Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Annual Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition

We have compiled lists of past winners as we celebrate more than 30 years of the Lowell  Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. Our first awards were presented in 1985 for work published in 1984. For the first two decades, our contest ran on the calendar year, for work from January 1 through December 31. In 2001, the contest was changed to span spring to spring, overlapping years. Thus, clicking the year 2002 below brings up winners for work done in 2001-02. The following years are similar time spans.

Click on each year to see winners.

Use the Search field at bottom of this page to find names of winning publications and journalists. This will bring up a list of years in which the name appears. Then use your Brower’s search function to find the name on that specific page/list.


1985 (work published in 1984) 2000 2015
1986 2001 2016
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If you are interested in searching the database of SATW Foundation's Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition past winners, please use the search section below.

We have tallied the number of awards that some journalists and media have won over the 30 years. CLICK HERE to see who the big winners are.

Here are a few photos of past winners of the SATW Foundation's Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition:

At the 2007 SATW Conference in Manchester, England, Foundation president David Molyneaux, center, honored SATW members who won Lowell Thomas Awards. 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. Winners in the 2015 SATW Foundation's Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition were honored at the SATW Conference in Las Vegas.