PASADENA, CALIF. – The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced the winners of the 2018 NATJA Travel Media Awards Competition. Awards were made to publications, travel journalists and photographers, and top destination marketing associations. Winning entries from major publications included The New York TimesToronto Star, Air Canada enRoute, and AAA magazines. National Geographic Traveler was selected as the top travel magazine for a second year in a row. Destination marketing organizations receiving honors were Visit Buffalo Niagara and Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism. A complete list of the winners and honorable mentions is below.

In addition to the 3rd Annual Keith Bellows Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism, this year’s winners and honorees will be showcased at the inaugural NATJA Awards Dinner on Friday, February 15, 2019 at the City Club in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. The competition, now in its 27th year, honors the “best of the best” in travel media.

“The winners are a microcosm of the talent and journalistic excellence that encapsulates our industry leading members,” said Helen Hernandez, CEO, NATJA. ”As our membership continues to grow so do the submissions of the accomplished pool of those who work in the travel industry—raising the competitiveness and prestige of the annual NATJA Awards.”

“The inaugural awards dinner will feature the entrants whose work stood out amongst the hundreds of superb submissions competing for a NATJA Award,” said NATJA Advisory Board Chair Kathryn Farrington. “The NATJA board, staff and members would like to thank the judges for their time and expertise in evaluating this year’s submissions and identifying the best of the best from each category.”

Additionally, one first place (Gold) winner is chosen in each of the categories along with 2nd (Silver), 3rd place (Bronze) and Honorable Mentions. To be eligible for an award, work from September 2017 through August 2018 were eligible for an award or honor.

Founded in 1991, NATJA is a travel journalism industry leader that fosters high quality journalism by supporting the professional development of its members, providing exceptional program benefits and valuable resources, honoring the excellence of journalism throughout the world, and promoting travel and leisure to the general public.


Category 100: Destination Travel – Newspaper

  • Gold: Dina Mishev, “An appetizing time in Utah,” The Washington Post
  • Silver: Andrew McCarthy, “Of Rivers and Rituals,” The New York Times
  • Bronze: Bob Howells, “The Only Way to Protect These Trees Is to Hide Them,” San Francisco Chronicle
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Jennifer Bain, “Beyond the inn,” Globe and Mail
    • Suzanne Corbett, “Small towns that go big for Christmas,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    • Andrew McCarthy, “Desert Delights,” San Francisco Chronicle
    • Anja Mutic, “The Best-Kept Secret of Northern Jordan,” The Washington Post

Category 101: Destination Travel – Magazine

  • Gold: Chandrahas Choudhury, “Mumbai By Night,” Air Canada enRoute
  • Silver: Christopher Vourlias, “New Greek Odyssey,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze: Andrew McCarthy, “A Sort of Homecoming,” Westways
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • David Hochman, “When in Rome,” Virtuoso Life
    • Theresa Medoff, “Asheville Rising,” AAA World
    • Janice & George Mucalov, “Dive into Northern Mozambique,” Cruise & Travel Lifestyles
    • Jo Piazza, “Surf & Sun in Sayulita,” Family Traveller
    • Daliah Singer, “Wild Beauty,” 5280

Category 102: Destination Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Leslie Oh, “The Couple in Trouble,” Outside Magazine
  • Silver: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “Inside Ilulissat, Greenland, the iceberg capital of the world,”
  • Bronze: Charu Suri, “Why Moldova May Be Eastern Europe’s Best-Kept Secret,” Architectural Digest
  • Honorable Mentions:  
    • Lara Dunning, “Batten Down the Hatches: Four Storm Watch Hotels in the Pacific Northwest,” trivago Magazine
    • Josephine Parr, “More than Machu Picchu: delve into historic Cuzco,” Lonely Planet
    • Avery Stonich, “The No-Nonsense Guide to Exploring Iceland by Camper Van,” RootsRated
    • Mia Taylor, “A Walking Tour of Shanghai,” TravelPulse
    • Amanda Williams, “The Best Outlander Locations to Visit in Scotland,” A Dangerous Business Travel Blog

