Joanna Wane wins big at the Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.
NORTH & SOUTH deputy editor Joanna Wane was named Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year at the 25th Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards, held at the Heritage Hotel in Auckland on July 21.
Wane took out the supreme award at the event’s silver anniversary, organised by Travcom (New Zealand’s Travel Communicators Society), for her story Out of the Blue, published in North & South in April 2016, which scored top honours in the Treadright Foundation’s Award for Best Responsible Tourism. Wane was also a runnerup in the Travel Writer of the Year Award (as well as the overall winner), for another story, The Mists of Time ( North & South, October 2016).
The Sydney-based judge and one of Australia’s leading freelance travel writers, Dr John Borthwick, said of Wane’s winning feature: “The writing was pitch-perfect, a beautifully engaging tale about the Blueskin Bay community in Otago. Wane’s story was full of colour and character, a lightly-told, living portrait of a ‘down-to-earth’ community and its individuals that came alive on the page.”
Borthwick explained he was looking for stories which, as well as being solid travel writing, had “that extra X-factor” – perhaps humour or quirkiness, a touch of the poetic or a sense of unusual observations – a quality that made them stand out from what he acknowledged was a formidable field of finalists across eight categories of travel writing.
Wane’s story The Mists of Time, about a Real Journeys Fiordland cruise from Doubtful Sound to Preservation Inlet, was runner-up in Heritage Hotels Award for the Best Travel Story About New Zealand.
Contributing writer Sharon Stephenson was runner-up in the Interislander Award for Best Story about a Journey for her account of a trip to India, You Can Go Home Again ( published in North & South, August 2016).
The winner of the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award was Christchurch-based Paul Daly. The photography judges were North & South art director Jenny Nicholls and Auckland freelance photographers Adrian Malloch and Simon Young; their work appears frequently in North & South.