2009 NATJA Awards Competition Winners

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GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
PublicationVirtuoso Life
Convention & Visitors Bureaus/Destination Marketing Organizations – Positively Cleveland
Photography – Alex Farnum, The Full Maui, Spafax
Travel Journalism – David Lansing, National  Geographic Traveler & Tom Uhlenbrock, St. Louis Post - Dispatch

MEDIA

Destination Travel, Domestic Newspaper, More than 250,000
First Place: Tom Uhlenbrock, St Louis Dispatch
Award of Merit: Nancy Wigston, Toronto Star
Award of Merit: Tom Uhlenbrock, St Louis Dispatch

Destination Travel, Domestic Newspaper, Less than 250,000
First Place: Christine Tibbetts, Tifton GA Gazette
Award of Merit: Christine Tibbetts, Tifton Gazette
Award of Merit: Kay Grant, Creators News Service

Destination Travel, Domestic Magazine
First Place: Mel White, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Kay Grant, Cowboys & Indians
Award of Merit: Michael DeFreitas, Ensemble Vacations

Destination Travel, International Newspaper, More than 250,000
First Place: Tracy Barnett, Houston Chronicle
Award of Merit: Susan Hallett, The Epoch Times
Award of Merit: Nancy Wigston, Canadian Jewish News

Destination Travel, International Newspaper, Less than 250,000
First Place: Lindor Reynolds, Winnipeg Free Press
Award of Merit: Ron Pradinuk, Winnipeg Free Press
Award of Merit: Jill Wilson, Winnipeg Free Press

Destination Travel, International Magazine
First Place: Cathy Newman, National Geographic Magazine
Award of Merit: Elaine Srnka, Virtuoso Life
Award of Merit: Justin Paul, Virtuoso Life
Award of Merit: David Noyes, Lifestyle & Travel

Byline Travel Column, More than 250,000
First Place: Daisann McLane, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Peter Jon Lindberg, Travel + Leisure Magazine
Award of Merit: Carol Perehudoff, Toronto Star
Award of Merit: Heather Greenwood Davis, Toronto Star

Byline Travel Column, Less than 250,000
First Place: Michelle Theall, Women's Adventure Magazine
Award of Merit: John Lee, BC Business Magazine

Travel Series, More than 250,000
First Place: Geraldine Moor, Hemispheres
Award of Merit: Ilana Weitzman, Alec Scott, Charlene Rooke, Spafax

Travel Series, Less than 250,000
First Place: Janet Podolak, The News Herald
Award of Merit: Robert Sibley, Ottawa Citizen
Award of Merit: Linda Fasteson, Living Well, The Sun Chronicle
Award of Merit: Douglas Hunter, Patricia Pearson, Dawn Calleja, Canadian Geographic Travel
Award of Merit: Jill Schensul, The Record

Local Lifestyle
First Place: Luke Barr, Travel + Leisure Magazine
Award of Merit: Fyllis Hockman, Creators News Service
Award of Merit: Paul Rubio, Outtraveler: South Florida

Leisure Activity
First Place: Keith Bellows, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Randy Gener, American Theater Magazine
Award of Merit: Food and Wine Magazine

Sports and Recreation
First Place: Dale Sanders, Florida Sportsman
Award of Merit: Geoff Kirbyson, Winnipeg Free Press
Award of Merit: Michael DeFreitas, Diver Magazine
Award of Merit: Dina Mishev, Big Sky Journal

Resorts
First Place: PF Kluge, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Amy Rosen, National Post, Canada

Cruises
First Place: Kimberly Brown-Seely, Virtuoso Life
Award of Merit: Tom Uhlenbrock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Award of Merit: Ellen Creager, Virtuoso Life

Personality and Profiles
First Place: Ray Isle, Food & Wine Magazine
Award of Merit: Randy Gener, American Theater Magazine
Award of Merit: Peter Rose, American Society of Journalists and Author Monthly
Award of Merit: Nancy Wigston, National Post

Historical or Hobby Travel
First Place: Geraldine Moor, MyMidWest
Award of Merit: Kay Grant, Carnival Cruise Gateways
Award of Merit: Peter Bronski, 5280 Magazine
Award of Merit: Linda Fasteson, Living Well, The Sun Chronicle

Senior Travel and Travelers
First Place: Linda Fasteson, Living Well, The Sun Chronicle (Senior Issue)

Intergenerational and Family Travel
First Place: Don Belt, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Chris McBeath, InnFocus Magazine
Award of Merit: Kate Pocock, Silverkris Magazine
Award of Merit: Heather Greenwood Davis, Family Outlook Magazine/Sears

