This online shoebox contains random pictures, notes, whatever. I've been a professional writer-photographer for so many years now. It's a damn good excuse to carry a camera around.

Posted By Lester V Ledesma

The sun sets over Mt. Besakih in Central Bali.




I first visited the Island of the Gods back in 2007 to pick up a photography award. The PATA Gold Award was major, but I'm glad to say it wasn't the most important thing that I took home from Bali :)

Posted By Lester V Ledesma
In the same place, two years later. I never thought this could happen, but thank God it did:

Path to the Past

Dear Mr. Ledesma:

I am delighted to advise you that your entry “Paths to the Past” in the Travel Journalism - Travel Photograph category of The 2009 PATA Gold Awards has been selected by the Judges as the ‘best in class’. The Judges were most impressed with the quality of your entry and, indeed, the overall high standard of entries submitted this year. You may be interested to know that this year’s awards attracted 236 entries from 120 organisations worldwide.

I hope very much that you will able to join us at the People’s Great Hall, Hangzhou, China (PRC) on Friday, September 25th to accept your Award during the PATA Gold Awards 2009 presentation lunch.

Your Gold Award will be promoted in the 2009 PATA Gold Awards Winners’ Showcase brochure that will be distributed at the Awards Lunch and will also be featured in the PATA Travel Mart 2009 Daily News, published by TTG Asia. Information about the winning entries will also be on display at the Travel Mart.


More info on this year's awards can be found at

Other GOLD award winners in the Travel Journalism category include:

Travel Journalism – Destination Article

Taipei 2.0 by Jennifer Chen
Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia, September 2008

Travel Journalism - Travel Photograph

Path to the Past
Lester V. Ledesma
Ink Publishing, Singapore

Travel Journalism - Travel Guidebook

Korea, Sparkling 365-365 Reasons to Visit Korea
Korea Tourism Organization

Honourable mentions

Travel Journalism – Destination Article

Is Baja on the Block? by James Conaway
National Geographic Traveler, November/December 2008

Travel Journalism – Destination Article

Shanghai Surprise by Julie Miller
VIve magazine, April 2008, Australia




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