Category 103: Illustrated Story – Print Publication

  • Gold: Margie Goldsmith, “Madeira,” Business Jet Traveler
  • Silver: Anne Farrar, “Northern Exposure,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze: Abi Campbell, “The Island of Your Dreams,” Family Traveller
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Jennifer Bain, “Where the wild things are,” Toronto Star
    • Jennifer Bain, “Ivvavik dreams,” Toronto Star
    • David Noyes, “The Galpagos Isles,” Elite+ Magazine
    • Douglas Peebles, “Cruising Through Tahiti,” Honolulu Star Advertiser
    • Barbara Sligl, “Haida Gwaii High,” Just for Canadian Dentists

Category 104: Illustrated Story – Online Publication

  • Gold: Melissa Adams, “Sister Act: Behind the Window With the Fokkens,” UnClogged in Amsterdam: An American Expat Plumbs Holland
  • Silver: Michael Hodgson, “El Impenetrable National Park – A bright future from a dark past,”
  • Bronze: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “Beyond Petra: Hiking borderlands and finding community in northern Jordan,”
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Liz Carlson, “The curious story of the Falkland Islands,” Young Adventuress
    • Rich Grant, “Traveling Down the Backroads of Brittany,”
    • Therese Iknoian, “A trek in Patagonia: walking in the shadow of Fitz Roy,”
    • Lea Lane, “Surprising Detour Off A Viking Cruise: The French Village That Saved Thousands Of Jews During WW II,”
    • Rose Palmer, “Camping Like a Vanderbilt – The Illusion of Roughing It,”

Category 105: Long-Form Narrative

  • Gold: Ariel Andrew, “The End of the World, with Her,” Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler
  • Silver: Juliana Dever, “When You Have a Fear of the Andes Mountains, But You Go Anyway,” CleverDever Wherever
  • Bronze: Andrew McCarthy, “Desert Delights,” San Francisco Chronicle
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Rob Goss, “The Night Train to Izumo,” Japan Visitor
    • Andrew McCarthy, “Of Rivers and Rituals,” The New York Times
    • Leslie Oh, “Snags,” Panorama Journal of Intelligent Travel

Category 120: Lifestyle, Personality and Profiles – Print Publication

  • Gold: Andrew McCarthy, “Of Rivers and Rituals,” The New York Times
  • Silver: Jayme Moye, “Heroes and Horses,” The Outsider
  • Bronze: Eve Conant, “An Appetite for Russia,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Janet Forman, “Sweden’s Magical Summer Interlude,” The Globe and Mail
    • Joseph Guinto, “George R.R. Martin,” Private Clubs
    • Erin Kirkland, “High on Denali, the Sheldon legacy continues,” Anchorage Daily News

Category 121: Luxury and Resort Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: George Stone, “Under African Skies,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Elaine Glusac, “Andean Adventure,” Private Clubs
  • Bronze: Larry Olmsted, “Monaco’s Magic,” Cigar Aficionado
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Joel Centano, “Staying Power,” Virtuoso Traveler
    • Mindy Poder, “Hitting the High Notes in Ho Chi Minh City,” TravelAge West
    • Nancy Wigston, “Lennon’s Interactive Hotel Suite is Booking Fast,” The Canadian Jewish News

Category 122: Sports, Recreation and Adventure – Print Publication

  • Gold: Jayme Moye, “Heroes and Horses,” The Outsider
  • Silver: Theresa Medoff, “Into the Wild,” AAA World
  • Bronze: Gigi Ragland, “Riding the World’s Eighth Wonder,” Cowgirl
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Joel Centano, “Game On,” Virtuoso Traveler
    • Dina Mishev, “An appetizing time in Utah,” The Washington Post
    • Dina Mishev, “Fire and Ice,” The Washington Post
    • Paul Rubio, “Gone Ape,” Private Clubs
    • Caitlin Walsh Miller, “Reef Encounters,” Air Canada enRoute

