LONDON (23 August 2017) — The winner of the National Geographic Traveller (UK) Travel Writing Competition 2017 is Alex Thomson for his piece on Austin, Texas.
In March, the competition opened and challenged readers to submit a great piece of travel writing, in a bid to discover the best of British talent. The brief was to write a focused 500-word piece that captured both the essence of a destination and the spirit of National Geographic Traveller: immersive travel and authentic storytelling. The results were of high quality, and the magazine has revealed the top four entries each day from this past Tuesday.
Pat Riddell, Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “It was a tough process narrowing down the shortlist of entries this year, but Alex’s piece stood out as a unanimous winner. An unexpected topic tackled with a balance of humour and affectionate observation, it’s a clever snapshot of the ‘other side’ of Austin and proof that sometimes the best travel writing is simply about storytelling.”
Alex’s prize is a 10-day Arctic Express: Greenland’s Northern Lights polar expedition with Quark Expeditions, worth £13,000. He’ll take in the world’s largest fjord system, Scoresby Sund, the fascinating Inuit settlements and people of Ittoqqortoormiit, and will have a chance to see some of the world’s most vivid displays of the Northern Lights. Alex will also have the opportunity to trek along the tundra, climb mountains, and watch grazing musk ox and other Arctic wildlife. quarkexpeditions.com
Congratulations are also in order for the three runners-up: Denica Shute for her piece that explores a Vietnamese nature reserve with a rowing seamstress; Lucy Charlton O’Connor for her entry on a chance encounter with a Canadian moose; and Stephanie Pope for her story about Guatemala’s Holy Week.
The winning entry and all three runners-up can be read on the National Geographic Traveller (UK) website now. natgeotraveller.co.uk/travel-writing-competition
The entries of the winner and three runners-up will also be available to read in the October issue, on sale from 7 September.
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Quark Expeditions offers adventure cruises to the North Pole, Arctic and Antarctic on board ice-breakers and ice-strengthened vessels. quarkexpeditions.com
National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under license by APL Media Limited, from National Geographic Partners LLC in Washington, D.C. The 180-page travel and lifestyle magazine was launched in December 2010, and is packed full of you-are-there photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives. natgeotraveller.co.uk
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