Sometimes you have to jump right in, even when you may not think you are experienced enough or talented enough.  It was back in 2011 that my husband convinced me to enter the Caribbean Travel + Life Photo Contest, and it turned out that I won the grand prize.  But that competition was primarily for amateurs.  I was eager to get to the next level, but not sure I was able to compete.

Last fall, I decided to take the plunge joining NATJA, the North American Travel Journalists Association, hoping to learn something from the talented people in that organization who make their living bringing you great travel articles and images.  NATJA just announced the 2016 Award Winners for Excellence in Travel Journalism, and I am thrilled to announce that I won two awards, one silver and one bronze!

NATJA SilverSILVER: Photography: Overall Excellence – Online Publication:  “Andros, Bahamas” 

NATJA BronzeBRONZE: Photography: Photo Essay – Online Publication: “Understated Elegance at Kamalame Cay”

For all the winners, read the list here, and take a look at their great work.  I am honored to be recognized among so many talented travel journalists.

All photographs in “Understated Elegance at Kamalame Cay” and many of those in the “Andros, Bahamas” series were shot on film, using a Mamiya 6 with the 75mm f/3.5 lens, or the Mamiya ProTL with the Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 lens. Processing by Richard Photo Lab.  Film still has a place in the photography world today, even in travel photography!

  • How to Get to Andros, Bahamas
  • Understated Elegance at Kamalame Cay
  • Tour of Kamalame Cay
  • Blue Holes of Andros, Bahamas
  • Androsia Batik
  • Bonefishing Andros Bahamas
  • Kamalame Cay Overwater Spa-9
  • Snorkel Dive Andros Bahamas
  • Stanyard Creek Andros Bahamas
  • Kamalame Cay Bahamas-4
  • Rat Cay Blue Hole Andros Bahamas
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