Category 123: Cruises – Print Publication

  • Gold: Jill Wilson, “Northern Highlights,” Winnipeg Free Press
  • Silver: Emma Yardley, “Culture, history and laidback luxury on river cruise,” Toronto Star
  • Bronze: Jill Wilson, “Luxuriating in Labrador,” Winnipeg Free Press
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Laura Begley Bloom, “Cruise Bliss,” Family Traveller
    • Sophie Lenoir, “Galapagos Through the Eyes of a Child,” Family Traveller
    • Emma Yardley, “One last mother-daughter trip,” Toronto Star

Category 124: Historical Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: David DeVoss, “The Hills Are Alive,” The Weekly Standard
  • Silver: Peter Johansen, “From the Erie Canal to the Land of Oz,” Fifty-Five Plus
  • Bronze: Susan Cohn, “Midnight on the Edge of Freedom: Remembering Detroit’s Key Role as a Station on The Underground Railroad,” San Mateo Daily Journal
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Elaine Glusac, “Charlie Chaplin, At Home in Switzerland,” The New York Times
    • Prakash Johari, “Masterclass,” The Oberoi Group Magazine
    • Paul Knowles, “A Complicated Icon,” The United Church Observer

Category 125: 60+ Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: Grandpa Chan, “Artists on Expedition: Galapagos,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Margie Goldsmith, “A Very Frequent Traveler Looks Back,” Business Jet Traveler
  • Bronze: Peter Johansen, “From the Erie Canal to the Land of Oz,” Fifty-Five Plus
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Don Mankin, “Three Enchanting Weeks in Sultry Sumatra,” Active Over 50
    • Don Mankin, “Panama: The Isthmus That Changed The World,” Active Over 50

Category 126: Family Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: Jennifer Bain, “Cuba’s cowboy vibe,” Toronto Star
  • Silver: Erin Kirkland, “McCarthy area offers tempting mix of history, adventure,” Anchorage Daily News
  • Bronze: Stacy Tillilie, “Disney, Done Well,” AAA Traveler Worldwise
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Linda Fasteson, “Setting sail with three generations,” The Sun Chronicle
    • Hannah Freedman, “Home on the Road,” Family Traveller
    • Stacy Tillilie, “Bellying Up to the Boardwalk,” AAA World

Category 127: Culinary Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: Andrew Braithwaite, “Canada’s Best New Restaurants,” Air Canada enRoute
  • Silver: Elaine Glusac, “Next Stop: Cleveland,” The National
  • Bronze: Eve Conant, “An Appetite for Russia,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Linda Barnard, “Eating your way through Montreal’s Jewish history,” Toronto Star
    • Rob Goss, “The Last Days of Tsukiji,” DestinAsian
    • Michele Peterson, “Sipping Tradition at Zuisen Distillery Okinawa Japan,” Taste & Travel International
    • Michael Christopher Tong, “All That and Dim Sum,” Air Canada enRoute

Category 128: Cultural Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: Margie Goldsmith, “Mardi Gras Diary: Living Large in the Big Easy,” MasterCard
  • Silver: Glen Abbott, “Blues Highways: On the Road with the Blues-Trail of Honor H.O.G. Touring Rally,” Harley-Davidson’s HOG magazine
  • Bronze: Linda Barnard, “Feel your soul soar at the Taj Mahal,” Toronto Star
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Margie Goldsmith, “Colombia,” Business Jet Traveler
    • Michael Luongo, “LGBTQ Life and Detroit’s Changed Face,” Gay City News
    • Anja Mutic, “Heart’s Desire: Hooked by Saudade,” Monocle

Category 129: Eco, Environmental or Volunteer Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: Theresa Medoff, “Trail Tales,” AAA World
  • Silver: Sarah Staples, “Mission MSH Trek Everest – Health Care for All,” Markham Economist & Sun
  • Bronze: Stacy Tillilie, “Joy rides,” AAA World
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Valerie Chen, “Desert Daze,” Explorer
    • Michelle Juergen, “Roads Less Taken,” Explorer
    • Gigi Ragland, “WINGS!,” Saturday Evening Post

