eighties, Telegraph Travel

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ben Lerwill
How the safari sector is bouncing back in South Africa’s north east, National Geographic Traveller
A winter’s trail: taking Wales’s fabulous Cambrian coastal railway off season, The Independent
Megaliths and hoopoes: chance encounters in untamed Brittany, The Guardian
Pirates and prehistory on Devon’s southeast coast, National Geographic Traveller

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Adrian Phillips
Sheep skulls and husky dogs: Living like a shepherd in the French Pyrenees,
Land of Plenty, National Geographic Traveller
World Cup 2022: in search of the soul of Qatar, Sunday Times
The Coast is Clear, National Geographic Traveller

Jonathan Thompson
Rock N Rail, Sunday Times
Nile In Style, Sunday Times
City Life, New Orleans, National Geographic Traveller
Keys to Hemingway’s Florida, Sunday Times

WINNER: Emma Thomson
Walking gets the silent treatment, Daily Telegraph
Poland’s Lake District, Sunday Times
How I explored the Arctic by Train, Sunday Telegraph
Even the Nonnas know who I am now, Daily Telegraph

Jessica Vincent
The English county with more waterways than Venice, BBC Travel
The city of rice: Alicante’s enduring obsession with arroz, National Geographic Traveller Food
Palermo faith: Seeing Sicily’s capital through a migrant’s eyes, The Independent
The plan to connect every British town, BBC Travel

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Congratulations to winners, finalists and thank you to everyone who entered in what was a record-breaking year for entries. The BGTW Members’ Excellence Awards will return in 2023. To sponsor an award, please email hello@bgtw.org

Stuart Render
By: Stuart Render Editor, Photographer, Travel Writer