London’s Docklands was certainly feeling the heat this week as it played host to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Journalism Awards. And we were feeling the warmth of the region too as LiveShareTravel picked up one of the most coveted awards.
LiveShareTravel editor Sarah Lee won the Caribbean Tourism Organisation Journalism Award for a feature on swimming with turtles in the Tobago Cays, in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
A judge said: “I want to feel like I can lose myself in the story. The posts that stand out for me are the ones that make me feel like I am there. All posts were very impressive this year, yet Sarah’s just edged it for me.”
Sarah said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win this award. Terry and I work really hard to make the features on LiveShareTravel stand out, so to be acknowledged in this way, and alongside so many respected titles is a great honour.
“I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some incredible countries this year and had some exceptional experiences, but the day we swam with turtles while liming in St Vincent and The Grenadines was a genuine highlight. There was something so serene and yet magical about it – it makes this award all the more poignant.”
The award was one of eight handed out at the event at Caribbean Scene, near Excel, during this year’s World Travel Market. The full list of winners were:
- Best travel trade feature: Rupert Murray, Body Worship, Aspire Travel Weekly
- Best piece of photojournalism: Pol O’Conghaile, Rum & Coconuts, National Geographic Traveller
- Best blog feature: Sarah Lee, Up close and personal with Turtles in the Tobago Cays, LiveShareTravel
- Best Broadcast, TV or Radio feature: Alchemy TV, Spice Trip, broadcast on Channel 4
- Best regional newspaper feature: Emma Mountford, Ready Steady GOAT, Manchester Evening News
- Best national newspaper feature: Lydia Bell, Cuba reveals the secrets of the saints, The Independent
- Best online feature: James Henderson, Jamaica: the two sides of Negril, Telegraph Online
- Best consumer feature: Alex Dalzell, A Life Less Ordinary, National Geographic Traveller
And as if the food and music didn’t bring enough Caribbean character to proceedings, Antiguan cricket legend Sir Viv Richards, widely regarded as the greatest batsmen of all time was there to help the evening go with a swing.
Award presentation photos courtesy CaribDirect.com