PASADENA, CALIF. – The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced the winners of the 28th Annual 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 Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Hemispheres, Travel + Leisure, Air Canada enRoute, and American Way. National Geographic Traveler was selected as the top travel magazine for a third year in a row. Destination marketing organizations receiving honors were Arkansas Tourism and Visit Buffalo Niagara. A complete list of the winners and honorable mentions is attached below and available on the NATJA website.

“It has been a great honor to witness the growth and influence of the North American Travel Journalists Association Awards throughout the years,” stated Helen Hernandez, CEO of NATJA. “Prestigious and well-respected publications, travel journalists and influencers, submit their work to be judged by professionals. These submissions exemplify their ingenuity, creativity, and capacity, which provides a sense of pride to be a part of this transformative industry.”

Winners will be recognized at the annual North American Travel Journalists Association Conference and Marketplace which will be held in San Juan Puerto Rico May 5 – 8, 2020.

One first place (Gold) winner is chosen in each of the categories along with 2nd (Silver), 3rd place (Bronze) and Honorable Mentions. To qualify for an award or honor, work had to be published from September 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019.

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.

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Category 300: Travel Magazine, Print

Category 301: Online Travel Magazine

Category 302: Independent Travel Blog


Category 100: Destination Travel – Newspaper

Category 101: Destination Travel – Magazine

Category 102: Destination Travel – Online Publication

Category 103: Illustrated Story – Print Publication

Category 104: Illustrated Story – Online Publication

Category 105: Long-Form Narrative/Personal Essay

Category 120: Lifestyle, Personality and Profiles – Print Publication

Category 121: Luxury & Resort Travel – Print Publication

Category 122: Sports, Recreation and Adventure – Print Publication

Category 123: Cruises – Print Publication

Category 124: Historical Travel – Print Publication

Category 125: 60+ Travel – Print Publication

Category 126: Family Travel – Print Publication

Category 127: Culinary Travel – Print Publication

Category 128: Cultural Travel – Print Publication

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

Category 130: Health and Wellness Travel – Print Publication

Category 140: Lifestyle, Personality and Profiles – Online Publication

Category 141: Luxury & Resort Travel – Online Publication

Category 142: Sports, Recreation and Adventure – Online Publication

Category 143: Cruises – Online Publication

Category 144: Historical Travel – Online Publication

Category 145: 60+ Travel – Online Publication

Category 146: Family Travel – Online Publication

Category 147: Culinary Travel – Online Publication

Category 148: Cultural Travel – Online Publication

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

Category 150: Health and Wellness Travel – Online Publication

Category 160: Travel Video

Category 161: Travel Documentary

Category 162: Travel Web Series

Category 163: Travel Podcast

Category 170: Cover Photo, Illustration – Print

Category 171: Landscape, Nature, Architecture – Print

Category 172: Portrait, People – Print

Category 174: Photo Essay – Print

Category 175: Arts & Cultural – Print

Category 180: Featured Photo, Illustration – Online

Category 181: Landscape, Nature, Architecture – Online

Category 182: Portrait, People – Online

Category 183: Sports, Recreation, and Adventure – Online

Category 184: Photo Essay – Online

Category 190: Travel Book or Guide

Category 191: Trade Travel Article

Category 192: Travel Tips & Advice

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

Category 201: Destination Video

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