As food, wine and travel writers we take mouthwatering, refreshing, exotic, inviting photos every day. Now we’re excited to share more of our members’ photos with you. Each month we update our homepage with a new image and anecdote from our featured member photographer.
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IFWTWA Home Page Photography Committee
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Barcelona Holiday Bakery © Sharon Kurtz
“Barcelona Holiday Bakery © Sharon Kurtz” transports you to the festive streets of the Catalan capital of Spain on a chilly, 2016 December afternoon. With twinkling lights and the scent of pine needles in the air, you can’t help but feel the magic of Christmas. I shot this photo of a holiday bakery window display on a small side street in the gothic quarter. Gingerbread cookies are beloved during the holidays in Barcelona. I was taken in by the traditional trappings of the bakery, the aroma of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon wafting from the open door.”
Sharon Kurtz is a freelance travel writer and tour leader for a women's travel group who shares her passion for travel, culture and food by exploring local customs and flavors at home and around the globe. Her love of exotic destinations & traditions began as a young girl with a train journey to Montreal for the World's Fair. People spoke French and ate strange and wonderful fool... she was hooked and hopes to never recover. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and 3 dogs, but her carry-on is always packed ready for the next adventure. She enjoys writing about solo women travel, international destinations, adventure and culinary travel for web based and print magazines. Contact Sharon and see more of her work at SharonKKurtz.com.
Featured Member & November 2020 Banner Winner
Hot Air Balloon Over Albuquerque by Debbie Stone © Deborah Stone
“A hot air balloon ride often ranks atop many travelers’ bucket lists. It’s not hard to understand why, as the experience is magical. It’s an unmatched way to provide a unique perspective of the environment. And what better place to embark on this enchanting journey than Albuquerque, the ‘hot air balloon capital of the world.’ I shot this image with my iPhone when the hot air balloon I was riding in momentarily ‘kissed’ another balloon. We were so close, I could almost make out the faces of the people in the other balloon. I set the shot to encompass the panorama of the city scape and mountains in the background.”
Deborah Stone is an established travel writer and columnist, who crosses the globe in search of unique destinations and experiences to share with her readers and listeners. As an avid explorer, I welcome new opportunities to increase awareness and enthusiasm for places, people, culture, food, history, nature, outdoor adventure, wellness and more. My travels have taken me to nearly 100 countries and to all seven continents, and my stories appear in numerous print and digital publications, including Luxe Beat Magazine, Big Blend Magazine, Northwest Prime Time, Los Alamos Monitor, Traveler Confidential Magazine, Santa Fe Fine Lifestyles Magazine, AAA New Mexico Journey and Travelworld International Magazine, among others. I also share my travel experiences on Big Blend Radio, as a regular contributor. My work reaches well over 2 million readers and listeners representing a demographic of primarily affluent professionals and active retirees.
Featured Member & October 2020 Banner Winner
Willamette Valley Vista © Cori Solomon
“The vistas from a vineyard on a gorgeous day can bring new life to every winery. In this case it had been raining the night before and I was fortunate to get to Vidon Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA as the sky had cleared exposing puffy clouds. From a NASA scientist working on the Apollo program, Don Hagge turned his efforts into growing grapes and making wine after he retired. Mesmerized by the view, I can only imagine waking up each day to this vineyard view.”
Cori Solomon, an award-winning freelance writer/photographer, resides in Los Angeles, California. Her writing focuses on travel, art, food, wine, and pets. Cori’s background is real estate and art. Her art plays a vital role in her writing as she utilizes the palette both visually and verbally in many of her articles. Cori shares her experiences and joy of her subjects in a passionate, candid, caring and entertaining way. Like her animal art where she looks beyond the eyes to find an animal’s inner soul and spirit, Cori looks for the story that is behind the restaurant, chef, winery, winemaker or artist. As Cori often travels with her dogs, some of her travel articles deal with pet-friendly hotels and locations. Cori had a travel, wine, and pet column on Examiner.com from 2010 until they shut their doors in 2016. Currently, in addition to writing her blog, The Written Palette, she is a contributor to Big Blend Magazine, FWT Blog and Magazine, SommTable, Vinely, and Wander with Wonder.
