PASADENA, CALIF. – The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced the winners of the 30th Annual NATJA Travel Media Awards Competition. Awards were made to publications, travel journalists and photographers, and destination marketing organizations. Winning entries from major publications included Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Travel, Travel + Leisure, Matador Network, and Air Canada enRoute. Among the destination marketing organizations receiving honors were South County Tourism Council and Kansas Tourism. A complete list of the winners and honorable mentions is attached below.

“As NATJA celebrates 30 years of recognizing the best in travel journalism, we are proud of this year’s list of winners,” stated NATJA CEO, Helen Hernandez. “In spite of Covid-19, 2021 submissions provided an opportunity for unique experiences that resulted in thoughtful, informative, and safe travel stories. Thank you to all who submitted and to our judges who spent countless hours reviewing each and every submission. We celebrate all your work and efforts and hope that you will join us in celebrating this year’s winners.”

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 October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021.

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

Category 301: Independent Travel Blog


Category 100: Destination Travel

Category 101: Illustrated Story

Category 102: Long-Form Narrative/Personal Essay

Category 120: Lifestyle, Personality and Profiles

Category 121: Luxury and Resort Travel

Category 122: Sports, Recreation and Adventure

Category 123: Cruises

Category 124: Historical Travel

Category 125: 60+ Travel

Category 126: Family Travel

Category 127: Culinary Travel

Category 128: Cultural Travel

Category 129: Eco, Environmental or Volunteer Travel

Category 130: Health and Wellness Travel

Category 131: LGBTQ+ Travel

Category 132: Accessible Travel

Category 140: Travel Video

Category 142: Travel Web Series

Category 143: Travel Podcast

Category 150: Photography – Cover or Feature Photo/Illustration

Category 151: Photography – Landscape, Seascape

Category 152: Photography – Portrait, People

Category 154: Photography – Photo Essay

Category 155: Photography – Cultural

Category 160: Travel Book or Guide

Category 161: Trade Travel Article

Category 162: Travel Tips & Advice

Category 163: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility


Category 200: Visitors’ Guide

Category 201: Destination Video

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