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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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2018-19 Lowell Thomas Contest Opens With
New Multimedia Category; Entries Due April 1, 2019

The 2018-19 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition is open for entries. The deadline is April 1.
The contest invites work in all types of media, including online, audio and video, not just print. All entries must be made through the BetterBNC Media Awards Platform. Electronic entries are required in all but a few categories.
If you did not enter last year, then you must sign up at the contest website and create an account (it’s a simple process).
Judges will be faculty at the Missouri School of Journalism with Emeritus Prof. John Fennell, Prof. Jennifer Rowe and administrative assistant Kim Townlain coordinating.
CLICK HERE here for details about the contest, including rules, eligibility, categories and how to enter.
Information also is at the BetterBNC website.
If you have questions and/or want more information, email us at awards@satwf.com.
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. 
2018 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards Announced
September 24th at SATW Conference in Barbados
Outside magazine and the New York Times each earned eight awards, and National Geographic Traveler won seven to become top winners in the 2018 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition, overseen by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation.
The Los Angeles Times took Gold for best Newspaper Travel Coverage.
Freelance writer Christopher Solomon of Seattle, WA, is the Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, the Grand Award winner who will receive $1,500.
The competition drew 1,275 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 Sept. 24 in Barbados at the annual conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators.
Lowell Thomas Award winners were recognized at the SATW convention Sept. 24 in Barbados. From left, David Molyneaux, SATW Foundation president; Tracey Minkin, travel editor, Coastal Living; Catharine Hamm, travel editor, Los Angeles Times; Anne Banas, editor, BBC Travel.

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.

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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