Travel Classics Writers Contests
Writers Contest Winner
Best Travel Story British Columbia
for "B.C. Billy and the Spirit of the Coast"
"If a totem pole had a white man's face, it would be Billy Proctor's. Gnarled, wrinkled, with squinting eyes and wry smile spreading from ear-to-ear, it's an archetype for the old man of the sea, a weathered and wise countenance that reflects the eight decades he lived on the shores and waters of British Columbia. We see him shuffle along the dock like some ancient coastal spirit launched from a legend of the First Nations tribes whose moss-covered totem poles still dot the islands around Proctor's Echo Bay homestead.
"But moss has never had a chance to grow on Billy Proctor. Even at age 82, he can hardly sit still for a moment. This peripatetic life-long fisherman, logger, and trapper has now become an author, environmental activist, and museum curator, a transformation that captures the spirit of modern coastal British Columbia: one part traditional industry, one part wild nature, with a healthy dash of culture and quirky character."
photo: Bill Fink with Billy Proctor
About the Author:
Bill Fink's writing and photography has appeared in over 50 different publications, including newspapers, magazines, websites, guidebooks, and travel writing anthologies. He has covered topics ranging from five star vacation villas in Tuscany, to trash dump volleyball in Burma, eating squid at a baseball game in Japan and chasing a magic squirrel in the Philippines. Some credits include Yahoo Travel and San Francisco Chronicle, where he's a regular contributor, as well as National Geographic Traveler, Islands Magazine, AFAR, AAA's Via, books from Frommer's and Lonely Planet, and websites including jetsetter.com, travelmuse.com and CNN.com.
Bill's writing has won many awards including a Lowell Thomas gold for "Best Foreign Travel Newspaper Story" from the Society of American Travel Writers. His stories have appeared in "The Best of Lonely Planet Travel Writing," Travelers' Tales "Best Travel Writing" and as a "notable story" citation in Best American Travel Writing collection. Bill lives in San Francisco, California.
contest prize includes
Exclusive "Feast & Forage" Getaway in Richmond, BC: 3 days of activities including a private fishing charter and dinner featuring your day's catch; a cooking class with an acclaimed dim sum chef; a day of cranberry or local honey foraging, and more; PLUS: 4 nights in luxury accommodations and return airfare; includes all meals and activities for Bill and his guest.
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