#RBQuests: Northern Lights Award: “Walking with the Polar Bears”


Richard Bangs Northern Lights AwardCanadian Tourism Commission announces 2013 Northern Lights Awards for Excellence in Travel Journalism.  

Winner Online Writing: Leisure, Adventure, Lifestyle: Richard Bangs “Walking with the Polar Bears: The Next Great Safari” Huffington Post

“Walking with Polar Bears” receives a Northern Lights Award

April 2, 2014 by  · 

NorthernLightsAwards-Logo-2013The Canadian Tourism Commission has honored Richard Bangs with a 2013 Northern Light Award for the story “Walking with the Polar Bears”first published in the Huffington Post. 

The Northern Lights Awards honors excellence in travel journalism including outstanding work in print, online, photography , broadcast TV, and online video.  The awards pay tribute to the work of North American journalists who have produced excellent tourism-oriented media of Canadian destinations.Download a PDF of the press release.

John Fennell, Associate Professor of the Missouri School of Journalism, judged the print and online entries.  Associate Professor of Convergence Journalism, Amy Simons, judged the online video and broadcast entries.


Walking among the Polar Bears on the shores of the Hudson Bay was breathtaking. Being up close and feeling the power of magical creatures was inspirational and this combined with the accompanying video features really enriches the story. I’m deeply proud to be honored with this award.   – Richard Bangs

 About “Walking with Polar Bears”

Video producer Didrik Johnck and I spent a week on a shores of the Hudson Bay stalking Polar Bears; Didrik with a camera and I with a pen and paper. We stayed at the Nanuk Lodge and had the help of expert guide Andy McPhersonand outfitter Churchill Wild.

The Quest continues with Richard Bangs:

Be on the lookout for the Richard Bangs’ Quest series of public television specials is the evolution from the popular and multiple award-winning “Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose” series, taking it to a new level of narrative and production values, exploring the world with the classic storytelling arc of a journey that seeks truth and beauty. It takes viewers on a passage that not only celebrates the joy and discovery of movement, and the great tourism assets of a destination, but also showcases travel that makes a difference.

Press Release: Vancouver, April 1, 2014 

The Canadian Tourism Commission has unveiled the winners of this year’s Northern Lights Awards.  The awards pay tribute to the work of reporters in North America who have generated excellent tourism-oriented coverage of Canadian destinations in 2013 in English or French.

John Fennell, Associate Professor of the Missouri School of Journalism, judged the print and online entries.  Associate Professor of Convergence Journalism, Amy Simons, judged the online video and broadcast entries.  There were more than  275 entries across the eight categories.

The results:

Print: leisure, adventure, lifestyle

Winner: Leslie Anthony, SNOW, “Le Grand Dame”

2) Conor Mihell, Canoe & Kayak, “River of Time”

Print: culinary

Winner: Lesley Chesterman, Food Arts Magazine, “Ils Se Souviennent”

2) Bhaskar Krishnamurthy, Lonely Planet India, ‘Wok & Roll”

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Winner: The Staff, enRoute Magazine, Special Issue “Wine”

Online Writing: leisure, adventure, lifestyle

Winner: Richard Bangs, Huffington Post, “Walking with the Polar Bears”

Online Writing: culinary

Winner: Yvette Cardozo, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Grapes on Ice”


Winner: Gary Arndt, Everything Everywhere, The Southern Coast of Labrador

2) Jared Hobbs, BC Magazine, “Vancouver Island Marmot Conservation”

Online Video

Winner: Brandy Yanchyk, BBC World’s Fast Track , “The Aboriginal Community Using Tourism to Help Preserve It’s Way of Life”

2) Matt Stabile, TheExpeditioner.com, “Travel Guide to Quebec”

Broadcast Television:

Winner: Rudy Maxa, Rudy Maxa’s World, “Montreal & Quebec”

2) Anthony Bourdain, Zero Point Zero Productions, ‘Parts Unknown”

About the Canadian Tourism Commission:

The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) is Canada’s national tourism marketing organization. A federal Crown corporation of the Government of Canada, we lead the Canadian tourism industry in marketing Canada as a premier four-season tourism destination. Our vision is to inspire the world to explore Canada. With our partners in the tourism industry and the governments of Canada, the provinces and the territories, we promote Canada’s extraordinary experiences in 11 countries around the world, conduct market research, offer stunning visuals through the Brand Canada Library and provide resources and toolkits to help industry leverage Canada’s successful tourism brand, “Canada. Keep Exploring.” CTC is a proud member of the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of FameTM for Executing Strategy. For regular updates on CTC initiatives, subscribe to CTC News, search our corporate website, become a fan on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, share images on Instagram or subscribe to our YouTube channel.


À propos de la Commission canadienne du tourisme

La Commission canadienne du tourisme (CCT) est l’organisme national de marketing touristique du Canada. À titre de société d’État du gouvernement du Canada, nous dirigeons, en collaboration avec l’industrie canadienne du tourisme, la promotion du Canada comme une destination touristique quatre-saisons de premier choix. Nous avons comme vision d’inviter le monde entier à explorer le Canada. Avec nos partenaires de l’industrie touristique et des gouvernements du Canada, des provinces et des territoires, nous faisons la promotion d’expériences canadiennes extraordinaires dans onze pays, menons des études de marché, offrons des images et des vidéos saisissantes par le biais de la Médiathèque de la marque Canada, et fournissons des ressources et des boîtes à outils à l’industrie pour l’aider à profiter du succès de la marque touristique du Canada, « Canada. Explorez sans fin ». La CCT est fière d’avoir été nommée au Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of FameTM for Executing Strategy. Pour vous tenir au courant des initiatives de la CCT, vous pouvez vous abonner aux Nouvelles de la CCT, consulter notre site Web d’entreprise, devenir un fan sur Facebook, nous suivre sur Twitter, partager des images sur Instagram ou vous abonner à notre chaîne YouTube.


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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