Publication – National Geographic Traveler
Convention & Visitors Bureaus/Destination Marketing Organizations – Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau
Photography – David Noyes
Travel Journalism – Andrew McCarthy & Jill Schensul

MEDIA – General Travel Articles

Category 100: Destination Travel, Domestic Newspaper – Greater than 250,000 Circulation          

  • Gold: Irene S. Levine: “Italian Town Gleams Atop a Hill Near The Adriatic,” Dallas Morning News
  • Silver: Michael Luongo, “In Argentina, Touring the Tigre Delta,” New York Times
  • Bronze: Nancy Wigston, “Silent In Arab Spring,” National Post

Category 100A: Destination Travel, Domestic Newspaper – Less than 250,000 Circulation

  • Gold: Jill Schensul, “Colombia: Casting Off the Shadow of Fear,” The Record
  • Silver: Christine Tibbetts, “Cleveland, Ohio: Circles Of Friendly Experiences,” Tifton, GA Gazette
  • Bronze: Jim Farber, “Going To Surf City—Moroccan Style,” Creators Syndicate

Category 101: Destination Travel, Domestic Magazine

  • Gold: Paula Froelich, “Down and Out in Baghdad,” Playboy
  • Silver: Joseph Guinto, “Royal Treatment,” Private Clubs
  • Bronze: Andrew McCarthy, “L.A. Dreamin’,”            National Geographic Traveler

Category 102: Destination Travel, International Newspaper – Greater than 250,000 Circulation

  • Gold: Adrian Brijbassi, “Chasing The Big Five,” Toronto Star
  • Silver:  Kate Pocock, “Germany: Freedom of Expression,” Globe and Mail
  • Bronze:  Adrian Brijbassi, “Freedom Found in Curacao,” Toronto Star

Category 102A: Destination Travel, International Newspaper – Less than 250,000 Circulation

  • Gold: Julie Carl, “Getting Buffaloed,” Winnipeg Free Press
  • Silver: Christine McBeath, “Amazing Alaska,” Kamloops This Week
  • Bronze: Ron Pradinuk, “It’s Safe To Say, We Loved It,” Winnipeg Free Press

Category 103: Destination Travel, International Magazine

  • Gold: David Noyes, “Behind the Façade,” Lifestyle + Travel
  • Silver: Natasha Mekhail, “Heaven Scent,” Fairmont Magazine Online
  • Bronze: Michael DeFreitas, “Alaska’s Un-Cruise Experience,” World Of Cruising Magazine

Category 104: Byline Travel Column – Greater than 250,000 Circulation

  • Gold: Gus Garcia-Roberts, “Emergency Mariachis,” American Way
  • Silver: Peter Jon Lindberg, “Traveling Heavy,” Travel & Leisure
  • Bronze: Christopher Elliott, “Savor The Trip, Don’t Tweet It,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 104A: Byline Travel Column – Less than 250,000 Circulation

  • Gold: Jill Schensul, “No maps, but plenty of apps,” The Record
  • Silver: Paul Rubio, “Carribean Queen: The Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas,” Mark Magazine: Weekly Column: “Amazing Gay Travel”
  • Bronze: Stacey Wittig, “Livin’ the Viva Loca in Taos, NM,” Pinewood News

Category 105: Travel Series – Magazine

  • Gold: Stephen Marche, Susan Nerberg, and Alexandra Redgrave, “Geek Odysseys,” enRoute Magazine
  • Silver: Carole Herdegen, “Special India Collector’s Edition,” Elegant Living Magazine
  • Bronze: Margaret Swaine, “City Snap Guide,” Ensemble Vacations

Category 105A: Travel Series – Newspaper

  • Gold: Jim Byers & Adrian Brijbassi, “The Grand Tour,” Toronto Star
  • Silver: Jill Schensul, “New Jersey Road Trip,” The Record
  • Bronze: Ron Pradinuk, “BritRail system offers excellent rates, comfort,” Winnipeg Free Press

MEDIA – Special Focus Travel Articles – Print

Category 120: Local Lifestyle

  • Gold: Robert Wilonsky, “Hidden Charms,” American Way
  • Silver (tie): Kate Betts, “Malibu State of Mind,” Travel + Leisure
  • Silver (tie): Amy Alipio, “At Home in Transylvania,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze (tie): Christine McBeath, “Kickboxing in Backstreet Bangkok,” The Now Newspaper Group
  • Bronze (tie): Anne  Gordon, “Land of the Last Frontier,” Ensemble Vacations

Category 121: Leisure Activity

  • Gold: James R. Petersen, “The Long Road,” Playboy
  • Silver: Charles Kulander, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze: Sarah Staples, “Hip Hotels Offer Here-and-Gone Stores and Restos,” The Globe and Mail

