The Winners of the 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest

 

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Thank you to all the writers who participated in our 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest! We hope you will share more stories with us. The 2014 Independence Travel Writing Contest opens today and closes July 4, 2014.
Five hundred and five writers from fifty-five nations participated in this contest. Over one thousand writers from over seventy-four countries have written about their experiences and transformations all over our planet. Click here to read the 50 entries from our finalists.

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

First Place Winner is Gabriela Denise Frank, a Detroit native and Seattle resident. Enjoy her article about Colombia, “Echar Los Perros

Second Place Winner is Ellen Goodlett from New York City. Enjoy her article about Iceland, “Snorkeling with Vikings.”

Third Place Winner is Sophie McGovern from England Enjoy her article about Peru, “Tiger’s Blood with the King of Hearts.”

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Badges for each participating writer will be available soon. Thank you to everyone who participated by writing, reading and sharing! Lisa

Honorable Mention: 

We really appreciate everyone who shared, tweeted, promoted and participated in our Travel Writing Contests. We hope you will join in our Independence Travel Writing Contest.

Thank you to our esteemed judges!

Richard Bangs, the father of modern adventure travel, is a pioneer in travel that makes a difference, travel with a purpose. He has spent 30 years as an explorer and communicator, and along the way led first descents of 35 rivers around the globe, he is currently producing and hosting the new PBS series, Richard Bangs: Adventure Without End

Amy Friedman, an award-winning author, has published three memoirs, several children’s books and audiobooks, and thousands of essays, stories, and articles. She works as an editor and ghostwriter teaches memoir and personal essay in southern California. Amy’s recent books:  Desperado’s Wife: A Memoir, and her co-authored memoir with Anne Willan, One Souffle at a Time. Work with Amy at Idyllwild in July 2014.

Thank you for your participation in creating a growing global community of engaged travelers and concerned citizens.  Other Contests, Courses and Books about Travel Writing

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED! 

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 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. 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 1.5 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.   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 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”

2 responses to “The Winners of the 2014 Inspiration Travel Writing Contest

  1. OMG so exciting, thank you!!! 😀 😀
    Congrats to all of the other winners, finalists and entrants! There were a ton of really great stories told 🙂

  2. Congratulations to the worthy winners! And thanks to everyone who shared their wonderful stories.

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