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#21 Big Andy

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 02:11 PM

Does this mean we all get to share a huge prize fund and can afford an extra holiday next year?  ;)

 

Seriously though, well done and well deserved for all the hard work you (and the mods) put in here. The forum has been an amazing source of help and guidance in the planning of my first safari, thank you.


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Posted 31 August 2015 - 03:42 PM

Hardy congratulations, Matt.  Job well done!  Who is the competition?  If their blogs are anywhere near your quality, yet for other destinations, I would be most interested in reading.

 

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Posted 01 September 2015 - 10:17 AM

Congratulations, well deserved recognition.  I guess the word is out - ST is the place to be!



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Posted 03 September 2015 - 05:47 PM

Here is my reply to the notice of nomination:
 

I'd like to thank you for the below email and notification of www.safaritalk.net 's nomination for Best Travel Blog / Journalist in this year's SATOA's travel awards. I have previously attended SATOA evenings when I have been at WTM London and have enjoyed the networking and camaraderie very much.
 
Unfortunately, as I am not based in the UK I won't be able to attend due to costs - as you may know I self founded, fund and run www.safaritalk.net from home without financial recompense nor safari industry incentives, I am not linked to or part of any organisation, charity or company. As well as the website, I also publish a quarterly magazine, available free via download for mobile devices, or through the net, further details can be found here:
 
http://safaritalk.ne...italk-magazine/
 
Currently putting together issue 4 as we speak.
 
Safaritalk brings together people from around the world who are passionate about Africa, its people and wildlife, from normal tourists to photographers, conservationists, lodge and camp owners/managers, guides and so on. There are many who before joining Safaritalk never knew each other but now travel to Africa together.
 
I see this nomination as recognition from the travel industry for the contributions made to www.safaritalk.net by its members: without them, Safaritalk would be an empty place. I believe every nomination should be made on merit, and am sure that each nominee is well justified: I'd like to say thank you to those SATOA members who did nominate Safaritalk and wish everyone luck in the awards.
 
I look forward to reading more about the evening and seeing the photos via social media and the SATOA website.
 
In the meantime, my best regards,
 
Matthew Wilkinson - www.safaritalk.net Talking Safaris and African Wildlife Conservation since 2006. Passionate about Africa.


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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:39 AM

@Game Warden

congratulations and well replied.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:22 PM

Latest: we are now shortlisted for the award...
 

Dear Matthew,
 
CONGRATULATIONS!  We have now counted the votes for the SATOA Travel Awards and are pleased to announce that you have been short-listed for the following category:
 
Best Travel Blog/Journalist
 
The winner will be announced at the SATOA Travel Awards next week. Best of luck and we look forward to seeing you there.


Alas I won't be there but fingers crossed...
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Posted 12 September 2015 - 04:49 AM

Great! How many in the shortlist?
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Posted 12 September 2015 - 05:16 AM

I was going to make an analogy about a proud father and others admiring his pretty baby girl, but realised just in time that Donald Trump has totally ruined such analogies for a decade.

That's good to hear Matt. It would be really nice if you could go. Or still a bit conflicted about whether it is a good thing?
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Posted 12 September 2015 - 10:15 AM

Congratulations. Good to know that your hard work, commitment and dedication to developing ST into a resource that imparts value to its members/readers is being recognised.


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Posted 12 September 2015 - 01:35 PM

Congrats, Matt! Well deserved.



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Posted 13 September 2015 - 11:14 PM

@pault I can't afford to do the trip from the HQ to London for one night and logistically it's a problem. Re the awards: I've not asked anyone to vote for ST although I have shared news that we have been put forward.

 

If no one from ST is able to attend on our behalf, and we do win, I'll have to come up with a plan with SATOA to see them if I can make it to WTM later in the year.


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Posted 14 September 2015 - 12:55 AM

Perhaps they can Skype you if you win.

 

Thanks to all the mystery voters …..   ;)


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 02:38 PM

Just want to say I will be keeping fingers crossed etc for tonights awards in the hope that Safaritalk and of course @Game Warden get the recognition they deserve.

Please let us know the outcome as soon as you have some news.
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Posted 17 September 2015 - 02:39 PM

Will do. It's you all who deserve the recognition...


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 03:19 PM

All the best..


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 04:20 PM

Yeah fingers crossed!! :)
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 12:17 AM

I have just noticed the logo that was added to the bottom of the page. Hopefully soon it will read Winner in place of Nominee!



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Posted 18 September 2015 - 05:55 AM

Any news?☺
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Posted 18 September 2015 - 07:02 AM

I haven't been notified about anything but reading through some tweets with a SATOA hashtag the winning travel blog/journalist was the following site, www.thetravelista.net, which I wasn't familiar with.

 

Sorry that we didn't win the category, it would have been nice recognition but in the end an award isn't necessary to prove how great all your contributions are.

 

Matt


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Posted 18 September 2015 - 02:44 PM

I received by a tweet earlier today that Safaritalk was awarded Runner Up in last night's awards. Thank you all who have contributed to Safaritalk over the years.

 

Matt


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