PASADENA, CA — The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) today announced that Christopher P. Baker won the Gold Prize in the 2015 NATJA Awards Competition in the “Best Photo: Portrait, People” category for his image, “Julio Muñoz and his Horse, Trinidad, Cuba,” published in National Geographic.


Christopher also won the Bronze Prize in the “Photography: Overall Excellence” category for his Moon Spotlight Havana guidebook, published by Avalon Travel Publishing.


This awards competition, now in its 24th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel writing, photography and destination marketing that cover all aspects of the travel industry worldwide.

NATJA photo award, Julio Munoz and horse in Cuba, copyright Christopher P Baker

The NATJA Awards recognize excellence in travel writing, photojournalism, and destination marketing. Submissions for the awards competition grew by more than 20 percent from last year.


This year’s entries reflected an array of truly excellent journalistic and creative work. “Finalists and winners will be gratified to know that their work was judged by seasoned journalists, photographers and PR professionals with literally hundreds of years of experience. NATJA wishes to express its deep gratitude to all its judges for hours of work in reviewing this year’s entries,” stated NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez.


This year’s journalism entries were reviewed by a remarkable panel of judges, including celebrity photographer, teacher and author Elizabeth Messina, whose body of work has appeared in major publications.


NATJA is the second largest travel media association in North America. Members include travel media professionals, publications, destination marketing organizations, and other travel marketing agencies. Members are provided with professional development workshops, online tools and networking opportunities. NATJA also publishes TravelWorld International Magazine.


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Christopher P Baker


Christopher P. Baker, one of the world's most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers has been named by National Geographic as one of the world's foremost authorities on Cuba travel and culture. Winner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 as 'Travel Journalist of the Year,' he has authored more than 30 books, leads tours for National Geographic Expeditions, Edelwiss Bike Travel, and Jim Cline Photo Tours, among other companies, and is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer.