PASADENA, CALIF. – The North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) announced the winners of the 32nd Annual NATJA Travel Media Awards Competition. Awards were made to publications, travel journalists and photographers, and destination marketing organizations. This year, NATJA established special recognitions for the publication, destination, journalist, and photographer who excelled across various categories in the competition. The special recognitions were awarded to Travel + Leisure for Magazine of the Year, Kansas Tourism for Destination of the Year, Autumn Phillips for Journalist of the Year, and Therese Iknoian for Photographer of the Year. A complete list of the winners and honorable mentions is attached below.

“Submissions for this year’s awards competition included a diverse group of journalists, publications, and destination marketing organizations from North America,” noted NATJA CEO, Helen Hernandez. “Selection of the winners by our independent panel of judges was particularly difficult this year because of the outstanding quality and broad range of articles, images and marketing campaigns submitted for consideration. I wish to extend my congratulations to all the winners for their exceptional work in enhancing the travel experience of those exploring new destinations and adventures.”

Judges for the competition included award-winning newspaper and magazine editors as well as educators from across journalism disciplines. One first place (Gold) winner is chosen in each of the categories along with second place (Silver), third place (Bronze), and Honorable Mentions. To qualify for an award or honor, work had to be published from October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023.

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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Travel Magazine – Print or Online


Visitors’ Guide (Printed or Digital) or Website

Destination Video

Creative Marketing Campaign


Travel Book

Independent Travel Blog

Destination Travel

Illustrated Story

Long-Form Narrative/Personal Essay

Luxury & Resort Travel

Sports, Recreation, and Adventure


Historical Travel

Culinary Travel

Family or 60+ Travel

Cultural Travel

Sustainable Travel

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in Travel

Independent Travel Video

Travel Reel or Short Video

Travel Podcast

Cover or Feature Photo, Illustration

Landscape and Nature Photography

Portrait Photography

Photo Essay

Action and Adventure Photography

Cultural Photography

Travel Tips & Advice

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