Society of American Travel Writers Foundation
Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition
1994 Awards for Work Published in 1993

The 10th annual competition had a few adjustments in categories and for the first time began recognizing work done in electronic media.

The Newspaper Travel Section category now had three subdivisions of circulation: more than 500,000, 350,000-499,999 and under 350,000 circulation. In competition for black-and-white photography, the newspaper and magazine categories were combined into one for both media. Environmental Tourism coverage was split from Cultural Tourism, with separate categories for each.


The new category, pushing the list to 22, was called “Electronic Computer Media,” in retrospect a rather strange name, but this was all new at the time. It was defined as “Travel writing and/or photography produced for the consumer by entrant using online database, computer disk, CD-ROM or similar venue.”

Monetary awards remained the same: $1,000 to the Travel Journalist of the Year and $500 to Silver place, with $500 to Gold winners in other categories but no monetary prize in newspaper section and magazine categories.

The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University handled the judging, with Prof. Abe Peck as coordinator.

Category 1: Grand Award — Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year

Gold: Jack Schnedler, Chicago Sun-Times
Silver: Lee Foster, freelance writer, multimedia including online and CDs
Bronze: Millie Ball, Times-Picayune (New Orleans)

Category 2: Newspaper Travel Section
2A — Newspapers with 500,000 or more circulation
Gold
: Los Angeles Times
Silver: The Dallas Morning News
Bronze: Chicago Sun-Times

2B — Newspapers with 350,000-499,999 circulation
Gold
: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Silver: The Oregonian (Portland)
Bronze: The Orange County (CA) Register

2C — Newspapers with less than 350,000 circulation
Gold
: Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Silver: Daily News of Los Angeles
Bronze: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Category 3: Travel Magazine
3A — Monthly
Gold
: Michigan Living
Silver: Sky
Bronze: Arizona Highways

3B — Non-monthly
Gold
: Travel Holiday
Silver: National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Islands

Category 4: Newspaper Article on U.S./Canada Travel
Gold
: Alison DaRosa, “Oregon: Exploring the Rugged Beauty and the Awesome Serenity of the Coast in Winter,” San Diego-Union Tribune
Silver: Jayne Clark, “Southwest Passage,” Daily News of Los Angeles
Bronze: Tom O’Toole and Joanne O’Toole, “Thomas Edison Designed This Florida Retreat,” San Juan Star

Category 5: Magazine Article on U.S./Canada Travel
Gold:
Jeff Rennicke, “America’s Deepest Canyon,” National Geographic Traveler
Silver: Kathryn Ortland and Len Barnes, “How Grandpa Showed Us Disney World,” Michigan Living
Bronze: Ann Jones, “Kluane,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 6: Newspaper Article on Foreign Travel
Gold
: Sophia Dembling, “Coping with the Cultural Gap: Japan,” The Dallas Morning News
Silver: Ron Bernthal, “Artists Find a Home in Puerto Vallarta,” Middletown (NY) Record
Bronze: Rick Sylvain, “A New Dawn in Vietnam,” Detroit Free Press

Category 7: Magazine Article on Foreign Travel
Gold
: David Yeadon, “Wales: A Journey to the Heart,” National Geographic Traveler
Silver: Tony Perrottet, “Iceland: Viking Sagas and a Volcanic Landscape Produce the Ultimate Nature Trip,” Islands
Bronze: Anthony Weller, “Out on the Islands,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 8: Newspaper or Magazine Photo Illustration of Travel, Black/white
Gold
: Sally Gall, “Turkish Delights,” Islands
Silver: None
Bronze: None

Category 9: Newspaper Photo Illustration of Travel, Color
Gold:
Bob Carey, “Year of the Waterfall,” Los Angeles Times
Silver: Doyle Yoder, “Life in the Slow Lane: The Simple Pleasures of Ohio’s Amish Country,” Universal Press Syndicate/ Nashua Telegraph
Bronze: Glen Stubbe, “Rodeo Drive, for Real,” Washington Times