Category 130: Health and Wellness Travel – Print Publication

  • Gold: Emma Yardley, “Hiking for health in B.C.,” Toronto Star
  • Silver: Charu Suri, “In Santa Fe and beyond, horses are helping travelers work through their issues,” Houston Chronicle
  • Bronze: Michael Luongo, “How Fliers Can Relax and U.S. Airlines Can Compete: With Spas,” The New York Times
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Air Canada enRoute Editorial Team, “Sky-High Resolutions,” Air Canada enRoute
    • Mindy Poder, “The Transformers,” TravelAge West
    • Sarah Staples, “Mission MSH Trek Everest – Health Care for All,” Markham Economist & Sun

Category 140: Lifestyle, Personality and Profiles – Online Publication

  • Gold: Jayme Moye, “Does Climbing Everest Alter Your Genetic Code?,” Outside
  • Silver: Don George, “The Scarecrow Master of Shikoku, Japan,” BBC Travel
  • Bronze: Kristin Henning, “When Your Car Falls Through the Ice,” Travel Past 50
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Elaine Glusac, “Charlie Chaplin, At Home in Switerland,” The New York Times
    • Fyllis Hockman, “Myanmar: Whose People Shine as Bright as their Gleaming Pagodas,”
    • Jayme Moye, “Tracing the Native American Roots of Natural Icons in the U.S,” National Geographic
    • Jayme Moye, “Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell Set Historic Speed Record on El Capitan,” National Geographic
    • Sarah Staples, “The Yellow Brick Road to Mount Everest,”

Category 141: Luxury and Resort Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Carol Perehudoff, “Mashpi Lodge Review,”
  • Silver: Amanda Williams, “The Private Game Lodge Experience in Kruger National Park,” A Dangerous Business Travel Blog
  • Bronze: Rina Nehdar, “Hawaiian Aloha at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa,” Go World Travel
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Jen Pollack Bianco, “Exploring the American Southwest: A Stay at the Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah,” My Life’s A trip
    • Tim Leffel, “Kilkea Castle Hotel Ireland – 12th Century Meets the 21st,” Hotel Scoop
    • Shelly Rivoli, “A Family Horseback Riding Vacation at The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort,” Family Travel 411

Category 142: Sports, Recreation and Adventure – Online Publication

  • Gold: Tim Leffel, “An Overdose of Adrenaline in the Copper Canyons of Mexico,” Perceptive Travel
  • Silver: Morgan Tilton, “Connecting with the Tarahumara through Trail Running,” Eagle Creek
  • Bronze: Jayme Moye, “Boulder Outdoor Survival School,” The Outsider online
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “Inside Ilulissat, Greenland, the iceberg capital of the world,”
    • Jennifer Bain, “Sasquatch hunting goes mainstream in small Canadian town,”
    • Kristin Henning, “Finding Your Rhythm on the Camino de Santiago,” Travel Past 50
    • Gigi Ragland, “Abra Del Acay: An Epic Mountain Bike Ride of Time Travel in the Andes of Argentina,” Adventure.Travel
    • Avery Stonich, “The No-Nonsense Guide to Exploring Iceland by Camper Van,” RootsRated

Category 143: Cruises – Online Publication

  • Gold: Melinda Crow, “How Cruise Ships Deal with Crime at Sea,” Cruise Critic
  • Silver: Sandy Bornstein, “Cruising Tips: Choosing Active Shore Excursions With Diverse itineraries,” Real Food Traveler
  • Bronze: Irene S. Levine, “No Kids Allowed: The Surge in Adult-Only Cruise Ships,”
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Rich Grant, “Cruising with the Real Pirates of the Caribbean,”
    • Heather Greenwood Davis, “Around the World Luxury,” Ensemble Vacations
    • Irene S. Levine, “Going Rogue: 5 Reasons To Leave The Tour Group On A River Cruise,”
    • Matt Long, “The Strand Cruise in Myanmar – Floating Through a Dreamland,” LandLopers
    • Carol Perehudoff, “Galapagos cruise review of the Santa Cruz II,”

