Winning entries were announced at the award ceremony
held on 27 June 17 at the Royal Over Seas League, London.
1. Best News Coverage on African Tourism (Trade Press)
Emily Bamber - Park Life - Travel Weekly
"A thorough articulation of many aspects with great photography. She not only describes various aspects of Africa but also makes good recommendations. Her layout is easy to follow and pleasing to the eye."
2. Best Cultural Article on an African Destination
Chris Leadbeater - Will the Real Zanzibar please stand up - National Geographic Traveller
"The author’s exquisite writing ability is evident in the way he effortlessly blends a personal travel narrative with an evocative insight to Zanzibari culture. You are carried along on an entertaining, interesting journey, his words acting as your eyes, all too suddenly coming to the end of an adventure in which you have learnt about the history, politics, people and challenges of the destination, without labouring through a lesson. It is a masterful example of observant travel writing."
3. Best Wildlife Feature in a National Newspaper
Sue Watt - Cecil the Lion's Legacy, One Year On - The Independent
"Interesting because it looks the impact the killing of Cecil has had on support for conservation and community among the tourism and conservation community in Zim. You almost feel his death has not been in vain."
4. Best Wildlife Feature in a National Magazine
Sarah Gilbert - Gorillas in our Midst - Wanderlust
"This was soulful and touching, informative – in that it gave us a way of spending longer with the gorillas – and above all had a wonderful sense of place… I felt I was in the jungle with her" "This contrasts the gorilla viewing experience between a mountain gorilla habituated group with tracking a gorilla group that's being habituated which is an interesting counterpoint."
5. Best Blogger / Vlogger on Africa
James Draven - Kenya: Lines in the Sand - National Geographic Traveller
"Well written, insightful and a think piece"
"So, as a piece of writing that retained my interest and got my vote."
6. Best Online Coverage on Africa
John Malathronas - Mozambique: Superstar Slum - National Geographic Traveller
"Interesting, well written, bit of humour, bit of personality, bit of interest."
"Really interesting subject portrayed well given the limits of the article length."
7. Best National Newspaper Coverage of Africa
"Rich tapestry of a journey highlighting key attractions spanning whole of Tanzania but always offsetting the luxury experience with experiences that deemed real, impactful and interesting"
"Made me want to go and follow in her footsteps and that is good travel journalism and is not actually achieved very often in my opinion!"
8. Best Magazine Coverage of Africa
Steve King - Round the Bend - Vanity Fair
"An excellent piece of travel writing: his lively writing style conveys the sights and sounds experienced on the train journey and gives an entertaining description of the people encountered on the way while sharing a knowledge of the history and highlighting the challenges likely when the new railway replaces the historic line."
"An enjoyable read jogging me into nostalgia of a bygone time."
9. Best Feature on African environment / conservation Issues
Sue Watt - Safari in Malawi - The Independent
"Expose of high impact conservation project and the valiant work that AP does"
"Highlights the realities of poaching but again a story if hope that you can have islands of conservation hope in densely populated countries"
"Recognises and highlights the real impact that NGOS and prove that operators can have when they work in strong partnership with the host Government"
10. Special Award: Contribution to Understanding African Tourism
After 20 years at Britain's Sunday Times he went freelance, still writing for the Sunday Times but also other titles including The Telegraph, Conde Nast Traveller and Country Living to name a few. An acclaimed author his books on Africa include The Marsh Lions, The Big Cat Diary and Roaring at the Dawn.
Through his friendship with the late George Adamson, he became a trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust and he is also a patron of Tusk Trust.
No journalist has contributed more to understanding African tourism than the recipient of this award who is of course Brian Jackman.
Andrew Purvis who has commissioned much of Brian’s work for The Sunday Telegraph, says of him:
“Brian is, quite simply, the writer all editors want to "own" exclusively - available at the drop of a hat to work his legendary magic, based on decades of experience. The only risk is that we make ourselves redundant in the process.
Brian self-edits, knowing instinctively what is new, special and different about his subject, and sensing what readers will find most interesting. His prose is engaging, authoritative, elegant and faultless, to such an extent that it needs no intervention. And he is breathtakingly versatile, bringing the same acumen to an 800-word piece about walking among wildflowers in Crete as he would to an epic 8,000-word safari special.
Best of all, he delivers all this with a courtesy and charm that is increasingly rare in our industry, making it seem he is grateful for the assignment when in fact it is we who are ecstatic that he can oblige. “
EXTRA AWARD: Lifetime achievement award for the positive promotion of Africa
Our final award is not one we plan to repeat every year, it’s a very special award for a giant of a journalist, who we prematurely lost six months ago.
A hugely acclaimed journalist who it could write on any subject but tonight we honour his travel writing and in particular his positive promotion of his beloved Africa. He is quoted as saying: “You either get the point of Africa or you don’t. What draws me back year after year is that it’s like seeing the world with the lid off.”
In summer 2016 the recipient of this award undertook his final travel assignment for the Sunday Times, taking a family trip to his beloved Africa and I urge anyone who hasn’t read his account of the Zimbabwe adventure to do so, it is a very moving masterpiece and a wonderful legacy of his positive promotion of Africa.