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Meet the judges

The judging panel for the Wanderlust World Guide Awards

The judges for 2016 are...

Bill Bryson – legendary travel writer

Top author (and top man) Bill Bryson would be the dream travel companion of many but admits he'd make a rubbish guide. Bill has been a supporter of the World Guide Awards from their inception in 2006, and will be presenting the awards on 6 October.




Mark Carwardine – author, photographer & TV wildlife expert

Mark is a zoologist, author, photographer, whale and dolphin expert, and TV presenter. Somehow, Mark also manages to squeeze in several trips a year that guides on, so is well placed to appreciate what sets apart a truly great guide from a very good one.

Mark has also been a Guide Awards supporter from the start, and will be speaking at the ceremony on 6 October.



Derek Moore – legendary travel industry supremo

An ex-teacher, Derek spent some 13 years as a tour guide before co-founding leading adventure company Explore in 1982. He is now Chairman of AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), runs a small specialist tour operation, is partner in a tourism consultancy, and presents seminars on various aspects of tourism.




Lyn Hughes – Editor-in-Chief, Wanderlust

Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of Wanderlust, Lyn launched the World Guide Awards in 2006 in memory of her late husband, Paul Morrison, who passionately believed that guides were the undersung heroes of the travel world.

As well as overseeing the day to day running of Wanderlust Travel Media, Lyn sits on various travel committees, and is in demand as a writer, speaker and consultant. She freely admits she wouldn't have what it takes to be a great guide. 


Myles Farnbank – guide and consultant

A highly experienced wilderness guide with over 30 years of sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing and mountaineering in many of the worlds wildest places.  As well as being Head of Guides & Training for Wilderness Scotland, Myles is still an active guide, trainer, educator and consultant.

His main area of current work is in adventure guide training both in the UK and overseas. This includes creating the UK’s first Adventure Guide training programme, which is run through Wild Scotland. He sits on the Governance Board for the new ATTA Adventure Travel Guide Qualifications & Performance Standard and the steering group for Failte Ireland’s suite of tour guide training courses.

Sophie Campbell – travel writer, author and Blue Badge Guide

Sophie Campbell has been a travel writer for 20 years. She is based in London has written for many publications including the The Times, Daily Mail, Guardian, Condé Nast Traveller and Saga Magazine, and is often syndicated in North America, Australia, India and Europe. She writes a monthly column on heritage tours for the travel pages of the Daily Telegraph and is one of their London experts. She has presented a series of BBC2’s The Travel Show, founded a weekend breaks website and lectures on travel writing. Sophie is a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for London and her book The Season: A Summer Whirl Through the English Social Season is now out in paperback. She lives in Battersea, guiding in the summer and writing in the winter.

Mark Ellingham

Mark is the founder of the legendary Rough Guides books. Having sold the company, he is now a writer, publisher and editor for Sort of Books and Profile, as well as being a  director of Wanderlust Travel Media.