Joanna Wane wins big at the Cathay Pa­cific Travel Me­dia Awards.

North & South - - Letters -

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.

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