Culinary Travel
First Place: Peter Jon Lindberg, Travel + Leisure Magazine
Award of Merit: Katherine Zoepf, Food and Wine Magazine
Award of Merit: Taras Grescoe, National Geographic Traveler

Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel
First Place: Scott Spencer, Travel + Leisure Magazine
Award of Merit: Margie Goldsmith, www.travelwithachallenge.com

Volunteer or Special Purpose Travel
First Place: Michelle Theall, Women's Adventure Magazine

Eco Travel or Environmental Tourism
First Place: Tom Uhlenbrock, St. Louis Dispatch
Award of Merit: Dave Houser, Men’s Folio
Award of Merit: Jay Walljasper, National Geographic Traveler

Budget Travel
First Place: Lisa Gregoire, Canadian Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Kristen Bellstrom, SmartMoney Magazine
Award of Merit: John Lee, Globe and Mail

Travel Article for Internet
First Place: Tim Leffel, Perceptive Travel
Award of Merit: Louisa Preston, Go NOMAD Magazine

Travel Broadcast (Audio-Podcast)
First Place: Tonya Fitzpatrick, www.talkzone.com - The Travel'N On Radio Show
Award of Merit: New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Travel Talk Radio

Travel Broadcast (Video)
First Place: Darley Newman, PBS
Award of Merit: Bryan Scofield, KTNV-TV ABC Las Vegas

Travel Journalism Website
First Place: National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: www.SmarterTravel.com
Award of Merit: Michael Reiss/Diane Sukiennik, www.foodandwineaccess.com

Travel Blog
First Place: Meg Weaver, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Sarah Pascarella, www.SmarterTravel.com
Award of Merit: Emma Krasov, Art and Entertain Me Blog

Photography, Overall Excellence
First Place: Lisa Linder, Food and Wine Magazine
Award of Merit: Gail Mooney, Historia National Geographic
Award of Merit: Dave Yoder, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Susan Seubert, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Justin Guariglia, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Frederic Lagrange, Travel + Leisure Magazine
Award of Merit: John Cullen, Spafax

Cover Photo, Illustration
First Place: Andre Doyon, Spafax
Award of Merit: Michael DeFreitas, Nights Bonaire
Award of Merit: Michael DeFreitas, Islands Magazine
Award of Merit: Dan Westergren, National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Dook, Virtuoso Life
Award of Merit: Dan Westergren, National Geographic Traveler

Landscape, Seascape
First Place: Robin & Arlene Karpan, Canadian Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Michael DeFreitas, Diver Magazine
Award of Merit: Michael DeFreitas, Caribbean Travel/Life Magazine
Award of Merit: Ron Pradinuk, Winnipeg Free Press

Portrait, People
First Place: Molly Feltner, National Geographic Traveler Intelligent Travel Blog
Award of Merit: Robert Jerome, The Rail Monthly

Facility, Architectural
First Place: Andrey Mikityuk, AAA Living
Award of Merit: Robert Jerome, The Rail Monthly

Travel Guide
First Place: Patricia Preston, Xlibris Corporation
Award of Merit: Paul Rubio, Alyson Books NY

Travel Trade Article
First Place (Tie): Chris McBeath, InnFocus Magazine
First Place (Tie): Kenneth Shapiro, TravelAge West
Award of Merit: Carol Canter, Smart Meetings Magazine
Award of Merit: Dori Saltzman, Travel Trade

Consumer Tips & Advice
First Place: Kate Pocock, CAA Magazine
Award of Merit: Sarah Pascarella, SmarterTravel.com
Award of Merit: Jennifer Miner, TheVacationGals.com

Organizations

Visitors’ Guide, More than $400,000
First Place: Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Award of Merit: Newport RI Convention & Visitors Bureau

Visitors’ Guide, Less than $400,000
First Place: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau

Destination Video, Greater than $400,000
First Place: Positively Cleveland

Destination Video, Less than $400,000
First Place: Winnipeg Convention Centre

Destination Website, Greater than $400,000
First Place: Chicago Office of Tourism

Destination Website, Less than $400,000
First Place: Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Award of Merit: San Mateo County
Award of Merit: Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Social Media or Marketing Campaign, More than $400,000
First Place (Tie): Positively Cleveland
First Place (Tie): Tahiti Tourisme, The Phelps Group

Social Media or Marketing Campaign, Less than $400,000
First Place: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau
Award of Merit: Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau

Publications

Newspaper Travel Section, Less than 250,000
First Place: The Record

Travel Magazine
First Place: National Geographic Traveler
Award of Merit: Canadian Geographic Travel

In-Flight Magazine
First Place: Go Magazine
Award of Merit: American Way Magazine