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.