The 60-minute documentary, “A Norway Passage,” depicting the history and beauty of Hurtigruten’s Norwegian Coastal Voyage and produced by Tony Judge – producer on A Prairie Home Companion, has been named the silver medalist at the WorldMediaFestival Global Award competition. The awards ceremony, to take place in Hamburg, Germany on May 15, recognizes excellence in modern communications media, and are acknowledged internationally as symbols of the highest production standards in modern communication.
“Being chosen from a group of more than 600 entries certainly gives us a lot to be proud of,” states Hurtigruten’s USA Sales Director Rolf Logan. “Credit has to go to the combination of the excellent job done by producer Tony Judge and the subject matter – the beauty of Norway’s fjord-indented coast as seen from the deck of one of our modern ships has been known as the “world’s most beautiful voyage” for many years.”
The documentary is being shown by most PBS stations to more than 90% of US households throughout 2014. Viewers are taken aboard Hurtigruten’s 451-berth MS Nordnorge as it transits the 1,100-mile route along Norway’s spectacularly scenic west coast while describing the country’s 120-year history of coastal ferry service, vital to the people living along the 34-port route. Developed by Tony Judge, much of the footage isdrawn from the award-winning, Guinness record-breaking, 134-hour live program called Minutt for Minutt. Produced by NRK, Norway’s national broadcaster, that program was aired in 2011 and seen by more than 6 million viewers in 148 countries. A Norway Passage: The Most Beautiful Voyage can also now be seen online at www.hurtigruten.us