03 Oct 2014 Gold SATW for Ken Budd

SATWF Society of American Travel Writers Award 2014Congratulations to Ken Budd for his 2014 Gold SATW award for his article,  “Kenya: Holding Elijah.”

Ken Budd’s 2013 story on his volunteer experiences in Kenya and recent media criticism of voluntourism won gold on October 16 in the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas awards, which honors the best work in travel writing and media.

Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere said the “Lowell Thomas Awards are the most prestigious awards in travel journalism and are given out annually by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. They are like the Pulitzer Prizes for travel journalism.”

The piece, called “Holding Elijah,” appeared on the travel site WeSaidGoTravel.com and won in the “Special Purpose Travel” category. It tells of Ken’s work at the Calvary Zion children’s home and examines the pros and cons of volunteering abroad.

kenThe judges wrote: “In this finely written piece about a piece about a volunteer vacation at an African orphanage, the author tells the poignant story of one child while outlining in a personal way the controversy surrounding volunteer tourism. This entry raises important questions for all of us who would consider making such a trip.”

The 2014 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition drew 1,177 entries. Earlier this year, an essay by Ken on his work in China won gold from the North American Travel Journalists Association. Ken’s memoir The Voluntourist won silver in the book category in the 2012 NATJA awards and the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards. All of Ken’s earnings from the book go back to the places and organizations where he volunteered.

You can follow Ken Budd on Facebook and Twitter: @VoluntouristKen.

Enjoy more of Ken’s photos from Kenya: Click here. Buy his fantastic book, The Voluntourist.

 

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2 Comments
  • Cherry
    Posted at 05:11h, 21 April Reply

    Beautiful article, I loved it!
    So inspiring and magical, it feels like you are there.
    Well done!

  • Kenya: Holding Elijah
    Posted at 21:30h, 25 March Reply

    […] Editor’s Note: Congratulations to Ken Budd: This article won a Gold SATW award in October 2015 […]

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