Category 144: Historical Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Tim Leffel, “Moving Beyond the Bullet Holes in Bosnia and Herzegovina,” Perceptive Travel
  • Silver: Rachel Brown, “Vintage Pictures From a Dramatic, Five-Year Honeymoon Around the World,” National Geographic Travel
  • Bronze: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “Beyond Petra: Hiking borderlands and finding community in northern Jordan,”
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Alistair Banerjee, “San Basilio de Palenque: Celebrating African heritage since 1691,” Worth Every Dime
    • Tom Bartel, “The Erotic Art of Pompeii and Herculaneum,” Travel Past 50
    • Ann Fisher, “Darkest Hour: Visiting the Churchill War Rooms,”
    • Laura Longwell, “The Intriguing Beauty of the Painted Churches of Texas,” Travel Addicts
    • Rose Palmer, “The Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park – A Continuing Classroom for Peace,”

Category 145: 60+ Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Donna Meyer, “The Neon Museum in Las Vegas: A Gift of Memory to Baby Boomers,” Nomad Women
  • Silver: Carolyn Worthington & David Chauner, “Valencia Region: The Orchard of Spain is Ripe for Active Travelers,” Healthy Aging Magazine
  • Bronze: Don Mankin, “Cruising — and Imbibing — Down the Rhone River in France,” Huffington Post
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Rich Grant, “Six Things I Wish I’d Known About Cruising,”
    • Kristin Henning, “Planning Your First Europe Bike Tour,” Travel Past 50
    • Pat Wetzel, “Thoughts on the Metaphor of a Road Trip,” CancerRoadTrip

Category 146: Family Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Eric Stoen, “South Greenland: Kid-Friendly Adventure in a Stunning Destination,” Travel Babbo
  • Silver: Troy Petenbrink, “Proud Parents: 6 Best Family Vacations For LGBTQ Families,” trivago Magazine
  • Bronze: Amelia Old, “The Ultimate Itinerary for a Weekend Getaway: 4 Days in Pigeon Forge,” Passports from the Heart
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Maria De La O, “Getting into the Swim in Maui,” ROAM Family Travel
    • Sarah Staples, “Tales from the Yukon roads,” (and National Post)
    • Eric Stoen, “The Amazon Rainforest with Kids: A Magical (Unplugged) Expedition,” Travel Babbo

Category 147: Culinary Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “Seal soup for dinner? Get to know Greenland’s Inuit cuisine,”
  • Silver: Rich Grant, “Drinking with George,”
  • Bronze: Heidemarie Brandes, “Alcatra and the Bovine Soul of an Island,” Curiosity Magazine
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Nancy Besharah, “Five Vancouver Island hot spots for getting into the spirits,” San Francisco Chronicle
    • Janet Gyenes, “Local Infusion,” Just for Canadian Dentists magazine
    • Efrain Villa, “Epic Route 66 Craft Brewery Road Trip,”

Category 148: Cultural Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Margie Goldsmith, “There’s Much More to Lake Como than George Clooney,”
  • Silver: Leslie Oh, “Snags,” Panorama Journal of Intelligent Travel
  • Bronze: Charu Suri, “Why Moldova May Be Eastern Europe’s Best-Kept Secret,” Architectural Digest
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • David DeVoss, “After the Olympics in PyeongChang: Chill Out In a Korean Buddhist Temple,”
    • Dustin Grinnell, “Elixirs of Nature,” Los Angeles Review of Books
    • Terri Marshall, “Going Wild for Tanzania’s Wildlife,”

Category 149: Eco, Environmental or Volunteer Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Leslie Oh, “A Guilt-Free Day on the Slopes: One adventurous family’s guide to the latest in ecofriendly snowboarding gear,” Sierra Magazine
  • Silver: Catherine Sweeney, “Embracing the Natural in Puglia: A Day in the Park,” Traveling with Sweeney
  • Bronze: Tamara Minton, “Here are 5 Penguin Species You won’t want to miss when you Travel!,” Travels with Tam
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Gigi Ragland, “Dispatches From the Great Plains’ Sandhill Crane Migration,”
    • Shelly Rivoli, “Into the Everglades: A Post-Hurricane Airboat Adventure at Sawgrass Recreation Park,” Family Travel 411
    • Mia Taylor, “Here’s How You Visit Iceland Responsibly,” TravelPulse

