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Prize-winning photojournalist Sandy Huff has published 1,294 articles in over 140 publications, and “about that many photos.”  Her book “Paddler’s Guide to the Sunshine State” has sold over 7000 copies, and is in its third printing by the University Press of Florida.  Her book on translating Mayan date glyphs is still for sale beside remote ruins in Yucatan.

While Sandy specializes in travel, outdoor, gardening, and even butterfly articles, she also teaches writing classes, including memoir and travel writing.  “I'm a features writer,” she explains, “which means that if I run across something interesting, some reader is probably also going to be interested too.”  

Sandy’s been to 63 countries, and all EIGHT continents (New Zealand calls itself a continent, even if most of it is underwater).  She’s been to both the North and South Poles – but they were the magnetic poles, which are not nearly as cold.

She has a Master’s Degree in Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, two paddling clubs, three Garden Clubs, and the National League of American Pen Women.  She is a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, and (get this) Master Tree Farmer.  She teaches canoeing and sailing.


As an artist, Sandy enjoys sculpture, painting, and creating pencil portraits of her friends.  She was National Art Chair for NLAPW in 2015-2016.


 Lately she has been writing music for her church choir.  “The problem is getting the tunes in my head down on paper,” she says.  “Counting dotted quarter notes is my downfall.  Thank goodness for composing software.  I can plunk out tunes and chords on my little MIDI keyboard, and the computer counts the time and notes.  This is fun!”