TRAVEL WRITING AWARDS

Several Dallas area writers and editors, including yours truly, were winners in this year’s travel writing competition from the Society of American Travel Writers’ Central States Chapter, the largest in the SATW, and which had its annual meeting here last week. The info isn’t on a web site yet, but the complete list is in the jump. Pay special attention to “Best Newspaper Article on U.S./Canada Travel,” “Best Newspaper Travel Section,” and “Best Travel Commentary.” No particular reason:

Society of American Travel Writers
2006 Central States Writing and Photography Contest

Winners judged by Jon Ziomek and Mary Ann Weston of the Medill School of Journalism

Writing Contest

HENRY E. BRADSHAW MEMORIAL AWARD

“Classic Midwest Weekends: Saugatuck, Shipshewana, Detroit/Dearborn, A Summer from the Heart” by Alan Solomon of The Chicago Tribune

Best newspaper article on U.S./Canada
First place — “Real, Simple” (Davis, OK) by Rod Davis of The San Antonio Express News
Second place — “Brooklyn” by Alan Solomon of The Chicago Tribune
Third place — “Indiana’s Lincoln” by Betsa Marsh for The Cincinnati Enquirer
Honorable Mention — “Twin Lakes, CO — No fish” by Rod Davis of The San Antonio Express News
Honorable Mention — “Celebrating Ben Franklin’s 300th” by Betsa Marsh for The Denver Post

Best magazine article on U.S./Canada
First Place – “A Day in Camelot” by Betsa Marsh
Second Place — “Triple Creek Ranch” by John Ostdick for Cowboys & Indians
Third Place — “Weekend on the Farm” by Betsa Marsh

Best newspaper article on international travel
First place — “Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp (Into Africa)” by Alan Solomon for The Chicago Tribune
Second place — “Americans Return to Vietnam” by Katherine Rodeghier of The Daily Herald
Third place — “German Christmas Marketplaces” by Toni Stroud Salama of The Chicago Tribune
Honorable Mention — “Back to Phuket” by Randy Curwen of The Chicago Tribune

Best magazine Article on Foreign Travel
First Place — “Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. Stunning Seascapes, Tranquil Fishing Villages and Nature Abound” by Lorry Heverly for City Social Magazine
Second Place — “Switzerland in Summer” by John Handley
Third Place — “St Martin/St. Martin, Beyond the Big Boats” by Roberta Sotonoff

Best travel Consumer Reporting Article
First place — “Grand Cities” by Phil Marty of The Chicago Tribune
Second place — “Learn at your Leisure” by Diana Lambdin Meyer for The Kansas City Star
Third place — “Runaway Brides” by Susan Pollack for The Detriot News
Honorable Mention — “Travel Insurance” by Alfred Borcover for The Chicago Tribune
Honorable Mention — “Discount Coupons” by Harry Shattuck of The Houston Chronicle

Best series, magazine or newspaper
First Place — “Classic Midwest Weekends: Saugatuck, Shipshewana, Detroit/Dearborn,
A Summer from the Heart” by Alan Solomon of The Chicago Tribune
Second Place — “Missouri Road Trip” by Jackie Sheckler Finch of The Herald Times
Third Place — “Make It Melbourne” by Janet Podolak of The News Times

Best newspaper travel section, circulation 350,000 and above
First place — Harry Shattuck of The Houston Chronicle
Second place — Randy Curwen of The Chicago Tribune
Third place — Rod Davis of The San Antonio Express News

Best newspaper travel section, circulation under 350,000
First place — Katherine Rodghier of The Daily Herald
Second place — Libby Smith of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Third place — Janet Podolak of The News-Herald

Books
First place — Roads Less Traveled by Catherine Watson
Second place — A Kids Guide to Kansas City by Diana Lambert Meyer
Third place– Iowa’s Home Town Flavors — A Food Lovers Tour by Donna Tambert Long

Self-Illustrated Article
First Place — “In Realms of the Spirit” by Catherine Watson for The Star Tribune
Second Place — “Israel 10 Days” by Toni Stroud Salama of The Chicago Tribune
Third Place — “Nicaragua’s Tourist Revolution” by Larry Bleiberg of The Dallas Morning News
Honorable Mention — “Building a Future” (Romania) by Larry Bleiberg of The Dallas Morning News

