Last year was a banner year for BATW, including the launch of two prestigious new contests: BATW Best 2017 Travel Writing & Photography Awards (open only to BATW members) and BATW 2017 Planet Earth Awards (open to writers worldwide). Thanks to all for the many submissions–a daunting challenge for our judges! Here is the long-anticipated list of winners:

Baker Beach, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA. Photo copyright Lee Foster.

Travel Book
Judge: Christine Delsol

Gold: Laurie McAndish King. Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! (Destination Insights, 2014). Prize: The Prime Restaurant at Plaza Suites Silicon Valley
Silver: Andrea Granahan, It’s Greek to Me (Booklocker.com, Inc.). Prize: TravelSmith
Bronze: Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Los Angeles, 6th Edition (Day Hike Books). Prizes: Axiom Hotel San Francisco, Incredible Adventures Tour

Magazine Travel Article or Travel Column
Judge: Don George

Gold: Diane LeBow, “At Home in Afghanistan” (BATW Clips & Pics). Prizes: Beach Blanket Babylon, Pier 39

Silver: David A. Laws, “Western Hills Rare Plant Nursery” (Pacific Horticulture Magazine). Prizes: Hornblower Dining Cruise, Contemporary Jewish Museum

Bronze: Carol Canter, “Rainforest Symphony” (BATW Clips & Pics). Prize: The View at SF Marriott Marquis

 

Newspaper Travel Article or Travel Column
Judge: Millie Ball

Gold: Alec Scott, “There’s Something Remarkable Happening in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District” (Globe & Mail). Prize: Castello di Amorosa Winery

Silver: John Poimiroo, “California Rambling: State Indian Museum” (Mountain Democrat). Prize: Korbel Champagne Cellars

Bronze: Lina Broydo, “This Mother’s Day, Stop and Smell the Roses” (Kstati). Prizes: California’s Great America, Livermore Valley Wineries

 

Internet Travel Article, Blog Post, or Essay
Judge: Ludmilla Alexander

Gold: Wanda Hennig, “Just a Backpack, My Daughter and Me” (WandaLust by Wanda). Prize: Inn at Union Square

Silver: Shelly Rivoli, “Falling for Howard: A Huntsville Love Story (of Sorts)” (FamilyTravel411.com). Prize: The Winery San Francisco

Bronze: Stephanie Levin, “Oh Canada! The Lower Laurentians-Basses-Laurentides: Regional Delights” (Examiner.com). Prize: SF Electric Tour Company

 

Website or Blog
Judge: Kim Grant

Gold: Ilona Thompson, Palatexposure (Palatexposure). Prize: The Winery San Francisco

Silver: John Poimiroo, CaliforniaFallColor (CaliforniaFallColor.com). Prize: The Marker San Francisco

Bronze: Lee Foster, Lee Foster Blog and Website (Foster Travel Publishing). Prize: Deerfield Winery

 

Travel Photography
Judge: Robert Holmes

Gold: Jim Shubin, “Russian Weaver” (Destination Insights). Prize: Sport Fishing Lovely Martha

Silver: Laurie King, “Italian fisherman, Umbria” (Destination Insights). Prize: Westin San Francisco Airport

Bronze: Diane LeBow, “Essaouira, Morocco” (BATW Clips and Pics). Prize: TravelSmith, Wild SF Walking Tour

Honorable Mention: Laurie King, “Intimissimi, Umbria” (Destination Insights). Prize: American Bookbinder Museum

Honorable Mention: Jim Shubin, “Bali store clerk” (Destination Insights). Prize: SF Fire Engine Tours & Adventures

 

Broadcasting
Judge: Tom Lazarus

Gold: Jules Older, “Quake City: Christchurch Four Years After” (Vimeo). Prize: Bay City Bike Tour

Silver: Tom Wilmer, “NASA-JPL scientists bring outer space to Santa Barbara County campers” (NPR digital media Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer podcast). Prize: Hotel Zelos San Francisco

Bronze: Tom Wilmer, “Montana—Land of Big Sky experiencing culinary awakening” (Journeys of Discovery—Tom Wilmer). Prize: Park Central Hotel San Francisco

 

BATW PLANET EARTH AWARDS 2017 – BEST TRAVEL ARTICLE OR ESSAY FOR PLANET EARTH WINNERS
Judges: Jeff Burnside and Natalie Lefevre

Gold ($200): Laurie King, “Lucky Sama” (Medium.com).

Silver ($150): Todd Pitock, “Greenland: An Icy Island Warms to Change” (San Francisco Chronicle).

Bronze ($100): Margie Goldsmith, “From Mexico to Mongolia” (Wall Street Journal).

Honorable Mention: Tom Molanphy, “John Huston, Blue-Footed Boobies and Me” (Hippocampus Magazine).