Barefoot Surgeon an award-winning tale

Former Fairfax journalist Paola Totaro has won Best Travel story in the prestigious Foreign Press Association Media Awards in London.

Her story, The Barefoot Surgeon, published in Good Weekend magazine in April, chronicled a trek into the Himalayan foothills with Dr Sanduk Ruit, a friend and colleague of Australian opthalmic surgeon Fred Hollows, who leads surgical teams on foot into remote and impoverished mountain villages to restore sight to the blind.

Judges were unanimous in praising the writing, describing Totaro's story as "inspiring, with a brilliant opening and a sharp, personal focus".

Totaro's shortlisted competitors were a story written in Africa by the the Editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, and Stanley Stewart writing about the Amazon in Conde Nast Traveller.

Read Paola Totaro's Good Weekend article, 'The barefoot surgeon' here.