Category 150: Health and Wellness Travel – Online Publication

  • Gold: Pat Wetzel, “The Zen of Upaya,” CancerRoadTrip
  • Silver: Leslie Oh, “The Couple in Trouble,” Outside Magazine
  • Bronze: Jayme Moye, “Boulder Outdoor Survival School,” The Outsider online
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • George Coleman, “How to Find the Best Ayurveda in Sri Lanka,” Coleman Concierge
    • Janet Forman, “Beyond the bucket list: Scared Valley Peru,” HipSilver
    • Evan Grossjan, “Ship Shape: River Cruising for Fun and Fitness,” AAA Living Magazine (Online Version)

Category 160: Travel Video

  • Gold: Valarie D’Elia, “Making of a Maestro: From Castelfranco To Carnegie Hall,” WLIW21
  • Silver: Max St John, “Highlights of Slovenia from Above,” Drink Tea & Travel Channel
  • Bronze: Mike Shubic, “Nova Scotia Road Trip Guide,” Mike’s Road Trip Channel
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Mike Shubic, “New Brunswick Bay of Fundy Road Trip video,” Mike’s Road Trip Channel
    • Max St John, “China Highlights: Sights, Sounds, & Flavours of the Middle Kingdom,” Drink Tea & Travel Channel

Category 163: Travel Podcast

  • Gold: Scott Gurian, “Kazakhstan: One Surprise After Another,” Far From Home podcast
  • Silver: Liz Beatty, “Embedding in Northern Sonoma,” Native Traveler on SiriusXM Canada Talks
  • Bronze: Chris Christensen, “Travel to Joshua Tree National Park – Episode 594,”
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Jody Halsted, “Old Irish Traditions That Survive in Modern Ireland with Felicity Hayes-McCoy,” Traveling in Ireland / Ireland Family Vacations
    • Catie Keogh, “Trip Sisters: Curaçao,” WLS-AM 890 Chicago

Category 170: Cover Photo, Illustration, Print

  • Gold: Travis Burke, “Amazing Escapes,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Silver: Nick Misani, “Grand Entrance,” Virtuoso Life
  • Bronze: Evan Grossjan, “The 21st Century Vacation,” AAA Living Magazine
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • The Badger Family, “Summer 2018 Cover,” Family Traveller
    • Robb Thompson, “Bicycling on British Columbia’s Kettle Valley Rail Trail,” Private Clubs
    • Cameron Whitlock, “The cat’s meow,” Georgia Magazine

Category 171: Landscape, Seascape, Print

  • Gold: David Noyes, “Shwesandaw pagoda,” Elite+ Magazine
  • Silver: Christian Vizl, “Below: Discover a new realm,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze: David Noyes, “Kicker Rock,” Elite+ Magazine

Category 172: Portrait, People, Print

  • Gold: Mike Fisher, “Life beyond the beach in Cuba,” Toronto Star
  • Silver: Kate Russell, “George R.R. Martin,” Private Clubs
  • Bronze: David Noyes, “Myanmar Mahout,” Elite+ Magazine
  • Honorable Mention: David Noyes, “Inle Lake Fisherman,” Elite+ Magazine

Category 174: Nature, Print

  • Gold: Prakash Johari, “Masterclass,” Gulf Life
  • Silver: Pete Oxford, “Leap for Lemurs,” National Geographic Traveler
  • Bronze: David Noyes, “Waved Albatross taking flight,” Elite+ Magazine
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • David Noyes, “Fledgling waved Albatross,” Elite+ Magazine
    • David Noyes, “Marine Iguana,” Elite+ Magazine
    • David Noyes, “Panda Baby,” Elite+ Magazine
    • Paul Rubio, “Gone Ape,” Private Clubs

Category 175: Photo Essay, Print

  • Gold: David Noyes, “The Magic of Myanmar,” Elite+ Magazine
  • Silver: Douglas Peebles, “Oahu,” Oahu
  • Bronze: Lola Akinmade Åkerström, “In Pictures: Greenland,” National Geographic Traveller
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • David Noyes, “City of Life and Death,” Elite+ Magazine
    • David Noyes, “Sichuan: China’s Hidden Gem,” Elite+ Magazine
    • Gately Williams, “Epic Drives,” National Geographic Traveler

