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Announcing the Winner of Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant 2016

The Argentinian writer and journalist Federico Bianchini has won the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant 2016.

The prize of $5,000 will enable him to complete his book on Antarctica, where he travelled for one month. Antártida, Donde el Tiempo no Pasa (Antarctica, Where Time Stands Still) is a collection of stories that sprang from the interactive project Escuchar la Antártida (Listen to the Antarctic) run by Bianchini’s magazine Anfibia.

The winner was selected out of 97 nominations from 19 countries.

The jury, meeting in Cartagena, concluded, “The author seeks to approach a desolate world, Antarctica, which seems very distant, through characters of flesh and blood, and opens a door on to the unknown”.

As part of the prize, Bianchini will be invited to speak at Hay Festival Cartagena in January 2017.

The aim of the Michael Jacobs Travel Writing Grant is to encourage young journalists to travel in search of stories that deserve to be reported. It is the result of a collaboration of the Hay Festival Colombia Foundation and the Foundation Gabriel García Márquez for the New Latin American Journalism.

Click here for more details about the grant.

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