A Year of Blessings

2014 was a busy year for me, and I was fortunate to land many of my pieces in well-respected publications. That was a blessing in itself. One can imagine, therefore, how honored I felt when I found out that my work published last year won several awards.

Corvina fans take note: Love, Death, and Protein,” my first piece for On A Junket, won a bronze medal (Travel and Food category) in the 2015 Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards.

The Death of the Red Devils,” a tale about the now-defunct hand-painted buses of Panama City, won a silver medal in the Solas Awards’ Culture and Ideas category (the piece previously won Transitions Abroad’s 2014 Travel Writing Competition).

Sending a bright message that we should all be eating more lionfish, my piece about said invasive species in Belize, appearing in Roads & Kingdoms last year, won a gold medal in the Solas Awards’ Animal Encounter category. This was after I was notified that National Geographic Traveller extracted the piece when they chose Roads & Kingdoms as one of their favorite travel blogs for the month of November 2014. (Make that “favourite,” because Nat Geo Traveller is published in the UK.) The piece also recently appeared in the compilation Adventures of a Lifetime: Travel Tales from Around the World (World Traveler Press), released in January.

Meanwhile, in the North American Travel Journalist Association Awards, alongside such writers as Andrew Zimmern, Anja Mutic, Tim Leffel, Michael Luongo, and Andrew McCarthy, I was awarded a bronze medal for my piece “Istria’s Edible Empires” that appeared in Unmapped Magazine.

Congratulations to all the winners! A complete list of the Travelers’ Tales Solas Awards winners can be found here, and the NATJA winners’ list appears here.


About OmnivorousTraveler

Darrin DuFord is a travel writer, mapgazer, and jungle rodent connoisseur. His writing has won numerous awards and has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, Gastronomica, Roads & Kingdoms, Narratively, and Perceptive Travel, among other publications. He is the author of Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas (released in July 2016) and Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, silver medalist in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.
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