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Northern lights over the Lofoten Islands, Norway © Rudolf Abraham

Awards

Travel features, guidebooks & photography

Over the years I’ve been honoured, humbled and more than just a little bit chuffed to have my books, articles and images recognised in several national and international awards – including the British Guild of Travel Writers Members’ Excellence Awards, the French Travel Media Awards, the TravMedia Awards, the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards, the Croatian National Tourist Board ‘Golden Pen’ Award, and the British Life Photography Awards. Here are some of the awards I’ve won, been shortlisted for or commended in, as a travel writer and as a photographer.

2021 – Zlatna Penkala (Golden Pen) Award from the Croatian National Tourist Board

Winner, for my article Leading Light on Rijeka’s inauguration as European Capital of Culture, published in B Inspired (Brussels Airlines inflight magazine) The Zlatna Penkala is an annual media award given by the Croatian National Tourist Board since 2004, in recognition of an ‘outstanding contribution to the promotion of Croatian tourism’.

2020 – British Guild of Travel Writers Awards

Shortlisted, for Best Regional & Specialist Feature, for Montagnes du Jura (OE Magazine)

2020 – French Travel Media Awards

Shortlisted, Best Family Feature, for Montagnes du Jura (OE Magazine)

2019 – British Life Photography Awards

Commended, ‘Street Life’ category – Escalator | Commended, ‘Street Life’ category – Flaming Queue

2019 – British Guild of Travel Writers Awards

Shortlisted, Best UK Feature, for The Way of the Gull (OE Magazine)

2018 – Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards

Commended, Best Guidebook, for Peaks of the Balkans Trail (Cicerone)

2017 – French Travel Media Awards

Winner, Best Cultural Feature, for Designs on Dinosaurs (France Magazine)

2017 – TravMedia Awards

Shortlisted, Guidebook of the Year, for The Alpe Adria Trail (Bradt)

2016 – British Life Photography Awards

Commended, ‘Street Life’ category – Lord Mayor’s Show

2016 – British Guild of Travel Writers Awards

Winner, Best UK Feature, for Mountain Playground– Cairngorms for Kids (BBC Countryfile)

2016 – British Guild of Travel Writers Awards

Winner, BGTW Photographer of the Year

2014 – British Guild of Travel Writers Awards

Winner, Best Guidebook, for Islands of Croatia (Cicerone)

2013 – British Guild of Travel Writers Awards

Winner, BGTW Travel Photographer of the Year

2012 – Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards

Winner, Best Travel Feature, for Once Were Pirates – In Search of the Uskoks of Senj (Hidden Europe)

2012 – Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards

Winner, OWPG Photography Award, for a portfolio of images from the Lofoten Islands

2009 – Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards

Winner, Best Outdoor Feature, for Velebit: A Mountain in Croatia (Hidden Europe)

2008 – Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards

Winner, Best Guidebook, for The Mountains of Montenegro (Cicerone)