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Best Australian Blogs: Winners 2014

Best Australian Blog 2014 overall winner

The Hungry AustralianWe’re thrilled to announce Christina Soong, South Australia-based food blogger, as national winner of the annual Best Australian Blogs Competition.

Christina’s blog, The Hungry Australian, was selected as the overall winner from six category winners.

Australian Writers’ Centre national director Valerie Khoo says: “The entrants in this year’s competition reflect the diversity of voices and topics present in the Australian blogosphere. Christina’s blog The Hungry Australian is a mix of deeply personal anecdotes, useful information, and beautiful imagery. It keeps readers engaged and entertained.”

Christina wins the grand prize of a seven-day trip to Turkey with the global leader in guided holidays, Trafalgar.

BABlogo-pinterestThis will be a seven-night guided holiday comprising return economy flights, centrally-located accommodation, most meals, an array of exclusive Insider Experiences, in-destination transfers and ground transportation, services of a Trafalgar Travel Director and insider moments from Local Experts.

Christina also wins:

  • $1500 voucher for writing courses at the Australian Writers’ Centre.
  • $1000 in cash from Random House.
  • A one-hour mentoring session with Brandon Van Over, managing editor at Random House, to discuss publishing a book based on their blog or any other writing projects the blogger wishes to discuss.
  • $500 worth of books from Random House.

2014 category winners

Congratulations to all the winners in the Best Australian Blogs Competition 2014.

Personal and Parenting winner

Anna Spargo-Ryan blog
Anna Spargo-RyanAnna Spargo-Ryan, VIC
@annaspargoryan
blog.annaspargoryan.com

Personal and Parenting category judge Allison Tait on Anna Spargo-Ryan:
“Beautiful, evocative writing about the joys and challenges of parenting – with a hefty dose of personal opinion and unique experience.”


Lifestyle/Hobby winner

Time Travel Turtle
Michael TurtleTime Travel Turtle
Michael Turtle, NSW

@michaelturtle
www.timetravelturtle.com

Lifestyle/Hobby category judge Alecia Hancock on Time Travel Turtle:
“Michael’s travel blog is not only an account of his adventures, he also immerses his readers into his destinations. He seamlessly weaves in history, facts, and stories – the result is a first class blog that many will find compelling.”


Food winner

The Hungry Australian
Christina SoongThe Hungry Australian
Christina Soong, SA

@HungryAustralia
www.hungryaustralian.com

Food category judge Carli Ratcliff on The Hungry Australian:
“The Hungry Australian is very engaged with the online community, very clear and clean in her writing, and transparent – in a technical and ethical sense in her pursuits and practice as a blogger. Her site is also elegant and well maintained and, importantly, her grammar and spelling are perfect; and she doesn’t gush about experiences or fawn over products. Her food knowledge is good, and her styling is warm and accessible.”


Business winner

Socially Sorted
Donna MoritzSocially Sorted
Donna Moritz, QLD

@sociallysorted
www.sociallysorted.com.au

Business category judge Robert Gerrish on Socially Sorted:
“This blog is focused and the content would be awesome for her business. It’s a great example of what a business blog should be.”


Words and Writing winner

Twenty Six
Andrew Hutchinsontwenty six
Andrew Hutchinson, VIC

@adhutchinson
www.andrewhutchinson.com.au

Words and Writing category judge Brandon Van Over on twenty six:
“Andrew Hutchinson’s blog twenty six thoughtfully wades into a wide variety of topics relevant to authors today. His own distinctive voice is woven through all of his posts and fiction pieces, creating a beautiful interplay of words and images that writers and readers will find inspiring.”


Commentary winner

The Koori Woman
The Koori WomanThe Koori Woman, NSW
@TheKooriWoman
thekooriwoman.wordpress.com

Commentary category judge Greg Jericho on The Koori Woman:
“I found The Koori Woman to be the most distinctive and interesting. It’s certainly more of a traditional blog, rather than one trying to be a money making venture. I found her posts very thought provoking and interesting.”


People’s Choice Award

IELTS
IELTS-Blog
Simone Braverman, VIC

@ielts_blog
www.ielts-blog.com

The most popular blog is Simone Braverman’s IELTS-Blog, which received 2,781 votes. The public cast almost 17,000 votes in the People’s Choice Awards. Congratulations Simone!


Special Award winner – New Blog

The Planthunter
@theplanthunter
www.theplanthunter.com.au


Special Award winner – Outstanding Advocacy Post

Tara Moss’s Blog
@tara_moss
Manus Island – An insider’s report


Special Award winner – Outstanding Humorous Post

The Shovel
@The_Shovel_
Man Forced To Watch Concert With His Own Eyes


Special Award winner – Outstanding Use of Photography

Hello May
@HelloMayMag
JEN + LUKE


Check out the full list of finalists here.


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