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Out & About with Kids stories recognised in prestigious awards

flip pushing a pram in st gervais
Flip pushing a pram in St Gervais

The Out & About with Kids team is delighted to reveal that five stories published in the quarterly family travel magazine have been recognised in the Australian Society of Travel Writers’ 2020 Awards for Excellence.

Editor Angela Saurine’s story from our autumn 2020 issue Bouncing Back, about visiting destinations in Australia impacted by the summer bushfires, is a finalist in the Best Trade or Tourism News Story category. Angela previously won this category in 2017.

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Flip Byrnes and her family in front of The Reichstag in Berlin

Regular contributor Flip Byrnes’ Breaking the Wall, published in our spring 2019 issue, is a finalist in the best Family Travel Story category. It is a moving story about visiting the Berlin Wall in Germany with her young daughters and German-born husband, who is returning for the first time since he was a boy, before the Wall came down. Flip also won this category last year.  

Three stories published in the winter 2020 issue are also finalists in the same category. They include another story by Flip, Embracing Life’s Biggest Adventure. The story talks about how, after climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Blanc and descending Europe’s highest peak Mt Elbrus on a snowboard, some people wondered how she would adjust to motherhood. But she has found many new adventures with her kids in tow.

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Catherine and her daughter on the Nullarbor Plain

Two-time ASTW Travel Writer of the Year winner Catherine Marshall’s story Sowing the Seeds, in which she reflects on how road trips across Australia and the US led her children on their own paths to adventure, is also a finalist in the category.

shaney and her family in the cook islands
Shaney and her family in the Cook Islands

Shaney Hudson was also recognised for her story Adventure and Simplicity on a Family Holiday in the Cook Islands, a destination she and her husband love so much they return time and again with their toddler.

The last three stories were also published in Out & About with Kids’ sister publication Travel Play Live, as part of the Inspirational Women Series funded by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas.

The ASTW Awards for Excellence – which have been held annually since 1992 – celebrate the best of travel writing, photography and travel public relations across 18 categories.

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A kangaroo hopping through South Australia's Gawler Ranges. Image: Tourism Australia-Greg Snell

Out & About with Kids publisher and editor-in-chief Elisa Elwin, of Elwin Media, said she was thrilled to see so many stories published in the magazine in this year’s line-up. “Out & About with Kids aims to inspire families to spend quality time together on holidays and create memories that will last a lifetime,” she said. “Commissioning writers of such excellence and publishing their inspirational stories during a difficult time has been incredibly rewarding.”

The winners to be announced in a virtual awards ceremony broadcast to ASTW members across Australia on November 19. We congratulate all finalists and thank our treasured contributors for sharing their personal, heartfelt stories from their travel adventures.

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