PASADENA, CA — The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) today announced that Ron Pradinuk won a Silver Award and two finalist placements in the 2016 NATJA Awards Competition. This awards competition, now in its 25th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel journalism, photography and destination marketing that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide.

Entries reflected an array of excellent journalistic and creative work. “Submissions were judged by seasoned journalists, editors, photographers and PR professionals with hundreds of years of combined experience. NATJA is appreciative to all its judges for the tremendous time and effort they took in reviewing this year’s entries. Given the caliber of the entries, the judging was not easy,” stated NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez.

NATJA is the second largest travel media association in North America, whose mission is to foster high quality journalism by supporting the professional development of its members, providing exceptional benefits and valuable resources, honoring the excellence of journalism throughout the world, and promoting travel and leisure to the general public.

 

It was a journey to Northern France that I will never forget.

We are in the centenary years of World War I, The Great War as it is often referred to as. It was a powerful experience visiting the various sites of battles of that war. And it was amazing to see, not only how France honors the past, but also to witness how Northern France has become such a fascinating area to visit today.

On the 9th of April, 2017, Canada’s army would begin the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

It became known as the battle in which Canada became a nation, leading to the total separation of the paternal relationship with Great Britain. After failed attempts to capture the ridge, the Canadian offensive would take only about four days to be successful. It was one of the first times that battles were fought exclusively with Canadian divisions.

Read the complete story at http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/travel/france-continues-to-pay-tribute-to-its-allies-382561511.html 

 

 

In January of 2016, after reading about a number of news stories where people were unnecessarily hurt or killed, I had to write this story.

One of the stories was of a child drowning in unsupervised waters, even when parents were close at hand, Another was of a passenger seriously hurt when an aircraft went through severe turbulence.

I wrote this article to pass on a few important tips to always take into account before and on your travels. You can read it at http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/travel/safe-and-sound-travels-364729451.html

My second finalist award came from a story I wrote about how, even though Paris may be one of the more expensive cities in the world to visit, you can in fact see it on a budget that is much less than you might think.

Read that story at http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/travel/penny-pinching-paris-330506241.html