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Pat Riddell, Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “Ben’s entry particularly stood out for its drama, sense of place and insight

LONDON (10 April 2013) – National Geographic Traveller (UK) asked readers if they had what it takes to be a travel writer in its second Travel Writing Competition last October — and they proved they did, with the winning entries now available to view online and in the May/June 2013 issue.

As a leader in inspiring narratives and compelling travel features, National Geographic Traveller (UK), in association with Quark Expeditions, set out to find new travel writing talent.

Entrants were asked to submit 300 words about their most inspirational travel experience. National Geographic Traveller (UK) was soon inundated with submissions, most of which were of a very high standard.

Ben Taub’s winning article, Set in Stone, depicted an encounter with Mexican Huichol Indians, describing how their heritage is at one with the rocky landscape in which they live. He receives a £10,000 Quark Expeditions trip to the Arctic.

Pat Riddell, Editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK), said: “Ben’s entry particularly stood out for its drama, sense of place and insight into the Huichol Indians. More importantly, it’s very succinctly focused, the structure is well balanced and the language remains beautifully descriptive. A very worthy winner. Thanks to all those who entered.”

Congratulations are also in order to the five runners-up, who will receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic Traveller (UK). They are: Joe Reaney, Lizza Lane, Ian Packham, Dave Barber and Simon Pattullo.

Also in this issue:

National Geographic Traveller (UK) April issue:

Cover Story: Food weekends – from posh nosh in Amsterdam to seafood delights in Marseille and culinary genius in Dublin.
Destinations: The Kingdom of Bhutan; the twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda; Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park; and the food scene in Peru.

Cities: Havana, Dubrovnik, Rome and Singapore.
Interview: Hollywood star Naomi Watts talks about her globetrotting life.
Author series: William Sutcliffe on his experience at Israel’s Qalandia checkpoint.
Travel Talk: Ask the experts about your travel dilemmas.
Real Life: Travel down the mighty Zambezi River with our deputy editor, Helen Warwick.

FREE Southeast Asia Supplement: Featuring two-wheeled tours of Bangkok, the hidden side of Angkor, a flavour of Malaysia’s markets, and volcano trekking in the Philippines – plus 20 things not to miss when planning your Southeast Asia sojourn.

Win a seven-day trip to Mexico!

For a taster of the 26-page digital sample of our new May/Jun 2013 issue, visit:

Subscription gift: £16 for eight issues – plus a free gift (sports bag) while stocks last. Don’t miss out.
Promo code: NGTMJ13.
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National Geographic Traveller (UK) is published under licence by Absolute Publishing Ltd (APL), from the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. It became the 15th local-language edition when it was launched in December 2010. The magazine is also available in China, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Israel, Poland, Latin America, Armenia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Indonesia, Romania and South Africa. The 180-page travel and lifestyle magazine is packed full of you-are-there photography, authentic travel experiences and inspiring narratives, all focused on the brand’s theme “All Travel, All the Time.”

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