Dear Ruksana, Congratulations for receiving an Honorable Mention in the 29th Annual North American Travel Journalists Association Awards Competition.
Imagine my surprise when I saw that in the mail this morning! It's always a bit of a personal and professional celebration when the work you do for a living is recognized.
And so yesterday was the grand night that would decide if I won an award for excellence in journalism from the Atlanta Press Club. It was a lovely evening, the husband accompanied me, a few of my friends were also nominated, there was lots of connecting and mixing and mingling. The impressive Commerce Club on the 49th floor added to the occasion. I did not win the award but it was a great experience, it always feel nice when your work is recognized and it certainly was good to be in the company of so many well-established names from the local publishing and media community. Overall, a great experience, I might just try again next year :)
No this ain't no April Fool's joke 'cos I simply would not fool around about something like this. I am happy to share that I am a finalist for the Atlanta Press Club 2013 Excellence Award in the print non-daily category. Was on vacation for a few weeks and completely did not expect it when I received the email congratulating me for being shortlisted as a finalist. It feels great to be in the good company of other members from the Atlanta press community. The APC is hosting a reception soon to announce the winners, so wish me luck and I will keep you posted on the results. Meanwhile, here is the link to the article that got me nominated for the award.