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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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2019 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards
Announced October 21, 2019, at the SATW Conference in El Paso, TX

2019 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards Announced

Outside magazine earned nine awards and National Geographic Traveler eight, including Best Travel Magazine and Best Travel Journalism Website, in the 2019 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.

The Washington Post took Gold for best Newspaper Travel Coverage.

Freelance writer Elaine Glusac of Chicago is the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, the Grand Award winner, who will receive $1,500 for her top portfolio of work.

The competition drew 1,335 entries. Faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism did the judging.

The awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced Oct. 21 in El Paso, TX, at the annual conference of SATW. the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators.

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

The sustainability of the annual SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition is made possible by a generous contribution from Gold Supporter CARNIVAL CORP., the world's largest cruise company with a portfolio of brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Cunard, Seabourn, and Princess Cruises. Its contribution helps make the prizes possible and supports the future of quality travel media. 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.
 

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 world’s largest cruise company with a portfolio of cruise brands in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, featuring Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises (Australia) and P&O Cruises (UK). Its brands, dedicated to annually providing great vacations to millions of passengers, sail over 100 ships to over 700 ports.
CARNIVAL CORP.
 


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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