LONDON (31 July) — In March, we challenged our readers to submit a great piece of travel writing, in a bid to discover the best of British talent. The challenge was to write a focused piece of just 400 words that captured both the essence of a destination and the spirit of National Geographic Traveller: immersive travel and authentic storytelling. The results were exceptional, and from Monday this week we revealed a different runner-up each day. Now we’re excited to announce that the winner of this year’s Travel Writing Competition is Flora Baker for her Hidden Thailand piece.
Pat Riddell, Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “The standard of entries in this year’s competition was exceptional but, although it took a while to whittle them down to a shortlist, it was a unanimous decision. Flora offers us a snapshot of a fleeting moment, but it’s one that gives us a vivid sense of place, time and culture.
“Although a difficult subject to tackle — war, fatalities, a family under threat — it’s done subtly and carefully with a light touch that still manages to convey a tangible sense of atmosphere. The compact, dense sentences draw the reader on with a confident tone and, importantly, the circular narrative has a clever final line. A worthy winner.”
Flora’s prize is a nine-day Arctic expedition, courtesy of our sponsor Quark Expeditions. She’ll set out in an ice-strengthened ship with the best expedition team in the polar regions. Each day will bring a new highlight in a land where there are more polar bears than people. This is the Arctic of Viking legend — a world of icy fjords, fiery volcanoes and glittering, ice-bound seas. Flora’s account of the experience will be published on the National Geographic Traveller website. quarkexpeditions.com/gb
Congratulations are also in order to the four runners-up. They are: Caroline Picking, Kyle Cunningham, Ian Wood and Flossie Baker. The entries of the winner and two runners-up will be published in the October issue.
The winning entry and all four runners-up can be read on the National Geographic Traveller website now. natgeotraveller.co.uk/travel-writing-competition
National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by APL Media, from the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. It became the 15th local-language edition when it was launched in December 2010. The magazine is also available in China, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland, Latin America, Armenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Indonesia, Romania and South Africa. The 180-page travel and lifestyle magazine is packed full of you-are-there photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives, all focused on the brand’s theme “All Travel, All the Time.” natgeotraveller.co.uk
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