Latin American Media Awards 2018

The Latin American Travel Association (www.lata.travel) has announced the winners of the LATA Media Awards 2018.

The LATA Media Awards, sponsored by Wendy Wu Tours, recognise innovation and excellence across the British travel media landscape with a specific focus on Latin America.

Celebrating and rewarding inspiring and creative Latin America stories and photography, the winners of the 15th edition of the LATA Media Awards were selected from over 150 entries by a strong judging panel composed of key figures from the Latin American travel industry.

The 2018 judging panel included Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides; Baroness Hooper, lawyer and honorary president of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) for Latin America; Hugh Thomson, leading author and film-maker; Martin Morales, founder of the restaurant group Ceviche and award-winning Peruvian chef; Colin Stewart, chairman of LATA and the UK and Ireland director at Air Europa; and Andy Skillen, multi-award winning international wildlife photographer and founder of Fauna Vista.

The winners were revealed at the RSA House in London on 22 May, at an event attended by key members of the Latin American travel industry, the diplomatic community and some of the UK’s most prolific travel writers and photographers.

Winners and runners-up are:

Best Online Blog Feature of the Year Award 

Winner: Abigail King, ‘Pre-Columbian art in Ecuador and the surprising question it asks’, Inside the Travel Lab
Runner-up
: Shafik Meghji, ‘Best things to do in Ecuador’
Highly commended for photography:
Neil Hennessy Vass, ‘Central America: A New Revolution’

Best Self-Published Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Anna McNuff, ‘Through Patagonia on Wheels’, Swoop
Runner-up:
Jennifer Richt, ‘Belize in it: An Example of Ecotourism’, Jacada Travel

Best Trade Publication Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Ben Lerwill, ‘Andes to Amazon’, Selling Travel
Runner-up:
Meera Dattani, ‘Belize the Hype’. Travel Weekly

Best Consumer Online Feature of the Year Award 

Winner: Tamara Hinson, ‘Quito: Why Ecuador’s capital is known for its evolving music scene’, Independent Online
Runner-up:
Sarah Gilbert, ‘Exploring Che Guevara’s Bolivian shrine 50 years after his death’, Independent Online

Best Photography of the Year Award

Winner: Jonathan Gregson, ‘Lago Pehoe, Torres Del Paine’, Lonely Planet
Runner-up:
Alex Robinson, ‘Mystic River’, Wanderlust

Best Consumer Newspaper Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Mike Unwin, ‘Living at one with the Creatures of the Canopy’, The Sunday Telegraph
Runner-up:
Andrew Purvis, ‘My David Attenborough moment in the jungle’, The Sunday Telegraph

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Adrian Phillips, ‘A wild rolling beast of a route’, National Geographic Traveller
Runner-up:
Chris Moss, ‘Shape Shifter’, Conde Nast Traveller

Colin Stewart, Chairman of LATA said: “The quality of the entries for the 2018 LATA Media Awards was extremely high and LATA would like to thank all the talented journalists and photographers who entered the awards. We are delighted to have welcomed so many key figures from the Latin America tourism industry and fantastic writers to this flagship annual event, which brings the Latin American region to life through creative and interesting stories and powerful photography. In addition to the headline sponsor Wendy Wu Tours, other sponsors included Silversea Expeditions, The Belize Tourism Board, Belmond, Tierra Hotels, LOTUS LATAM, Las Iguana, and 4Corners.” 

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