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Grand Prize Gold Winner: The Weight of Paradise

Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

By Cherene Sherrard It takes time to find comfort in the swells of both culture and sea. Given the picture-perfect day, the narrow Oahu beach was peculiarly empty. A pair of newlyweds had the entire panorama as backdrop for their wedding photos. Far from shore, streaks of cirrus clouds formed a cross in a cobalt […]

Grand Prize Gold Winner: Boots Bilong Mi

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022

By Patrick Ritter On a dugout canoe trip through the interior of New Guinea, how far would you go for a pair of shoes? I heard a splash behind me and I froze midstroke. Sounded close. I twisted around to see a large tree crashing into the water. The Sepik River winds across the swamplands […]

Animal Encounter Gold Winner: The Battle of Waterkloof

Monday, March 28th, 2016

By Gerald Yeung Bruce Lee vs. the Namibian Baboon Army. Namibia was founded on two indisputable truths. One: it never rains. Thus I lose my favorite excuse to opt out of a hike. Two: every Asian person is Bruce Lee. These two random facts play pivotally in the attack of the baboons. The Waterkloof Trail, […]

Gold Award in Animal Encounter: The Exquisite Loneliness of Nyai Loro’s Beach

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

By Melinda Misuraca The Javanese don’t like to be alone. To them solitude is a sickness cured by surrounding themselves with people. In Java the only encouraged antisocial activities are bathing and using the toilet, and even then true privacy is not guaranteed. If you find yourself forced to conduct such personal business with merely […]

Silver Award in Culture and Ideas: Cuba Libre

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

By Jessica Dur Taylor It’s not that we hadn’t fallen in love with Cuba, her slender crocodile figure and rhythmic hips, her bawdy street corners and crumbling veneer. We had. We’d been all the way to her furthest tip, braving a five-hour bus ride over the sumptuous mountain curves, to Baracoa, where Christopher Columbus first […]

Bronze Award in Animal Encounter: Trumpets of Warning

Monday, June 17th, 2013

by Lisa Alpine Waking early our first full day at Little Governors’ Camp in the Maasai Mara Reserve in Kenya, we were startled to see elephant, hippo, and warthog tracks circling close to the edges of our canvas tent. Was that also a lion’s paw print inches from the tent flap? The camp was unfenced […]

Travel Memoir Silver Winner: Summer Heat (Upstate NY)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

by Kathleen Spivack He was a child molester. “He was a child molester.” she suddenly blurted to me, leaning forward. Even now her tone was hushed and horrified. “Imagine, after all these years.” Although it was only ten o’clock in the morning the heat was unbearable already. “And you didn’t know it?” I asked. I […]

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