Category 122: Sports and Recreation

  • Gold: Andrew McCarthy, “In Search of the Black Pearl,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Kay Grant, “Stroke of (Evil) Genius,” American Way
  • Bronze (tie): Janice Mucalov, “Playing with Elephants,” Cruise & Travel Lifestyles Magazine
  • Bronze (tie): Cindy Ross, “Adventuring in Israeli Desert,” Toronto Star

Category 123: Resorts

  • Gold: Paul Rubio, “Golden Idyll,” Palm Beach Illustrated
  • Silver: Linda Fasteson, “Rest and Relaxation Arizona Style,” Living Well, The Sun Chronicle
  • Bronze: Nancy Wigston, “Shelter from the Norm,” National Post

Category 124: Cruises

  • Gold: Michael DeFreitas, “Jungle Fever,” Ensemble Travel Magazine
  • Silver: Jill Schensul, “A Dream for the Whole Family,” The Record
  • Bronze: Sheila Hansen, “Alaska, Ahoy!” Westworld Saskatchewan

Category 125: Personality and Profiles

  • Gold: Barbara Wayman, “Michael Chiarello’s Napa Valley,” Home and Away Magazine
  • Silver: David Hochman, “The Virtuoso Traveler,” Virtuoso Life
  • Bronze: Kevin Wierzbicki, “Behind Closed Doors,” Broughton Quarterly

Category 126: Historical or Hobby Travel

  • Gold: Larry Bleiberg, “Remembering the Freedom Rides 50 Years Later,” Los Angeles Times
  • Silver: Michael Luongo, “Ground Zero as Dark Tourist Site,” Miller- McCune Magazine
  • Bronze: Cindy Fan, “The door of no return in West Africa,” Toronto Star

Category 127: 50+ Travel and Travelers

  • Gold: Don Mankin, “Off Road in Montenegro,” Vibrant Living Magazine
  • Silver: Dave G. Houser, “For Modern-Day Nomads, Home is an RV or Boat,” Where to Retire Magazine
  • Bronze: Linda Fasteson, “Sea Maine,” Living Well, The Sun Chronicle

Category 128: Intergenerational and Family Travel

  • Gold: Carl Hoffman, “Last Goodbye in Chiang Mai,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Karin Leperi, “Return to Zion Canyon,” Country Extra Magazine
  • Bronze: Andrew  McCarthy, “The Art of the Deal,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze: Michele Peterson, “My Nude Christmas with Mom,” Ottawa Citizen

Category 129: Culinary Travel

  • Gold: Alan Richman, “Bubble Economics,” Experience Magazine
  • Silver: Wayne Curtis, “A London Fog,” enRoute Magazine
  • Bronze: Alan Richman, “A Normandy Invasion,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 130: Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel

  • Gold: Daisann McLane, “Ghosts of Hong Kong,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Sarah Staples, “Not Just Kid Stuff,” The Dallas Morning News
  • Bronze (tie): Dave G. Houser, “New Mexico and Beyond,” Trailer Life Magazine
  • Bronze (tie): Jill Schensul, “A Culture as You’ve Never Seen it: Festival Highlights Influences of Nature on Colombian Culture,” The Record

Category 131: Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel

  • Gold: Costas Christ, “Last Stand in the Serengeti,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Vanessa Molina Santamaria, “Adventures in Voluntourism,” Destination Hyatt 2011
  • Bronze: Justin Paul, “Rain Forest Drifter,” Virtuoso Life

Category 132: Budget Travel

  • Gold: John Lee, “A Paris Fling,” MoneySense Magazine
  • Silver: Ron Pradinuk, “New Brunswick On A Budget,” Winnipeg Free Press
  • Bronze: Jill Schensul, “Pumped-Up Costs,” The Record

MEDIA – Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet

Category 140: Local Lifestyle

  • Gold: Tim  Leffel, “Side Saddle Girls at a Mexican Rodeo,” Perceptive Travel
  • Silver: John Edwards, “Basque Case: Separation Anxiety in the Pyrenees,”
  • Bronze: Margie Goldsmith, “Driving the Alabama Tornado Away and Singing the Blues,”

Category 141: Leisure Activity

  • Gold: Fyllis Hockman, “The Newseum: Where the News is News,”
  • Silver: Lisa Te Sonne, “Voices & Choices When a Human Flies,”
  • Bronze: Kate  Pocock, “Corn Mazes: Ripe for Family Fun,”