Featured Member & September 2020 Banner Winner
Saint Remy Market © Wendy VanHatten
“Colorful and tasty…this garlic from Cavaillon, France just begged for a photo shoot. It paired great with the olive oil, baguette, and wine we also bought.”
Wendy VanHatten is a published author, international travel writer, food, wine, and travel blogger (www.travelsandescapes.net), co-founder of Forks, Corks, and Brews (www.forkscorksandbrews.com/), Editor-in-Chief for Prime Time Living Magazine (www.primetimeliving.org), wine, food, and travel writer for WE Magazine(www.wemagazineforwomen.com), and member of IFWTWA. VanHatten lives in southern California with her husband and office cat, travels as often as she can, and enjoys wine and cooking. Contact VanHatten at email@example.com for more information. VanHatten has been named one of the women bloggers to watch for 2019 by WE.
Featured Member & August 2020 Banner Winner
Cinque Terre © Scott Kendall
“Walking the Blue Path from Monterosso to Vernazza, we stopped on the cliffside trail overlooking the Ligurian Sea back towards Monterosso. The flaming pink bougainvillea framed the magical sight, one of many I will always remember from our two hour hike in Cinque Terre.”
Scott Kendall is the Founder and Editor of PlayStayEat.com and a writer, photographer, and videographer based in The Woodlands, Texas. Scott has written numerous articles covering Italy, Germany, Slovenia, Croatia, England, and France in Europe and many articles covering the Texas Hill Country, Colorado, Washington State, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans, Lake of the Ozarks, and other areas in the US. He has been published in EuropeUpClose, International Living, Links & Libations, MilesGeek, Touring Bird, Airguides, Travel Writer's Cafe, and other publications. His website with links to his articles can be found at PlayStayEat.com and scottkendalltravels.com. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Member & July 2020 Banner Winner
Food and wine pairing at Wente Vineyards in Livermore Valley Wine Country © Edward Quan
“This garden table setting captured my eye as I wanted to convey the authentic California wine country experience of Wente Vineyards, America’s longest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883.”
Edward Quan lives and breathes the world of luxury travel. He began his career in European luxury fashion and as an accomplished travel writer, he has a passion for discovering inspirational and authentic stories behind each destination that defines luxury travel today. Quan delivers captivating storytelling on personal style and luxury travel covering once in a lifetime enriching outdoor adventures and cultural attractions, personal wellness, farm-to-table dinning only the locals know, wineries and distilleries, world class hotels and resorts and of course shopping. Quan's travel stories have appeared in The Bahamas Weekly, Blush Vancouver, Retail-Insider, Travel Thru History and his personal blog, Style Drama. Also, a lecturer in Language, Literature & Performing Arts Program at Douglas College, a speaker with the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, Member British Columbia Association of Travel Writers, and destination lecturer on board Celebrity Cruises.
Featured Member & June 2020 Banner Winner
Strawberry Chiffon © Kurt Jacobson
“Taken at Bread and Butter Bakery, a small bakery down a tiny side street a couple of blocks from Sante Fe’s plaza. Even though this is a gluten-free bakery, many who enter are captivated by the gorgeous cakes, macaroons, and cookies, finding their products appeal to gluten-loving bakery consumers also.”
Kurt Jacobson is a full-time freelance travel, food, and wine writer. Kurt is a semi-retired professional chef and brings his love of all things food to his writing. With published articles in 10 magazines and over 30 websites, Kurt spans the globe. He has published around 400 articles with 125 of those being accommodation articles! Most visited and written about locations are Colorado, Alaska, Mid-Atlantic states, and Japan. Kurt is also a competent photographer and most of his published work features his photos. Few travel writers cover as many subjects as Kurt does. With past careers of cooking, aircraft mechanic, and real estate professional, few subjects are off-limits. Kurt writes for Mother Earth News about organic gardening, real food, and their nature and environment sections. He is also a regular contributor to GoNOMAD.com and trip101.com.