In a shameless piece of self-promotion, I can announce that I won two awards from the OWPG (Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild) last weekend, at an Awards dinner and AGM held on Jersey, in the Channel Islands.
My feature on the 16th century Adriatic pirates, the Uskoks, and their descendents in Croatia’s Žumberak region (published in issue 34 of hidden europe magazine), won the award for Best Travel Feature. You can read the article here (opens as a PDF):
Once were pirates. In search of the Uskoks of Senj
Judges’ comments: ‘Fascinating historical background brought slap up to date with compelling characters, local colour and useful info. A true hidden gem of Europe revealed. Travel writing at its best.’
I also won the photography award for a portfolio of images from the Lofoten Islands in Arctic Norway, sponsored by Páramo.
You can view a portfolio of images from Lofoten here (opens in new window):