LOWELL THOMAS TRAVEL JOURNALISM COMPETITION
29 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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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.
The SATW Foundation thanks this year’s underwriters — the Tourist Office for Flanders-Brussels and Travel Guard — for their support in recognizing and rewarding excellence in travel journalism. Their 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)
The Society of American Travel Writers is the pre-eminent professional association of travel journalists. Click here to learn more or visit the SATW Web site, www.satw.org.
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