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The Beach: A Photographer’s Journey TV Show wins World Media Festival’s Gold Award

The Beach: A Photographer’s Journey TV Show wins World Media Festival’s

Bangkok, 25 March, 2015 – The Beach: A Photographer’s Journey, a 60-minute TV series on the community and geography of Thailand’s islands in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand has won an intermedia-globe GOLD Award at the World Media Festival | TOURISM for Documentaries: Destinations.

The TV series, which was aired on the National Geographic Channel in 2014, was produced under a partnership between the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and National Geographic Channel Asia.

The three-episode TV documentary followed National Geographic photographer Ben Horton on an epic journey across Thailand to capture a unique perspective of some of the country’s beautiful beaches in Krabi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Surat Thani.

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In each episode, Ben shared his thoughts and experiences as he captured the moments through his lens, and explored his personal idea of paradise in Phra Nang Beach, Railay Beach, Ko Phi Phi, Hua Hin and Ko Phangan. “Paradise, as a place could be equal parts geography and landscape, but one of the things that makes each place special and unique is its people,” Ben said in closing his journey.

Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, Governor of TAT said, “We congratulate the National Geographic Channel for winning the award, a testament to the hard work and the creativity in presenting a captivating story of unique travel destinations through the eyes of an explorer and professional photographer. We look forward to more successful collaborations with the National Geographic Channel in the future.”

As a winner of an intermedia-globe GOLD, the programme is also nominated for an intermedia-globe GRAND AWARD (best in each of the 13 main Festival categories) and eligible for the GRAND PRIX (best of all festival entries). The World Media Awards Gala will be held on 6 May, 2015, in Hamburg, Germany.

The Beach: A Photographer’s Journey will be re-run again on the National Geographic Channel from June to July 2015 in order to publicise a fascinating story of Thailand’s beaches as well as way of life and its people to the world.

The World Media Festival is a global competition dedicated to recognising excellence in tourism- related content from all areas of the tourism business. www.worldmediafestival.org

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