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BBC Travel Webby Award Nomination by Reuben Hernandez

As a BBC Travel contributor, we have been nominated for a Webby Award in the Video Series & Channels, the Travel & Lifestyle category! I’m happy and proud to share this honor with the rest of the team and contributors at BBC Travel.

This arrived in my inbox from BBC Travel today, “This nomination isn’t our nomination, it’s a nomination for every single freelance videographer, editor and writer and the hours you put in to your videos for us. It’s an acknowledgement of the extra mile you go to for us, and the consistent quality of your journalistic eye and expertise in your field. It’s a nomination for the untold stories you’ve uncovered, the voices that wouldn’t otherwise be heard, and the amazing dinner party stories you’ve provided every single one of our viewers. It’s a nomination for those beautiful ‘oh wow, look at that!’ moments. So thank you, so much, this wouldn’t have been possible without you. 

Over the past year we’ve covered 100 destinations in 77 countries, from Antarctica to India, telling historical, foodie, crafty, beautiful stories, and that barely scratches the surface. And we want to keep going and continue to inspire travellers to fall in love with the world – every day.

 We need your help though. To win (and we’re up against some pretty serious competition) we need votes. It only takes two minutes, and it means a huge amount to us. Just follow the link here, and make sure to share it with your friends, family and colleagues, as every single vote counts.”

by Katherine Yaksich

5 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge 
 Nearly 5 years ago, I quit my job and relocated to NY from CA with hopes of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. Back then, the Holy Grail would have been to land an assignment for National Geographic, but I’ve since learned that I don’t necessarily need to shoot for Nat Geo to do meaningful work and tell powerful stories. In fact, one of my favorite photographers told me that he actually turned down his first assignment for Nat Geo. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even entirely sure if I could handle the pressure of such an assignment, and the thought of shooting 40,000 - 60,000 images for a single assignment is a bit overwhelming… 
 This year I had the incredible experience of being a photographer in residence onboard an expedition ship in the Arctic. I absolutely loved it because I got to explore such a beautiful and remote part of our planet doing what I love, and it was a meaningful and transformative experience because it helped me understand our fragile world a bit better and the importance of safeguarding the future of our earth. 
 I’m beyond excited to embark on the ship again in February for a month long residency in Antarctica, especially since Antarctica has been on my bucket list ever since I did a report on it in 4th grade. It is also my last and final continent to visit. 
 What kind of experiences transform and bring meaning to your life? 
 I nominate @andrewshepherd for the black and white challenge. I love working with Andrew not only because he is an overall wonderful human, but because his work is always unexpected, beautiful, and solid. 
 #thisarcticlife #neverstopexploring #notgeo

5 of 5 of the #blackandwhitechallenge

Nearly 5 years ago, I quit my job and relocated to NY from CA with hopes of becoming a photographer and filmmaker. Back then, the Holy Grail would have been to land an assignment for National Geographic, but I’ve since learned that I don’t necessarily need to shoot for Nat Geo to do meaningful work and tell powerful stories. In fact, one of my favorite photographers told me that he actually turned down his first assignment for Nat Geo. To be perfectly honest, I’m not even entirely sure if I could handle the pressure of such an assignment, and the thought of shooting 40,000 - 60,000 images for a single assignment is a bit overwhelming…

This year I had the incredible experience of being a photographer in residence onboard an expedition ship in the Arctic. I absolutely loved it because I got to explore such a beautiful and remote part of our planet doing what I love, and it was a meaningful and transformative experience because it helped me understand our fragile world a bit better and the importance of safeguarding the future of our earth.

I’m beyond excited to embark on the ship again in February for a month long residency in Antarctica, especially since Antarctica has been on my bucket list ever since I did a report on it in 4th grade. It is also my last and final continent to visit.

What kind of experiences transform and bring meaning to your life?

I nominate @andrewshepherd for the black and white challenge. I love working with Andrew not only because he is an overall wonderful human, but because his work is always unexpected, beautiful, and solid.

#thisarcticlife #neverstopexploring #notgeo