Bay Area Travel Writers
Score Awards and Accolades
For Writing, Photography and Broadcasting
San Francisco, CA (June 1, 2016) –– Members of the San Francisco-based Bay Area Travel Writers are stacking up prizes, awards and accomplishments for works that range from best books, articles and photographs to videos and radio broadcasts.
- Visit California’s Eureka! Award: For his “Dipping Into California’s Secret Sugar Bowl” feature in SNOW magazine—about the iconic Sugar Bowl ski resort—the state’s tourism organization, Visit California, presented Jules Older with one of its annual Eureka! awards. Older is the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Slope Dope” columnist. julesolder.com
- Society of American Travel Writers (SATW): April Orcutt won SATW’s bronze award in the Travel Trade category for her story “What Cost Green?” about how hotels save money through sustainable practices; the article appeared in Global Business Travel. Orcutt also received SATW’s Frank Riley Award for “Mammoth Lakes, California: Just Add Water,” which was published in National Geographic Traveler. aprilorcutt.com
- Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC): Inga Aksamit won OWAC’s “Best Outdoor Book Award” for her memoir, Highs and Lows on the John Muir Trail (a selection from this book appeared in Bay Area Travel Writers’ 2015 National Parks Features & Photos publication). Inga’s book chronicled her arduous, adventure-filled hike from Yosemite National Park to Mt. Whitney––on one of the most demanding and spectacular trails in the world. ingasadventures.com
- Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC): Thomas Wilmer, Along with his co-producer, Simo Nylander, was recently honored by OWAC for his Morro Bay National Marine Estuary video and podcast series. The team also won a first place “Best Short Video” award for their “Morro Bay Estuary Water Quality” feature. And Wilmer garnered OWAC’s “Best Outdoor Radio Feature” for his podcast, “Saving Cecil’s,” recorded live in Botswana. A radio producer for NPR, Wilmer has also received awards for his podcasts about the Audubon/Rowe Sandhill Crane facility in Nebraska, and a wild mustang refuge in South Dakota. thomascwilmer.com
- Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC):, Lara Kaylor won a first place in OWAC’s Shirley Miller Memorial Photo Contest. Her vibrant photo of Joanne Neft captured the vivacious spirit of a woman who has played a huge role in the farm-to-table movement in Placer County.
- Outdoor Writers Association of California (OWAC): Barbara Steinberg won second place in OWAC’s “Best Outdoor Magazine Feature” category for her article “Yosemite’s Winter Hush,” which was published in Food & Travel Magazine’s 2015 winter edition. californiatravelinsider.com
- Solas Awards: MJ Pramik won two Solas Awards medals and an Honorable Mention in the Travelers’ Tales tenth annual contest. She won a Silver Medal in the Cruise Story category for “Ghost Ship;” a Bronze Medal in the Travel and Sports category for “Parahawking in Nepal: Seeing the World Anew;” and an Honorable Mention for “Black to Gray and Back.” “Ghost Ship” was first published in Bay Area Travel Writers’ 2015 National Parks Features & Photos publication. mjpramik.com
- Solas Awards: Jacqueline Harmon Butler was awarded the Solas Silver Travel and Food award by Travelers' Tales for her story “Progressive Supper (France),” about a moveable feast in Paris. Join the Food Flirt as she wanders from restaurant to restaurant, sampling delicious food while looking for romance. jacquelineharmonbutler.com
- Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Jim Shubin and Laurie McAndish King were among the finalists in the Anthology Division for Wandering in Cornwall: Mystery, Mirth and Transformation in the Land of Ancient Celts. Jim contributed the cover photo and 14 interior shots, and designed and produced both the book cover and the book interior. Laurie contributed two stories (“The Mermaid, The Curmudgeon, The Magician, and The Castle” and “Cheater’s High”), along with five photos. shubindesign.com/bookdesign and laurieking.com
For more information, images, and to contact our award-winning members: Suzie Rodriguez, BATW President. firstname.lastname@example.org
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