Category 142: Sports and Recreation

  • Gold: Margie Goldsmith, “A Close Encounter with New Foundland’s Humpbacks,”
  • Silver: Susan Wood, “Pedaling back in time through the hills of Vermont,” Lake Tahoe News
  • Bronze: Dan Schlossberg, “Spring Training Travel: A Baseball Vacation Guide,” AOL Travel

Category 143: Resorts

  • Gold: John  Edwards, “News from Nowhere: Gonzo in Ghana,”
  • Silver: Susan Wood, “Woodstock Inn – a landmark for the season and the ages,” Lake Tahoe News
  • Bronze: Fyllis Hockman, “Mohonk: Sumptuous Old-World Flavor Tastefully Wrapped in Casual Elegance,”

Category 144: Cruises

  • Gold: Elaine Glusac, “Arctic Voyages,”
  • Silver: Dale Sanders, “Living Large on Seabourn Legend,”
  • Bronze: Ron Pradinuk, “So What’s Nieuw in Cruise Ships,”

Category 145: Personality and Profiles

  • Gold: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “Slow Food From Sápmi,” Sweden.SE
  • Silver: Margie Goldsmith, “A $2 Million Treasure Hunt in Santa Fe,”
  • Bronze (tie): Tim Leffel, “The Dreams of Man in Stone and Concrete,” Perceptive Travel
  • Bronze (tie): John Edwards, “Caodai Calling,”

Category 146: Historical or Hobby Travel

  • Gold: Margie Goldsmith, “Diving New Foundland’s World War II Shipwrecks,”
  • Silver: Amy Rosen, “My Life & Times with the CN Tower,”
  • Bronze: Traci Suppa, “World’s Largest Shuffleboard Club,” Go BIG or Go Home Blog

Category 148: Intergenerational and Family Travel

  • Gold: Traci Suppa, “World’s Largest Traveling Amusement Park, at the Big E”, Go BIG or Go Home Blog
  • Silver: Kathryn Borel, Jr., “Vegas Babies: Fear and Loathing with Los Parents,”
  • Bronze:Kae Reed, “South Dakota, a land of family history,” Lake Tahoe News

Category 149: Culinary Travel

  • Gold: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “Revamping Classic Irish Tea at Dublin’s Merrion Hotel,” Matador Network
  • Silver: Tim  Leffel, “Touring Chile’s Wine Districts Near Santiago,” Luxury Latin American
  • Bronze: Dale Sanders, “Hyatt Clearwater Beach Resort – A Soaring Success,” Island & Coastal Destinations @

Category 150: Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel

  • Gold: Amy Rosen, “Can a Croissant Change Your Life?”
  • Silver: Margie Goldsmith, “Singing Out for Peace with Sweet Honey and the Rock,”
  • Bronze (tie): Dale Sanders, “Finding Your Tropical Chi,” TravelWorld International Magazine
  • Bronze (tie): Lisa Codianne Fowler, “Riviera Maya and All That Jazz,” TravelWorld International Magazine

Category 151: Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel

  • Gold: Kae Reed, “Taking a walk on the wild side with panda paradise,” Lake Tahoe News
  • Silver: Jennifer Miner, “Saving Endangered Sea Turtles in Costa Rica,” The Vacation Gals
  • Bronze (tie): Marc R. Kassouf, “Eco Adventures in Thailand’s North,” TravelAge West Magazine
  • Bronze (tie): SherriEisenberg, Nina Fedrizzi, Darrell Hartman, Stirling Kelso, Hannah Wallace, “Global Vision Awards,” Travel + Leisure

Category 152: Budget Travel

  • Gold: Kara Williams, “Affordable Aulani: How To Vacation at Disney’s Hawaii on a Budget,”
  • Silver: John Edwards, “Do Andorrans Dream of Electric Cheap,”

MEDIA – Electronic, Video, Broadcast

Category 153: Travel Broadcast (Television, Radio, Podcast and Web Series)

  • Gold: Gary Arndt, This Week in Travel,
  • Silver: Dan Schlossberg, Jenny Dervin (JetBlue) Interview, The Maggie Linton Show

Category 154: Travel Journalism Website

  • Gold: Veronica Stoddart, USA Today Travel,
  • Silver: Tim Leffel, Perceptive Travel,
  • Bronze: Lisa Codianne Fowler, Travel with Lisa Online,

Category 155: Travel Blog

  • Gold: Tim Leffel, Cheapest Destinations Blog,
  • Silver: Gary Arndt, Everything Everywhere,
  • Bronze: Jennifer Miner,  The Vacation Gals,

Category 156: Travel App

  • Gold: Mobile Website: Beautiful South County,
  • Silver: National Geographic Traveler, 50 Places of a Lifetime