Category 10: Magazine Photo Illustration of Travel, Color
Gold
: Dennis Marsico, “This Way, Paradise,” Travel Holiday
Silver: Joe McNally, “Treasures Beyond Measure: New York’s Stunning Museums,” National Geographic Traveler
Bronze: Barry Lewis, “Footloose in Luxembourg,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 11: Self-Illustrated Article
Gold
: Bill Begalke, “Valley of the Artist,” Tampa Tribune-Times
Silver: Millie Ball, “Medjugorje: the Holy Town in Former Yugoslavia Still Survives in the Midst of War,” Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
Bronze: Floyd Schneidermann, “Once Upon a Time in Germany,” The Oregonian

Category 12: Article on Land Travel
Gold
: Susan Spano, “Across the Top of L.A.,” The New York Times
Silver: Dorothy Storck, “...And the Hard Way on an Oriental Holiday,” Chicago Sun-Times
Bronze: Mary Lou Nolan, “The Road to Ruaha,” Kansas City Star

Category 13: Article on Marine Travel
Gold
: Bob Payne, “Footloose by Ferry,” Islands
Silver: Nan Birmingham, “Find Your Place in the Sun,” Hemispheres
Bronze: Harry Shattuck, “A Week at Sea: Behind the Scenes,” Houston Chronicle

Category 14: Article on Adventure Travel
Gold
: Cheryl Laird, “Taking Stock,” Houston Chronicle
Silver: Richard Bangs, “The Guides Must Be Crazy,” The World & I
Bronze: Bill Marsano, “The Sun on Yellow Wings,” Conde Nast Traveler

Category 15: Travel News/Investigative Reporting
Gold
: Christopher Baker, “Child Prostitution,” The Peak
Silver: Kevin Fedarko, “Holidays in Hell,” Time
Bronze: None

Category 16: Service-Oriented Consumer Article
Gold
: Everett Potter, “How Much Will You Pay for this Hotel Room? Too Much,” SmartMoney
Silver: Joseph Anthony, “Saving Your Trip,” The Denver Post
Bronze: Alison DaRosa, “Bargain Hunters’ Paradise,” San Diego Union-Tribune

Category 17: Environmental Tourism Article
Gold
: J.D. Brown, “New Life from the Ashes,” Chicago Tribune magazine
Silver: Katy Koontz, “Ecotours: Is the Hot Trend Helping or Hurting the Environment?” Cruises & Tours
Bronze: Nancy Shute, “A Land So Wild Only a River Runs Through It,” Universal Press Syndicate/ Carlisle Sentinel

Category 18: Cultural Tourism Article
Gold
: Floyd Schneidermann, “The Tweed Weavers of Harris,” The Oregonian
Silver: Catherine Watson, “A Gift to Be Simple,” Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bronze: Julia Wilkinson, “Singapore,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 19: Travel Book
Gold
: James O’Reilly and Larry Habegger, “Travelers’ Tales Thailand,” O’Reilly & Associates Inc.
Silver: David Yeadon, “Lost Worlds: Exploring Earth’s Remote Places,” HarperCollins
Bronze: Steve Chappie, “Kayaking the Full Moon: A Journey Down the Yellowstone River to the Soul of Montana,” HarperCollins

Category 20: Guidebook
Gold
: J.D. Bisignani, “Japan Handbook,” Moon Publications
Silver: Stacy Ritz, “The New Key to Belize,” Ulysses Press
Bronze: Bruce Whipperman, “Pacific Mexico Handbook,” Moon Publications

Category 21: Destination Travel Using Film, Video, Audio or Any Combination
Gold
: Janet Gardener, “Vietnam: Land of the Ascending Dragon,” International Video Network
Silver: Kit Kittle, “Ireland,” Kit Kittle
Bronze: Joe and Mary Adair, “Switzerland: A Peak Experience,” Panoramic Film & Video Enterprises

Category 22: Electronic Computer Media
Gold
: Andrew Danik, “Moscow,” Worldview Database
Silver: Lee Foster, “The Electronic Traveler: Worldwide Travel,” Foster Travel Publishing
Bronze: None

 

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