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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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The sustainability of the annual SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition is supported by generous contributions from CARNIVAL CORP. and our other Top Supporters listed below.
2017 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards
To Be Announced Oct. 30 at SATW Conference in Oregon

The results of the 2016-17 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition will be announced in a video presentation Oct. 30 in Portland, OR, at the annual Society of American Travel Writers convention.
 
The competition drew 1,190 entries. Faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism did the judging.
 
Winners of the awards, the most prestigious in travel journalism, will be notified by email. Here on www.satwf.com, we will post a news release October 30th providing details about the competition, a complete list of winners and the judges’ comments.
 
The SATW Foundation will present 89 awards in 24 categories and give nearly $20,000 in prize money to winning journalists, with the Grand Award — Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year winner receiving $1,500.
 
The sustainability of this competition is supported by generous contributions from our first Gold level supporter, Carnival Corporation, whose 10 brands include Carnival Cruise Line, Princess and Holland America. The SATW Foundation thanks all donors for making our prizes possible and supporting the future of quality travel media.
2016 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards Announced
Winners of the 2016 Lowell Thomas contest at presentation in China, from left, Elizabeth Harryman, Anne Banas, Catharine Hamm and Melanie Radzicki McManus, with SATW Foundation president David G. Molyneaux

National Geographic Traveler, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are the top media winners in the 2016 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, overseen by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.

Freelance writer Aaron Teasdale of Missoula, MT, is Travel Journalist of the Year.

The awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced Oct. 25 in Wenzhou, China, at the annual conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators.

Click here for all the details about this year’s award winners.

 

Left: David G. Molyneaux, SATW Foundation president and Right: Roger Frizzell, senior vice president of corporate communications and chief communications officer, Carnival Corporation.


CARNIVAL CORPORATION ENCOURAGES EXCELLENCE IN TRAVEL WRITING
AS GOLD SUPPORTER FOR SATW FOUNDATION
World’s largest cruise company donates $120,000 over three years for annual
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, considered travel industry’s premier contest
 

MILWAUKEE, WISC. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Carnival Corporation and its 10 brands including Carnival Cruise Line, Princess and Holland America, the world’s largest cruise company, is teaming up with the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation as the first Gold supporter of the annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.

As a Gold supporter, Carnival Corporation will donate $40,000 a year for three years to help sustain the premier competition in North America in the field of travel journalism. The Foundation awards nearly $20,000 annually in prize money for outstanding print, online and multimedia works, for travel photography and audio and video broadcast. The Lowell Thomas contest has gained its stature for several reasons, most notably because it does not promote any particular destination or travel product, it is open to all North American journalists, and it is judged independently by the faculty at top U.S. schools of journalism who are paid for their efforts. (Pictured: David G. Molyneaux, SATW Foundation president and Roger Frizzell, senior vice president of corporate communications and chief communications officer, Carnival Corporation.)

“We are proud to work with the SATW Foundation to help continue the high standards of excellence among journalists with their ongoing coverage of the travel industry through the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition,” said Roger Frizzell, senior vice president of corporate communications and chief communications officer, Carnival Corporation. “We have nine global cruise line brands and 101 ships sailing around the world, so we have much respect for, and highly value, journalistic story-telling of the Carnival experience. In fact, it is essential to helping us make the Carnival product the best option for cruise passengers.” (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD WORD DOCUMENT OF COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE.)


ENTERING THE SATW FOUNDATION
LOWELL THOMAS TRAVEL JOURNALISM COMPETITION

Thank you for your interest in the SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, which has been honoring outstanding work in the field since 1984-85. Here’s basic information about entering.

  • The competition is open to all North American journalists, including ones working overseas. Work by foreign journalists is not eligible unless they are living/working some of the year in North America.
  • Entries must be work published/broadcast in English between the eligible dates stated with contest details. Dates generally are April 1 of the previous year through late March of the contest year, except as noted in specific categories. Books have a two-year window of eligibility.
  • The Newspaper Travel Coverage, Magazines and Travel Journalism Websites are for North American publishers. Work by journalists may be in either North American or foreign publications and is not restricted to travel publications only. More detail is provided in each year’s entry materials.
  • Fees are $20 for most individual work entered and $50 for categories such as Grand Award and books. Fees are noted with each category.
  • Categories include Grand Award, for a portfolio of diverse work by an entrant; Newspaper Travel Coverage, a portfolio of best travel coverage within the eligible period; Travel Magazines; Travel Coverage in Other Magazines; Travel Journalism Websites; Foreign Travel; U.S./Canada Travel and a variety of theme subjects, such as Cruise Coverage, Adventure Travel; Travel News/Investigative Reporting; Photography; Video and Audio Broadcast.

For a full list of categories, click here.


The sustainability of the annual SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition is supported by generous contributions from CARNIVAL CORP.
and other Top Supporters.
 
GOLD SUPPORTER Carnival Corporation is the largest cruise company in the world with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, comprised of Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard,   P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK). Together, these brands operate 101 ships totaling 212,000 lower berths with eight new ships to be delivered through 2017.

Carnival Corporation also operates Holland America Princess Alaska Tours, the leading tour companies in Alaska and the Canadian Yukon.
CARNIVAL CORP.
 

 

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The Foundation

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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