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Here are your finalists - Student Travel Writer 2015


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After hours of hard deliberation and heated discussions, the judges have chosen our five finalists for the first Student Travel Writer competition. 

So without further ado, here are this year’s lucky finalists:

Student Travel Writer 2015


Emma Jacobs for My Summer In A War Zone

Very professional, well paced, funny in places, an interesting and informative article, a brave subject tackled well. Good title and stand first too - had me hooked into the story straight away. Excellent job - could have been a pro writing it.”

– Aaron Miller – freelance travel journalist

Shona Louise Jackson for On the Borderline: Niagra Falls

“I was looking for personal experience, strong voice and the ability to look at destinations from a new angle from the entries. I think this piece is fluid, tied together well and is obviously carefully thought-out. All these things all give it a clear purpose, more so than any of the other entries.”

– Lucy Miller, Editor @ The National Student

Ethan Sheehy for A Day Trip To The Prettiest Town In The World 

“This article gripped me. I felt like it was a very innocent piece, which actually suits the destination, but the real draw were the photos. As a photographer myself, a picture really pulls me in, and of all the submissions I felt this was the one with the best photography.”

- Macca Sherifi – freelance travel journalist

Daniel Lee for Japan On The Cheap

“I like this piece because of the confidence it has to follow through with its humour – it isn’t afraid of making the writer’s voice clearly identifiable, which is admirable when the writer isn’t an established journalist. It’s long, but holds its own throughout.”

– Lucy Miller, Editor @ The National Student 

James Forsdick for
 Ode To The Great British Seaside

“With so much travel coverage focused abroad, we often fail to look at what is on our doorstep. This entertaining piece made a compelling case to seaside holiday’s a little closer to home.”

– James Thornhill – Founder of The National Student


The winners are now through to the next round and now embark on a European travel adventure with the aid of our friends at Eurolines who are supplying a 30-day coach pass to travel anywhere on the continent.

Follow the finalists' escapades on Twitter with the hashtag #studenttravel15 

The overall winner will be announced in September and will set off on a New Zealand trip courtesy of STA Travel, while the runner up with head to Japan and South Korea with ESL – Language Travel.

Student Travel Writer 2015 competition

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