The Lowell Thomas awards, recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism, were announced in Portland, Oregon, at the annual conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators.
Twenty-five faculty members from the University of Missouri School of Journalism did the judging. The competition, for work from spring 2016 to spring 2017, drew 1,190 entries. This year, the SATW Foundation is giving 89 awards in 24 categories and nearly $20,000 in prize money to journalists in recognition of outstanding travel journalism.
Judges said they were impressed by the use of narrative techniques in this year’s entries, said Professor John Fennell, who helped coordinate the judging. “Like classic short stories, many of the entries built tension and suspense that culminated in resolution,” he said. “This is great story telling at its best — and so effective when writing about destinations.”