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Nov 10, 2017

RT @Kazakhstan: Ryan Bell captured this beautiful photo in #Pavlodar, #Kazakhstan for the @NatGeoTravel Photographer of the Year Co…

Nov 07, 2017

In Argentina I saw votes traded for favors. In Russia, ballots useless as rolls of TP. I ♥️ US elections chock-full of people and ideas.

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Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, 2016

Special Packages/Projects (Gold) for "Comrade Cowboys," on NationalGeographic.com
Judges' Comments: "Ryan Bell’s 'Comrade Cowboys' is both original and fascinating. This series of online stories, photos and podcasts traces how American cowboys helped revitalize Russia’s meat industry following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Through these well-researched stories, readers learn how the cowboys trained Russians who want to be cattle farmers. We learn the history of how the industry collapsed as well as how it has turned around today to provide meat for Moscow’s new, popular steakhouses. As a first-person cowboy participant, Bell is an expert and amiable guide who takes readers into unknown and unexpected territories — what great travel writing is all about."

Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards, 2014

U.S./Canada Travel (Silver) for "Mountain Passage," in Western Horseman Magazine
Judges' Comments: "Thank you, Ryan Bell, for prose worthy of the land it describes. Set in Montana, “Mountain Passage” belongs on an assigned reading list for literary journalism courses. Students in such a seminar would be well-served in using it as a guide. Bell writes of a beard so overgrown “that a beetle could have traveled undetected from the cleft of his chin, up his sideburns and into the blazing-red tufts sprouting beneath his sweat-lined cowboy hat.” Not overwrought, just right. Another cowboy, he accuses of “giving off a Han Solo vibe.” Good stuff. “Mountain Passage” reveals Bell as a generous writer who sets a scene, tells a story and shares his vistas.”