Congratulations 2020 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award winners.

Please use this occasion to trumpet your success and draw attention to the best of what travel journalists do: serving their readers with honest, ethical, accurate, responsible accounts and pictures of the Earth and its people.

We provide an overall press release and a template release, but if you are writing your own article, here are key points to include. Links are provided, if desired.

  • The 2019-20 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition is sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Foundation. Please be sure to use the word “Foundation.”

  • Awards were announced Oct. 16 at the annual conference of SATW, the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators. This year, it was a virtual convention.

  • This is the 36th Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition and drew 1,299 entries. The competition is open to all North American journalists.

  • Judges are faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, with Emeritus Prof. John Fennell, Prof. Jennifer Rowe and administrative assistant Kim Townlain coordinating.

  • The SATW Foundation is distributing more than $21,000 in prize money to individual winners this year. 

  • In 2020, there are 99 awards in 26 categories honoring outstanding print, online and multimedia work, travel photography, and audio and video.

  • Contributions by Gold Supporter Carnival Corp. and other donors help sustain the competition and make the prizes possible.

  • The awards are named for Lowell Thomas, acclaimed broadcast journalist, prolific author and world explorer during five decades in journalism.

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