BATW Best 2017

BATW Best 20172017-03-03T15:46:32-08:00

Travel Writing & Photography Awards
Open to BATW Members Only

Baker Beach, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA. Photo copyright Lee Foster. Photo # california108828

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

BATW BEST 2017 – TRAVEL WRITING & PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS AND WINNERS (Announced February 18, 2017 at Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA)

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 (, 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)” ( Prize: The Winery San Francisco

Bronze: Stephanie Levin, “Oh Canada! The Lower Laurentians-Basses-Laurentides: Regional Delights” ( 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 ( 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

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