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Pasadena-Based Travel Journalists Association Names Awards Contest Winners

Published on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 10:27 am

Pasadena-based North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) has announced the winners of the NATJA Awards Competition for 2015.

The year’s Grand Prize winners, selected for their superior execution of narrative and photography, are Private Clubs magazine for publication, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for Destination Marketing Organization, Gary Arndt for photography, and Andrew McCarthy and Mindy Poder for Travel Journalism.

The NATJA Awards recognizes publications, travel writers and photographers whose work were published in print, electronic and online media between October 2014 and September 2015. Awards were also given to the top convention and visitors bureaus, PR agencies or destination marketing organizations.

The competition, now in its 24th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel journalism.

A NATJA press release said submissions for the awards competition grew by more than 20 percent from 2014. The year’s entries reflected “an array of truly excellent journalistic and creative work,” NATJA said.

“Finalists and winners will be gratified to know that their work was judged by seasoned journalists, photographers and PR professionals with literally hundreds of years of experience,” Helen Hernandez, NATJA CEO, said. “NATJA wishes to express its deep gratitude to all its judges for hours of work in reviewing this year’s entries.”

The journalism entries were reviewed by a panel of judges that included celebrity photographer, teacher and author Elizabeth Messina, whose work has appeared in major publications.

Winners will be recognized at the 2016 NATJA Conference and Marketplace which will take place on April 4 to 8, hosted by the Oxnard Convention and Visitors Bureau in Oxnard, California, with Amtrak serving as a major sponsor.

A complete list of the winners and finalists is available on the NATJA website,

NATJA’s mission is to foster high quality journalism by supporting the professional development of its members, providing exceptional benefits and valuable resources, honoring the excellence of journalism throughout the world, and promoting travel and leisure activities to the public at large.

The organization’s headquarters are at 3579 E. Foothill Blvd. in Pasadena.

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