The 2020-21 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition is closed. Thank you to all who entered in what was an unusual year because of COVID-19 restrictions. Despite most journalists doing little, if any, travel, the competition drew 1,278 entries.
Winners will be announced at the SATW Convention in Milwaukee, WI, in early October and on our website.
For this 37th annual contest, the SATW Foundation added a new category, the Robert Haru Fisher Award for Travel Health/Safety Coverage. Fisher, a distinguished editor, writer and former president of the SATW Foundation, helped start the Lowell Thomas competition. He died in March 2020 at age 90 and left a bequest to fund this award. We are grateful for his generosity in continuing to contribute to the craft he loved.
This year, the SATW Foundation will award more than $22,000 in prize money to individual winners.
Entries are judged by around 25 faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Journalism with Emeritus Prof. John Fennell, Prof. Jennifer Rowe and administrative assistant Kim Townlain coordinating.
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 and Princess Cruises. Its contribution helps make the prizes possible and supports the future of quality travel media. The SATW Foundation thanks all donors, including the 30 Partners for 30 Years and other contributors for their support in recognizing and rewarding excellence in travel journalism.
2020 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards Announced
Outside magazine earned seven awards, and National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times and Travel + Leisure each won six awards in the 2019-20 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition.
National Geographic Traveler was judged the Best Travel Magazine. The New York Times earned highest honors in Newspaper Travel Coverage, and Travel + Leisure won Gold in the Travel Journalism Websites category.
Kevin West, freelance writer from Monterey, Mass., is the Travel Journalist of the Year, earning the Grand Award for a portfolio of work.
The competition drew 1,299 entries. Faculty at the University of Missouri School of Journalism did the judging.
The Lowell Thomas awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced Oct. 16 during the 2020 Virtual Convention of SATW, the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators.
The sustainability of the annual competition is made possible by a generous contribution from Gold Supporter Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise company.
Click here for all the details about this year’s award winners.