Category 176: Arts & Culture, Print

  • Gold: Mike Fisher, “Washington DC remarkably cool,” Toronto Star
  • Silver: Barbara Sligl, “Capturing the Seminary of Quebec,” Just for Canadian Doctors
  • Bronze: David Noyes, “Inle Lake Fisherman,” Elite+ Magazine
  • Honorable Mention: Janet Gyenes, “Light and Shadow in Siem Reap,” Just for Canadian Dentists magazine

Category 180: Featured Photo, Illustration, Online

  • Gold: Douglas Peebles, “Voyage to Society Islands of French Polynesia,” Honolulu Star Advertiser
  • Silver: Rose Palmer, “Hunting for Gold in Colorado – Aspen Gold,”
  • Bronze: Jen Pollack Bianco, “The roadside Prada, Marfa store,” My Life’s A trip
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Debbra Brouillette, “Snapshot Story #27: A little slice of paradise at Four Seasons Bora Bora,” Sand in My Suitcase
    • Tamara Minton, “What Diving the Revillagigedos Archipelago Really Looks Like!,” Travels with Tam

Category 181: Landscape, Seascape, Online

  • Gold: Tom Bartel, “Dog sledding in northern Sweden,” Travel Past 50
  • Silver: Jen Pollack Bianco, “Exploring Northern California: Trinidad State Beach,” My Life’s A Trip
  • Bronze: Lina Stock, “Blue Sky Patagonia,”

Category 182: Portrait, People, Online

  • Gold: Dave Bouskill, “The Face of Wisdom in the Himalayas of Bhutan,” The Planet D
  • Silver: Lina Stock, “Eagle and Man,”
  • Bronze: Rose Palmer, “PhotoPOSTcard: A Study in Contrasts,”
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Rina Nehdar, “Life’s Little Sweets,” Wherever Family
    • Emma Yardley, “Berda Larsen-Greenland,” Toronto Star/

Category 183: Architecture, Online

  • Gold: Lina Stock, “Budapest by Night,”
  • Silver: Dave Bouskill, “Tiger’s Nest Monastery in Bhutan,” The Planet D
  • Bronze: Rose Palmer, “PhotoPOSTcard: Reflecting on a Perfect Morning in Istanbul,”
  • Honorable Mention: Jen Pollack Bianco, “The stunning entrance to the Amangiri,” My Life’s A Trip

Category 184: Nature, Online

  • Gold: Ann Fisher, “Geoffroy’s Tamarin,”
  • Silver: Dave Bouskill, “Looking for the Next Meal in the Serengeti,” The Planet D
  • Bronze: Rose Palmer, “PhotoPOSTcard: Can You Count to One Million?,”
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Wendy Gunderson, “Bourbon Trail Magnolias,” Film Road Trip
    • Lina Stock, “Survivor,”

Category 185: Photo Essay, Online

  • Gold: Lina Stock, “35 Epic Norway Pictures to Inspire Your Next Trip,”
  • Silver: Grandpa Chan, “Artists on Expedition: Galapagos,” National Geographic Travel
  • Bronze: Jen Pollack Bianco, “Photographing Cuba: Portraits from Havana and Viales,” My Life’s a Trip
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Rose Palmer, “Photo Essay: Washington DC in Black and White,”
    • Shelly Rivoli, “Grit and Glory: Rodeo Night at The Alisal,”
    • Max St John, “Vast, Rugged, Simple and Beautiful – This is Mongolia,”
    • Lina Stock, “Looking Beyond the Stan – 33 Epic Kyrgyzstan Photos,”

Category 186: Arts & Culture, Online

  • Gold: Dave Bouskill, “Legends of Jazz in New Orleans,” The Planet D
  • Silver: Jen Pollack Bianco, “Exploring the California Desert: Outsider Art in Joshua Tree,” My Life’s A trip
  • Bronze: Dave Bouskill, “The Eagle Hunters of Kyrgyzstan,” The Planet D
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Rose Palmer, “The Dogs of Istanbul,”
    • Lina Stock, “First to the Goat,”

