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The Latin American Travel Association announces full shortlist for upcoming LATA Media Awards

The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) is delighted to reveal the full shortlist for the LATA Media Awards (2020) now taking place in a virtual format on 11 May 2021 after last year’s live event was postponed.

Colin Stewart, the Chairman of LATA, says:

“Whilst it is regrettable that we are not able to celebrate these awards in person, we are looking forward to bringing together this close community of journalists, photographers and travel companies on 11 May to celebrate some fantastic work which really helps showcase the diversity and vibrancy of the region. The judging panel was incredibly impressed by the quality of the submissions and we look forward to celebrating together.”

The shortlist is detailed below:

Consumer National Newspaper Feature of the Year Award (print)

  • Chris Leadbeater for ‘The other side of Rio de Janeiro’ in The Sunday Telegraph
  • Hugh Thomson for ‘Peru: Take The High Road To Inca Glory’ in The Guardian
  • Kevin Rushby for ‘We want to keep our forest’: why Guyana’s wilderness needs visitors’ in The Guardian
  • Nick Middleton for ‘Butterflies in the stomach’ in Financial Times
  • Chris Haslam, ‘Striking Gold in Nicaragua’, The Sunday Times

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year Award (print)

  • Sarah Gilbert for ‘Lost & Found’ in Wanderlust
  • Kate Horne for ‘Magical Thinking’ in Suitcase Magazine
  • Phoebe Smith for ‘Reading the Runes’ in Suitcase Magazine
  • Uwern Jong for ‘The Sexiest City on Earth? – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’ in OutThere Magazine
  • Jez Fredenburgh for ‘The Burgundy of the Chocolate World’ in National Geographic Traveller Food

Online Consumer Feature of the Year Award (national magazine or newspaper)

  • Kevin Rushby for ‘We want to keep our forest’: why Guyana’s wilderness needs visitors’ in The Guardian (Online)
  • Chris Leadbeater for ‘The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes: Nicaragua is sage again – though its troubles remain’ in The Telegraph (Online)
  • Aaron Miller for ‘A road trip on Chile’s wild new Route of Parks’ in National Geographic Traveller UK (Online)
  • Russell Maddicks for ‘Seeing Double in Central America – Part 1’ in LatinoLife (Online)
  • Simon Parker for ‘The corner of South America with an everlasting lightning storm’ in The Telegraph (Online)

Best Regional Feature of the Year Awards (print a/o online)

  • Jeannine Williamson for ‘The Call of the Wild’ in ETC Magazine
  • Lisa Scott for ‘No need to get tangoed’ in Metro (London)
  • Sarah Marshall for ‘Vintage Beauty in Buenos Aires’ in Bristol Post
  • Adam Jacot de Boinod for ‘Frond Memories’ in Yorkshire Post

Trade Publication Feature of the Year Award (print or online)

  • Heidi Fuller-Love for ‘City Guide Rio’ in ABTA Magazine
  • Laura French for ‘Paved with Gold’ in Travel Weekly
  • Katie McGonagle for ‘Go with the flow’ in Travel Weekly
  • Sarah Gilbert for ‘Dream in Colour’ in Travel Weekly
  • Chris O’Toole for ‘Breaking Travel News investigates: Buenos Aires, Argentina’ in Breaking Travel News

Blog, Vlog or Podcast of the Year Award

  • Shafik Meghji for ‘Riding the railway to the end of the world’ in
  • Miguel Andy in ‘The Amazon is under siege’ in A Luxury Travel Blog
  • James Stewart for ‘Close encounters in the Galapagos’ in Horizon Guides
  • Lydia Bell for ‘Cruise control | Behind the wheel in Cuba’ in Civilian Global
  • Shafik Meghji for ‘From war to wildlife: Why you should visit the Falkland Islands’ in

Best Latin American Round-up (print a/o online)

  • Laura French for ‘The best colonial-era cities in Central America’ in Travel Weekly
  • Shafik Meghji for ‘Ultimate Guide to Easter Island: Moai & More off the Chilean Coast’ in Kim Kim
  • Chris Moss for ‘The Other Caribbean’ in The Telegraph (Online)
  • Heidi Fuller-Love for ‘South America Cruises: The Ultimate Guide for 2020’ in World of Cruising
  • Laura French for ‘Cuba beyond the capital: the best things to do outside Havana’ in Lonely Planet

Best Self- Published Award (i.e. Company Blog/Website – LATA member category)

  • Matthew Scott for ‘Providencia Island, Colombia: An Alternative Take on Conventional Caribbean’ in Discover Silversea
  • Abigail Hamess for ‘Look Beyond the Stereotypes: Why Everyone Should Visit Mexico City’ in Original Travel
  • Vanessa Humphrey for ‘An Education in the Amazon’ in Steppes Travel blog
  • Gabriel O’Rourke for ‘Awasi Iguazu welcomes Eugenia Soma to run a workshop for Guarani children’ in Awasi Blog
  • George Kefallinos for ‘Livin’ La Pura Vida in Costa Rica’ in Original Travel

Top published Latin America photo  

  • Jamie Lafferty for ‘The Earth Inside Out’ in National Geographic Traveller Magazine
  • Renato Granieri for ‘Ice Patterns’ in Suitcase Magazine
  • Phoebe Smith for ‘Ghost of the Steppes’ in Wanderlust
  • Phoebe Smith for ‘Winning by a Hare’ in Wanderlust
  • Phoebe Smith for ‘Wild Horses of Patagonian Chile’ in Wanderlust
  • Claire Boobbyer for ‘Teatro Mella Havana’ in BBC Travel

These categories were judged by a strong panel of key figures including, Colin Stewart, Chairman of LATA and the UK and Ireland director at Air Europa, Dan Linstead, Editorial Director at leading publishing house, Immediate Media, Richard Hammond, Executive Producer at Green Traveller Productions, Martin Williams, CEO of M & Gaucho Restaurants, Mark O’Donoghue, COO of Travel Counsellors, and Amaranta Wright, Founder and Managing Director of LatinoLife Media and Events.

This is a closed event and invitations are being distributed. Further details of the event including information about the new format and the sponsors will be announced in due course. Attendees can stay up to date with the awards via LATA’s twitter channel (@latauk).



The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) is represented by LOTUS. For more information a/o images, please contact Kate McWilliams, George Leonard or Amber Martin ( / 0207 953 7470).

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