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What is the SATW Foundation
The non-profit, tax-exempt SATW Foundation was begun in the early 1980s by a group of SATW editors who were concerned about the future of travel journalism. They wanted to generate higher standards and prestige for the field. The Foundation's mission is to improve travel journalism through recognizing and rewarding excellence in the field. To accomplish this goal, the Foundation began the first broad-based independent competition for travel journalists, the SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. The Foundation funds its work through donations, which are tax-deductible under the IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3). Please see this page for more information.
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What is the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition?
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 this field for travel journalism. It has gained its stature for several reasons, most notably: 1) it does not promote any particular destination or travel product, 2) it is open to all North American journalists, not just SATW members, and 3) it is judged independently by the faculty at top U.S. schools of journalism. 
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Who are the judges of the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition?
From its beginning, the competition has been judged by the faculty of outstanding university journalism schools. One school usually judges the competition for five or six years.
Starting in 2015, the judging returns to the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, which has handled it twice before. Past judges have been the  faculties at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Northwestern University and the University of Florida. While the Foundation establishes the competition categories, sets the rules and pays the judges, it plays no role in the judging. The Foundation pays the schools for their work.
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How do I enter the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition?
Now past its 30th year, the annual competition is open to all North American journalists. All work must be published in English within the time frame specified each year. Entry information is online at www.satwf.com, and entries are made through the BetterBNC contest platform, www.BetterBNC.com Each year, the Foundation sends information about the competition via e-mail to a database of more than 2,500 journalists and publications. To be added to the list, send a note to info@satwf.com. See complete details on the www.satwf.com/ website, Lowell Thomas Awards.
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Is there a cost to enter the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition?
Yes, there are entry fees. Most are $20 per article. A few categories, including the Grand Award, Best Newspaper Travel Sections, Best Magazines,  Best Travel Books and Guidebooks, Best Special Packages/Projects and Best Travel Journalism Websites, have an entry fee of $50. These fees help pay the costs of judging the competition. 
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What awards are given in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition? 
These are the most-coveted honors in the field of travel journalism. Awards are given in 24 categories, including a Grand Award and the title of Travel Journalist of the Year for the best portfolio by an individual journalist, Best Newspaper Travel Section awards in two circulation categories, Best Travel Magazine, Best Travel Coverage in General/Special Interest Magazines, Best Travel Journalism Websites, Best Guidebook and Best Travel Book (other than guidebook). There are 16 categories for individual travel-related articles and photography and categories for both audio and video travel broadcasts.
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How much money do winners receive in the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition?
The Grand Award, for the best portfolio of work by an individual journalist, is $1,500 Gold, $750 Silver, $500 Bronze, along with plaques. The categories for Best Newspaper Travel Sections,
Best Magazines and Best Travel Journalism Website do not carry monetary prizes; plaques go to the Gold winners and framed certificates are given for Silver and Bronze winners. The remaining categories carry prizes of $500 Gold, $250 Silver, $150 Bronze, along with plaques and certificates. 
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How do I get on the list to receive Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition entry forms?
Send a note with your contact information, including e-mail address, to 
info@satwf.com, and you will be added to the list to receive an alert with information about the competition each year when materials are ready. Information is usually posted on our website in early February, and the deadline for submissions is usually early April.
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Where do I get more information on the SATW Foundation and its Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition? 
If your questions are not answered on the 
www.satwf.com website, then contact:
Mary Lu Abbott
SATWF Administrator
306 Summer Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

MaryLuA@satwf.com
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How does the SATW Foundation fund the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition?
The Foundation funds the competition through entry fees and donations. Fees and donations are tax-deductible under the IRS Code Section 501 (c) (3).  The Foundation welcomes donations from individuals, companies and other entities with an interest in fostering better travel journalism.
The sustainability of the annual SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition is assisted by generous contributions from Gold Supporter CARNIVAL CORP. and our other Top Supporters. Their contributions help make the prizes possible and support the future of quality travel media.
 
Among donors over the years: The British Tourist Authority, the Tourist Office for Flanders-Brussels, Boyne USA, Inc., Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, William R. Angell Foundation, Bill Muster Foundation, American Automobile Assn., SATW Central States, Western and Atlantic Caribbean chapters and SATW Foundation board members. Many individuals donate to the Foundation.
 
The SATW Foundation thanks CARNIVAL CORP., the 30 Partners for 30 Years and other contributors for their support in recognizing and rewarding excellence in travel journalism.

Contributions may be mailed to:
Mary Lu Abbott
SATWF Administrator
306 Summer Hill Drive
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

MaryLuA@satwf.com

 All contributions are tax-deductible.
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Who runs the SATW Foundation?
A board of directors, all serving as volunteers, governs the SATW Foundation. From the directors, a board of up to 10 trustees is elected to serve as officers and oversee day-to-day business. These trustees also serve on a volunteer basis, donating their time and talent. No director is paid any fee/salary to serve. The current president is David G. Molyneaux, editor of TheTravelMavens.com. For names of other trustees and directors,
click here.
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Who was Lowell Thomas?
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