LOWELL THOMAS TRAVEL JOURNALISM COMPETITION
30 Years of Rewarding Journalists for Outstanding Work in the Field
The SATW Foundation sponsors the annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The first contest honored work done in 1984. Today the Foundation awards nearly $20,000 annually in prize money for outstanding print, online and multimedia works and for travel photography and both audio and video broadcast. It is the premier competition in North America in the field of travel journalism. It has gained its stature for several reasons, most notably:
|* it does not promote any particular destination or travel product,
* it is open to all North American journalists, not just SATW members, and
* it is judged independently by the faculty at top U.S. schools of journalism.
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2013-2014 SATW FOUNDATION
LOWELL THOMAS TRAVEL JOURNALISM COMPETITION
Welcome to the premier competition recognizing and rewarding excellence in the field of travel journalism. With this year’s contest, the SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition celebrates its 30th year. We have categories for print, online and multimedia work, travel photography, audio and video broadcast, blogs and apps.
For the first time, the contest will be handled electronically. Entrants will submit work online in a simplified, streamlined process, using the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform.
Here are some quick basics to know, followed by links to learn how to enter and get more information about the contest.
- Entry deadline: April 1, 2014.
- Eligibility: Entrants must be North American journalists. Foreign journalists living/working outside North America are not eligible.
- Covered period: Work must have been published/produced between March 24, 2013, and March 23, 2014, except as noted in specific categories.
First step: CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS for electronic entry. You must do the steps outlined to be able to access the entry materials.
CLICK HERE for Rules & Eligibility details: Once you have completed step one and signed up to enter the contest, you will find these guidelines under Contest Info/Instructions also.
CLICK HERE for a full list of categories and fees.
CLICK HERE for help creating PDFs/Other Acceptable Documents.
CLICK HERE for more information on audio and video entries.
Click to go to the BetterBNC website, www.betternewspapercontest.com, and the 2013-14 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.
For questions and more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contest coordinator is Mary Lu Abbott, MaryLuA@satwf.com.
CLICK HERE FOR Frequently Asked Questions.
Winners will be announced by the SATW Foundation September 16, 2014, at the SATW Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, and via email and on the Foundation website.
The SATW Foundation awards nearly $20,000 annually in prize money to individual winners. The Grand Award earns the gold winner $1,500, the silver winner $750 and the bronze place $500. In individual categories, first-place gold winners each receive $500, with $250 going to silver and $150 to bronze winners. The categories for Best Newspaper Travel Sections, Best Magazines, Best Online Travel Journalism Sites and Best Travel Packages/Projects are not given monetary awards.
Donations help fund the awards. The 2014 underwriter is the Tourist Office for Flanders - Brussels. Its generous contribution helps make the prizes possible and supports the future of quality travel media. The SATW Foundation thanks the underwriter, the 30 Partners for 30 Years and other contributors for their support in recognizing and rewarding excellence in travel journalism.
The results of the 29th Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition were announced by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation in a video presentation October 21 in Biloxi, MS, at the annual SATW convention.
Winners were notified by email. Here on www.satwf.com, you can view the news release giving details about the competition, a complete list of winners and the judges’ comments.
The competition for work from spring 2012 to spring 2013 drew 1,257 entries in 25 categories and was judged by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with Monica Hill as coordinator.
The Foundation awarded nearly $20,000 in prize money in honoring more than 70 journalists and publication.
|At the SATW Conference in Biloxi, Mississippi, winners Toby Saltzman and Spud Hilton, holding awards, are shown with SATW Foundation president David Molyneaux and secretary Liliane Opsomer.
||Beth Ann Fennelly, right, accepts her 2013 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award from SATW Foundation administrator Mary Lu Abbott at Square Books in Oxford, MS, where Fennelly directs the MFA program at University of Mississippi. Her winning article appeared in Southern Living. She contributes to varied publications and is co-author with her husband, Tom Franklin, of the newly published novel “The Tilted World.” Photo courtesy of SATW member Tim O'Keefe of Longwood, Florida.
Winners Honored by BATW in San Francisco
|From left, Ginny Prior, president of the Bay Area Travel Writers (BATW), congratulates BATW members Laurie McAndish King and Mary Jo McConahay on their awards in the SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.
San Francisco area winners in the 2013 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition were honored at the December luncheon meeting of the Bay Area Travel Writers in San Francisco.
Five BATW members were among winners, including the top honoree, Mary Jo McConahay, whose portfolio of work earned her the title of Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year. She was presented her crystal Grand Award by Lee Foster, who is a BATW member, a director of the SATW Foundation and past recipient of multiple Lowell Thomas Awards, including Travel Journalist of the Year.
Laurie McAndish King received a plaque for her Gold place in the cultural tourism category for an article in “Travel Stories From Around the Globe,” an anthology of pieces by BATW members.
Silver awards were given to Thomas C. Wilmer for a public radio broadcast and John Flinn for a San Francisco Chronicle article. Unable to attend, honorary member Spud Hilton, travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, was cited for his section’s silver place. Others presented awards were Gregory Dicum, silver for an article in Afar; Julia Cosgrove, bronze for Afar in best travel magazines; and Davina Baum, silver for Afar.com in the websites category.
Other area winners who could not be present are Robert Holmes, bronze in guidebooks, and Chris J. Hook, silver in travel apps. The SATW Foundation thanks leaders of BATW for helping recognize these winners and put the spotlight on excellence in travel journalism.
The SATW Foundation thanks this year’s underwriter — the Tourist Office for Flanders-Brussels — for its support in recognizing and rewarding excellence in travel journalism. Its generous contributions help fund the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards and support the future of quality travel media.
|The northern part of Belgium is known as Flanders. We are proud and happy to be an SATW Foundation and Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition underwriter. Flanders extends a warm welcome to travel journalists and the traveling public. Learn more about Flanders at: www.visitflanders.us/
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Who was Lowell Thomas?
We are a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) foundation, started in the 1980s. Our mission is to recognize and reward outstanding work in travel journalism. The Foundation funds the competition through entry fees and donations, which are tax-deductible.
Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
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