Tamahere journalist Venetia Sherson has been named Travel Writer of the Year in the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards.
Multi-award winning Sherson, a former Waikato Times editor, won for her story Counting Sheep, published in NZ Life and Leisure magazine.
Judge Sarah Burrell, from London, described Sherson as “a writer in possession of that rare talent: a distinctive style.”
“Venetia Sherson is blessed not only with a strong voice, but also a lightness of touch that shows clear confidence as a writer,” Burrell said.
“The journey she has made has been done by thousands before her, but she recounts it with a fresh, down-to-earth insight that allows the reader to become completely immersed in a wild, remote travel experience.”
The Newell Rd resident’s prize is double tickets to Zurich.
In Counting Sheep she described a three-day walking trip in the highlands of Italy following a flock on its centuries-old seasonal migration.
Read the story: Counting Sheep
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