Grand Prize Winners: National Geographic Traveler, Aaron Huey, Andrew McCarthy, Adam Pitluk, and Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

PASADENA CA – The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) has announced the winners of its 2016 NATJA Travel Media Awards Competition. Awards were given to publications, travel journalists, and photographers whose work was published in print and online media from September 2015 through August 2016. Additionally, awards were given to the top convention and visitors bureaus, PR agencies or destination marketing organizations. The competition, now in its 25th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel media. 

Submissions for this year’s awards competition grew by more than 20% compared to last year. Entries reflected an array of excellent journalistic and creative work. “Submissions were judged by seasoned journalists, editors, photographers and PR professionals with hundreds of years of combined experience. NATJA is appreciative to all its judges for the tremendous time and effort they took in reviewing this year’s entries. Given the caliber of the entries, the judging was not easy,” stated NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez.

This year’s Grand Prize winners were selected for their outstanding and creative story-telling, photography, and marketing efforts. Issue after issue, National Geographic Traveler infallibly combines stories and visuals that transport and inspire readers to explore the world. In Travel Journalism, Andrew McCarthy and Adam Pitluk are awarded for their captivating story-telling. This is McCarthy’s second consecutive Grand Prize. In Photography, the old adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” could not be truer of Aaron Huey’s work across all of his photography. The Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau takes the prize for Destination Marketing for its creative and informative marketing.

Additionally, one first place (Gold) winner is chosen in each of the categories along with 2nd (Silver), 3rd place (Bronze) and Finalists. Winners will be recognized at the 2017 NATJA Conference & Marketplace which will be held May 16th – 19th, hosted by the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

The mission of NATJA is to foster high quality journalism by supporting the professional development of its members, providing exceptional benefits and valuable resources, honoring the excellence of journalism throughout the world, and promoting travel and leisure to the general public.

A complete list of the winners and finalists is below.


GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

Publication: National Geographic Traveler
Photography: Aaron Huey
Travel Journalism: Andrew McCarthy and Adam Pitluk
Destination Marketing Organization: Branson Convention & Visitors Bureau

PUBLICATIONS

Category 300: Travel Magazine

Category 301: In-Flight Magazine

Category 302: Online Travel Magazine

Category 303: Independent Travel Blog

MEDIA

Category 100: Destination Travel, Domestic Newspaper

Category 101: Destination Travel, Domestic Magazine

Category 102: Destination Travel, International Newspaper

Category 103: Destination Travel, International Magazine

Category 104: Byline Travel Column – Greater than 250,000 Circulation

Category 104A: Byline Travel Column – Less than 250,000 Circulation

Category 105: Travel Series – Print Publication

Category 106: Travel Series – Online Publication

Category 107: Destination Travel, Online Publication

Category 108: Illustrated Story, Newspaper

Category 109: Illustrated Story, Magazine

Category 110: Illustrated Story, Online Publication

Category 120: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Lifestyle

Category 121: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Luxury Travel

Category 122: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Sports, Recreation, and Adventure

Category 123: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Resorts

Category 124: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Cruises

Category 125: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Personality and Profiles

Category 126: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Historical Travel

Category 127: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: 50+ Travel and Travelers

Category 128: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Intergenerational and Family Travel

Category 129: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Culinary Travel

Category 130: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel

Category 131: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel

Category 132: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: Leisure or Hobby Travel

Category 133: Special Focus Travel Articles – Print: U.S. National Parks Services Centennial Celebration

Category 140: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Local Lifestyle

Category 141: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Luxury & Leisure Travel

Category 142: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Sports, Recreation, and Adventure

Category 143: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Resorts

Category 144: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Cruises

Category 145: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Personality and Profiles

Category 146: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Historical Travel

Category 147: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: 50+ Travel and Travelers

Category 148: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Intergenerational and Family Travel

Category 149: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Culinary Travel

Category 150: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Cultural, Educational, Self-Improvement Travel

Category 151: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Eco, Environmental or Special Purpose Travel

Category 152: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: Leisure or Hobby Travel

Category 153: Special Focus Travel Articles – Internet: U.S. National Parks Services Centennial Celebration

Category 160: Travel Broadcast – Video

Category 161: Travel Broadcast – Audio

Category 170: Photography: Overall Excellence – Print Publication

Category 170A: Photography: Overall Excellence – Online Publication

Category 171: Photography: Cover Photo, Illustration

Category 172: Photography: Landscape, Seascape – Print Publication

Category 172A: Photography: Landscape, Seascape – Online Publication

Category 173: Photography: Portrait, People – Print Publication

Category 173A: Photography: Portrait, People – Online Publication

Category 174: Photography: Facility, Architectural – Print Publication

Category 174A: Photography: Facility, Architectural – Online Publication

Category 175: Photography: Nature – Print Publication

Category 175A: Photography: Nature – Online Publication

Category 176: Photography: Photo Essay – Print Publication

Category 176A: Photography: Photo Essay – Online Publication

Category 177: Photography: U.S. National Parks Services Centennial Celebration

Category 190: Travel Book or Guide

Category 191: Trade Travel Article

Category 192: Travel Roundups

Category 193: Travel Tips & Advice

DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANIZATIONS

Category 200: Visitors’ Guide (Printed or Electronic)

Category 201: Destination Video

Category 202: Destination Website

Category 203: Social Media or Marketing Campaign

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