The American Society of Travel Writers has awarded Richard Bangs the highest award given in the 2013 Travel Journalism Competition for the production entitled Richard Bangs’ South America: Quest for Wonder. This is the 29th annual Lowell Thomas contest, overseen by the SATW Foundation and Richard Bangs’ Quests for Wonder TV Special has taken the gold five straight years in a row.
We wish to thank our partners in this production Orbitz Worldwide, LAN Airlines, TravelSmith, American Public Television (APT) and hosting station KQED.
This public TV special attempted to answer a simple question. If Wonder has its roots in childhood, in an uninhibited response to the beauty and mystery of the new, then what happens when we grow up? What stirs us as adults?
Richard answers this question by tracing the contours of wonder on a journey across South America. From the magnificent displays of grand nature; to the riddles that ripple through time; to the mystic power of ancient beauty; to the marvels of diversity at play on a living canvas, the Quest radiates to four of the greatest wonders on the planet, Iguaçu Falls in Brazil and Argentina; Easter Island in Chile; the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru; and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.
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The SATW Foundation sponsors the annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The first contest honored work done in 1984. Today the Foundation awards nearly $20,000 annually in prize money for outstanding print, online and multimedia works and for travel photography and both audio and video broadcast. It is the premier competition in North America in the field of travel journalism. It has gained its stature for several reasons, most notably: it does not promote any particular destination or travel product; it is open to all North American journalists, not just SATW members; and, it is judged independently by the faculty at top U.S. schools of journalism.
Exec-Producers: Richard Bangs, Didrik Johnck
Director: Val Griffith
Producers: Didrik Johnck, Laura Hubber
Host: Richard Bangs
Cinematography: Karel Bauer (DP) and Didrik Johnck
Writers: Richard Bangs, Val Griffith, Laura Hubber, and Christian Kallen
Editor: Dan Larson
Special Segments Editor: Margaret Andres
Post Production Color: John Davidson Color
Post Production Audio: Clatter & Din
Richard Bangs’ Quests Title Sequence: Scott Finley/Mighty Media Studios
Map Animations: Mad Bird Design
Graphics: Howie Abernathy
About Richard Bangs Quests:
The Richard Bangs’ Quest series of public television specials is the evolution from the popular and multiple award-winning “Richard Bangs’ Adventures with Purpose” series, taking it to a new level of narrative and production values, exploring the world with the classic storytelling arc of a journey that seeks truth and beauty. It takes viewers on a passage that not only celebrates the joy and discovery of movement, and the great tourism assets of a destination, but also showcases travel that makes a difference.
About White Nile Media:
White Nile Media, Inc. (WNM) is a creative production agency whose principals (Richard Bangs, Laura Hubber, and Didrik Johnck) bring over 30 years of experience producing and distributing programming across all platforms that celebrate and truly bring to life the great destinations of the world. Our favorite place to engage the consumer is within the aspirational quality of travel, and the stories that unfold therein. While never losing sight of fundamentals, we embrace new technologies and media, and seek to create immersive and engaging experiences for our audiences.