Lake Superior and Niagara icewine features grab top tourism awards



    OTTAWA, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - A photograph capturing a storm on the shores of
Lake Superior and a feature about Niagara's famous icewine harvest captured
top honours for Best Travel Photography and Best Travel Journalism at the
Ontario Tourism Marketing Awards last night.
    "Journalism is a powerful way to tell our story to visitors around the
world," said Robin Garrett, President and CEO of the Ontario Tourism Marketing
Partnership Corporation (OTMPC), which administers the awards. "Photographer
Rob Stimpson and journalist Betty Zyvatkauskas did a spectacular job of
showcasing Ontario's beauty - and its delicious bounty."
    Stimpson received the Best Travel Photography award for his image of
another photographer taking a picture of crashing waves on the shores of Lake
Superior, near Wawa. The photograph, featured in the Ottawa Citizen, reflected
a new breed of tourist - those who travel to watch and photograph storms.
    Zyvatkauskas was honoured for her "Spotlight: Icewine - A Frozen Vintage"
article, which gave readers an evocative look into the Niagara Icewine
Festival, the harvest and other events that make the Niagara region a
delightful winter destination for tourists. The piece was featured in AAA
Living Michigan, the official publication of AAA Michigan.
    The winners of the third annual Ontario Tourism Marketing Awards were
announced during the province's two-day tourism marketing summit, held in
Ottawa.
    The awards recognize marketing campaigns and news stories that
successfully promote the province as a must-see destination. Nominations were
open to all organizations or individuals in the tourism hospitality industry
operating in Ontario. The categories covered key sectors within the tourism
industry including travel trade, industry, journalism and photography. OTMPC
Chair William Duron acted as master of ceremonies during the awards
presentation.
    "Thanks to Rob Stimpson and Betty Zyvatkauskas for shining the spotlight
on two unique, unforgettable Ontario experiences, and congratulations to both
for their journalism awards," said Duron.

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For further information:

For further information: Amalia Kyriacou, Ontario Tourism Marketing
Partnership Corporation, (416) 314-6590, (647) 271-0532 (cell); Gary Wheeler,
Ministry of Tourism, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8391


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