Ecology/conservation/preservation
First place — “Jamestown, VA” by Jackie Sheckler Finch for
Second place — “Wild-bird Chase” by Mary Ellen Botter of The Dallas Morning News
Third place — “Dolphin Rescue” by John Ostdick for Delta Sky
Honorable Mention — “A Modest Proposal” by Frances Figart for The Courier Magazine

Best travel article appearing on a travel-specific web site
First Place — “Dolphin Rescue” by John Ostdick for Natural Traveler.com
Second Place — “Jesse James” by Jackie Sheckler Finch for Hoosier Times Web site
Third Place — “Surprising Sao Paulo” by Niki Chondoff for Travel Savings Alert Newsletter

Best marine travel article (newspaper or magazine)
First Place — “Victory at Sea” by Mary Ellen Botter of The Dallas Morning News
Second Place — “Two Ways to See Colors: By Ship” by Alan Solomon of The Chicago Tribune
Third Place — “African-American Scuba Club Explores the Depths” by Susan Pollack for The Detroit News
Honorable Mention — “Paddle into Past on Toronto Islands” by Janet Podolak of The News-Herald

Best travel commentary (newspaper, magazine or website)
First Place — “Year in Review” by Toni Stroud Salama of The Chicago Tribune
Second Place — “Lift on Scissors Ban Cuts to Heart of Inconsistent Security” by Gail Todd of The Daily Herald
Third Place — “Dying and Living Hard in the Big Easy” by Rod Davis of The San Antonio Express News
Honorable Mention — “Young New Yorker Shows off His City” by Larry Bleiberg of The Dallas Morning News

Best article on past three meeting sites, featuring the Philadelphia Area, New Orleans or Milwaukee and written as a result of our chapter meetings in those sites (newspaper, magazine or web site)
First Place — “Classic Midwest Weekends: Milwaukee” by Alan Solomon of The Chicago Tribune
Second Place — “Spice of Life: the New Orleans Cooking Experience Blends Creole
Cuisine, Culinary Folklore and Cajun Camaraderie” by Susan Pollack of The Detroit News
Third Place — “A Liquid Heritage” by Betsa Marsh for The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Photography Contest

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

“Hindu ceremony Rishikesh” Harry Shattuck

People
First place — Harry Shattuck for “Hindu ceremony Rishikesh”
Second place — Kathy Rodeghier for “Opera”
Third place — Jackie Sheckler Finch for “Subway Readers Detroit”
Honorable Mention — Harry Shattuck for “Finger Food Yangtzke River”

Places/Scenery
First place — Harry Shattuck for “Exit Strategy — Vatican”
Second place — John Handley for “Bryce Canyon National Park”
Third place — John Handley for “Only in Las Vegas”
Honorable Mention — Larry Bleiberg for “Cathedral Leon, Nicaragua”
Honorable Mention — Milton Fullman for “Bahamas Parasailing”

Action
First place — Gary Knowles for “Michigan Avenue Cab Ride”
Second place — Jackie Sheckler Finch “High steppers — Milwaukee”
Third place — Jackie Sheckler Finch “Wet Seat — Santa Claus, IN”
Honorable Mention — John Handley “Glider Port Takeoff — La Jolla”

Humor
First place — Lorry Heverly for “What’s Under That Kilt? Loch Ness, Scotland”
Second place — Harry Shattuck for “Staying Attached — Venice”
Third place —Jackie Shecker Finch for “Can’t Read — Milwaukee”
Honorable Mention —Jackie Sheckler Finch for “Braille for Umpires”

Animals/Wildlife
First Place — Phil Marty for “Marrakech, Morocco: Stork”
Second Place — Jackie Sheckler Finch for “Nashville, TN: Big Boa”
Third Place — Lorry Heverly for “Scotland Hairy Cow & Baby, Aberdeen, Scotland”
Honorable Mention — Mary Bergin for “Leelanau Peninsula, MI: Shaggy Sheep”

Best Photo from Past Three Meeting Sites
First Place — Larry Bleiberg for “Philadelphia, PA: Prison” #2
Second Place — Milton Fullman for “New Orleans: Chef”
Third Place — John Handley for “Milwaukee, WI: Sculpture”

Photographers Gone Wild
First Place — Kathryn for Usitalo “Saxy”
Second Place — Phil Marty for “Vik, Iceland Beach Triptych”
Third Place — Jackie Sheckler Finch for “Nashville, TN: Snake Eye”
Honorable Mention — Mary Bergin for “Chicago, IL: Depth Perception”

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