Columnist Lindor Reynolds is among several Free Press writers honoured in the 22nd annual awards announced by the North American Travel Journalists Association.
The NATJA Awards Competition honours the "best of the best" from travel media and travel promotion submitted by travel journalists, travel magazines, public relations agencies and destination marketing organizations from the United States, Canada, Mexico and other countries.
Winnipeg Free Press honourees include:
- Lucas Akroyd, who won bronze in the General Travel Articles group for Wild, weird Easter Island;
- Lindor Reynolds, a finalist in Intergenerational and Family Travel for California screamin;
- Ron Pradinuk, a finalist in Byline Travel Column for Is cruising still safe?; and
- Pradinuk again, a double finalist in Travel Tips and Advice for Tips for Canadians going to Cuba and Make your holiday a perfect 10.
Reynold’s April 4, 2013 column is about a trip to Disneyland’s companion park, California Adventure, in Anaheim, Calif.
"NATJA is the biggest and most influential group of travel journalists and travel-industry professionals in the world. The fact that Lindor has been a frequent winner in their annual awards competition is a testament to her ‘magic touch’ when it comes to writing travel features," said John Sullivan, Free Press travel editor.
Her opening, with a gripping image and a one-line sinker comment on the experience, is typical of her trademark writing style:
"I’m strapped and cinched into the California Screamin’ roller coaster car, ripping 100 kilometres an hour up a steep incline that will inevitably plunge me down even faster. My stomach is back at the start of the ride, my pulse rocketing. Beside me, a step-daughter screams like she’s being attacked by rabid zombies.
"My world shrinks to a mantra: ‘Disney doesn’t kill people, Disney doesn’t kill people.’ "
Reynolds has been on a medical leave since last summer, battling cancer.
The awards will be handed out at the NATAJ’s annual conference Sept. 16-19 in Huntsville Alabama.