The Latin American Travel Association (LATA) is pleased to reveal the winners of the Tierra Hotels LATA Media Awards 2017.

Now in its 14th year, the LATA Media Awards recognise innovation and excellence across the British travel media landscape with a specific focus on Latin America.

Celebrating and rewarding inspiring Latin America stories and photography, the winners of the Tierra Hotels LATA Media Awards 2017 were picked from over 150 entries by an esteemed panel of judges, all of whom have helped bring Latin America a little closer to the UK through their respective work.

Judges included Hugh Thomson; award winning author and producer, Eva Tarr-Kirkhope; founder and director of the Latin American Film Festival in London, Adrian Philips; leading travel writer and broadcaster, as well as Bradt Guide’s Managing Director and Tony Mason; CEO of LATA. This year, LATA expanded the photography judging panel to include first time judge Andy Skillen; multi-award winning photographer and founder of FaunaVista, and returning judge Simon Stafford; photography expert and technical editor of Nikon Owner magazine.

The awards were announced at an event which took place on Tuesday 16 May at Peruvian restaurant, Lima Floral in central London in front of an audience made up of some of the UK’s leading travel writers and photographers as well as LATA members.

Winners and runners-up are detailed below:

Consumer Newspaper Feature of the Year AwardWinner: Teresa Machan, Round the Horn for a Cape Escape, The Daily Telegraph

Runner-up: Nick Boulos, A Fresh Perspective on Rio from the Top of Big Brother, The Sunday Telegraph

Consumer Magazine Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Stanley Stewart, Giant Steps, Conde Nast Traveller

Runner-up: Stanley Stewart, Shimmy Shimmy Cartagena, Conde Nast Traveller

Trade Publication Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Ella Buchan, Costa Rica 3 Ways, Travel Weekly

Runner-up: Pippa Jacks, Galapagos Galore, TTG

Online Blog Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Claire Boobbyer, The Burial of Pachencho in Cuba, The Holiday Place Blog

Runner-up: Kerry Christiani, Highs on the Huemul Circuit, Lonely Planet Blog

Top Published Photo of the Year Award

Winner: Philip Lee Harvey, Great Escapes, Pipes, Ecuador

Runner-up: Renato Granieri, South Wales Echo, Whale, Baja California

Best Self-Published Award

Winner: Jamie Swan, A Guide to Homestays in Cuba, Journey Latin America

Runner-up: David Horwell, Seven Latin American Cocktails You Have to Try, Select Latin America

Consumer Online Feature of the Year Award

Winner: Olivia Rawes, Six Reasons to Visit Bogota

Runner-up: Chris Leadbeater, Guyana: South America’s Best Kept Secret?, The Telegraph


Tony Mason, CEO of LATA says;

“The standard of entries this year has been incredible. The Latin American region has been brought to life in the UK through engaging and interesting editorial and vibrant photography. This year, the headline sponsor of the awards was Tierra Hotels, a Chilean-owned hotel group with magnificent lodges in the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and Chiloé.”

Fiona Martin, Sales and Marketing Director of Tierra Hotels says:

We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the Tierra Hotels LATA Media Awards 2017. Our lodges pay homage to Chile while offering guests a wide variety of inspired expeditions, authentic dining experiences and breathtaking views overlooking some of Chile’s most stunning landscapes. We look forward to working with the LATA members and the UK travel media in the future.”


About LATA

LATA is the representative body of the Latin American travel industry. For more information, please visit

For further information, please email or contact Kate McWilliams or Lucy Keenan at Lotus (02079538788).

About Tierra Hotels

Chilean-owned brand Tierra Hotels has three cutting-edge lodges located in some of Chile’s most stunning locations including the Atacama Desert, Patagonia and Chiloé.

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