Joanna Wane has won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award and Paul Daly of Christchurch took out the Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year Award, while Liz Carlson’s YoungAdventuress Blog took out Travel Blog of the Year, with all awards presented  at the 25th Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards Gala at the Heritage Hotel Auckland.

Travel writing winners:

Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year

Winner: Joanna Wane
For Out of the Blue 
Published in North & South 


Runners Up: Tim Warrington
For Expect the Unexpected in Cambodia
Published in The Wairoa Star

Ngāi Tahu Award for the Best Travel Story over 1000 words

Winner: Susannah Walker
For In a Different Light
Published in Metro Magazine

Runner up: Tim Warrington
For Expect the Unexpected in Cambodia
Published in The Wairoa Star

Runner up: Sharon Stephenson
For Italian Feast
Published on www.foodmag.co.nz

Spark Award for the Best Travel Story under 1000 words

Winner: Liz Light
For In the Highest
Published in Listener

Runner up: Justine Tyerman
For Revisiting my mother's favourite Place
Published on www.oversixty.com

Heritage Hotels Award for the Best Travel Story about New Zealand

Winner: Lisa Scott
For A Walk on the Wild Side
Published in NZ Life & Leisure

Runner up: Joanna Wane
For The Mists of Time
Published in North & South

Runner up: James Borrowdale
For Top Tip
Published in Kia Ora

Interislander Award for the Best Story about a Journey


Winner: Michael Hooper
For End of a Legend
Published in Destinations (online)

Runner Up: Sharon Stephenson
For You Can Go Home Again
Published in the North & South

Tourism Ireland Award for the Best Travel Story about Britain and/or Ireland

Winner: Cheree Morrison
For Craic On
Published in Life and Leisure

Runner Up: Ewan McDonald
For Sir Richard Steele
Published in the NZ Herald

NZ Maori Tourism Award for the Best Travel Story about a Maori Experience

Winner: Shandelle Battersby
For Valley Girl
Published in the NZ Herald

Runner Up: Paul Rush
For Taping Into the Heart
Published in RV Travel Lifestyle

Treadright Foundation Award for the Best Responsible Tourism Story

Winner: Joanna Wane
For Out of the Blue
Published in North & South

Runner Up: Pamela Wade
For Something's in the Wind
Published in the NZ Herald

Christchurch Airport Award for the Best Travel Blog of the Year

Winner: Liz Carlson
For her blog http://youngadventuress.com/

Runner Up: Carmen Huter
For her blog carmenhuter.com

Runner Up: Megan Singleton
For her blog http://www.bloggeratlarge.com/

Travcom Award for the Best New Travel Writer

Winner: Raphael van Workum
For Swallow

Runner Up: Eleanor Hughes
For A Devil of a Gorge

Runner Up: Cliff van Eaton
For Deciding Not to Forget

Highly Commended: Karla Breen Rickerby
For Quiz Night

Highly Commended: Kit Norman
For Crayfish: as sweet by any other name?

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