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February 17, 2014

Tibbetts wins 'gold'

PASADENA, Calif. —

The North American Travel Journalists Association has announced that Tifton resident Christine Tibbetts won first place gold in the 2013 NATJA Awards Competition in newspaper travel journalism. 

Her travel feature emphasizing the civilian experience in Gettysburg, Pa. appeared in the Oct. 14, 2012 issue of The Tifton Gazette. Tibbetts is currently a regular contributor to the Tifton Scene magazine, with her articles centered on travel.

Other winners include Travel + Leisure, National Geographic Traveler, National Geographic, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Budget Travel, Los Angeles Times, London Guardian, Toronto Star and Chicago Tribune. The competition in its 22nd year, honors significant travel writing, photography and promotion covering the travel industry worldwide.   

NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, social media, multimedia platforms, advertising, marketing and public relations for the travel and tourism industry. 

NATJA received 600 submissions from all over the world.

“This year’s entries were an outstanding mix of local and international stories with dynamic and creative elements that provided the visual through words or photography to transport the reader to the destination,” said Helen Hernandez, CEO of the organization. “Judging has become increasingly difficult every year given the abundance of talent in the travel journalism community.”  

For more information about NATJA or a complete list of 2013 award winners and finalists, visit www.natja.org. 

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