Category 190: Travel Book or Guide

  • Gold: Rob Goss, Japan Traveler’s Companion, Tuttle Publishing
  • Silver: Carla Gambescia, La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z, La Dolce Vita University
  • Bronze: Sharon Pendana, Secret Washington D.C., Secret Washington D.C.
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Rob Goss, Japanese Inns and Hot Springs: A Guide to Japan’s Best Ryokan & Onsen, Tuttle Publishing
    • T.M. Rives, Secret New York – An unusual guide, Secret New York – An unusual guide
    • Sole Sastre, Visit Los Cabos 2018, HCP Media

Category 191: Trade Travel Article

  • Gold: Michelle Juergen, “The Great Revival,” TravelAge West
  • Silver: Mindy Poder, “The Transformers,” TravelAge West
  • Bronze: Emma Weissmann, “A Travel Agent Guide to Selling High-Risk Travel,” TravelAge West
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Valerie Chen, “Agents of Change,” TravelAge West
    • Skye Mayring, “High Times With My 420 Tours,”
    • Chris McBeath, “The Modular Mode,” InnFocus
    • Morgan Tilton, “Anglers help eliminate single-use plastic,” SNEWS

Category 192: Travel Tips & Advice

  • Gold: Lucas Aykroyd, “10 places to mark the anniversary of the first women’s rights convention,” G Adventures
  • Silver: Amanda Williams, “10 Tips for How to Travel More with Limited Vacation Time,” A Dangerous Business Travel Blog
  • Bronze: Kathleen Mangan, “10 Charming Heritage Towns & Cities in Ireland’s Ancient East,” National Geographic online
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Lucas Aykroyd, “10 must-visit independent bookstores around the world,” G Adventures
    • Melinda Crow, “Tips and Tricks for Surviving a Multigenerational Cruise,” Cruise Critic
    • Juliana Dever, “Day Trips From Salta – 3 Tours Around Northern Argentina,” CleverDever Wherever


Category 200: Visitors’ Guide (Printed or Digital)/Website

  • Gold: In The BUF, Visit Buffalo Niagara
  • Silver: Surveyor magazine, Groom Lake Media
  • Bronze:, Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Official Visitor Guide, Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB
    • Miami, Greater Miami & The Beaches Visitors Guide, HCP Media

Category 201: Destination Video

  • Gold: “Visit Buffalo Niagara African American Heritage Video,” Visit Buffalo Niagara
  • Silver: “Visit South County, RI,” South County Tourism Council
  • Bronze: “Island Voices Campaign, Farmer Lori Ann,” San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • “Play In New Braunfels 30 Sec,” New Braunfels
    • “South County, RI,” South County Tourism Council

Category 203: Big Idea

  • Gold: #NoPlaceLikeKS Campaign, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism
  • Silver: Aurora Tracker, Explore Fairbanks
  • Bronze: Orange County, NC Neighborhoods Guide, Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau
  • Honorable Mention: Unexpected Buffalo campaign, Visit Buffalo Niagara


Category 300: Travel Magazine, Print

  • Gold: National Geographic Traveler (Best of the World Issue)
  • Silver: Air Canada enRoute (November 2017 Issue)
  • Bronze: Hook & Barrel (July/August 2018 Issue)
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Family Traveller (The Launch Issue)
    • Private Clubs (Summer 2018)

Category 301: Online Travel Magazine

  • Gold:
  • Silver: AAA World online
  • Bronze: Family Traveller (
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • My Itchy Travel Feet, The Baby Boomer’s Guide to Travel
    • Trip Jaunt

Category 302: Independent Travel Blog

  • Gold: CleverDever Wherever (Juliana Dever)
  • Silver: Travels of Adam (Adam Groffman)
  • Bronze: Spin the Globe (Sylvia Longmire)
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Curb Free with Cory Lee (Cory Lee)
    • HI Travel Tales (Michael Hodgson & Therese Iknoian)
    • Young Adventuress (Liz Carlson)