MEDIA – Photography, Illustration

Category 170: Overall Excellence

  • Gold: David Noyes, “Europe’s Coolest Little Hot Spot,” Lifestyle Through Innocent Eyes
  • Silver: Michael DeFreitas, “Hawaii: A Study in Contrasts,” Audi Magazine
  • Bronze (tie): Christian Kerber, “True North,” Travel + Leisure
  • Bronze (tie): Matthieu Raffard, “French Twist,” enRoute Magazine

Category 171: Cover Photo, Illustration

  • Gold: Bill Bachmann, “Inside India,” Private Clubs
  • Silver: Lorne Bridgman, “Great Dane,” enRoute Magazine
  • Bronze (tie): Douglas Peebles, “Hawaii,” Hawaii Magazine
  • Bronze (tie): Julia Pelish, “Aruba Flashes Its Best,” Toronto Star

Category 172: Landscape, Seascape

  • Gold: Aaron Huey, “Landscape of my Father,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: David Noyes, “The Middle Hills,” Lifestyle Through Innocent Eyes
  • Bronze: Eamon Mac Mahon, “Leisure Island,” enRoute Magazine

Category 173: Portrait, People

  • Gold: David Noyes, “The Uyghur of Kashgar,” Lifestyle Through Innocent Eyes
  • Silver: Evan Kafka, “Life and How to Live It,” American Way
  • Bronze (tie): Susan Seubert, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze (tie): David Lasker, “Gerhard Urbanek, King of Vienna’s Naschmarkt,” Zoomer Magazine

Category 174: Facility, Architectural

  • Gold: Catherine Karnow, “L.A. Dreaming,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Robert Jerome, “Eiffel Tower, ” The Rail Monthly
  • Bronze: Ron Pradinuk, “Las Vegas reflected off Encore,” Winnipeg Free Press

Category 175: Travel Photo Guide

  • Gold: Dan Suzio, Death Valley Photographer’s Guide
  • Silver: Douglas Peebles, Photographing Maui

Category 176: Photo Essay

  • Gold: Catherine Karnow, “Vietnam,” AAA Living

MEDIA – Miscellaneous

Category 190: Travel Book or Guide

  • Gold: Marci Penner, 8 Wonders of Kansas Guidebook
  • Silver: Vanessa  Molina Santamaria, Our Jamaica 2011
  • Bronze: Myrna George, Beautiful Beaches South County, RI

Category 191: Trade Travel Article

  • Gold: Christine McBeath, “Design Trends,” Alerta Hospitality
  • Silver: Arnie Weissmann, “In Japanese Waters,” Travel Weekly
  • Bronze: Kenneth Shapiro and Monica Poling, “Southern Japan Entices,” TravelAge West

Category 192: Travel Tips & Advice

  • Gold: Jill Schensul, “Winter Seasonal Guide,” The Record
  • Silver: Dale Sanders, “Where the Lobsters Lurk,” Florida Sportsman
  • Bronze: Fran Golden, “High Seas Society,” Virtuoso Life

Category 193: Top Roundups

  • Gold: Margaret Loftus, “20 Tours of a Lifetime,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Anne Ford, “Biggest & Best!” AAA Living
  • Bronze: Paul Rubio, “For the boys,” Men’s Book Atlanta


Category 200: Visitors’ Guide – Marketing Budget Greater than $400,000

  • Gold: What’s Your Destination ID, Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Silver: Spokane Regional Visitors Guide, Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau

Category 200A: Visitors’ Guide – Marketing Budget Less than $400,000

  • Gold: 2011-2012 Official Pasadena Visitors Guide, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Silver: Santa Monica Official Visitors Guide 2011 – 2012, Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau

Category 201: Destination Video

  • Gold: Ultimate Wave Tahiti: Beyond the Wave, The Phelps Group
  • Silver: Seattle CityPASS Video, CityPASS
  • Bronze: Destination Henderson Video, City of Henderson, Department of Cultural Arts & Tourism

Category 203: Social Media or Marketing Campaign – Marketing Budget Greater than $400,000

  • Gold: Tourism Counts, Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

Category 203A: Social Media or Marketing Campaign – Marketing Budget Less than $400,000

  • Gold: Laguna Beach Foodies Campaign, Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau
  • Silver: Frisco Is A Great Weekend Getaway!, Frisco, Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Bronze: Surfing Santas, Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau


Category 300: Newspaper Travel Section

  • Gold: The Record

Category 301: Travel Magazine

  • Gold: National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Travel + Leisure
  • Bronze: Ensemble Vacations

Category 302: In-Flight Magazine

  • Gold: American Way
  • Silver: enRoute Magazine

Category 303: Destination Magazine

  • Gold: Discover Charleston 2011