Finalists announced for Inspire Global Media Awards 2023

Inspire Global is delighted to announce the finalists for the inaugural Inspire Global Media Awards 2023. The winners will be announced at an exclusive event in London on Tuesday 4th April 2023 from 6pm.

During the course of the evening there will be a fireside chat moderated by Inspire Global Judge and journalist, Graham Boynton with panellists –
Meera Dattani, Senior Editor,
Pat Riddell, Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Ben Ross, Head of Travel, The Telegraph
Sophie Griffiths, Editor and Chief Purpose Officer, TTG Media

The IGMAs recognise excellence across the travel media landscape, celebrating individuals and organisations bringing to life stories of sustainable, positive impact tourism.

Consumer Newspaper Feature of the Year (UK & Europe)

Andrew Purvis for ‘Buy a holiday and grow a wildlife sanctuary‘ published in The Daily Telegraph
Heidi Fuller-Love for ‘The Athens tour led by people who have experienced homelessness‘ published in The i
Helen Coffey for ‘Why Spain makes for the perfect flight-free destination‘ published in The Independent
Phoebe Smith for ‘Future Proof Piste‘ published in The Guardian
Shelley Rubenstein for ‘Closed for Maintenance: How the Faroe Islands Shook up the Voluntourism Game‘ published in The Independent

Consumer Newspaper Feature of the Year (Rest of the world)

Chris Haslam for ‘Kenya’s Silent Safari‘ published in The Sunday Times
Chris Haslam for ‘Our notion of luxury is as morally unacceptable as drink driving‘ published in The Sunday Times
Helen Coffey for ‘Positive travel: From new sleeper trains to phasing out domestic flights, sustainable trips are here to stay‘ published in The Independent
Sarah Marshall for ‘The best way to see this mysterious mountain kingdom – now the gates have been unlocked‘ published in The Daily Telegraph
Sue Watt for ‘Zimbabwe’s New Rhinos‘ published in The Daily Telegraph

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year (Africa & Indian Ocean)

Emma Gregg for ‘A New Dawn’ published in National Geographic Traveller
Sue Watt for ‘Botswana: The Matriarch and the Mock Charge: How Farmers and Elephants = Botswanan Craft Beer’ published in Tonic
Summer Rylander for ‘Behind the scenes of a fundraising expedition in southern Africa’ published in

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year (Americas & The Caribbean)

Adrian Philips for ‘Land of Plenty’ published in National Geographic Traveller
Claire BoobbyerIsla de la Juventud: Cuba’s remote nature paradise’ published in BBC Travel
Karen Gardiner for ‘How tourism revived a once-decimated Newfoundland fishing community’ published in
Lyn Hughes for ‘The island of small treasures’ published in Wanderlust
Mark Stratton for ‘How did a former seaweed empire become Patagonia’s Galapagos?’ published in
Shafik Meghji for ‘Sustainability and survival in the Bolivian Amazon’ published in JRNY Magazine

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year (Asia, Australasia & Oceania)

Kate Wickers for ‘Catching Your Breath in Bali’ published in JRNY Magazine
Kate Wickers for ‘Feeling Green, In A Blue, Blue World’ published in Porthole Cruise & Travel Magazine
Mark Stratton for ‘The Big Question: Can even ‘ethical’ elephant tourism ever be truly ethical?’ published in
Nori Jemil for ‘The first astronomers: How Australia’s Indigenous Elders read the night sky’ published in
Sarah Marshall for ‘Diving to new depths in French Polynesia’ published in National Geographic Traveller

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year (UK, Europe and non-geo specific)

Eddi Fiegel for ‘Sustainable Spain’ published in Wanderlust
Holly Tuppen for ‘Can you really ‘support local communities’ while traveling with a major travel company?’ published in
Lauren Jarvis for ‘Take A Walk on the Rewilding Side’ published in Grazia
Sally Howard for ‘Milan’s taste for zero food waste’ published in Financial Times HTSI
Zoey Goto for ‘The rise of the digital ‘slomad’: Why travel is shifting down a gear’ published in Roadbook

Trade Publication Feature of the Year

James Chapple for ’Exploring the land of the trolls‘ published in TTG
JoAnna Haugen for ‘Benefits for Local Communities Shape Offerings for Regionally Focused Travel Companies‘ published in Sustainable Brands
JoAnna Haugen for Ærli Aiming to Put Conscious, Regenerative Spin on Corporate Retreat Industry‘ published in Sustainable Brands
Lauren Jarvis for ‘Africa’s New Golden Age‘ published in Selling Travel
Lauren Jarvis for ‘Sustainable Thailand / Land of Smiles‘ published in Selling Travel
Madeleine Barber for ’Prime Amazon‘ published in TTG
Tamara Hinson for ’On tiger safari in India’s conservation success story, Bandhavgarh National Park‘ published in Travel Weekly

Content Storyteller Video of the Year

Alex Outhwaite for ‘RUPUNUNI SAVANNAH, GUYANA | Staying at Wichabai Ranch‘ published on YouTube
Paul Gardiner for ‘Cape Conservation with Ed Stafford‘ as part of Natural Born Runners Series published on Vimeo
Simon Calder for ‘From rainforest walks to island retreats and rooftop gardens, how Singapore nurtures people and planet‘ published on The Independent
Simon Parker for ‘Living with elephants in Botswana‘ published on The Telegraph / Journeysmiths

Podcast Programme of the Year

Alex Outhwaite for’Sustainable Travel‘ episode published on ITB News Podcast
Martin Symington for ’The Wonderful Curiosities of Christmas Island’ episode published on Wanderlust: Off the page Podcast
Phoebe Smith for ’Pleasant and Green(Land)‘ episode published on Wander Woman: A Travel Podcast

Positive Impact Storyteller of the Year awarded to overall journalist and Positive Impact Outstanding Contribution awarded to overall publication and/or company will be announced on the evening.

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